Here’s what I did last weekend: On Friday, I caught only half an hour of Armand van Helden’s set (after missing the Japanese Popstars thanks to the Austrian Federal Railways) – a bit mainstream-ish as expected (in a Bonkers-way, of course), but a great selection of music to get the party started. He was followed by Digitalism spinning a set that I would’ve loved two years ago but found quite predictable and partially boring now.
When David Guetta came on stage, I was quite glad that he was playing only the cheapest commercial smash hits for a brain-dead crowd, so I could go on hating on him with a clear conscience – but when he started dropping tracks that I’ve been smashing in my own sets for weeks, includingÂ Congorock’s Babylon, my world came out of joint and I decided to get drunk immediately. (On that account, I have little memory of both Boys Noize and especially Adam Freeland’s sets, but I do remember Boys Noize starting a hefty techno set with Kontakt Me, which I always thought was quite boring but loved at that time – thanks to Mr. Stolichnaya). In between, I caught glimpses of Roni Size and DJ Fresh making the drum & bass stage’s blood boil.
Right after Carl Cox playing a nice three-hour sunset-set, Buraka Som Sistema, definitely being my personal highlight,Â killed the crowd on Saturday. Sampling every single piece of music history ranging from Rage Against The Machine to Stardust’s Music Sounds Better With You, these Portuguese madmen were radiating so much energy on stage that one could almost feel the crackling electricity in the air – I tried to film their performance using my mobile phone but soon ended up dancing and jumping like a lunatic, waving my hands in the air and therefore taping mainly the people behind me instead of the band.
Directly after this hour of perfect bliss I went to see Carl Craig, but changed my mind quickly: His set was like one and a half hour of sex without an orgasm – quite fun in between, but sort of unsatisfying on the whole. I went to see Benga who was dropping sick beats on a needy crowd and then decided to switch to the drum & bass stage where Spor, Noisia, Original Sin and Audio were ripping it up until I finally (after a short intermezzo at the techno stage to see Stephan Bodzin playing on little known frequencies) decided to go to bed when the sun came up.