Yes, it was hot. Stinking hot. But was it worth braving the 40-plus-degree heat to watch The B-52s and Simple Minds live?
At times, in fact, it felt like the crowd was dancing harder and singing louder to give a middle-finger salute to the extreme weather. Daring it to ruin their fun.
Hats off to the bands, too, dripping in sweat but giving it their all.
A special mention goes to Machinations whose set started at 4.15pm when many of the crowd had no choice but to retreat to the mist tents or whatever shade they could find.
Models got the crowd dancing, despite the heat, with hits like Outta Mind Outta Sight, Barbados and I Hear Motion.
And as for The B-52s, well, they can do no wrong. In fine voice and with typical humour they took us on cosmic journey through their back catalogue. Fred Schneider’s humour was as dry as the ground beneath our feet and Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson’s harmonies in Roam as the sun was setting were as smooth as velvet. Private Idaho was a hit, Love Shack finished the set and the gloriously offbeat Rock Lobster the encore.
Describing them as a party band, as many do, doesn’t do justice to this trio’s talent. They have always been ahead of their time, lyrically and musically, in many ways and have blazed a quirky but significant trail for others to follow.
The stunning full moon played hide and seek for a while but Scotland’s own Simple Minds managed to tease her out from behind the cloud cover. What a set. Singer Jim Kerr stepped out dressed to impress in jeans, jacket and a scarf but it didn’t take long before he remembered he was performing during an Australian summer and stripped off a few layers.
Kerr is an impressive frontman: talkative, generous, humorous, engaging and a damn fine singer. It didn’t matter that he was sweating so much he looked like he had just jumped into a swimming pool, he just kept going and going. As did the “la la la la” crowd singalong in Don’t You (Forget About Me). No one wanted to stop singing and Kerr was too courteous to interrupt. Promised You A Miracle and Alive and Kicking were superb and Charlie Burchill was in that zone.
“Don’t tell anyone but Australia is our favourite place to play. I shouldn’t really say that as no one will buy tickets to our shows but it’s true. Except perhaps Scotland,” Kerr said at one point.
He actually took to social media the morning after to apologise for letting a swear word or two slip out on stage, forgetting that children were present. Quite the gentleman.
Rest assured, the love affair between Simple Minds and Australia is as passionate as ever.
An A Day On The Green spokeswoman told The Herald they had received “loads of complimentary calls and emails” for concertgoers and that “there were a few extra reporting to St John’s as expected but nothing over the top”. just about every concertgoer had a bottle of water in their hand so the message, it seems, got through.