Reality proves as electric as the fantasy
Sated Electric Picnicers offer their verdicts
The best music festival of 2007? Don’t take our word for it. On The Record blog readers were asked to give us their verdict on the Electric Picnic and here’s their take on it.
Many agreed with Ian, who cited a certain indie superstar jam as a highlight. “Now I love some Final Fantasy, I’m a bit iffy on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and quite dismissive of Architecture In Helsinki. But what happens when you add all three together? You get a 40-minute improvised jam session in the Body and Soul on Sunday night which had to be a million times better than Primal Scream were on the main stage.”
Others, like Murphisto, found highs everywhere they looked. “Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid were unbelievable. Checking out the rave in Fossett’s Circus on Sunday night was a surreal buzz. Also The Dukesbox (a three-piece band squashed in a caravan playing whatever you keyed in, from Beefheart to
Mötörhead to Mousse T), Jamie Lidell rocking the Bodytonic tent and Yoda’s VJ set.”
Cait mentioned “Chk Chk Chk, the entire cinema tent dancing to Footloose, the almost-rave on Sunday in Body and Soul, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and the daily Ticket!”
Chk Chk Chk were also a hit with Portixol as was Final Fantasy (“the Arcade Fire in your pocket”), Ratatat (“buckets of hair plus Mogwai plus Godspeed) and Spilly Walker (“David Kitt and mini David Kitt roll out Ibiza anthems”).
After enduring tuneless versions of David Bowie’s hits in the red campsite on Friday night, Matt Vinyl’s weekend got better with Electrelane, Ratatat, Rilo Kiley, Sonic Youth, Fujiya and Miyagi and Skream.
“I rounded off the weekend in Body and Soul getting down to Stevie G, who managed to play just about every song released since about 1957 in his set and the crowd were loving it.”
Fujiya and Miyagi were also a wow for Liam Asciinoid (as were “Erasure, LCD Soundsystem, dancing with inflatable butterfly girls and Le Bien in Body and Soul”) and Naomi (“their jumpy beats and impeccable timing in Foggy Notions on Sunday night blew me away”), while Sarah was won over by “Oppenheimer, Super Extra Bonus Party, Jarvis Cocker, Lisa Hannigan and The Dhol Foundation. “There was so much really good stuff going on,” Sarah said. “Next year ahoy.”
Welly good: Put them away for another year