Re­al­ity proves as elec­tric as the fan­tasy

Sated Elec­tric Pic­nicers of­fer their ver­dicts

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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

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