Grabbing the (Red) Bull by the Horns
The Red Bull Electric Ballroom was the place to be for dance fanatics over the weekend. the world’s top DJs, sensational live bands, and a host of flamboyantly-dressed eccentrics giving it their best Prodigy step? Here’s the lowdown.
Dave Hanratty, 15 Jul 2011
Before exiting the stage, Aoki makes a point of introducing Diplo to the packed arena. Utilising his superstar aura, the in-demand producer turns the ballroom on its head, transforming the crowd into an ocean of flailing limbs, nodding heads and waving glowsticks. Quite stunning.
And so to Saturday night’s main event. It appears that Italian noise terrorists The Bloody Beetroots are on a mission to unleash as much musical carnage and chaos as possible. The ballroom quickly resembles a sonic battleground as the crowd attempt to outdo the madness onstage. Perhaps in response, the masked men usher in the devastating one-two punch of ‘Warp’ and their frenzied take on Refused’s punk classic ‘New Noise’. As the smoke clears the Beetroots take a brief moment to survey their work. Mission accomplished.
Making a late play on Sunday afternoon to steal Shit Robot’s ‘Most Amazing Visual’ crown is Brit electro whizkid Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Decked in his signature Native American headdress, he rocks the house accompanied by a trio of fright-wigged femme fatales, their presence creating a Plan 9 From Outer Space effect. Except you know, good.
With mere hours remaining at the festival, the remaining acts attempt to make every second count. Back-to-back sets from Alex Metric and Fake Blood keep revellers on their toes in frantic fashion, while Kid Cudi-approved duo Crookers bring their unique brand of hip house to the Ballroom, unleashing a rhythmic rollercoaster that nearly blows the roof right off the building.
Laughing in the face of the idea that the last act of the festival should wind things down, Dutch sensation Afrojack delights in pushing the tempo, not to mention the decibel levels. With ears ringing and hearts pumping, the curtain falls on the Ballroom following a weekend of constant energy and thrills. Same time