For a certain kind of person in Ireland currently, the passing of a year is no extensive judged by customary milestone in the calendar for example Christmas otherwise St Patrick’s Day.
The time in which one stops for a instant to think somberly to themselves, “Christ, is it that time of year over?” is no extensive that of holy tradition, however is nonetheless a journey, of kinds, in which the young plus strange descend upon a big arena in Stradbally, Co. Laois for a vacation of depravity.
Electric Picnic has come plus gone yet again, and the year-long, countrywide countdown to the subsequent one has initiated.
The bright plus colorful throng that had spent the weekend task in actions of great impiety are now grappling through all manner of unblessed inner demon, all in a heroic try to recover the sense of functionality that they owned a mere few days before; all as numerous music publications try, in vain, to clarify what the fuck essentially occurred this time.
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And by that in mind, let us press on. The chief headliners this day were LCD Sound system, Lana Del Rey, Chemical Brothers, plus New Order, however as continually the vastness of these terms stood simply as a background to the nuance plus silliness of the respite of the fiesta with its bewildering areas and set pieces.
As is custom, the Body and Soul arena stood as the cheerful and colorful epicenter of insanity within the fiesta; a world someplace in among a utopia plus dystopia. The dystopian feature to the place was maximum seeming while strolling round over the harsh plus brutal weather situations.
All around you, collections of persons – provisionally feral persons, get away from the realisms of the real world as well as in rather tribal states – are bunched together in clumps, trying to acquire warm by simple campfire, or else by taking housing from the awful rain in man-made woody or else wicker shacks.
The sense of utopia takings over however when really engaging with these apparently animalistic persons. You are met with large, extensive smiles and memos of love plus well wishes.
These persons are intoxicated – happy by love plus music and color plus light and… Other things. The place is a maze of lighting, occupied to the brim through attractive lunatics.
In one angle lay a keyhole, big sufficient to fit an individual, which, as one walk inside, transportations them in to a sort of Alice in Fairyland world – an eccentric place with rabbit holes as well as secret hideouts to puzzle and lure.
Somewhere else stood the Peace Pagoda – a trivial, round venue which usually hosted ambient music plus visuals for its residents to journey out to, however which furthermore rarely hosted yoga lessons, or, most astonishingly, a while of late night disco dancing. Usually at night however, the place sounded dark as well as viewed trippy. That is the strongest clarification of the Pagoda accessible.
In terms of the band on the Body and Soul Main Stage, Irish group TooFools as well as Overhead, The Albatross were the highpoints. TooFools were an erotic, groovy time – an excessive Friday night gig to acquire the hips gyrating as well as to release a while of randiness out in to the air. It was, rather simply, awful fun.
On the other sideways of the spectrum, Overhead shut the Body and Soul Main Phase on the Sunday night through a set which is very hard to define as “fun”. It was strong.
That word actually does get overused by regard to music, however it actually was very, very strong.
One of the finest gigs of the entire weekend happened inside Rankin’s Wood Stage, while, on Saturday sunset, Glass Animals were met through marvelous noise and enthusiasm by a crowd of persons incapable to keep hold of their shit. It was an eccentric gig, with a sound mix of songs from their first plus lately released second album which delivered possibly the main reaction of the entire festival.
LCD Sound system as well as New Order were probably two favorites of the Main Stage. There actually is nothing like experiencing ‘Blue Monday’ in flesh as well as then watching as the leftovers of Joy Division nearby the set through ‘Love Would Tear Us Apart’.