The subsequent weekend will find the tempo and energy being kicked up a notch as home grown legends Robbie Williams and Florence + The Machine hit town. Robbie’s back catalogue might not be as extensive as the Stevie’s (almost no one’s is), but he can sure work a crowd. Three years ago, Florence conquered Glastonbury. Now the home town girl is set to make London fall in love with her all over again.
He remains true to the mod-influenced roots which inspired many of his classic rock heroes and made Britain such a musical powerhouse in the 60s. There’s a distinct Britishness to his sound that manages to borrow from American traditions without veering into transatlantic insincerity and in that he follows the footsteps of The Who and The Small Faces.
Whichever two reach the final in St John’s Wood, fans can expect a high-quality contest with plenty of explosive batting and skilful bowling. Winning the trophy might come down to who has the strongest lower order as teams tend to go for big runs in the last stages of an innings. This is where England may have the edge over other squads.
The story is quite simple. The toys make new friends. One gets lost. The others set off on a rescue mission – so far, so Toy Story. But it’s the way that Pixar can weave in new characters, explore profound truths and still supply endless laughs that puts them far ahead of anything out there.