Back when I was a kid, you couldn't take cameras into gigs. Of course, you could, but you had to smuggle them in past bouncers with all the cunning of a mule crossing the Thai border. Now they're integrated into phones, it looks like the battle to keep them out has been lost, and nothing happens on stage without someone making a jerky video. So it is that much of last night's opening of the Arcade Fire UK tour in Manchester has already appeared on YouTube. Only trouble is, this eyewitness footage is somewhat less exciting than the testimony in print.
For example, the NME suggests that there was something of massive stage invasion:
Band joined by all-dancing crowd for euphoric Manchester opener
- which sounds more exciting than the footage looks, to be frank.
Shine Like A Spoon wasn't impressed - what looks like an impassioned moment of inclusion to one person can be another's health and safety nightmare:
It sounds a little like music editors came a little too close to having to write "Funeral"-themed headlines.