FAULT Magazine Attend Pure Grenada Music Festival

(TAKEN FROM THE FULL ARTICLE PUBLISHED WITHIN FAULT ISSUE #24)

Despite being the home of many great musicians, Grenada has yet to hold an event to rival its neighbouring islands. St. Lucia has its Jazz and Arts Festival and Barbados has its Crop Over celebration but while Grenada has their own carnival each year, this is their chance to invite a larger number of music lovers to the island. FAULT attended the debut of The Pure Grenada Music Festival to see how one small island known for its spices could soon be the festival destination for music tourists worldwide.

Our first night was spent on the very exclusive Calivigny Island island on the south coast. Accessible by boat (although helicopter wouldn’t feel out of place) we sailed from the mainland for a night of exquisite jazz performances on the luxurious private island. Despite this being Pure Grenada Music Festival’s very first event, the organisers have filled the bill with internationally recognised musicians. Eddie Bullen took to the stage with an impressive set, later bringing his son Quincy on stage for a duet which truly electrified the crowd. Also on the bill was the legend that is, Andy Narell. If you’re not too familiar with steel pan etiquette, just know that the instrument is normally kept well away from jazz; until Andy Narell that is. His set was unique and I hadn’t expected the organisers to take the risk of including a non-purest jazz performer but I’m thankful they took the chance and included Andy in the night’s line-up because it added another layer of original musicality to the whole evening.

Moving on from there we were treated to UK’s own Zara McFarlane. The young vocalist and her band brought the house down. Her vocal lights and shades were rich with texture and her full chest and head voice prowess left me and the crowd blown away. As a big shoot-out to her bassist Max Luthert who really stood out as a legend in the making, I expect to hear great things to come from this group of young British jazz talent. Calivigny island is truly stunning and it was a wonderful exclusive night to ease us into the festival. While it was a wonderful night of music and without question an impressive show of budding and recognised talents, it didn’t convey the local charm of the Caribbean. This night was definitely suited for those looking to experience Grenada with a VIP edge and many people travel to the island in search of. For those who prefer a more down to earth and casual experience, don’t worry because there’s something for everyone at the Pure Grenada Music Festival.

Day two of the Pure Grenada Music Festival and it was time for their ‘Rock De Boat’ night and as you might have guessed, we were in store for a boat party. Sailing to the centre of The Carenage in St. George’s, we were stationed opposite a floating stage under the starry night sky. This was a million miles away from the boat parties you’d expect on European islands, this party was a far more “elegantly casual” affair with cocktails, dancing below deck and wonderful live performances; it was all rather romantic.The Rock De Boat line-up again boasted international talent and every performer had their own individual music style. From the local four-piece band, ‘The Phoenix’ to the folk/pop stylings of duo ‘Madison Violet’ and Erik Pédurand’s soulful jazzy performance, there was definitely something for everyone this night.

The Pheonix opened the show with a mixture of their own original music and a number of covers to really get the crowd ready for the party. The young four-piece showed great potential and we’re glad to see that local talent was included in the show. While we might not have heard of them prior, it’s great to have been introduced to their music on this night and their cover of Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On A Prayer’ really got the crowd in the mood to party the night away.Next up was Erik Pédurand who hails from Guadeloupe. If you’ve not listened to Erik before, he is definitely worth checking out, especially for tracks ‘Elle Donne’ and ‘Paris Chérie’. While many of Erik’s songs are in French, his smooth vocal tones and stage presence transcend the language barrier much like the french singing artist, Stromae. Again, this is another artist who we weren’t familiar with and are now listening to non-stop. This is the magic of an international festival such as this, the chance to discover unheard artists and to have bragging rights of introducing them to new audiences back home after the trip.Next came Canadian duo Madison Violet who were arguably the most established performer of the night. As mentioned on the previous page, the organisers truly excelled at filling the festival with both up-and-coming talent and established performers. Madison Violet certainly qualify for the latter with seven albums and a Juno nomination under their belt. Their set was certainly new to many listeners and locals in the crowd but it was clear that they all enjoyed the set and enjoyed discovering new music as much as we did with the performances prior.

