Longitude Sunday Photos and Review
Longitude Festival – Marley Park, Sunday, 21st July 2013
Top Acts from Sunday
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 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 a 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 in the band mix. Mulch-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”.
“Ones To Watch” – from Longitude (Sunday)
Half Moon Run – Woodlands Stage
Grunge infused funk like a cross between “Red Hot Chilli Peppers”, “Pearl Jam” and “Kings of Leon” playing upbeat keys with a seriously strong bass line. Their harmonies are similar to “Little Green Cars” and they even squeeze in a harmonica. Arty hipsters types they were appreciated by the crowd, demonstrated by a jam packed tent. Loads of pent up energy looking forward to seeing these guys in a venue where the people can crowd surf, give it up for Half Moon Run. The Canadians will return to Dublin in November for a show at The Workman’s Club.
East India Youth – Heineken Live Project Stage
The sublime one man electro musician William Doyle rocked our minds at the Heineken Stage check out his Hostel EP which contains boasts four awe-inspiring creations. Still very new and very young, he’s standing out as an architect of electronic sound and receiving rave reviews. East India Youth is definitely one to watch over the next few years.
Nialler9 – Redbull Stage
DJ Niall Byrne played an impressive array of electro tropical, dream-wave some deep, deep funky bass. Crowd jammed in now. Lovely dance vibe. Check out his dreamy under water coral sound at a Dublin venue soon via Nialler9.com and we look forward to hearing more material from Nialler9.
Kraftwerk – Main Stage
German electronic outfit Kraftwerk were last band on the bill over the weekend. The band shared 3d glasses with the crowd, these were perched on the crowd’s noses creating a very interesting spectacle, while the four robotic DJ’s (Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagenand) beat us with their older than Old school 3D light show beat and pumped up the crowd for a feast of their tunes. Kicking off with “The Robots”, it didn’t really grab my attention, the old school graphics didn’t work well in the bright sunlight.
For “Radioctivity” green numbers smacked our eyes old school, giving a warpier feeling combined with nice distorted drums. “Computerworld” was very limey with more old school graphics becoming like rainbow lasers. Lights went down for “The Man Machine” and “Numbers” ruled the crowd. The early computer graphics backdrop was good, but slightly hard on the eyes after a long weekend but no major shakes.
Man and machine became one for the last set of Longitude, all in all a good way to slow things down and end on a calm note.
Review by Áine Byrne
Photos by Tudor Marian