Here was a real treat. Playing to a room of music students, preceded by a Q&A, Trevor Horn and Lol Crème’s supergroup played hits that they’d either written or produced, interspersed with new material. Playing for the fun of it brought out the best of these seldom-seen studio geniuses. With Faithless drummer Ash Sloan and ZTT alumni producer Steve Lipson completing the line-up, the thrill lay in hearing songs rarely played live, performed with integrity, flair and, although the stage positively reeked of musicianship, an impromptu, slightly under-rehearsed air.
Video Killed The Radio star was featured twice, once in its original version, then, amusingly, as the Nicki Minaj/ Will.I.Am take, Check It Out, with Horn performing the Black Eyed Peas’ frontman’s rap. Grace Jones’ Slave To The Rhythm, TaTu’s All The Things She Said and 10cc’s Rubber Bullets, plus a storming instrumental of FGTH’s Two Tribes contributed to a feeling of celebration. Although they’re touring small venues to promote their upcoming album – of which Freeway is a highlight – The Producers need to be on festival bills.