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electric picnic

Immense!
That’s the only word to describe this year’s Electric Picnic. From the people to the music, immense.

Not going to bore ye too much about the trip down or anything else, the real reason went was for the music, and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Friday

The first act we went to see was Lykke Li, being completely honest I wasn’t that pushed about going to see her as I’m not the biggest fan of “Youth Novels” but she threw me the first curve ball of the weekend bringing real energy to what I think are really boring songs.

After Lykke Li I met up with some other friends and made my way over to Little Big Tent to see one of the top of my EP list, Major Lazer. Only one half of Major Lazer were on hand – namely Diplo – with Switch not coming arriving till later over the weekend.
The tent was packed and we duly gave it socks dancing away to the likes of “Pon De Floor” and Keri Hilson-esque “Keep It Goin’ Louder”. Diplo even came back out after to do a encore where the place really heated up to one of my favourite tracks of the past while “Hold the Line”.

They even managed a stage invasion of about 30 people.Absolutely mental.

Later we headed back to the Little Big Tent early in order to get in for Diplo, in doing so we caught the end of Buraka Son Sistema’s set. Really fun, gettting us all to get down on our knees and jumping up at the same time, the next best bit of audience interaction after Dan Deacon maybe?
I’m not really what to make sure of the music but it was definitely fun at the time.
The real reason we were there was Diplo, and he didn’t disappoint in the slightest. He came out of the gate all guns blazing and never let up for his whole set, mixing in possibly the best remix of “Bonkers” i’ve personally heard. The man is a genius, between pumping it out then managing to bring it right back down and then cranking it again.
I turned around and all my friends had decided to leave, wasn’t stopping me, I just kept going.

After all that dancing we cooled off in the Body & Soul to some music I can’t even remember who.

Saturday

First up was The XX… meh, soundly exactly like the cd – which I like, and which is a good thing, but that’s all really, their music is just a bit depressing for me at 3:00pm in the afternoon.
We then headed over to see Marina and the Diamonds and what a likeable person she is. Honest, bubbly and a pretty little thing with a suitably pretty voice. While the tent was by no means full but that didn’t seem to phase her, I get the feeling the people there were already fans and not just looking to pass some time.
Next up was Lisa Hannigan on the main stage. Simple.

james murphy

Popped back to the Little Big Tent after to catch some of James Murphy – LCD Soundsystem fame – and Pat Mahoney’s set. Really enjoyed this as it wasn’t a real thumper, it was somewhat half-way between relaxed and disco. The set had strong LCD vibes and beats running through it, which was kinda cool.

Me and a couple of the girls then headed over to the second curve ball of the weekend… Imelda May.
This woman is seriously slick and has a whopper voice to back it up. She reminded me greatly of the old showbands of days gone by, with not a hiccup to be heard. The band were just as slick as Imelda. The Crawdaddy tent was hopping from the moment she took to the stage till the minute she left. The only thing I didn’t take to on her set was that the encore was ridiculously contrived. I’d definitely like to see her again live as I’d say you’d be in for a good bit of old fashioned fun.

imelda may

We quickly popped over to see a bit of Madness, with a personal highlight being able to see Suggs live on stage. I also couldn’t get over how good they sounded live, better than any cd of them. The audience eating them up with madness.

Next it was over to Chic, where disco fever took over. With the Chic foundation owning the rights to so many disco classics. It really was a case of you had to be there.

And then it was the big one or should I say 2…. 2 Many Djs. It started off with their classic opening of the radio tuning in ever so slowly, catching bits of tunes, static and then finally locking the frequency, and when it does it never really stops. They remixed some absolute classics in with some great modern stuff, with the gang and I not stopping for the smallest amount of time. The argument could be made that some of their stuff has been heard already on some of their Soulwax albums, while this might be true it was only a small portion of their 1.5hr long set, and when it sounds so good who really cares. I’d do it all again in the morning.
The best dj set i’ve ever been too.



To be continued……

disclaimer: this is my take on these artists, obviously some will think i’m wrong.

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