EP10: Saturday’s highlights
King Conor: Villagers come of age (Pic by Brenda Fitzsimons from The Daily Ticket) Villagers: it was most certainly A Moment. A packed tent, giddy expectations in the air and a band mixing swagger with the nerves that come from …
Villagers: it was most certainly A Moment. A packed tent, giddy expectations in the air and a band mixing swagger with the nerves that come from such a sense of occasion all came together splendidly yesterday evening. Who knew that the songs from “Becoming A Jackal” would so easily become singalong anthems?
LCD Soundsystem: why do we reckon that James Murphy is rethinking that whole “oh man, I don’t know, I want to do other stuff” line which he was hawking in interviews all year along? Well, maybe because he’s thinking that give up something as good as this band at full throttle may be a hasty move. As fine an LCD performance as I’ve ever seen, bold and bright on every level. “Get Innocuous” was pure headspinning, thrilling genius. And, per the interview he did with Phantom 105.2 (and thanks James for The Far Side promo), a Dublin show may be in the offing soon.
Gil Scott-Heron: I’ve waited years to see and hear this man live and he didn’t disappoint. An epic “We Almost Lost Detroit” on its own would have been worth the price of admission, with Scott-Heron starting off solo on piano with that great Old Testament voice of his, before the band arrived to colour in the lines. Old warriors never die.
Leftfield: they brought the bass and kept it thumping until the early hours. An inspired booking because they appealed both to old-school EP-goers’ sense of nostalgia and the new-school EP-goers’ love of a decent anthem. “Phat Planet” FTW.
Fang Island: ramshackle, bolshie, anthemic fraggle-rock from the Rhode Island five-piece who seem hellbent on having a good time all the time.
Lisa O’Neill: we’re even bigger fans of this Cavan singer after a hugely confident set showcasing her pure folk voice, winning bevy of songs and a fine band who didn’t over-egg the pudding.
Robyn: a packed tent for Swedish queenpin’s master-class in how to cast wicked electropop spells. From the opening “Fembot” on, this was purrrrfect. Ran Janelle close in the onstage dancing stakes too.
These New Puritans: an excellent demonstration of the sonic smarts behind current album “Hidden” and how a band so in thrall to pointyheaded sounds and theories can still produce a fabulous live rattle.
Imelda May: c’mon people, admit it, she’s the business. Rocking the main stage like she was to the manor born, this was an exciting, pulsating and quite enthralling. That version of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love” was the cherrry on top.
Daily Ticket: amazing feedback from the masses on Saturday’s issue, especially Conor “Pricewatch” Pope’s food recommendations and Brenda Fitzsimons’ stunning shot of Janelle Monae on the cover. Bringing you the finest #EP10 news and views from a shed in the middle of a field in Co Laois.
The rumour: The National to play three nights in Dublin’s Olympia from December 2 to 4. Reckon you’ll be hearing a lot more EP acts announcing autumn/winter indoor shows in the next day or two.