Electric Picnic Review
Iggy, Beastie Boys and Bjork play the Irish festival...
With Festival season almost completely squeezed dry, Stadbally, Co Laois, Ireland attracted 30,000 music lovers, some of the worlds biggest artists and copious amounts of beer for Electric Picnic 2007.
The new 3 day event, offers the average punter a more relaxed festival experience, replacing muddy wellies and warm lager with the likes of a sauna and hot tub temple, chill out pods and organic stages sitting within the oak trees of Stadbally Hall.
Main stage kicked off the Festival with Bjork, who started with a few slow tracks but managed to get the crowd to go nuts with an intense version of Army Of Me.
LCD Soundsystem took the crowd into the night with blistering versions of Daft Punk and an extra long version Yeah. Meanwhile in a packed out tent, Modest Mouse got everyone sweaty.
On Saturday, Festival folk were spoilt for choice. If planned out with pin point accuracy and a few shortcuts between tents, you could make it from M.IA, who got the crowd into a frenzy with tunes from her new album Kala, to a legendary performance from The Polyphonic Spree, all dressed in a new military black uniforms, the massive group managed to get the sun to come out and play for a bit.
If you where quick you could have caught the back end of a packed out Erasure tent, and the beginning of 2 hour sweaty hip hop love in with The Beastie Boys who sent the crowd mental when finishing their set with a pumped up version of Sabotage, to finally end the night with the big beats and even bigger clown projections of The Chemical Brothers.
If anyone was unlucky enough to have missed the Beastie Boys the previous night, luck was on their side Sunday, as the boys did another set and got the final day of Electric Picnic off and running.
Unkle took over from the Beasties and offered one of the most talked about performance at the festival. With the likes of Richard Ashcroft and Ian Browns vocals echoing around the tent, the boys played classic beats and new tunes from their album War Stories.
To end the festival Iggy Pop showed everyone suffering from camping aches and pains how old men can still kick it. In what looked like sprayed on jeans he rocked the Festival crowd and got them ready for festival closers Primal Scream.
Starting slow with a variation of rock and electronic tunes it wasnt until the second half of the gig that Bobby and the boys got the crowd going nuts.
Loaded, Country Girl and an awesome version of Movin on Up, the Scream made sure every festival goer went home with a big loved up smile on their faces.