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25-06-2019, 15:30   #676
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Did anyone go see Fonda?
Saw them on the Sunday afternoon in Midnight Circus. They were good but it was the wrong time to see them. Would've been better to see their Sat night Orchard Lounge set but went to see Feet instead.
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25-06-2019, 19:29   #677
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I had an amazing six days on the festival site, Friday was a bit of a ravey day for me where I was mainly going for the electronic acts, I caught the last few numbers of Kneecap, who were very impressive and had a fairly packed tent, I can see these lads getting bigger. Watched a bit of Jafaris, who was kinda cheesy rap at times but he was enjoyable enough and who also pulled in a reasonable crowd. Had a look at the Hennessy tent where Aoife O'Neill was playing some funky tech house with a nice crowd gathered in the tent. Went to Reckless in Love where Automatic Tasty was laying down some thick techno crunch, followed by a brilliant Neil Flynn set. Kruder & Dorfmeister were incredible, one of the best main stage sounds I've heard, the highs and lows of the bass itself was nuts, chill ambient downbeat and sometimes crunchy ambient techno. I liked the reworking of Speechless, starting with a downbeat version and speeding up to the DnB original when the female vocalist kicked in. The tribute to Pink Floyd's Breathe (Reprise) was a very nice touch too. Finished the night at the Hennessy Sound Stage with Fish Go Deep's Funky house and techno.

Saturday myself and my friend went to check out the Living Lab tent in the main camping area, two girls were giving talks about ecological facts about the food we eat and they then created a fun eco food bingo where you could win prizes, a nice way to spend the early afternoon before the stages kicked in. We also tuned into the next bunch of speakers giving talks on Trash Talk: What Happens to Our Waste. This was ruined slightly by some guy off his head who wandered into the talk from the campsite, probably pretty wired on something, kept coming up to talk to us and not keeping a coherent conversation and asking the talkers irrelevant questions, we made a quick escape.

I checked out Reckless in Love which was celebrating Pride day and loads of folk out there dancing in all brilliant colours and breaking their moves, The Mother DJs providing their much loved playlist. My first main act to catch was Confidence Man who simply blew me away, all my buddies headed off to King Kong Company but I've seen them so many times now, I vowed to watch something fresh. Confidence Man make exceedingly refreshing ravey pop, they have that crisp production technique so beloved of Daft Punk, that sure house pomp that is spot on the beat and intensifies at very exciting levels. The band comprising of a person on electronics, keyboard & laptop whatever, a live drummer, a female and a male vocalist. One of my highlights along with K&D. A wee break then back to the campsite for doobies and drink. Special mention to Berlin Kebab, I bought a lamb kebab on Friday which was an incredible feed for 8 Euro, adorned with gorgeous feta cheese, it set me up for the day and night. Went back to Reckless in Love to catch some of Kelly Anne-Byrne, who must've had her biggest crowd yet and playing a smashing set too. Sleaford Mods put on a great set, they remind of a rave Jam although they are still rocky enough too, a decent set from them. Settled at the main stage for Modeselektor who started of promisingly with a few bangers, unfortunately there was some technical glitches which stripped the lads of any momentum, they were still very good but after the second blow out, its hard to come back. I finished the night with some more of Mother at Reckless in Love and hit the hay at 3 as I was shattered. Friday and Saturday were class sunny days kinda like last year.

Was dreadfully hungover on Sunday and the musical act to bring me out of it again was the very splendid Cian Finn in an early set at the Midnight Circus, alternating from Lovers Rock to dub and then to drum n bass and jungle even throwing in a little bit of Jon Hopkin's Open Eye Signal where I lost my marbles completely dancing all out. The lad went from 4 or 5 people at the start to a few hundred within an hour. Off to the main stage next to catch the Tulla Ceili Band accompanied by a set dancing instructor who got the audience to do some of the Clare set dances and was great craic to watch despite the drizzle which was getting progressively heavier. I think the next thing I saw was at the Woodlands Stage, Dublin Beat Poetry and rap, I think it was called Emmet Kirwan's Beats and Rhymes which was very interesting, funny and poignant.

We hung about the Hennessy Sound Lounge for an hour or two soaking in the thumping sounds of Sally Cinnamon & Pals and later the hard driving Jungle of the Hang Dai Soundsystem. Back to crew camp for a rest and maybe to catch an hour and a half shut eye. By the time I made it to the main stage at 10.30 the rain had become considerably heavier but the Blaze put on a fairly interesting show with their melancholic electronica with lovely visuals on the side screens, but alas I was just getting a tad too wet so repaired to the Midnight Circus to catching the closing act Monolink from Berlin. Now I caught Monolink two years ago at Forbidden Fruit who was the second main stage opener and played virtually to an empty ground apart from about ten people looking from the hillside, so I was so happy that this time round he had a wedged tent, probably because of the rain though but still he got a very positive reaction from the crowd. Much like R.S.A.G except Monolink sings and plays guitar over the arrangements rather than the drums, a very nice finish for the Midnight Circus. I went to the Arbutus Yarns to catch a bit of Cian Finn's set to finish my night but left after 40 minutes as was soaked to the skin and needed to get into dry clothes. A splendid weekend all the same, look out for my blog review in 3 or 4 days where I will fill in more detail as I have missed some things.

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Following on from my first post...

JPTrio - was the trad band we seen on Artubus Yarn stage Friday afternoon, very impressive and I will keep my eye out for them.

