Four Tet @ Dimensions Festival, Croatia
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An abandoned fort on the beautiful Croatian coast is the perfect setting in which to see Four Tet transmit his long, heady and mesmeric rhythms. It’s the first night of the first ever Dimensions festival, and Kieran Hebden is at the controls beneath a clear, star-speckled sky, standing on a stage flanked by tall stone walls and crested by bright orange flames. It’s as if the civilisation that built this place did so with techno in mind, creating a gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre for ravers many generations down the line. And Four Tet is making full use of it, letting loose music that makes the body move and the mind melt. The material is majestic enough on record, and even more so live when he begins to improvise, turning tracks into cosmic excursions powered by fat, unending grooves. As the crowd relaxes into his set, the vibe feels more like a free party than a paid-for festival. The night air is warm, everyone is miles away from home and we’re all absolutely having it. Seb Wheeler
Guy Gerber live @ Zo o P r o j e c t F e s t i va l , K e n t
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the unmistakeable silhouette of 80s synth wizard Gary Numan clutches a microphone, left leg raised up on a monitor speaker. Its hair points skyward, like the fingers rising skyward from the entire crowd in Bestival’s Big Top tent. And while it’s impossible to see the man’s signature eyeshadow from the middle of the swarm, nothing is as iconic the 54-year-old’s voice. Along with his outwardly flamboyant, new wave styling, the effect-laden synth hooks fed through guitar pedals to create his trademark riffs pioneered a new era in electronic music, and the tracks have stood the test of time.
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Tonight is opening night at Bestival 2012, the first of four glorious sunny days coloured by a frenzy of costumes, clubs and concerts. Entitled ‘Back To The Future’, tonight’s Big Top programme has already hosted a DJ set from The 2 Bears, and with the promise of Adamski and Hot Chip still to come the music is criss-crossing time’s borders to perfection. Numan’s triplet of opening tracks include ‘The Fall’ and ‘In A Dark Place’ and raise expectations for something special, before the sudden, soaring riff of ‘Cars’ instantaneously creates a new generation of Numanoids and sets the night on fire.
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All too soon, the man from Hammersmith is bringing his incredible set to a close. And as a smiley, acidfaced flag swoops in circles across the crowd, the soft, delicate piano keys of Numan’s 1979 Tubeway Army charttopper ‘Are Friends Electric?’ flutters into earshot, igniting an electro-pop sing-along that leaves complete strangers dancing in each other’s arms. Not to be outdone, Hot Chip shake a friendly fist with hits such as ‘Boy From School’ and their first live airing of ‘The Warning’ since 2007, before a final cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ melts the past into the present once more. Phil Dudman
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They took a gamble in billing their first UK festival as ‘100% waterproof’, luring leery punters with promises of permeable chalkland and better drainage. But while Zoo Project couldn’t quite bring the Ibiza heat to the shores of Kent, the rain – despite one of the wettest seasons on record – thankfully stayed away. One artist who enjoyed the sea of face paint, animal masks and zebra onesies was Saturday headliner, Guy Gerber, whose seductive brand of house and deep tech served as the perfect segue between previous act DJ Sneak and tent-closer Scuba. The flame-jugglers and angle-grinding cavemen at his flanks certainly produced a spectacle, as the concentration and enjoyment on Gerber’s face suggested there may be more to these live laptop shows than meets the eye. Speaking after the performance, the Israeli, whose recent ‘FabricLive 64’ mix was curated purely from a selection of his own productions, said he “Found it a very similar vibe to the Ibiza party”. Another place chock-full of crazy animals, then... Tim Rudall
Adam Weatherly, Vic Frankowski, Dan Medhurst, Tom Horton
The big top kicks off Bestival in style
Published on Feb 15, 2013
I commission and edit all the gig reviews on this page, this month writing up classic double billing at Bestival on my 30th Birthday!