Thursday, 6 August 2009

Mr. Brown's show/festival reviews: Act I (part 1)

Hi there,

Today, I'm going to do something a little different from the usual posts or album reviews. It's my first ever Party/event review...

And since I went to see two big names recently, this'll be a double post: First up, my Moby encounter at Tomorrowland, and then some Fatboy Slim.

Tomorrowland is a growing Dance festival organised by the Belgian group of ID & T. This year was only the fifth edition and therefore it is a very young festival, but that certainly doesn't show. Each year, the line-up is getting bigger and bigger.

What you can see here is the pride of the festival, the main stage, a masterpiece that required half a year to build incorporating fountains, flamethrowers, lasers, some big ass screens and a booming fireworks show. I must say it's quite impressive and here is where I spent most of my stay...

It started off with a live show by the Subs, and I have to say Papillon was like an animal on stage. Standing on the front row I even managed to accidentally touch his groin when he passed by crowdsurfing, I'll never wash my hand again.

Next up were some DJ-sets by both Armand van Helden and John Dahlbäck:
Armand did some pretty nifty stuff, but unfortunately none of his early work was present... The style of his set followed his latest monsterhit Bonkers.
It was enjoyable and danceable, but I espected so much more from him.

Here's this years summer anthem by Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden for those two people who haven't heard it already:

Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers [right click to download]

and here's the Doorly remix for a nice dubby variation:

Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers (Doorly Remix) [right click to download]

John Dahlbäck on the other hand was way better than I expected, and he kept me entertained untill the headliner of this year made his entry.

I know, many of you won't really like him, because his own work -although he is a musical mastermind and keeps giving birth to great songs faster than a colony of horny rabbits- sounds similar and not so energetic. Well, then think again cause you never saw him perform a DJ'set.
He came on, did his obligatory photoshoot (Moby has this compulsary behaviour to take pictures of the crowd before he begins, normally from a location where he can't be seen) and then the madness started...
Two words to describe his performance: Ravetastic and energawesome (actually those are four words but you know what I mean).

Moby dug up some ninetees rave classics and made the crowd move like x-taking lunatics (although some probably were). Here's my personal favourite of the evening, James Brown Is Dead by LA Style.

L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead [right click to download]

This song was the influence to Mr. Oizo's Bruce Willis is Dead and although James Brown outlived LA Style, at the present time we can only aknowledge the title. It's got a pounding bass, some repetitive snares and a melody you just can't get out of your head for a lifetime. Add the awesome opening lyrics to the cocktail and you've made yourself a rave classic.

The show ended with some fireworks to the sounds of Go and Why does my heart feel so bad.

I'll have to admit seeing Moby live was one of the greatest shows I saw up to today (and I saw some awesome gigs, just to let you know).

Extra, extra:

Moby - Pale Horses(Gui Boratto's Last Window Remix) [right click to download]

But the festival wasn't finished just yet: Café d'Anvers was celebriting it's tenth birtday and man did they invite some kick ass names to celebrate it.
So I managed to finish the day with some Josh Wink, Sasha & John Digweed (oh joy).

On to next I say, and that's what we'll do... tomorrow (I wanted to make this one megapost, but I need to think about our readers flashplayers and attention spans)

So, enjoy
Mr. Brown


untravaersil said...

I saw Benni Benassi and John Digweed at Global Dance Festival this summer, and I thought that show was awesome.

After watching that third video though... holy shit.

You have to give mad props to the guys who organize and plan those lightshows. To be part of the crew that operates/plans the lights, fog machines and, in this case, fireworks, would be such a blast.

Mr. Brown said...

I know it was sick, I knew ID&T is pretty famous for their shows, but I didn't expect something of that magnitude. pulling off 9 stages with two major firework/laser ones...