Watching the performers in the cool Grenadian evening with locals and tourists enjoying the performances from smaller boats below, it really allowed us to see the true beauty of St. George’s at nighttime. While again, this wasn’t your typical festival experience and it was certainly tamer than what some might be used, it was truly a magical evening in an amazing setting. For honeymooners and mature travellers looking for a classy night in the centre of St.George’s, we would highly recommend heading to the Rock De Boat party of The Pure Grenada Festival.

For those that prefer more of a wild “mosh-pit” festival experience, keep reading! As we said, there’s something for everyone in Grenada and the remaining nights will provide exactly what you’re looking for…

Night three, and it’s on this night we finally felt that we had ditched the tour guides, VIP handlers and champagne flutes and were ready to experience life outside of the PR approved bubble. Of course, we hadn’t and the PR was with us at every step but surrounded by locals, tourists and students, we were ready to experience Pure Grenada Music Festival unfiltered and from the mosh pit. It’s important to mention that while the music was loud and the atmosphere buzzing, this wasn’t the same crowd you find at Glastonbury, Leeds and the like. Festival goers were excited about the music and danced into the early hours each night but Pure Grenada Music Festival felt far more family friendly and safe compared to many other European festivals. Of course, all festivals at home and abroad can be daunting and you have to always keep your wits about you; we didn’t experience or witness a single incident which caused for concern. Throughout the final three days, we saw children, adults and elderly music-lovers all enjoying the festival together and that’s what other festivals should find a way of adopting.

On our first night at the performance space in Port Louis, we were delighted to find out it was the much anticipated Reggae Night presented by Westerhall Rum. With it being Grenada and reggae having a rich history on the island, as you might expect, we were extremely excited for this night. Taking to the stage this night was Steel Pulse, Etana, Jesse Royal, Spice Rock and Dj Ezzy B and despite being a Reggae themes night, all performers brought something different to the stage. Of course, we cheered loudest for the Birmingham’s own legendary Steel Pulse who killed their set and really and truly brought the house down. Again, this night also highlighted new artists Jesse Royal and Etana who put on a hell of a show well beyond their years.

The following evening was Rhythm and Soul Night which we spent away from the press tent and in the main spectator’s area.  Joss Stone, The British Collective, Andy Narell & Pan Allstars, Jomo & Gylfi were all on hand to deliver the sounds of soul. The atmosphere this night was much calmer than the previous and many spectators brought blankets and opted to sit and enjoy the music rather than dance the night away – like I’ve said before, there is something for everybody at Pure Grenada  Music Festival!

The chilled atmosphere gave us a chance to taste some of the great food on offer from the various vendors and chat to some fellow festival goers. I joined a group of young Grenadians relaxing on the grass and they explained to me how proud they were of the event. While Pure Grenada Music Festival caught the eye of many international travellers, the locals were just as excited to see what their island could achieve – the general consensus from both groups was that the festival had been a great success. Locals also spoke of excitement for next year and how they appreciated that Pure Grenada Music Festival was boosting the economy and encouraging attendance of locals by offering discounted tickets for Grenada residents.

Despite two very exclusive and high grandeur nights at the festival, it was wonderful to sit on the grass and join the locals in discussion and see the festival from their perspective. Both experiences have their place at Pure Grenada Music Festival and while I’m aware that our readers are more inclined to the exclusive, I’d highly recommend spending a few hours outside of the VIP lounge for a more humbling experience with the locals.

Our final night and it was time for ‘Pure Grenada Vibz and my favourite night at Pure Grenada Music Festival. The mood was electric as festival goers listened to some of the greatest talents Grenada has to offer.

After strong performances from Tammy Baldo, Tallpree, Scholar, Rootsman Kelly, Black Wizard and other island favourites, it was time for Mr. Killa to show all of us foreign travellers that Grenadian’s know how to throw one hell of a party. Leaping from the stage and into the crowd, Mr. Killa danced with a number of audience members without missing a single beat. His set was filled with pure energy, passion and fun, which are all the characteristics of Grenada that tourists love to see.

