Starting in Bratislava and moving on to Warsaw and Prague, EB stages have played host to some memorable performances throughout spring 2015 as part of our annual European tour.
And on Friday, we celebrated 15 years of EB concerts in Cologne and the end of the spring festival season with a bang. Luckily, photographer Peyman Azhari was on hand to snap some of the standout moments from the event, from Howling’s smoke-filled stage to Róisin Murphy’s crazy costumes.
A very special thank you to everyone for donating so heavily at our merch counter for the Allerweltshaus foundation. We’ll let you know how much we ultimately raised next week.
Discovered by the EB booking team last October in New York, Broken Luxury kept us entertained during the pre-show warm-up and changeovers throughout the night. The duo’s eclectic choices alternated between hard bangers and soulful interludes, offset by pumping visuals from Julliard-trained artist Amariko.
Back on the EB stage once again, the Israeli artist impressed with her growing oeuvre of new material, which included recently released material like “Chinatown ” and her brand-new single “No More,” due out in late summer 2015. ADI returns to Germany in July to kick off a nationwide tour.
David August & Ensemble
Appearing live for only the second time ever alongside friends he’s known since university—their debut gig was at Berlin’s XJazz Festival last month—the performance from David August & Ensemble was groovy and slow. While the group never quite managed to secure a studio space to practice in, and is still in the process of fine-tuning, they were met with a warm, enthusiastic reception.
A smashing performance by Howling’s Frank Wiedemann (of Âme) and The Acid singer Ry X got the crowd moving, with the switch to more upbeat, dancefloor-focused selections a welcome change. An impressive new light show suffered some slight technical difficulties and, from behind the haze created by the smoke machine, Ry acknowledged that this was one of the first tour dates. New interpretations of their material were performed in the good old slow-to-fast order, ending with the much-loved, slow-burning yet highly vibrant anthem “Howling.”
Howling’s current tour is being presented by Electronic Beats; find more details here. Catch them if you can—it’s worth it!
A highly energetic performance from Django Django kept the crowd moving, with percussionists wielding cowbells and dynamic drum routines. The four members of the Scottish band are excellent performers, offsetting guitar riffs and heavy bass and drums with quirky banter and Beatles-style harmonies. For a quick glimpse at Django Django live, head here; for the crowd’s response, head here.
Closing out the night, Róisin Murphy’s jazzy electro-pop show was backed by a full live band. A seasoned performer, Murphy kept things interesting by appearing in various masks and costumes and with props throughout her show. At one point, she danced with a teddy bear, which she then tore open to pull out a scarf. Musically, her set included frequent minute-long instrumental interludes but relished in sensory overload overall: an art show-concert hybrid.
Video from all the performances will be uploaded to the EB site in the coming weeks, and we’ll be announcing the fall festival program very soon!
All photos by Azhari Peyman.
The stained-glass windows of Leipzig‘s Täubchenthal felt wonderfully appropriate during EB Festival Leipzig—what, after all, are concerts but a form of musical worship? There was certainly plenty of holy rollin’ going on last Friday (especially from Asbjørn, but we’ll get to that in a moment) as EB’s final festival of 2014 descended upon the normally-quiet German city. As we entered the venue, local DJ Karl Blau dropped FKA twigs. We took it as a sign from above: tonight was going to be good.
— shura (@weareshura) November 21, 2014
As you can tell from the above tweet, Shura’s normally restrained singer/songwriter synthetics were given a bit of an aural makeover, courtesy of the venue’s heavy subs working their monster magic. The result lent fragile tracks like “Touch” a touch bit more rumbling power. Speaking as someone who’s seen Sunn O))) more times than I’ve had birthdays, I’m always game for a lil’ extra bass!
— Asbjørn (@asbjornmusic) November 22, 2014
As did the crowd! One thing’s for sure: this boy knows how to work an audience. A minute on stage was all it took for the crowd to become enraptured by Asbjørn’s presence and lyrical chops, following his movements with enthusiastic dancing and wild applause. As he rolled around the stage without missing a beat, the crowd surged forward in anticipation, clearly eager to join him.
Wild Beasts were a more stoic bunch, but that didn’t lessen any of the energy coiled inside these UK boys. In fact, from the moment they took the stage to mad applause, their post-punk tinged melodies were swirling around the room and touching down inside the chests of all who were listening. Singles like “Wanderlust” were as emotional as they were powerful.
We loved talking with Sylvan Esso—two of the nicest, chillest people we’ve met at these festivals, and their stage show didn’t disappoint. In her stacked Buffalos, vocalist Amelia Meath commanded the stage with sweeping gestures and a huge smile that beamed across the audience. A gorgeous blend of singalong anthems and intimate, dance-heavy ballads, it was the perfect end to a beautiful night.
Thanks to everyone who attended another year of Electronic Beats Festivals. We’ll see you again in 2015!