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Somehow it's next week.
Gonna be there on saturday, afterparty yay or nay?
Considering getting a ticket for either thursday or saturday depending on how I feel...
The Italians Do It Better night on 2nd November is the afterparty to go to. Mike Simonetti and Lindstrom. Yes Please.
that's usually how these things work out.
I'm planning on spending a few days in Paris the week after next
really bad planning in hindsight
See Factory Floor
but Pete Swanson is also playing that night at another venue and I'm desperate to see him.
And I really want to see Death Grips to see what all the hype is about because I am not feeling it on record. (they're on saturday)
Well, I have to settle for Blawan in an old paint factory
which is not too bad I suppose
You need it http://boomkat.com/downloads/572681-juju-jordash-techno-primitivism
I'll have to check that out in the morning
ta for the heads up
Check out Paris InRocks. Several days of gigs in Paris under one umbrella event. Weekend I'm there I'm going to see Savages, Palma Violets and Alabama Shakes
Les Inrocks is a great gig to play. 1500+ people at La Cigale - was pretty decent. On TV too.
No soundcheck of course being a festival situation. But only primadonnas give a fuck about that
I am really excited. Two stages this year!
How was it?
It was great. My only complaints (much the same as everyone else's) were that once you were inside, you couldn't leave again, which you weren't told until you got there. Bit of a pain if you wanted to go and buy cigarettes etc. Not sure if that's the same this year. The only other bad thing last year was the terrible food, and tiny amounts thereof, but there are quite a few really tasty looking French food stalls this year... Looking forward to seeing where they stick the second stage, that building is enormous!
Yeah I heard a lot of that. Looks like it's a similar deal this year, but at least it seems like the two stages are alternating so there'll always be stuff happening.
Does it feel a bit more like an enormo-gig than a festival, if you know what I mean? That was my only other concern...
Oh, and is the booze as pricey as I'm guessing it will be?!
and you can't bring in your own food. You are allowed to bring in sealed bottles of water and cigarettes.
The food looks way better than last year and it look like there is more merch/records etc this time round too.
Last year was ace. Pricey drinks though! If memory serves it was about 7euro a 3/4 pint.
So they're not really ripping you off.
Although last year there was just one room, the atmosphere and setting felt more like a mini ATP than something like the Jodrell Bank gigs.
Can't believe it's next week, eek! Thanks all for info about re-admittance, booze and food. Hip flasks at the ready!
Did they release stage times before the festival last year?
...depends whether my friends will part with the money... and whether a weekend of substituting alcohol for my epilepsy medication even leaves me alive! TOUR DE LADS!!
What's the vibe? Decent crowd? Drinks prices? food options? is it cold in the venue? IS SHIT JUST TOTALLY KICKING OFF?!
At work just now but definitely tuning in for Japandroids later on
It was nice background music for office work, but nothing really happened. I'm not sure they played any actual songs. Plus Zach whatsisname was pogo-ing around stage while playing super-mellow guitar arpeggios, dunno what's up with that. I'm waiting for Japandroids as well.
pogoing while playing music-box-Marr riffs is a strange affair
Caught James Blake last night though, thought he was excellent.
i was in the front row for this, they were sick!!!
I was there near the front and they were fantastic.
not so sure
I mean, I liked it
but not really as much as I wanted to like it
it's different being there of course
it was probably a lot better for the folks in the front row, but to me it just sounded like one big 45-minute-long song with no meaningful change in tempo or texture. Now Japandroids, that's where it's at.
Maybe you need to be there, but easily one of the best British live acts at the moment.
I wasn't aware their drummer was Police Commissioner Gordon! Or maybe that's Gary Oldman's Halloween schtick... join a band, play a festival, return to normal life afterward.
they've done a great job on organisation and there's lots of little market style stalls and record labels to browse, problem is that the acts literally start straight after each other on different stages so there's little time to browse unless you're prepared to miss stuff.
Enjoyed Fuck Buttons immensely and in spite of myself had fun at Animal Collective who it turns out aren't quite as hipsterwank as they'd have you believe. Although still quite hipsterwank.
