Friday 20 October 2017

festival

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

forbidden fruit day two

IMMA, dublin

At the Electric Picnic in 2009, Nile Rodgers and Chic crowned themselves as the crowd-pleasing surprise package of the season.

The disco legends were so talked about that they kept coming back to play Irish stages everywhere.

Rodgers' reputation in 2013 is at an all-time high. His slinky guitar illuminates the omnipresent monster hit by Daft Punk entitled 'Get Lucky'.

By the looks of it, the biggest crowd of the weekend flocking to the main stage confirms that his band of funk veterans are Forbidden Fruit's true star attractions.

Rodgers and his cohorts are a sight for sore eyes in their crisp white suits and eye-catching clobber straight from the golden age of disco.

Nile announces that they are not a covers band, but the genuine article, the bona fide Chic and the real deal. They launch into an extraordinary medley that features 'I'm Coming Out', 'Upside Down', 'He's the Greatest Dancer' and 'We Are Family'. Chic already have the crowd well and truly nailed.

Meanwhile, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie is a Nile Rodgers-esque figure for the acid house and indie rock generation. It is truly astonishing to think that they've been closing festivals since Féile '92 in Thurles and their Screamadelica heyday.

The Scottish collective open with the saxophone-led strains of the current single '2013', which sounds like a psychedelic version of Bryan Ferry's Roxy Music. They wisely get straight down to the business of following Chic's carnival of hits and blast out their best-known anthems starting with 'Country Girl'.

If you suspected that Primal Scream were on the ropes in 2011 when their Screamadelica tour could have been perceived as a swan song and Mani left to rejoin The Stone Roses, you couldn't have been more wrong.

They've soldiered on to released their tenth studio album and continue to headline festivals all over the world. Bassist Simone Butler has filled Mani's shoes and all seems rosey in the Scream Team garden.

They sound sensational tonight, dedicating 'Loaded' to Shane McGowan, who is watching in the wings alongside The Edge. Once upon a time, their gigs frequently descended into farcical drug-fuelled pantomimes. Now, they've got more energy and youthful vigour than the rest of the festival's bill combined.

A thrilling rendition of 'Come Together' provides the perfect parting glass. On the opening weekend of the 2013 festival season, the trusty old war horses that are Chic and Primal Scream still rule the roost.

Irish Independent

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