Bastille at Governors Ball 2014

Bastille perform during day 1 of the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 6, 2014 in New York City.

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UK group Bastille took the stage in a toned down mostly black look, with lead singer Dan Smith rocking a gray wolf hoodie - before promptly removing it due to the especially warm Friday sun. Smith let the songs speak for themselves, launching into hits from their Bad Blood LP, with each chorus punctuated by Smith jumping up and down, echoing the fist pumps in the crowd. "Did you guys check out the 1975? They're all right, right" Smith asked, aware that the mass of people had just migrated from the other British groups set.

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Launching into standout "My Beating Heart" Smith showed off his rhythm prowess, rocking a drum stick for punctuated beats during the tune, ending with a belt of "Beating" for over 10 seconds, earning a roar of applause from the crowd."We released a mix tape and unfortunately all of that was taken down but this is one of those songs,"Smith explained before launching into an epic cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" over a sample from the XX. The cover got the crowd, especially the females, to sing along in unison, a high point of the set that showed that the lads aren't taking themselves too seriously, Smith keeping the lyrics the same as TLC's version. New song "Blame" also gave hope for what's to come, the chorus featuring a distorted vocal sample of the line "I got you", with Smith belting "Blame, blame" around it.

 

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