EP2017: It’s like the Eurovision final for Jenny Berggren
If you were a hardcore 90s Atlantic 252 listener, you’ll know this one. Maybe...
Jenny Berggren from Ace of Base performing at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base)
Electric Ireland Throwback Stage
There’s a time and a place at Electric Picnic to try and seek out bands your Spotify Weekly recommends and then there are the moments that you just want to go bananas to Sash and 2 Unlimited and drink pints of Smirnoff Ice.
The Electric Ireland Throwback Stage is like the Hotel California for hardcore 90s Atlantic 252 listeners – you can never leave those days of plastic soothers as fashion items and dodgy dolphin tattoos.
There may be only one of Ace of Base belting out Happy Nation over a booming backing track but the crowd treat the arrival of the “brown-haired one” onstage as if it is the Eurovision final.
In a selection of ever more sequened clothing with a face like your Aunty Sheila at the Christmas party at last orders, Jenny tries her best dishing out Europop filler.
A tiny child cowers in fear with her hands clamped over her ears as her mother roars along shouting “You’ll know one in a minute!” Her disgruntled daughter doesn’t and neither does anyone else until the perfect pop of The Sign happens.
“I might go out into the audience and eat you all!” she shouts to the crowd.
Thankfully everyone survives to hear what we all came here for – the haunted cod-reggae genius of All That She Wants sending us off with a true smash hit in our hearts.