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Delays Can't Dampen the Soul of Duffy's All Points West Set

August 8, 2008 10:39 PM ET

An almost 30-minute delay before Duffy's afternoon All Points West set had the crowd decked out in colorful vintage wayfarers barking out U.K. soccer chants, begging the show to start. Once the rain settled down, Duffy, in red patent-leather heels and a red-and-white striped tank, came out strong to the sounds of her debut album's title track, "Rockferry."

After posing like a bashful sailor girl, swinging her microphone cord and repeatedly pointing her finger to the sky, Duffy exclaimed, "l'm an awful dancer — I can't move to save my life." Turning to the audience, she begged for "Movement please!" as she broke into "Serious." She ultimately worked through nearly every track on Rockferry, including an incredible "Warwick Avenue," sultry "Stepping Stone" and "Delayed Devotion." Just as soon as the crowd began cheering when she broke into "Mercy," it was over.

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