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CRÓNICA B-SIDE FESTIVAL 2012


B-SIDE FESTIVAL 2012
Con siete ediciones repletas de bandas de primera línea como Nada Surf, The Ting Tings, The Charlatans, Happy Mondays, Ash, The Freestylers, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Bodyrockers, Ocean Colour Scene, The Bluetones, The Sunday Drivers, Sexy Sadie o Niños Mutantes…  La 8ª edición del B-Side Festival de Molina de Segura (Murcia), comenzaba ayer sábado 8 de septiembre a las 13h por las calles con el BSide de Tapas con DJs, sesiones de estilismo gratis, actividades juveniles…


Ya en el recinto del festival, tras un breve calentamiento con Dj Ameba – Vincent Dj, Jero Romerofue el encargado de probar las tablas del escenario del festival ante un público entregado pero no muy numeroso todavía. Acompañado de su banda desgranó una a una canciones de su disco Cabeza de León, entre las que destacaron Devolverte, Nadie te ha tocado, Túmbate o El As. Una hora de música con su sello de autor, no exenta de cierta exquisita dulzura, con la que se ganó a los allí presentes.

El ajuste entre grupo y grupo fue muy bien gestionado por los DJs del festival.


Llegaron a continuación, tras la intervención de la Dj HARD CANDY, Dry The River. Los “de Londres” como ellos mismos se presentaron en un escueto pero apreciado castellano, interpretaron los temas de su disco Shallow Bed sin salirse de su repertorio habitual pero cuidando cada sonido que salía del escenario. New ceremony, Weights & Measures, Demonso No rest fueron algunas de las más destacables, interpretadas con una precisión y cuidado absoluto como si de piezas de cristal se tratase. Esta banda, injustamente comparada con otras “folkies” más populares pero no tan novedosas, dará sin duda mucho que hablar durante la nueva temporada que se abre y durante el verano 2013.


El aforo entonces se comenzó a completar por momentos, y es que era el turno de Vetusta Morla. Empezaron su actuación con Mapas, mostrando ya contundencia a la vez que la madurez que su sonido ha ganado con los años. Esta banda ha conseguido conciliar a la perfección en muchas de sus canciones la sonoridad que podríamos llamar “británica” con las letras en castellano. Tras sus alabanzas a Murcia y a la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región, empezó Copenhague, con el consiguiente clamor.


Se sucedieron otras canciones como Escudo Humano, Baldosas Amarillas, En el Río, Sálvese quien pueda -con diferencia la más coreada por el público-, Valiente, Saharabbey Road, Maldita Dulzura, Lo Que Te Hace Grande y El Hombre del Saco. Después de demostrarnos que se pueden permitir un repertorio de éxitos sin parar, se despidieron con Los Días Raros y La Cuadratura del Círculo, en lo que podría ser el ocaso de su gira “Mapas”.


A continuación, y manteniendo el aforo, Fuel Fandango hizo bailar durante más de una hora al publico con su personal fusión de Funk, Soul, Techno, Flamenco… Dándolo todo hasta el final, acompañados en el último tramo por Álvaro, bajista de Vetusta Morla, como invitado especial.



Ya solo restaba que The Zombie Kids hicieran las delicias de los incombustibles, y así lo hicieron los residentes de la Space Ibiza.
Lo único que nos consolara mañana al despertar es que ya quedará un día menos para el B-Side Festival 2013, próxima edición en la que la organización bien podría embarcarse en la doble jornada, visto el buen resultado de este año. ¡Hasta pronto!

BENIDORM LOW COST FESTIVAL 2012 REVIEW (SATURDAY 28th)

The second day of Benidorm LowCost Festival 2012 started with Dj Warm Up and Cosmonauta on the second stage and Anni B Sweet on the first.
The night came, back on the second stage, with Secondwho developed almost all the setlist in Spanish, but for one song, to the days the used to compose all their songs in English. The five from Murcia counted with the special appearance of a violinist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of their city.

The next band to get on the main stage was Fanfarlo. Vocalist also played saxo, as well as one keyboarder who also played trumpet and the other keyboard who played violin. They offered a sober show, but too much sober from time to time. Saxo and trumpet had an interesting while for a musical fight. Before they went they wished we would enjoy Placebo and Citizens!

But until Placebo we devoted an eye to Fuel fandango. When guitarist stood at the synthesizer the gig took a trip hop look, but not for too long because singer moves from fusion folk rock in Spanish to Amystyle soul in English in a little while, with a voice that sounded almost perfect.

And they time for Placebo came. The most crowded gig of the night started, as it should do, with Kitty Litter, Battle For The Sun, Every Me Every You, with the intro that during years had been used and almost became a part of the song.
Brian introduced the band in purpose in exaggeratedly perfect Spanish to make clear we need to Speak In Tongues, their next song to be played. Black eyed, Special Needs, For What It’s Worth, I Know, in which Brian made the tune much lower and easier in the whole song.
Slave to The Wage was a surprise for some of us who like it but were not expecting it. Tempo slowed down perhaps because of Spanish hot and moist weather.
Meds started in a really slowed tempo style reminding a kind of reinvention of Every Me, Every You
A song to Say Goodbye and The Bitter End reminded us that could not last forever as well created an hypnotic atmosphere that tried to make us think that moment was not just the end of a gig but the end of the world.
After a Macaco Style cover to Teenage Agnst, four encores, including Post Blue, and B3, presented as live debut.