All in all, the Pure Grenada Music Festival was mightily impressive, especially for their debut. If Grenada can hold to this high standard of quality, it could very well grow to be the most popular festival in the Carribean. It’s not often that we visit a festival knowing so few names on the lineup and still enjoy it to the fullest but Pure Genada Music Festival proves that sometimes the fun is in the discovery. As long as Grenada can continue to highlight their great up-and-comers and established acts, I see no reason for people not to contiue flocking to the island year after year.

Pure Grenada Music Festival returns 5-7th May 2017

Tickets Available at www.Grenadamusicfestival.com

For further information on planning your own trip to Grenada, head to www.PureGrenada.com

FAULT Magazine attends Way Out West Festival

 

Last year for the first time we visited Gothenburg’s leading music festival Way Out West and it was so good we’re delighted to be returning this Thursday! Festival tickets starting from £168 hosted in Sweden’s music capital with headline spots from Morrissey, PJ Harvey, Sia and Skepta we couldn’t resist. The event will again take place in Slottskogen Park

The award-winning Way Out West spans rock, electronic and hip-hop and further cement their eclectic tastes with the addition of Swedish singer-songwriter The Tallest Man On Earth, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Norgren, genre defying Chelsea Wolfe along with American rapper G-Eazy to the 2016 line-up.

Some exciting artists that have been announced are Anna Von Hausswolff, Chvrches, Daughter, Jack Garratt, Jamie xx, Jason Isbell, Julia Holter, M83, Massive Attack & Young Fathers, PJ Harvey, Seinabo Sey, Sia, Skepta, Stormzy, The Last Shadow Puppets and Travi$ Scott. For us though, we’re most excited to finally see ‘Anohni’ formely known as Antony Hegarty of Hercules and the Love Affair who you can catch at 9pm on the Azalea stage.

Similar to what I found at the Sonar by Day event Way Out West will hold certain Music Conferences throughout with key influencers on board to discuss the future of its industry and its current position. It will be interesting to see how their views differ or relate to varied music genres rather than specifically electronic. Along with the musical offering will be the festival’s inspiring Film Festival, which features the most innovative producers, directors and premiers from around the world. To keep up the festivals impressive environmentally friendly achievements all food will be vegetarian and all milk will be substituted for oat milk to take pioneering steps to help save our planet. We’ll see how these new rules go down…

Stay Out West will be back again in some of Gothenburg’s best venues for the nocturnal offering, giving further access to some of the best artists on offer. Stay Out West gives revellers the chance to keep going long into the night across the city. Dua Lipa and Little Jinder join the previously announced Lady Leshurr, Section Boyz, Thundercat and Cherri with plenty more yet to be announced.

Tickets and more info are available at www.wayoutwest.se/en.

 

 

FAULT Magazine at Sonar, Barcelona.

It’s 4:59pm on a Wednesday and I’m eyeing up that laptop shut down whilst strategically pulling my jacket on ready to run shouting good bye work, hello Barcelona! Heading to Luton Airport, knees shaking with excitement ready to meet with friends to once again re-visit easily the best dance music festival in the world. Complimentary plane gin & tonics with some cheap salted crisp snack set the mood as we discussed our expectations for the festival, our yacht (dingy) accommodation and the new additions to our team.

Hitting down in Barcelona, quite tired but needing food we dropped our stuff at our bigger than expected yet smelly-as-shit boat in the Olympic Port and grabbed some much needed Paella in a tourist hot spot beach restaurant. A few sangria’s later and aware what was ahead we got some much needed sleep.

 

Waking up naturally, looking at blue skies through the window doesn’t make me miss the usual noisy, congested Mare street. “Why don’t we live here?” became a popular topic of the weekend.  A great group effort on breakfast made in our cupboard sized kitchen saw us wash it down with a classy carton of Don Simon Sangria on the boat deck. Beach Time! Towels down, shades on, factor 30 shared around, there we were trying not to look like ‘that group of pastey white brits’. Alas, we were soon joined by our Australian (& New Zealand) friends showing us how the beach is done. Our team had assembled, totalling in a very impressive fourteen comrades. After introductions and hugs were shared, it was nearly time to head to an Off Sonar event in the grounds of the Primavera Festival Parc Del Forum – Proyectual Pres: Todd Terje, Mcde, Gold Panda, Omar S and Joy Orbison. Back to the boat for a quick change and to put our festival orders in with our new greesy haired and sweaty friend Alfredo. This was the golden week in his calendar so I imagine he’d not been to bed for a few days. Supplies obtained, deals made, drinks down, we Olympic power walked along the beach for the festival!

