not a member? click here to sign up

Electric Picnic 2008: Saturday

Day two, and Franz Ferdinand provide pure entertainment, That Petrol Emotion win the attention of a new generation and the Body And Soul area hosts the mother of all night parties.

Ruraidh Conlon O'Reilly, 01 Sep 2008

The greyness doesn’t lift: in fact, it’s a wonder the heavens don’t just open. It doesn’t deter Super Extra Bonus Party though, who just look delighted with themselves, bouncing around the stage and smiling like loons. Whether they’re caught up in the moment or celebrating the free Lyons Tea stall is uncertain (sustaining the Hot Press operation for much of the weekend, they gave out free Flakes too). Boss Volenti are present and correct, their drummer lashing into the hard rock madness like a force of nature. The folically-challenged Shaun Robinson of Oppenheimer is having a good one. “Seriously, is there steam coming off my forehead? I look like Moby…”. Airhorns are produced and the band fires party streamers into the crowd. Fun.

It is a good time to wander. There's Ulrich Schnauss doing his laptop thing. There's the oblique deconstructed weirdness of You’re Only Massive. And there's Cathy Davey. The scheduling demons have struck again with the Crawdaddy tent unable to satisfy the astonishing demand for the ever-charming Cathy, but those who are inside witness a performance that is both strong and incredibly delicate.

There’s something about the Picnic and reunions, with the Jesus and Mary Chain, MBV, The Human League and countless more reconvening in recent years. Added to the list is That Petrol Emotion, whose political punk has rekindled immense levels of devotion. Steve Mack is an exuberant wonder even after all those years, diving head first into the crowd and almost falling through the gaps. Though their songs are hardly etched into the popular consciousness the amount of goodwill is heartening.

Elbow (pictured) nearly steal the weekend. Summoning up almost ridiculous levels of everyman intensity, Guy Garvey strums as if his life depends on it, drapes himself in the tricolour and leads the crowd in a life-affirming singalong to ‘On A Day Like This’. “Throw those curtains wide/ A day like this a year would see me right.” Pleasing the main stage crowd is Wilco, with a be-hatted Jeff Tweedy and friends showing off some superb Television-via-The Band musicianship and the spirit of Americana.

Franz Ferdinand (pictured) aim to please. Kicking off with ‘Michael’, the boys dip into unheard new songs while enjoying the luxury of bringing it back to instantly familiar territory whenever things seem to flag. ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Ulysses’ are classic Franz, sitting pleasantly beside ‘Do You Want To’, ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘40ft’, culminating in all four drumming the life out of the poor drumkit. It is a performance of pure entertainment from Alex Kapranos, and someone seems to have taught bassist Bob Hardy stagecraft too.

As George Clinton and his P-Funk Allstars take it into the long night, on everyone’s lips is the circus act from the future: Lucent Dossier are holding court in the Body And Soul. As are ze Franz: hanging about and chatting to all comers, they’ve got the party spirit too. Strains of a rapturous ‘Born Slippy’ drift across the site from Underworld in the Electric Arena. The Lost Vagueness area contains all manner of distractions: a cabaret stage in a mocked up mental asylum, for one. Someone swears that Danny, the guy with Tourette’s from Big Brother, is fronting a punk band here. Anything goes, and one nomadic over-indulger seems to have forgotten what day it is. This is ok when you're in the crowd. Less so when you're due onstage.

Page 1/2     <Previous 1 2 Next> 

Artist Related Content

Latest Related Articles For This Artist

Electric Picnic Line-up 2016

LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey and The Chemical Brothers are among the hundreds of acts set to play Electric Picnic next weekend.

News: 26 Aug 2016

Check out the new Electric Picnic app

The app will give you the opportunity to explore this year's festival at the touch of a button.

News: 24 Aug 2016

Electric Picnic announces new lakeside swimming area

Pack your trunks if you're headed to Stradbally this year

News: 16 Aug 2016

Global Green Ecovillage At Electric Picnic

This year's highlights include Wastefellow, Anna-Meike Bishop, Jem Mitchell, Witch Trials to name but a few. We will be screening Atlantic, the important new film from the creator of The Pipe, and Voices Rising our performance poetry showcase will this year include Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Fergus Costello and Cormac Lally.

News: 10 Aug 2016

Electric Picnic: Trailer Park 2016

Featuring the likes of CC Brez, Cirque du Sol, The Young Folk, Emma Lou & The Agenda, Lethal Dialect, VOXX, The Luna Boys, Dylan Tighe and The Bloody Quills

News: 03 Aug 2016

best of ireland

Contact Us

Hot Press,
13 Trinity Street,
Dublin 2.
Rep. Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 241 1500

Click here for more contact information.

Click here to find out more about Hot Press

Hot Press always welcomes feed back so if you've got something to tell us click here.

Advertise With Us

For more detail on how to advertise with Hot Press click here or call us on +353 (1) 241 1540