LONGITUDE – TOP ACTS (SUNDAY)
Longitude – 21st July 2013
Landing at Longitude on Sunday my mission was to check out as many of the acts as humanely possible, in order to narrow down who performed outstandingly and to tell you of new ones to watch for further down the music line.
YEAH YEAH YEAHS – Main Stage
Our favourite art punk rockers crashed landed right down on us with new material “Sacrilege”. Gorgeous, inspirational Karen O in her shining turquoise suit showed us how it’s done, never failing to impress once. The crowd piled in as she shaked her black and blonde hair from side to side, stinging us with “Mosquito” while sucking our blood and squealing out in perfect tune as the sun went down. Karen O still has the most amazing electric energy and her on stage presence is magnetic. We loved the slow build up by Brian Chase to “Gold line” and “Zero” perfectly showcases Nick Zinner’s insanely brilliant guitar work, which cut through the atmosphere. Terrific work, they didn’t forget to thank anyone. What else do you expect from the YYY’s? Get your leathers on and never miss them again.
HOT CHIP – Main Stage
Hot Chip was one of the biggest surprises of the day! Their beats could be heard across at the Woodlands stage, drawing us all along ‘west side story’ style fingers clicking. “Over and Over” with its ‘muck-savage’ funky beat, we will never forget this wonderful performance. Hot Chips new material harnesses world beat influences infused with nostalgic rock similar to “The Lost Boys” in places. Alexis arriving in his powder green blue suit supported by the synth players air dance moves, were noted and highly respected. Hot Chip beat their infamous Ambassador gig of 2006 hands down and absolutely smashed up any preconceptions we had. Moving on don’t forget to check out “One Life Stand”.
LONDON GRAMMAR – Heineken Live Project Stage
London art rock trio, with Hannah Reid at the helm, she blew our minds away and gave us goose bumps. Dot Major and Dan Rothman with Reid knocked us all out attracted major attention and cheers from the audience. If Sinead O’Connor, Bjork and Florence Welch were melted together, Hannah Reid would be the result. Her heavenly voice, that voice – was simply magnificent. LG’s simple, funky beat drove home their unforgettable, otherworldly sound supported by these haunting synth keys. ‘Excuse me for a while’ and listen to “Strong” it’s beautiful, can you imagine hearing this live? Get all over “Wasting My Young Years”, actually listen to any song by London Grammar as each song is as delicious as the next one. Their debut album is out in early September 2013.
SBTRKT – Heineken Live Project Stage
SBTRKT’s (pronounced ‘Subtract’) Aaron Jerome enjoys performing from behind a tribal mask to preserve his anonymity. Playing a savage dub-step set minus collaborator Sampha, only his symbolic mask up and screen supports him amidst spacey lighting. A glimpse through the smoke at his set ensured a masterly display of tribal-electro infused urban beats. As the camera orbits around space rocks, it felt like we were transported into another world. Check out “Hold On” and “Wildfire” and be sure to never miss a live performance of SBTRKT again, okay!
MILO GREENE – Woodlands Stage
On the last day of their European tour, L.A. based band Milo Greene played a very tight, self styled cinematic pop set with “Fleet Foxes” type souring harmonies. They’re hipster types – very, very impressive and stylish with a few James Dean types here and there in the band mix. Multi-instrumentalists – they move and rotate around their instruments with envious ease, very impressive. Keeping the atmosphere hotter than a ‘cat on a hot tin roof’, the crowd absolutely love them. Milo Greene songs to go after are ”1957” and “What’s the Matter”.
Review by Áine Byrne
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