Electric Picnic 2018 – Friday

What’s up! So, firstly, sorry I’m a bit late with this post! I wanted to do this last weekend but after Mac Miller’s tragic death on Friday, I wanted to get my thoughts on that off my chest and let it sit on the top of the blog for a while. So anyway, last week (-ish) I went to Electric Picnic for the first time. You can read more about my experience during the non-music bits of the festival here. I’m going to split this into 3 separate posts for each day and leave a quickie review on the gigs we caught for your reading pleasure. Enough rambling from me, let’s get right into it.

Okay so we spent most of Friday mingling and drinking cans so our music experience didn’t start until like 7 pm. We didn’t hit too many acts but stick with me and it’ll get better…

David Keenan

Admittedly, I had absolutely no idea who this guy was until we saw him at the Other Voices stage on Friday night. He performed a very intimate set which was lovely. He has a great voice to be fair to him but I thought some of his lyrics were dumb. I do, however, think he’s going to be big in the next few years. He definitely has potential to be Ireland’s next big solo singer! 6/10

2FM Live – The Story of Hip Hop Part 2

This was absolutely class! I saw part one at Longitude this year (see that review here) and once again I was blown away. Orchestra + Classic Hip Hop = champion combination. The only issue I had with this gig was that the sound travelled terribly to the back of the Rankin’s Wood tent. We managed to move up a bit closer to the stage and it sounded perfect. If you ever get the opportunity to witness this. Do it. 8/10

Versatile

Hands down one of the best performances of the whole weekend. What the Versatile lads have created is insane and their EP set just felt special. We were stood towards the back of the Electric Arena while they performed and were still packed in with the people. Probably drew the biggest crowd outside of the main stage and for a very good reason. These lads radiated so much energy during their performance and never let the energy from the crowd die for one second. It really was electric. Everyone was having the absolute time of their lives at this one and it was perfect to really set the tone for the rest of the weekend. The only person I saw that didn’t seem to enjoy the show was a woman who escorted her young child out of the tent about 2 songs in with a look of pure disgust on her face. Can’t win them all over I guess! 9.5/10

Kendrick Lamar

This was THE ONE, when I saw Kendrick was headlining back when they announced the lineup, I knew that I had to be there. After missing out on tickets to his show in Dublin earlier in the year, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Despite it raining and Kendrick being around 20 minutes late to the stage, this was the set that I enjoyed the most out of the whole weekend. Kendrick brought a different kind of energy to the stage. I mainly just watched in awe as Kung Fu Kenny did his thing. I can’t really put into words how I felt finally getting to see him. I’ve been listening to Kendrick since he dropped his song ‘Michael Jordan’ back in 2010, when he was just another rapper who couldn’t pronounce his R’s, before he became the Hip Hop legend that we all know today.

He went from hit to hit to hit to hit from all of his albums. I was partial to his GKMC cuts but absolutely everything he did, new and old, was executed flawlessly. The highlight of this show and probably the whole weekend for me was finally hearing him perform Backseat Freestyle and Moneytrees live. Backseat Freestyle especially, this song literally gets me up on mornings I can’t remove myself from my bed.

There were only 2 issues I found with the show. Firstly and probably the biggest issue, the crowd were DEAD! This obviously isn’t any fault of Kendrick so I’m not going to let it dock anything from the final score but jesus christ I couldn’t get over how little energy there was from the crowd. In their defence it was the end of the first day so everyone was wrecked from travelling and stuff but still! I also found there were a lot of people who didn’t really know any of his old stuff and were really only there for King Kunta and the song he did with Rihanna. I didn’t let this take away from my experience tho as I made myself horse by the end of the set.

The second minor issue I had with Kendrick’s set was the amount of time he left between the end of his main set and the encore. To explain it better, at least half of the crowd (myself included) had left before he came back on stage forcing us to literally sprint back to the stage. I also thought the song he chose for the encore (All The Stars) was a bit shit. Again, absolutely didn’t take away from my overall experience. Kendrick Lamar live is special 10/10

And that’s it for day 1. We got more acts in on day’s 2 and 3 so hold out for those over the next few days!

As always, thank you for reading and if you want to stay in touch, find me on TwitterFacebook & Instagram!

Until Next Time,
Adam

ps. SOMEONE HIRE ME TO PHOTOGRAPH GIGS.

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