On the second stage, El Columpio Asesino. had the difficult mission to take our mood from Placebo to the next band on the main stage, La Casa Azul. They accomplished pretty well for an overpopulated public.

 

Citizens! were to play next on the second stage that now no one would think to be the second. Reptileand Caroline were to of their most claimed songs, in a gig that perhaps did not deserved the previous high expectations but for sure made a few of the attendees memorize their name to follow them in the future.

In this moment, even though both on the main and on the second stage, great shows were to came with Ettiene de Creci and Make The Girl Dance (live set), we could not witness their No Brain or Baby, Baby, Baby, respectively.

The insatiable ones stayed to burn their trainers dancing to The Zombie Kids.

BILBAO BBK LIVE 2012 REVIEW (THURSDAY)

BILBAO BBK LIVE 2012
Bilbao BBK Live Festival seventh edition started with its four stages, where other important festivals reduced their number of stages to just one. Once you had entered the venue, on Kobetamendi (Mount Cobetas), the first impact was the place was quite of a chaos, with lots of people wandering and standing in ques that would take them their money and a long while.
When we got used to the structure of the schedules of the different stages it became much easier as there where few the moments with 3 stages running at the same time.
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The bands to open the festival were The Gift at stage 1, Portuguese band that came from playing in Rock In Rio Lisbon 2012, locals Belako at stage 3, and Andalusian Lori Meyers at stage 2, before their fan club that seems to go everywhere with them.
The second group on stage 3 was Tribes. The stage was a bit late but more populated than expected yet not crowded. Pretty bad sound at tech level, pretty fresh songs but… we had to go to the main stage.
On our way to stage 1 we were able to see three gays in black clothes crossing from the artists area to the backstage area. They were Band of Skulls and brought their rock songs to the festival from Sweet Sour to Death By Diamonds and Pearls, via Patterns and Fire. They are one of those bands that can fill up the stage being just three people.

The time came for The Maccabees, who brought their new album Given To The Wild, with songs like Child or Feel To Follow. Their sound, even though it is giving them high popularity, was abused by neverending revebs in guitars and vocals, too atmospherical.
Back to the third stage Ben Howard was offering his show with a gentle folk touch, and no one could complain!
The first band on the line up that performed on the fourth stage were La Habitación Roja, whose algid moment was El Eje Del Mal song.
Young Guns were at the same time having an energic gig, but before fewer people than the previous band there… it might be because…
Snow Patrol started their show with their Hands Open and here was the reason for the rest of the stages being so relaxed… everybody was here. They sounded as the public expected and deserving the status they are supposed to have. Songs like THIS isn’t everything, In the End, New York, Shut Your Eyes, Chasing Cars, Called Out in the Dark, Fallen Empires. They said goodbye with Just Say Yes.

We only had a few minutes to witness what was happening at the third stage with The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion but enough to realize, by the hand of this three-member band, that the ambience, music and public, was quite different from the previous at the main stage.
The main course of the day came to the main stage. After half an hour waiting there standing and without music (we still can’t understand the reason why they didn’t play music to let people enjoy the wait). Robert Smith himself apologized for technical problems concerning the keyboards.
He came back at midnight and played three songs solo with his black acoustic guitar: Three Imaginary Boys, Fire in Cairo andBoys Don’t Cry. Then he said “I think I need the rest of the group… hang on.. that’s why it’s The Cure, and not Robert Smith”.
After Roger O’Donnell himself tested the most hated keyboard in 30 seconds and hour late the popular recording used as intro, Tape, gave way to Open, in a quite weak benniging where the band did not sound as one with the recording. Quite sad for bassist Simon Gallup because it was not his fault, we could not realize how great the bass begins this song. High didn’t make any better either.The End of the Worldwith vocals quite changed to a lower pitch to make them easier and fit them to Robert would not save the day.
But Lovesongcame to make band and public shake hands and forget previous probs. In this case, vocals were changed to more difficult ones.
If we could have thought the setlist was going to shorten all their usual songs during this SummerCure 2012 tour sounded onstage: Sleep When I’m Dead, Push, In Between Days, Just Like Heaven (them two again with the black acoustic guitar).
In From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea, guitarist Reeves Gabrels had the perfect time to show his stuff.
Want (its bennining could have been glorious but it just… was) continued the show and brought Pictures of You, Lullaby, The Caterpillar, The Walk, Play for Today, A Forest (Robert asked O’Donnell to play an octave higher), Primary, Bananafishbones, Shake Dog Shake, The Hungry Ghost (vocals made easy again), Wrong Number, One Hundred Years and End.
The first encore was only The Same Deep Water as You.
The second encore started at the same time that the gig at stage 2. Dressing Up, The Lovecats, The Blood, Just One Kiss, Let’s Go to Bed, Friday I’m in Love, Doing the Unstuck, Close to Me, Why Can’t I Be You? They went with Boys Don’t Cry. During all the gig Robert played several guitars, including the thinnest nylon guitar we ever saw and an electric guitar in which one could read “2012: citizens no subjects”.

And bitter sweet was the taste we had in our mouths because we were getting to the second stage, with Bloc Party on it, more than half an hour late. Kele Okereke could not tell a lie an said to the masses getting now to the concert it was late and we needed to go to sleep. But still we could enjoy the last songs of their set that included Helicopter. They sounded much less electro than usual. Wether it is good or bad… depends on you, of course.
James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, once members of LCD Soundsystem, today both performed with solo set, and after them the insatiable ones stayed dancing to the DJs’ beat.