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Monday, 13 August 2012

Boardmasters 2012 : Monstrous basslines, pregnant bellies and a guy with a horse's head

Boardmasters 2012 is over, and whilst the diligent people are picking up the rubbish from Fistral Beach, many others are picking up the pieces of their lives in an attempt to recover from another huge weekend in Newquay!

Funk and Filth predicted who the best sets would be from a couple of weeks ago . . . but who actually knocked our socks - and other undergarments - off over the weekend?

The atmosphere for Krafty Kuts was as charged as ever, and the big man delivered another face-chewingly epic set to an Unleashed arena full of lunatics . . . think mosh pit action, glow stick warfare and the dangerously unpredictable dance stylings of the ever present man wearing a horse's head, who seemed to stalk me the entire festival and who still haunts my dreams!

Well wax my snatch and call me Mandy! The Snatch the Wax DJs flung out a set that was nothing short of fan-flipping-tastic! The Friday evening set from Kristoff and Max was surely the point when most people found their festival warm-up period toppling over the edge of a funk chasm into a pit of absolute filthy fun, and the party really got started. As soon as that first bassline rumbled out it was clear that STW had come to seriously have it . . . and judging by the crowd reaction so had everyone else! This was the moment when Boardmasters 2012 truly arrived!! And it arrived all over everyone's face! Lucky the STW boys were protected by their tasty Funk and Filth T Shirt armour! ;) [Get yours here]

The Dancefloor Outlaws delivered a floor stomping monster of a set, funky as hell, and lapped up by the assembled masses who had turned up to throw some shapes! This was also the first time I'd seen their female vocalist, whom I believe is called Robyn Green (apologies if it turns out I got that wrong!) and she was something damn special! A proper old school style voice, which sounded so damn good it was hard to believe she wasn't miming (she wasn't by the way) and was an awesome breath of fresh air to add to the already epic Dancefloor Outlaws setup! Big stuff!

Anyone who caught the recent Funk and Filth post bout Shy FX will know that he is a firm favourite here, and judging by the crowds who swarmed over the Desperadoes tent on Saturday night, he's massively popular with loads of others too. There were people queuing as far as you could see, and chancers leaping the fence to dash into the crowd, before being hauled back out by the substantially outnumbered security staff, and there was, of course, a set from Shy of truly monumental proportions . . . it was drum and bass the way it should be done: fucking massive.

There were tasty tasty sets too from Pyramid, Deekline, Rudimental, Murkage, Utah Saints and all the guys on the decks down at the Denture Disco, but the show was completely stolen by the Duke boys. Three guys from Cheltenham who turn up with nothing but 3 mics, one guitar and enough energy and talent to smash the absolute granny out of the Desperadoes tent, as I've seen them do several times in recent years! There are no tricks with Duke, no sampler, no loop pedals, it's all performed there and then! They sing well, Flynn the Irish Arnold Rimmer lookalike is a bang tidy guitarist, and Marco and Ed are improvisational beatboxing at its absolute zenith. I've seen the likes of Rahzel and Beardyman performing live, and I can attest that these boys are perhaps even more exhilarating and impressive than the rest! Next level stuff.

The weekend was made complete by glorious sunny weather for the crowds down at Fistral Beach, who had gathered either for the surf or for the other sights and sounds, including the Looking Sideways art trail, which was completed live over the weekend, and showcased some funky-ass artwork from some great current artists, check out some of the finished pieces below! Now roll on Relentless Freeze festival . . . !

DUKE - Smack my Blow from Thirteen Degrees on Vimeo.

1 comment:

  1. Great review of an awesome weekend! Bring on next year! Awesome pics, like the hottie in the red!


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