Upon arrival to the site we grabbed our passes and onto the bar we went onto to discover this was another one of those festivals that have annoyingly started to partake in having to upload money onto a chip to get served. This doesn’t benefit the customer; it only makes it easier for cash handling and the customer almost definitely always loads more money than he needs leaving wastage. However we didn’t let this dampen our mood as we caught up with our good friend Derwin (Gold Panda) who we found inspecting the very unstable and shaky main stage. After a few pre-show tequilas washed down with a mandatory mandy lined vodka redbull we entered the crowd to watch a hugely anticipated live performance of Derwin’s new album ‘Good Luck And Do Your Best’. Opening the set with

‘Time Eater’ I felt a strong connection to his earlier work from his first album ‘Lucky Shiner’ through the Japanese instrumental percussions. The sun was setting and he brought the crowd together bringing super high spirits. Adamant to not spend money on drinks I ran backstage to cause some damage and at the time it made sense to bagsy a whole bottle of Jagermeister. Making my way back handing out shots left right and centre the night was a haze with small glimpses of catching Tod Terje’s infamous ‘Inspector Norse’s comedy vibes.

Grabbing a bottle of vodka for the walk back home along the sea front, we drank it collectively as animals do- like it was water. Conscious that Sonar hadn’t even started yet, we didn’t want to ruin our mind and bodies for day 1 but the excitement of having a boat party was too much. We say a boat party, but squashing 14 people inside a dingy that sleeps 6 soon turned into a tight room sweatier than an evening at Shoreditch’s Chariots. Having realised the sun had come up as we were playing deafening techno, we took pity on our neighbouring sailors and called it good night!

 

I opened one eye and wondered if I had died (or more hoping I had) with my body internally bruised, mind fried and energy levels none existent. I looked over to what can only be described as a film clash up of Titanic & Trainspotting; every surface laced with sticky alcohol, cigarettes, mashed up pills, beer and someone’s primark pink lace knickers hanging from the boat deck ladders. Trying not to look anyone in the eye, I crawled to the freezer to find any source of water and to try and fit any part of my body in to cool down. Knowing what’s ahead you push aside your Sonar anxiety levels, grab your beach towel and head to the beach to sweat it out.

After re-grouping and starting the talks of whether to see James Blake or Kerri Chandler, Richie Hawtin or Ben UFO and reassuring ourselves that at least we have Four Tet’s 7 hour set to use like a 1990’s sherbet dip dab. Getting excited we headed back to refresh and went on to Sonar by Day to suss out the fuss.

 

After collecting our passes it was disappointing to see Sonar has also begun to participate on the electric chip money uploading wristbands to what we later discovered were an unbelievable nightmare. After swiftly grabbing two pints to supply me with some super-fast courage we managed to catch Roots Manuva in the very impressive Sonar Hall with its enormous floor to ceiling red velvet drapes- a perfect backdrop to a fucked up horror film. It was the perfect introduction to be re-connected with Santigold after her new album ‘Master of Make Believe’ was released last month. The album features production from collaborators Switch, Diplo and John Hill. Before heading over to Sonar by Night we conveniently took refuge in a friends beautifully renovated apartment in typical old school Spanish style with its mosaicked flooring and high ceilings.

 

Developing excited butterflies as we got our shit together we set out in force taking no prisoners. The taxi dropped us off in an unwelcoming industrial estate on the edge of Barcelona, Fira Gran via L’Hospitalet – to be exact; we entered the VIP section with minimum security checks (hoorah!). For me, one of the most incredible moments was taking the backstage AreaPro Connecting walkway allowing you to take an aerial view to every single aspect of the festival- it’s truly breath taking and you begin to appreciate the sheer scale of the festival.