Who are `they` (who would have you believe)?
they also signed Ariel Pink which I will never forgive them for. Genuinely cannot believe that anyone listens to anything on Paw Tracks
'They' are Animal Collective as they really play up to their status.
all the bands played great sets, tons of cool shit to peruse, everyone super friendly, beer very expensive
Almost all of the music was great. The venue was cool. The people were nice. Only downsides really the needlessly fiddly drink tokens system (half tokens?! 2nd only in shitness to when Primavera tried to do QR code based drink buying), and the inability to leave the festival (not that generally you needed to, but there were times e.g. mid evening Saturday where you could have done with either a second stage running concurrently, a room with DJs in, or just a way out). Overall though a well-run festival with awesome music. Seems like they have sorted out a lot of the reported issues from last year. Would go again.
9 euro pint (WITH A WHOLE EURO BACK FOR THE CUP) and 8 euro a burger. with really no cheap options. disgracefully expensive really.
just got in an hour ago, national express/national rail is a misery.
music varied in quality.
liars - incredible. how they're not unanimously seen as one of the greatest bands on the planet is beyond me.
factory floor - mesmerising. started off slowly but by the end people were starting to lose their shit. the performance is just so loud and physical that it really moves you.
fuck buttons - the hightlight of saturday. put animal collective and their false-psychedelic noodling to shame. i try and like anco, but they're a bit boring arent they?
death grips - intense, angry and fucking good. zach hill deserves some kind of medal for his energy. they were so enjoyable that i didnt realise i'd broken my toe in liars (not a good end to the trip, oops)
but some of the bands were underwhelming. i dont get m83, or grizzly bear. and it really pissed me off that i missed pete swanson playing in paris. so
just what you expect I'm afraid. You get used to it.
Sorry you missed Swanson. He was amazing.
As they are in a good majority of bars in Paris...
Just saying, like.
Venue and music were fantastic, sound was unbelievably good in front of the stages. Only complaint I have is with the ridiculous food and drink prices. 4 euro for chips, 7 euro burgers, 8 euro beers (500ml - not even a full pint!) meant I could barely afford to eat or drink at the festival and spent a lot of my time feeling hungry since you couldn't leave and re-enter the festival. Reviews:
DIIV - Pretty cool. Really liked the fast ending they tacked onto Air Conditioning
Factory Floor - Hadn't really listened to them properly before the festival but they sounded relentless and their MS Paint style tiled visuals were mesmerising.
Japandroids - Saw them earlier in the week in Sheffield (which was insanely good - crowd surfers galore) so I stood on one of the balconies at the side to watch this time round. I liked that they came on stage early and tried to tear through as many songs as possible but was a bit disappointed that nobody else lost their shit at the "MUST GET TO FRANCE SO WE CAN FRENCH KISS SOME FRENCH GIRLS" line in Wet Hair :(
John Talabot - Oh man this was one of my highlights. ƒIN is one of my favourite records this year and it was sick to see him and Pional actually playing an electronic record live (e.g. triggering samples, playing keyboard melodies, hitting drum pads and laying down vocals) rather than just pressing play on a cd.
Sebastian Tellier - Totally overblown and fantastic. I don't speak French but you could just tell everything he was saying between sets to the crowd was suave as fuck.
M83 - The problem I have with M83 live is that it doesn't seem that on stage the band is actually doing that much. It feels more like Anthony Gonzalez singing karaoke renditions for a lot of the set since a lot of their sound comes from pre-recorded backing tracks. He's there on stage with a huge modular synth but barely touched it throughout the set. That said, when they kicked things up a notch it was great. The extended version of Sitting they play live is rad and when they actually took advantage of the Orchestra sat behind them it was amazing. Outro gave me goosebumps.
Oh man i've written a lot and that's only Thursday. I might get round to writing up my thoughts on Friday and Saturday a bit later!
My musical highlights were Robyn, Factory Floor (mesmerizing indeed), Liars (likewise), Death Grips and Rustie.
Animal Collective were utterly mind-numbing until they played the hits at which point I went fairly off my tits (as some random Canadian guy attested the next day). John Talabot was brilliant too, but I felt stifled by the lack of room for dancing during his set.
Also good: Grizzly Bear, M83, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well (despite being so early). I'd probably agree about the short timespan between sets being an annoyance.
As for the food/drink prices; the food was pretty good I thought and it was surprisingly easy to get a hipflask in, I just chucked mine in my jacket hood. Staff were all really nice as well, as were the crowd in general.
The one photo on Pitchfork in which I appear has me leering like a perve at the girl next me. I generally did that about 80% of the time (at different girls).