Bonobo at The Olympia Theatre – Review & Photos

bonobo-olympia-theatre-28On Thursday the 3rd of October British electro trip-hop DJ Bonobo played the Olympia Theatre in Dublin to a heaving full house. Support on the night was given by fellow DJ Dauwd who did a good job of warming up the crowd but failed to really grab their attention with most trying to shout over the music and not giving the stage much attention.

Fortunately, for Bonobo, it was the polar opposite when it was his turn to take the stage. As he strolled out to take his position in front of his table laden with equipment the crowd went wild and those who had been chatting in the back of the venue pressed forward to try and get as near to the front as possible. With a quick greeting to the audience he jumped right in with his set playing ‘Sapphire’ a mid-tempo song with multi-layered bell sounds and a slight funk sound to it.

An LED screen was positioned behind Bonobo with a visual display pulsing along to the deep bass beat that was rumbling through the venue. Concert goers were in electro ecstasy as they swayed and moved to the beat of ‘Heaven for the Sinner’, another mid to slow tempo song with female vocal effects.

The highlight of the night was when singer Szjerdine came on to the stage in a glittering dress of silver to sing some numbers off of Bonobo’s new album ‘The North Borders’ which she featured on in a number of tracks. ‘Towers’, a song laden with harmonies and synthesiser gave such a multi-layered effect that had Szjerdine in the spotlight with her sweet and effortless vocals.

Bonobo was accompaniment by an array of musicians on the night including bassists, guitarists and rarer sights at a DJ gig like musicians playing saxophone, trumpet and trombone. Even Bonobo himself picked up a bass for a few numbers and was multitasking by playing and controlling his electrical equipment at the same time, an impressive feat! The concert was definitely a success and I’m sure audience members could easily have kept going throughout the night to the entrancing music but unfortunately all good things must come to an end.

Review by Miriam McGovern

Photos by Tudor Marian


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