 

“Sonar Pub, Front Left, Front Left!”

“Sonar Pub”

“Front Left”

That became the team motto as we desperately text trying to keep our friends together. Which thankfully worked as I have some memory of watching Ben UFO and having got far too intoxicated it seems I had lost four hours; waking up to a friend handing me three bottles of water and the other washing my face to bring me around. Not to worry, back on it! As we reconvened in the queue of the Sonar Car Stage to watch some of Four Tet’s set we realised money was low on our wristbands and only once we were in we realised it wasn’t possible to top these up at the bar- we had to leave and find somewhere else. We didn’t want to wait in the queue again so we went without beer for a while- a reason I’m so against this new payment system festivals are adopting – please, stop it!

We saw the daylight in with my favourite producer John Talabot. The crowd was huge as everyone desperately tried to prolong the festival whilst avoiding dilated eye contact with one another. We sensibly left early to avoid the rush but we still waited over an hour to find an available taxi who then charged us double because he could, fair play I suppose.

Saturday, one of those days you wake up with no hangover and wonder what you did for god to love you so much. After crawling up to the boat deck to bathe in the mid-day sun we wearily said good morning to our boating neighbours who quite rightly ignored us – understandable after our boat party the previous evening. McDonalds took centre spot in the harbour and you could feel the glare of the other restaurant owners as we rolled in requesting at least four hash browns with our dry sausage and egg McMuffins, perfection. Proceeding to the beach we took cover in a beach bar whilst what can only be described as a two hour monsoon took place. With only towels as protection we had our Cava order on repeat whilst we shared stories from the previous night. The day was getting away from us and we were keen to freshen up to catch the end of ‘Ed Banger – Busy P, Para One & Boston Bun’. Arriving at Sonar by Day with weak legs we took a pit stop beer with our new friend Alfredo to replenish our ammo whilst awkwardly getting photographed by press mid-deal for our remarkable festival outfits.

Before heading to Sonar by Night I managed to pull myself away from the team to participate in something cultural. The festival offers a huge insight into the future of electronic music through exhibitions, workshops and tutorials. I briefly sat in a talk courtesy of CERN & ALMA about the connection between art and science. Fernando Cucchietti

(head of the Scientific Visualization Group of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre) explained the importance of having a relationship between a scientist and artist to work on issues like imagination and creativity, often as elusive as the most undetectable particles. For me what was impressive was a project that saw radio wave signals processed from a particle collider made available to a series of artists so they could create sound pieces based on them.

Looking at the time I was conscious I didn’t want to miss any of New Order so I sneaked off to avoid the taxi rush. Again, paying more than double the average cab fare just to get between venues I arrived with 20 minutes to spare securing our usual spot of “Front Left!”. An almighty roar as they arrived on stage they got stuck into playing

‘Ceremony’ with accompanying electrifying backing lights. For a dance festival where you get used to sticking in your own group and dancing in your own personal space you really got a sense that this set was different. New Order brought everyone together. Strangers were dancing with one another, sharing drinks and hugs. Screaming for an encore the stage turned blue and of course it was what everyone at the festival had been waiting for- ‘Blue Monday’. Phones were out snapping videos (largely annoying) but overall it set the night up- everyone was on top of the world.

Before heading to DJ EZ we took a diversion to the dodgems! Getting fourteen of us into one race was challenging and genuinely dangerous. Mixing drink, drugs and dodgems would be for sure a down right health and safety ‘NO’ in the UK making it that little bit more appealing for us to join in. No limbs missing we ran over to ‘DJ EZ’ which is where I really appreciated the impeccable quality of the sound system set ups. The night was a blur and the team were dropping like flies. Powering through I made it to the front for ‘Bicep’ – quickly moving towards the back because the speakers were so powerful my body vibrations were sure to start giving me a heart attack. Bicep’s visuals were by far some of the best which is something I really enjoy; when the artist has taken time to tie their aesthetics in with their sound- it was harmonious, it was fun.

