Had a ball of a weekend at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival. It is so much more than a music festival in that it has so much to do and see. The Body & Soul has a real relaxed vibe with hammocks, massages and yoga going on all weekend. There is also an crafts centre, paintballing area, comedy tent, fun fair, circus, reggae area and forest rave and that is all before you even get to the music which included Arctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Disclosure and Hurts to name but a few.
My highlights of the weekend were Johnny Marr and Disclosure.Disclosure are relatively new and I sort of consider them to be a hidden gem. They performed after Bjork on Saturday at midnight. The main stage emptied out after Bjork and we managed to get ridiculously close to the top of the stage. Never have I been more elated during an hour long set than I was at Disclosure. Opening with the infectious 'When a Fire Starts to Burn', I just let loose and danced the night away. I was so euphoric following the set that I was buzzed until four in the morning from the adrenaline. Disclosure really know how to play to the crowd and its exciting to see a dance act not just hunched over laptops and turn tables but playing several different instruments each live as well as providing some vocals.
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|Me (Right): Vintage Levis Jacket|
American Apparel Dress
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|Living Legend Johnny Marr|
I am a bit of a cliche in that I only went to Johnny Marr's gig in the hopes of him playing some Smiths songs and boy was I not disappointed. It seems I wasn't the only one. The crowd lost their minds whenever the familiar riff of a Smiths song flooded through the Electric tent. Just about coping with the euphoria of hearing 'How Soon is Now' performed by Marr himself, the delighted crowd applauded Marr assuming that was the last song. But instead Johnny thanked the crowd and stated 'f**k everyone else' and launched into 'There is a Light that will Never Go Out.' It sort of felt like taking in a piece of music history. Marr knows what the festival crowd want and doesn't mind giving them it at the expense of his solo material.
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