“This is important! This is more than important! This is our youth!”, Dillon screams into my ear. “You have to write that in your review, this is the future!” Standing on the right corner of the huge stage, hidden by the massive speakers, Dillon was referring to Hot Chip’s ongoing live performance at Zagreb’s Electronic Beats Festival on Paviljon 9 of the Zagrebački Velesajam. Having finished her set, she was totally into the groove of Hot Chip’s gig, and she was enjoying it big time, dancing. Rightfully so, I should add.
Having just completed their UK tour, Hot Chip kicked-off their first major show on the continent with more improvisation than ever. They pushed the limits of interaction with a group of multi-instrumental musicians and created a concert set-up that allowed them to improvise more than you can imagine. In a sense, Hot Chip interacted with both themselves and their audience.
Hot Chip’s gig was streamed live worldwide on Electronicbeats.net, as was the following concert of Berlin-based Modeselektor. It’s strange and fascinating at the same time when you realize that everything you see live is simultaneously being broadcast worldwide. Unlike previous shows no pillows were thrown. In post-war Croatia, they limited themselves to delivering a deadpan set of pumping big beats and breaks. And instead of starting a pillow fight, they emptied two bottles of champagne into the ecstatic crowd.
Prior to Modeselektor and Hot Chip, the audience witnessed solid performances of Dillon and Woodkid. The self-acclaimed prototype of a hipster, Woodkid, who has performed at previous EB festivals, proved true during his one-hour concert that Paris is still the capital of fashion. His band, featuring a three-piece brass section and two drummers, was tight. So much more so than it was in Prague. His performance made it clear that we are witnessing an artist on his way up.
Unlike Dillon’s previous EB gig in Gdansk where she was forced to perform almost without instruments, tonight she showed the audience that she knows about the importance of sound architecture and a proper stage show. Heavy sub-basses and her tender voice amalgamated into a hybrid to remember.
Electronic Beats Festival Zagreb goes off tomorrow—we hope you have your tickets already, because they’re going fast! Of course, with this lineup it’s no wonder. BPitch Control‘s Dillon is a hell of a performer (and, in a pinch, a good improvisationalist) and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the EB Magazine covergirl open the festivities. Woodkid‘s stunning music videos have certainly dropped a few jaws this year, and we’re sure his performance will be equally stunning. Headlining the festival are pop kings Hot Chip, who will most assuredly be keeping the crowd bouncing with their high-end hits, and the always-entertaining Modeselektor, who, we hope, will be repeating their massive pillowfight antics that we last saw when they played at EB Festival Budapest.
All this sounds pretty good, right? Of course, not everyone can be there for the celebration, which is why we’re going to bring our headliners to you. From midnight on the 27th, you’ll be able to watch Hot Chip and Modeselektor tear it up onstage. We’ll be featuring a live stream of their performances in Zagreb, which you can watch on the front page of ElectronicBeats.net. Of course, it’s not the same as being there, so if you can, come! Our Editor-in-chief Max Dax and social media manager Walter W. Wacht will be there as well, so feel free to come say hello—and expect a review of the whole thing the following day from Max!
Electronic Beats Festival Zagreb is almost here, and we’re still reeling from Vienna. But a few cups of coffee dumped directly on our souls shaped us right up, and now we’re ready to board the airplane once again for the beautiful Croatian capital. Last year‘s performances left a mark for sure, but this year will be one for the books. Soon Hot Chip, Modeselektor, Dillon, and Woodkid will be coming to a very lucky crowd—and you could be one of them.
Because we’re such lovely people, abd because we want to see your lovely faces there with us, we’re giving away tickets! Simply fill in the form below for your chance to win tickets. All entries must be submitted by 6pm CEST on Monday, October 22, 2012, so better now then later. The winners will be notified by email. The best kinds of parties are the ones that are filled with friends, so make sure you let them know! They could be joining you for an unforgettable show.
EB Festival Zagreb takes place on October 26, 2012 at the Paviljon 9 in Zagreb. For those who don’t win but still want to be there (and trust us, you do!), tickets are available here. RSVP on Facebook or Google+, and use the hashtag #ebfest12 on Twitter.
UPDATE, October 22, 6.15pm: Competition is closed, winners are Tana G. / Ivan M. / Matej V. (all +1) — they’ve been notified via email.
It seems like we only just wrote the announcement for the 2012 edition of Electronic Beats Festival Zagreb; yet it’s already almost here. On October 26th, we’re bringing you a selection of sounds to make your feet (and hearts) move. After Hot Chip‘s stirring performance last week on Jimmy Kimmel, we’re sure you’re all ready to see the boys perform live. You will …
Meanwhile, Modeselektor‘s pillow-fighting tendencies went down a treat in Budapest; we’re sure the crowd in Zagreb will be just as appreciative. By the way, anyone excited for Woodkid‘s new album The Golden Age? Certainly those at his recent Paris show were when he gave them a preview; we’re hoping for a taste of that ourselves! And with EB covergirl Dillon offering support, you know you’re in for a beautiful time.
We don’t know about you, but following a brilliant 2011 event we’re already anticipating our return to Zagreb. The Electronic Beats Festival is set to touch down in the city on October 26, 2012, with a line-up bristling with cutting edge acts. We can reveal that the headliners will be the mighty Hot Chip. Following the release of their slow burning fifth album In Our Heads earlier this year, we’re not kidding when we say we expect much from the doyens of electronic pop.
Also on the bill are Modeselektor, who’ll be obliging us with a live set and ensuring that the festival will be a devoutly messy affair. Of course, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary have something of a track record at the Electronic Beats Festivals – you can see what happened when they played Prague in 2009 for yourself if your memories are less than crisp.
Offering support is Gallic chamber pop savant and creative polymath Yoann Lemoine, aka Woodkid, and BPitch Control’s house songstress Dillon, neither of which should need any introduction by now. Woodkid’s ‘Run Boy Run’ continues along the rich, orchestral planes he defined with ‘Iron’. His excellent self-directed video is worth a look, too.