Feeling physically exhausted but mentally empowered I thought it was sensible to slip off without saying goodbyes to avoid the rush. I also didn’t want the experience of seeing daylight in a state again and instead wanted to remember my last night on a high.

Sunday. Thanking myself for having booked extra night’s stay to avoid sitting in those Monday morning office meetings with gurning mouths and vibrating limbs, we headed for one last gathering in the gothic quarter. Instead of meeting at an old school Spanish restaurant to try and fit in some authenticity we of course did the opposite and met in a burger place. We re-told our stories, gave each other reassuring ‘it’s going to be okay hugs’ and we most definitely ate enough for the 3 days we’d lost. There were talks about heading to secret Sundays, but no, we’d achieved enough, Sonar – see you next time.

 

Words: LXN Collective

FAULT Magazine Festival Pre-Coverage: Ultra Europe Festival

 

Bringing some of the hottest acts in electronic dance music to the sun, sea and sand of Split in Croatia, the Ultra Europe festival is most definitely the destination of the summer music scene.

With more than 150 acts set to grace 4 stages across 3 days, accompanied by a stunning array of light shows, fireworks and state-of-the-art sound systems, it promises to be an incredible experience.
Headlined across the first two nights by EDM powerhouses such as Alesso, Above and Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Nero and Deadmau5, the final day’s entertainment sees the likes of Afrojack, David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Hardwell man the decks to close out an amazing three days on the Main stage.

This impressive roster is strongly supplemented throughout the festival on the supporting stages too. Keep an eye out for the drum-and-bass inspired beats of Camo & Krooked lighting up the Arcadia stage on day 1; legendary British DJ Carl Cox bringing along his eclectic mix of house and techno to the Resistance stage on day 2; and Dutch duo Bassjackers following up their Main stage set at 7pm by tearing it up on the Worldwide stage 5 hours later on day 3.

The festival will take place at the Poljud Stadium from Friday 15th July to Sunday 17th July 2016, with one, two and three day tickets still available at €99, €149 and €199 respectively. A number of group ticket offers are also still available for those travelling in parties of 4 or more.

For full details, head to www.ultraeurope.com.

 

Words: Geoffrey Burgin

Victorious Festival | Pre-Coverage

Victorious FestivalFAULT isn’t giving up on the summer yet – it’s not over until the last Bestival act sings! There’s plenty more festivals to fit in until then too and next weekend we’re heading to Victorious on Southsea Seafront.

With party-banging headliners like Basement Jaxx, Tinnie Tempah and Ella Eyre, as well as some rock legends including The Darkness and Ray Davies of The Kinks over two days, this festival has attracted big names for only its fourth year. It has also made the shortlist for the AIM Independent Music Awards Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Music Festival. What’s more, it’s one of the most affordable festivals in the country, perfect for a last minute bank holiday escape!

Southsea Seafront music festival

There’s nine stages to keep you entertained including an acoustic stage, a ‘beats and swing’ tent and a showcase stage for new talent. There’s also a real ale festival and boutique garden and market. Want to make a weekend of it? Your wristband also gets you free entry to lots of attractions on the Southsea Seafront.

You’re more likely to find us reliving our teenage years listening to The Fratellis, The Subways and Super Furry Animals on the main stage though!

For the full line-up and tickets visit the Victorious Festival website.

Flight Rhythm Presents Horizon Festival Launch Party

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London based house collective Flight Rhythm’s launch party is tonight at brand new Dalston hotspot Paradise. Romulus Schwarz is headlining supported by DJs Moniker, T-Haus, Rudi, Micheal Mara and Willibus. Tickets are available on the door for £5 before midnight and £8 after.

The party also marks the launch of Flight Rhythm’s mountainside stage at Horizon Festival in Bansko, Bulgaria, from 23rd to 29th March. Horizon is an underground electronic music festival, set in après-ski bars in and around the picturesque Bulgarian mountains.

Details on flights, transfers and accommodation for Horizon Festival, as well as the full lineup can be found on the website: http://www.togetherski.com/festival/3049

Follow them on twitter: @flightrhythm

Words by Josh Gabbana