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« Jun 11, 2022 18:48:33 GMT via mobile »
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Nos Primavera Porto - fantastic festival, far more comfortable than his bigger Barcelona brother with a good to great lineup. I'll try to focus just onto the music here but I gotta say food and girls had more than a certain influence on my experience.

Thursday
Georgia did not appear due to a toothache so instead I started with... Diiv! See previous page, although it was different with daylight and much bigger crowd obvs.
Then went to Stella Donnelly. She's quite charming and provided good banter, I had preferred something more energetic and less subdued but it was quite good anyway.
Afterwards moved to see if Sky Ferreira actually exists or it's just an hologram, never a bigger hype with less effort. First show in ages I think, she came very late so I just saw a couple numbers which weren't too bad and headed to get a good spot for Nick Cave. Starting with Ready for Love and There She Goes My Beautiful Love was just worthy enough for half the ticket. I felt it should have been a little louder though. Nick was in meta mode, shouting snippets from his songs over and over again in between songs, quite mad but brilliant. Then Jubilee Street of course, wow.
Ending the night for me was Tame Impala, which can,t get much bigger at this point. I still dig the tunes and the lights spectacle is easy to enjoy but I don't think I need to see them in this giant headliner mode again.

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Friday
Strange day, nothing really I wanted to see so hard but a few things I was curious about.
Started with Beach Bunny, fine for a while but it gets tiring soon.
Rina Sawayama brings a strange combination with heavy guitars and the poppiest vibes but I can understand why the kids love her, it was a good festival show tbh.
Slowdive was fine because I.. had distractions. I find them a tad overrated so Im not sure what Id think otherwise.
Saw Amaia who is a young Spanish sensation from a talent show and talent she has even if Im not into her.
Beck was a weird one, fantastic for a festival with lots of one minute pieces through the hits and recent singles plus a couple of acoustic delights in just one tight hour. But is there lot of prerecorded shit? It lost me a bit that shit a couple times but had a lot of fun.
Meandering around ended catching up a bit of 100 gecs. Again like Rina a weird mix but totally can get why they attract the young ones, a sugar rush.
Last one for me was Pavament who I enjoyed far more than expected, for a known as slacker band they were punkier and jammier and really into it. Really cool, sorry kev

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Saturday
Opening the last day at 5pm were a band called Dry Cleaning, don't think you've heard of them. Unfortunately everyone was trying to enter at the same time, so that meant I only caught half of their performance. Sounded good enough for 20 minutes but I can't imagine how the 27th show of that shit would feel like.
Then saw Helado Negro just chilling seated on the grass.
Khruangbin in the background as I wrote the Thursday rev.
Dinosaur jr started sloppy as they had lots gear and guitars but it picked up. They're fit madafakas and Mascis might be the druggiest straight edge in the world tbh
Little Simz in the background as I wrote the Friday rev.
Interpol had some great moments but Im not the biggest fan. Still glad I got to see them quite close, you can get nice spots here arriving 5 minutes before start.
Grimes Dj set was a blast, seriously.
Gorillaz attracted more people than anyone else, it was fun and cool and Damon brought Beck, Little Simz, the Desolé lady and De La Soul.

All and all, first fully fledged post pandemic festival for me. Couldn't ask for more, I think this is becoming my favourite one, as it has a great combination of everything that matters, including a nice city. Lots of both way younger and way older people which is strange.

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Sounded good enough for 20 minutes but I can't imagine how the 27th show of that shit would feel like..


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« Jun 13, 2022 17:50:47 GMT via mobile »
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I’m on the train to go see dry cleaning right now!!

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You can't complain!

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« Jun 15, 2022 16:20:53 GMT »
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DRY CLEANING at Queen Elizabeth Hall. First time seeing them in a seated venue, sound was spot on. debuted the new single. Great gig, probably a top 5 time seeing them. WHAT A BAND!

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DRY CLEANING at Queen Elizabeth Hall. First time seeing them in a seated venue, sound was spot on. debuted the new single. Great gig, probably a top 5 time seeing them. WHAT A BAND!
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Wednesday I saw Genesis Owusu at the Underworld in Camden with popular forum member krburg. Monjola opened & warmed the crowd up well getting everyone involved. Only my 2nd time ever seeing a gig at the Underworld, they usually book metal & goth shit so it was kinda surprising to see Genesis Owusu booked to play there. Had seen some live footage of him playing with a full band that looked really great so was initially a little bummed to see that he hadn't brought the band with him. Though in hindsight it was probably a blessing. The gig was fucking phenomenal. A high energy hour long set with no downtime, just him & 3 other guys dancing about on stage. He's an an absolute star, the crowd lapped up every minute of it. Probably the best gig I've been to since Black Midi at Green Man last year. 10 outta 10 all night! Loved Smiling with No Teeth when it was released, but listening back to it after the gig I've realised that it's one of my favourite records of recent years. Can't wait to see what he does next.

Saturday me & popular forum member Krburg got last minute tickets for BECK at the forum. I had seen him 3 times about 4-5 years ago & despite his last few albums being total shit his band were incredible & he was playing 90% old hits. This was a strange show that I've real conflicted thoughts about. So he came on stage & the entire band were on a little riser all at the back of the stage where the drummer usually would just be. The lights were never put on the band, just Beck. It became apparent very quickly that HUGE amounts of this set was just Beck singing to a backing track :D I get it, not every song can be performed totally live, but I'm talking about songs like GIRL where none of the band appeared to be doing a fucking thing. Beck was singing, but had a loud backing track aiding him too on many parts. Rather bizarre. Now I guess it was a new band, whether he didn't have time to rehearse properly with them I don't know. Having said this, the way he had structured the set was pretty banging, 36 songs in 90 minutes often cutting songs short to go straight into the next. He did do half a dozen or so new songs which was a bummer as they're all shit, seeing the crowd get really excited to hear Colors was a real low. But when it was good, it was great. Felt like a big celebration of Beck just bashing out all the hits, did pretty much all you'd want to hear (minus Sex Laws) + a cover of True Love Will find You in The End & that song he had with Gorillaz the other year.
So yeah, a good time was had. Great to hear 4 tunes from Midnite Vultures. But at the same time, man, I've never seen someone take the piss that much with a backing track :D

Sunday went to paper dress vintage to see Horsegirl's debut TCOTU gig with popular forum member Krburg. First time at paper dress, cool little room, pretty much same size as the camden barfly, perfect. Horsegirl were exactly how you'd imagine, barely spoke, just knocked out 50 minutes of 90s sounding alt-rock. Definitely more exciting live than they are on record. Gig was a matinee show as well so was out of there by about half 3, perfect. Horsegirl look about 12 years old from the set of Stranger Things


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Public Image Ltd supported by Brix Smith at Norwich UEA Monday night

Really enjoyed Brix set. She has a couple of my bloody valentine members in her band so they make a decent racket. Dropped a cover of Totally Wired which was fun.

I'm not massively familiar with PIL so some of the set passed me by a bit but that was my fault more than theirs. Lydon is obviously a star and great to watch.

A good evening given it was a half price bargain from twickets.

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