Decibel Festival takes over Seattle once again for its 10 year anniversary.
Seattle's Decibel Festival 2013 kicks off today (September 25th) and will span through until Sunday (September 29th) featuring a wide variety of live and visual acts as well as DJ sets at some of Seattle's best venues.
Today sees some incredible acts take us through the night with Sydney band Light Year kicking things off at the Q Nightclub to be followed by German DJ Ben Klock who brings us over two hours of his best beats. Over at the Showbox Market, electro-acoustic musician Rena Jones begins proceedings, while London-based DJ Kode9 is on at midnight at Crocodile. We'll also see Peter Hook and The Light, led by the former Joy Division and New Order bassist, round off the night in Neumos.
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Beacons Festival returned to the scenic Yorkshire Dales at Skipton's Heslaker Farm once again for the August 16 - 18 weekend bringing music, food, arts and a host of other treats to an audience that have travelled from much further afield than the outskirts of Yorkshire. After a triumphant, sun-soaked return following difficulties in previous years, the return of Beacons Festival was one met with eager anticipation and with such an impressive line-up announced, the pressure was on for the festival to succeed and deliver once again.
As campers battled to put up their tents during the sporadic showers on Thursday night, the warm return of the sun on Friday morning was a much needed boost for the festival, one that stuck around for most of the duration, bar a soggy Saturday. Futuresound competition winners Battle Lines opened up the Noisey 'You've Got To Hear This' stage and ultimately brought the festival itself to life with a raw and invigorating performance. Expect big things from this young Leeds band. As the day went on, the scope and size of the festival really became apparent, and a walk across the campsite to the 'other' part of the festival arena to see Mickey P Kerr's hilarious set at the ELFM stage really put into perspective what the festival organisers were trying to achieve. The camping area and the arena itself almost melded into one designated area that brought an expansive festival atmosphere to a relatively small area. At no point did anything seem squashed together or unsoundly designed, as the overlapping elements of the festival only ever made it seem cosier, and never uncomfortably snug. It was encouraging to know that from the get go you were at a festival that was determined to not oversell itself to ensure that the festivities didn't suffer as a result. Money might not be everything after all.
Before finally leaving the ELFM stage on the other side of the arena following King No-One's fantastic semi-acoustic set, it was back to the main arena to check out the stalls and stands that offered something a little different for the festival connoisseur; from art exhibits and craft courses, whiskey tasting workshops and a smorgasbord of food (oh, the food!) options for any palate. As the night drew closer, festival returnee Ghostpoet was on hand to bring his leisurely flow to the main stage with a rapturous set, but there was little time to hang around afterwards as Oneman was about to begin what would turn out to be one of the defining performances of the weekend. The DJ rarely disappoints with his sets and his Friday night set (the first hour of it at least) was packed with banger after banger. Whilst the prospect of seeing Bonobo may have been too much to ignore for some, Canadian punk rockers F****d Up were far too tempting and choosing them over Bonobo and the rest of Oneman's set may have been the best decision made all weekend. Opening with the first two tracks from 2011's seminal album David Comes To Life, mixing in a few oldies for good measure and even playing a brand new song, the set had people moshing at the front and boogying at the back. The pressure was on from there on to beat F****d Up as the best performers of the weekend, and it was a task that many nearly achieved, but few succeeded in coming close.
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Multi-talented artist, producer, programmer and performer Gold (Derwin) Panda has traversed the globe in his lifetime giving him plenty to draw on for his second album, 'Half Of Where You Live'. Having started his journey in Peckham and gone via Essex, teaching in Japan and gigging across the continents, whilst battling episodes of depression and self-doubt in his time, Derwin now finds himself in relative contentment making music from his latest home in the affluent Berlin suburbs.
'Half Of Where You Live' is the follow up to his "surprisingly" successful debut album 'Lucky Shiner', a record that not only gave Gold Panda independent financial stability but one that more importantly cemented a self-belief in his own work and ever growing popularity. Having travelled the world playing his music, it is of little surprise that the world is heard through these 11 new tracks. And although Gold Panda may intentionally shy away from too many Japanese and Oriental sounds, not wishing to be labelled "gimmicky", there is still a thread that can be heard throughout the album that touches on far Eastern influences.
The split passages of the opening track 'Junk City II' followed by the mellower 'An English House' are a perfect example of how Eastern culture has influenced Derwin's work. The splashes of sound that are dropped in and out add a beautiful, coherent balance to the beats and rhythms that underscore each track. The lightness and delicacy of the accessorisation contrast superbly with the depth of percussion and the resultant sound is anything but gimmicky. 'My Father In Hong Kong 1961' is similarly effective. The track not only sounds like a portrait or photograph title but serves to act as its musical equivalent. The cinematic score is a brilliant subtle blend akin to that of Sylvian and Sakamoto. Its simple, stripped back grace has an air of elegance and tranquility.
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Along with the similarly niched Late Night Tales series, DJ Kicks has continued to exhibit the kind of durability which only comes with a highly perceptive choice of guests and a reputation for making the unconventional attractive. Sixteen years on from the franchise's first release (Which featured techno maven CJ Bolland if you must know) the latest instalment comes from Peckham's Derwin Panda - for fear of ridicule his forename is changed to Gold whilst in "The performance zone" - an artist still basking in the critical halo that surrounded the release of his debut album Lucky Shiner last year.
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