LCD Soundsystem prove one of the EP highlights

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By Ed Power

"You guys…you're amazing," said LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy at the end of a Saturday night headline performance that extended into the early hours of Sunday.

Right back at you, big fella. There had been groans and eye-rolls when the storied New York punk-funk ensemble announced they were resuming active service just five years after a much publicized retirement.

However, Electric Picnic suggested frontman Murphy had been on to something in putting the band back together: half a decade on, LCD Soundsystem's status as one of the great groups of the 2000s has been confirmed and it was extraordinary just how much extra heft standards such as All My Friends and Someone Great had acquired.

LCD Soundsystem on the Main Stage. Picture: Electric Picnic via Twitter

This was a heartfelt, precision-tooled set, which saw Murphy flanked by ranks of guitarists, drummers and keyboard players, and which wisely omitted the flashy, too-obvious Drunk Girls and North American Scum.

They instead reach for less obvious delights such as Home and Get Innocuous!, the first track from their 2007 masterpiece Sound Of Silver.

"We'll be back next year," said Murphy, white suit lit up under a giant twinkling glitterball. It's a promise everyone in attendance will sincerely hope he keeps.

LCD Soundsystem, Main Stage, Saturday night, 5 stars

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