It’s been 15 months since The National hit the road to promote their break-through album High Violet. Tonight they played their last headline show on European soil for “a long time” and judging by what was at times a sluggish and fairly routine performance, the Brooklyn quintet could do with a rest.

Tonight they showed glimpses of what they’re capable of, most notably during Abel, Mr November and the frenzied climax of Squalor Victoria. However poor sound and a lack of energy from the band, and in particular their usual driving-force frontman Matt Berninger, meant ultimately it was a solid rather than spectacular display.

Watch the Video for The National’s Abel

Within seconds of opener Started With A Kiss, it was clear that The Mars Patrol were on a mission to push back the boundaries of taste and to badly go where numerous bands have gone before with some of the most soulless pop-rock songs imaginable.

Fronted by what appeared to be a shrunken slightly wizened KT Tunstall, the five-piece’s performance proved totally devoid of originality. Musically bankrupt, each song was strewn with glaring clichés, uninspired melodies and predictable lyrics while throughout, the delivery felt forced – especially when it came to their desperate attempts to involve what was an apparently underwhelmed crowd.

Watch the Video for The Mars Patrol’s Shake It Up