Act Three: Burn the Past.
The third installment (yes I have had to add a fourth) of this review focuses on other non metal events I attended and more merited praise for the world's greatest event.
MAKE NO MISTAKE THE WHOLE FESTIVAL,VIBE AND MAGIC OF THIS EVENT WILL BLOW YOUR DAMNED MIND.
These ramblings will be random musings, but the gratitude is huge for all.
Laterne by Berlin Atonal Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd @Mac2.
Laterne was a two-night curated electronic music event that was showcasing eclectic and ground-breaking artists.
Next up was the main act, Demdike Stare; yet another dark ambient act underpinned by some serious drum and bass/jungle/hard electronica foundations. But the absolute cherry on top of this was Michael England, a fantastic visual artist who would faultlessly match the music with his magical visuals. And it was spectacular; it was like social commentary with a smashing soundtrack. It was evil, noisy perfection and it was spectacular, not so much an event to shake your rump to; but to soak up and applaud. Again, disrespectful punters chatted way too much, and the mindless selfie crew appeared again; this I can't comprehend; I mean did you even pay attention to the elaborate craftsmanship in front of you, this was beyond bizarre.There was a lack of weighty volume present, this would have enhanced the event and made the chitty chatters leave the event (one would hope.) But an awe-inspiring curation by a mile.
Autechre, well what could be said about these legends that hasn't been made obvious to anyone with a decent, creative ear for true electronic bliss. Forging their way forward since 1987, they have made everything from hard techno to ambient to jungle to noise to IDM. They play in total darkness and they create brilliant journeys if you choose to take a seat. And the rollercoaster that they took the punters on was sublime, it was both challenging and exquisite. It constantly changed pace, drifted between weird and familiar and completely surpassed all my expectations as a long term fan of this duo. Autechre are equally imposing and resplendent at the same time. Supreme wizards of their art without a doubt.
You only live once and this was a real resplendent experience.I loved the magic of the many dazzling bars and venues, each making a subconscious suggestion to take the ethereal express to crazytown.
We give deep recognition and kudos to the masters of these exquisite events.
Thanks to Erin from Dark Mofo media.
Photos by Mark Jenkins and Dark Mofo.