As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. So it went on Wednesday night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as light rain gave way to a torrential downpour during the electro pop double-header of Glass Animals and Little Dragon. The show went into a rain delay midway through Glass Animals’ performance but, as Englishmen accustomed to soggy weather, the group took it in stride and the crowd followed suit.
Little Dragon was up first and the Swedish band struck a nice balance between the more ethereal sounds found on their newest album Season High and more uptempo songs like “Klapp Klapp.” In contrast to her bandmates' Scandinavian stoicism, Yukimi Nagano, the group’s frontwoman, seemed delighted to be performing on Red Rocks’ iconic stage and she was quite the sight in her florescent yellow dress, clerical hat and black-trimmed chiffon covering.
By the time Glass Animals took the stage to opener “Life Itself,” the storm was picking up and during their performance of “The Other Side of Paradise,” lightening was actively threatening the venue. So the band took a break and many in the crowd decided to call it a night. Which is too bad because those who stuck around were doubly rewarded: Not only did Glass Animals finish with the strong run of “Agnes,” Pools” and “Pork Soda,” the band’s frontman Dave Bayley personally greeted the fans who crammed to the front of the stage during their intermission.
In some respects, the inclement weather created a more memorable experience (Bayley called it “some of the funnest shit I’ve ever done in my life.”) You can never plan on the weather in Colorado but it’s a safe bet their next Colorado show will be much drier when the band returns for a Sept. 25 concert at the Ogden.