Electric Picnic 2011: we’re still standing
It’s Sunday morning and we’re still at it. We’ve produced two superb editions of The Daily Ticket from our blue tin-can office (we would like to deny that (a) it’s one of the containers from the second series of The …
It’s Sunday morning and we’re still at it. We’ve produced two superb editions of The Daily Ticket from our blue tin-can office (we would like to deny that (a) it’s one of the containers from the second series of The Wire or (b) that it was previously used by US forces in Guantanamo Bay). We’ve eaten many (many) pies. We’ve seen many (many) bands. But we’re still going.
Some highlights from me so far: Flying Lotus last night was on some other extra-terrestrial space level entirely, a set of tunes which expanded my mind by at least 13 per cent. The Jezebels’ Irish debut was a bit of a wow and you could safely predict they’ll be playing much bigger tents and stages within a year. Arcade Fire’s return to their Irish spiritual home was a bit of a goosebumps’ moment as they opened with “Wake Up” and never the pace slacken for the entire set.
Tieranniesaur are fast becoming a big live treat, with a show which is getting more and more funkier with every passing gig. John Grant was mesmerising, a set which was full of confidence and grand songs of immense eloquence. The Trinity Orchestra doing Daft Punk’s “Discovery” was a great old blast, putting new oomph into the French duo’s masterpiece (just a pity they didn’t all don motorbike helmets a la the Punk).
But the number one hit, the act I’m so glad I saw, was Santigold. Now, that was a show. Everything about it was superb, from the way in which Santi White and her band boogied with those solid gold classics from her debut to her backing dancers/vocalists swinging hammers during “LES Artises” (hopefully Tipp will swing their hurleys as well today). A funky, feel-good, fantastic show – and the new songs, from the forthcoming 2012 album, sounded marvellous too.