Excusable Expressions


the power gets turned off at the picnic


….continued on from part one

electric picnic crowd

Sunday

The first act we got to see at the last day of the festival went to Villagers in the Crawdaddy stage…No interest moving on.

We decided to stay in the Crawdaddy tent to catch the Cork born Mick Flannery. Now I had only heard his latest offering “White Lies” in full a few weeks ago and thought it was a nice offering, especially “tomorrow’s paper”, but by god was he a real bore. The man has absolutely no charisma on stage, his dog-faced guitar was more exciting than his performance. All he basically did was tell us the name of the song he was about to play, play it, tell us the name of the next song and repeat and repeat and repeat.
Don’t get me wrong, he sounded great as did the rest of his band, but liven up Mick. The most exciting thing that happened during his set was when a guy in the front row collapsed for a minute.

After Mick we made our way over to the Electric Arena in anticipation of two guys I was quite looking forward to, Simian Mobile Disco. I had heard loads of great things about their live sets as they do everything there on the fly. After a bit of a delay in getting their mobile lighting system ready they jumped right in, but they didn’t really go anywhere. It all just seemed a bit flat, impressive? yes, but just flat. “Audacity of Huge” never reached the heights that it so should of, and I wouldn’t for a second blame the crowd, it just wasn’t there.

switch

Deciding earlier on that I definately wanted to catch the other half of Major Lazer, namely Switch, I left everyone else at the mobile disco and once again made my way over to the Little Big Tent.
If I was underimpressed with Simian Mobile Disco’s performance the same couldn’t be said for Switch’s set. Mixing the likes of Major Lazer with Abba – much to the delight of the crowd – brought about some great results, and he knew it, playing up big time to the crowd.

Seeing as the Electric Arena was running about 1/2 hour late I stayed on for a few mins to hear the opening few mixes of dj/producers Aeroplane, of which previously I had heard good things. I liked. Alot.

I tried to make my way back to the gang for Florence and the Machine but there was no way of that happening as the tent was absolutely jammers, instead deciding on a spot near the edges of the swarm of onlookers. Now I’ve never been a big fan of Flo’ and the Mo’ but in fairness to the girl she does put on one hell of a performance, working up the crowd into fits of hysterics and her voice was just phenomenal live.

Stayed for the opening song from Fleet Foxes and by the end of the same opening song I was already bored.

Then it was decision time, Royksopp or Passion Pit. Big fan of Royksopp’s last album “Junior” and somewhat curious to see if Passion Pit’s front man Michael Angelakos could really go that high live – the brother saw them at this past Oxygen and told me to go, if only to hear his voice. Passion Pit won out. A friend and I headed over quite early to get up close and I was surprised at how many people had the same idea as us. After a short delay in getting the synthesizers working properly they definitely delivered the goods with joyful and playful abundance throughout.

And so it was to the last real act of the festival. Basement Jaxx. I’ve always been a fan of these guys and thoroughly enjoyed have a good old bop beside the flags to some of their classics such as “Rendez-Vu” and “Where’s Your Head At?”. Basement Jaxx always seemed to be classified as a dance act, but i’ve never really agreed with that. They always mix it up, infusing their songs with a wide range of vocal styles and instruments.

And what a fine way to close Electric Picnic 2009.



sound.off #2
July 16, 2009, 10:29 pm
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freddie mercury

With the recent passing of the late, great Michael Jackson it got me thinking that really and truly the artists of these days just aren’t like the stars of days gone by. There’s no one really out there at the moment that just has that real showman stage presence, the quality to truly captivate audiences the world over, that certain “je nais se quoi”, something which Jacko, Freddie or even Elvis had in spades.

Yeah granted that La Roux might be number 1, or fair enough Florence and the Machine’s new album might be getting good reviews, but c’mon, really the’ll just come and go like most other “bright new stars”. We’ll all dance to their beats today but will be talking about someone else tomorrow. None of them having any real staying power the likes of which the true greats had and still do.
The problem is that nothing really differentiates them from the rest, they all want to be seen as different, but in trying to be seen as different they’re just making themselves all the same.