After heavy rainfall turned the field in front of the Red Bull Soundstage in Chicago’s Grant Park into a mud pit Saturday evening, it wasn’t a pretty sight the following morning.
Still, a large crowd chose their steps carefully as they picked their way towards Bombay Bicycle Club’s set to open Sunday’s festivities.
The jangling British rockers seemed happy with the turnout, as frontman Jack Steadman couldn’t seem to stop smiling throughout the 45-minute performance.
The Bombay Bicycle Club got things off to a quick start, with the poppy “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep.”
The A Different Kind of Fix track starts out slow and builds into an uptempo dance party, perfect to get the audience to shake out their morning aches.
They also brought out a banjo for a rollicking version of the bluegrassy “Ivy and Gold” from 2010’s Flaws.
The band represented another album that came out in 2010 (I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Off), with a particularly fuzzed-out “Evening/Morning” coming up late in the setlist.
Before starting the song, which has a refrain of “I am ready to owe you anything,” Steadman pointed to the crowd and said, “This is for you,” which may or may not have been directed at the swooning girl in the front row holding a “Will You Marry Me” placard.
Bombay Bicycle Club played a rare bonus track off Different Kind of Fix, with “Beg” coming out before the piano-driven “Shuffle” closed out the proceedings, marking a solid way to start a Sunday.