Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.
Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.
We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits.
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Hop Farm Festival, Battles, Kent and Hop Farm Wednesday 18th July 2012 The world's largest annual Military re-enactment event began its five-day run at The War and Peace Show in Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Kent in the United Kingdom 18th July,2012. Enthusiasts from around the world dressed in period costumes and accessories take part in five days of mock battles and scenes from both the First and Second World wars.
Battles' new remix album Dross Glop is, in essence, a victory lap. Its source material, the extravagant math-rock whirligig Gloss Drop, was one the best albums released in 2011. The folks who have agreed to play with that material include Kode9, Shabazz Palaces and Boredoms' Yamantaka Eye - some of the most interesting and forward-thinking people making music right now. Not only are they talented, they have their own extremely distinctive aesthetics and, listening to them twist and reshape Gloss Drop tracks so that they resemble something that might crop up on one of their own albums, is, at times, a fascinating experience.
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The fact they are signed to Warp Records, Sheffield's prime exponents of all things innovative in dance culture should give some indication as to what to expect, but believe me, that's half the story.
TheCrimea stick to the same recipe: upbeat, melodic, almost-anthemic and catchy choruses aplenty, with a wry wit to the lyrics.
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