Also seen a good bit of Hatchlings Friday and Saturday there and caught most of Roisin Seoige on Sunday whilst waiting for my deep tissue massage - ahhhhh. She was very talented and I would go see her again.

Mr BD - we were at the same stage a few times, if I had of spotted you at the Emmett Kirwan poetry thing (the only time I was vaguely sober ) I would have said hello!

Just firing up the old ATN playlist now...6 weeks of studying here we go. B&S 2019 thread over and out!
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25-06-2019, 22:45   #679
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Sunday.

Cian Finn at Arbutus Yarns.


The Blaze - Main Stage.


Monolink - Midnight Circus.


The Tulla Ceili Band - Main Stage.


The Tulla Ceili Band - Main Stage.


Cian Finn opening at the Midnight Circus tent.

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25-06-2019, 23:53   #680
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You're probably grown up enough to decide yourself whether that line-up, available to read to all and sundry for quite a while now, is worth the money or not. Did you base your attendance on the presumption that it was nearly sold out? You seem to feel you were tricked in some way, which is strange.
I'd no issue with the line up, I never go for that reason.

I just feel that it was scaled down a fair bit and the ticket prices didn't reflect that.

With it being the 10 year anniversary, I thought there'd be more of an effort and the lies about the tickets selling out beforehand was clearly a push to get tickets out the door, which I think takes away from the spirit of the festival.

Perhaps the last year and they're pocketing instead of investing.

Maybe I'm just getting old, who knows!
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Seeing it mentioned a few times on here now, but why are people thinking it's the last year? Was something mentioned about it a while back?
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26-06-2019, 11:09   #682
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Was on strong acid on Saturday and I remember the main stage sound system playing this amazing track by Autechre preceding the Modeselektor gig, I had to Shazam the track as I was like, what the Phuck is that track.

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Seeing it mentioned a few times on here now, but why are people thinking it's the last year? Was something mentioned about it a while back?
It's just people guessing based on the perceived lack of tickets sold. Honestly, I'm not really sure how good our perceptions are - all we know is that it didn't sell out of weekend tickets, but there's no indication of how close it came. Even the sense of attendance at the festival isn't really a good indication of ticket sales, because there could be plenty who bought but didn't go.


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Was on strong acid on Saturday
LOL - fair play to ya.

Personally the idea of tripping balls for 6 hours or more with so many variables outside of my control gives me the shivers!

Sounds like you had fun though
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26-06-2019, 11:26   #685
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Fantastic weekend had! Myself and the group I was with actually really liked the lesser amount of people.. sometimes on the Sunday when more people arrive it can be hard moving through places but it was all very pleasant this year.

Three gigs we went to had sound problems - modeselektor, cupcakke and the blaze but it didn't stop any fun! Food was great, the pizzas from the place opposite midnight circus (they had a lil sit down place beside) were out of this world and always love The Cranky Yankee corn dogs at festivals.

Loved the new space for reckless in love, was a great meeting point to just say we'll see you at the bar on the right..and the Hennessy Lounge was great, Sim Simma on Sunday was delish.
Krider and Dorfmeister were mind blowing, King Kong Company and The Blaze were in my highlights too, Parra for Cuva was great I know it was a late addition but I think a bad time slot to have him on.

Security became a bit of an issue on Sunday night/Monday morning in Us and You... The fence between the two campsites was opened in a few places and security people didn't seem to mind. There was a few undesirables about opening people's tents around us "just looking for a few leftover cans". We stopped a guy getting in to a friend's tent but he just continued to hang around so we were all a bit uneasy. Whereas on Saturday security stopped one of our group on a walk to the toilets to check he had an us and you wrist band.

We left at half eight on the Monday morning and the car park was already getting a bit dodgy with the mud... Hope it didn't get as bad as a few years ago with tractors pulling people out!

Also... Late sunday night, maybe about half one actually, we could hear a DJ playing Tourist - Run, anyone know who/where it was coming from?
Most likely you heard the Cian Finn set from Arbutus Yarns which went onto 2 AM, he plays a mixture of Lovers Rock, roots reggae, dub reggae, Drum n Bass and jungle. Tourist is kinda ambient drum n bass so it was mostly likely that set you heard, unless it came from the Living Lab tent at the start of the main campsite.
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Seeing it mentioned a few times on here now, but why are people thinking it's the last year? Was something mentioned about it a while back?
From what I heard from official sources is that B&S sold 9,000 tickets out of the 10,000, so not too bad for the festival.
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Saturday.

Mother DJ's - Reckless In Love - Pride Anthems.



Confidence Man at Midnight Circus.



Confidence Man at Midnight Circus.



Sleaford Mods at the Main Stage.



Modeselektor at the Main Stage.

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Friday.

The Living Lab Tent.



Sli An Croi - Celtic Shamanism at the Sanctuary.



Sli An Croi (2) at the Sanctuary.



KNEECAP at the Midnight Circus.



Jafaris at the Midnight Circus.



Aoife O'Neill at the Hennessy Sound Stage.



Neil Flynn at the Reckless in Love Stage.



Kruder & Dorfmeister at the Main Stage.



Kruder & Dorfmeister at the Main Stage.



Fish Go Deep closing the Hennessy Sound Stage.

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Was on strong acid on Saturday
Same here! perfect place to trip out for a few hours
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had a great weekend, hey bodhrandude you were pointed out to me by a fellow boardsie, it was at Kneecap I think. Didn't bother go over to introduce myself, wouldn't be able to hear me anyway over the bass
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