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Ecstatic Material review – jamming with play-dough and Angel Delight

Delivered... Daniel Dylan Wray | Scene | Tue 12 Feb 2019 1:30 pm

Caustic Coastal, Salford
In this collaboration between musician Beatrice Dillon and artist Keith Harrison, sound directs all manner of gloop and goo

This collaboration between experimental electronic musician Beatrice Dillon and artist Keith Harrison – presented by Outlands, a new national experimental music touring network – brings a warehouse space in Salford rumbling to life with an interweaving collision of sound and vision. Speakers circle the room, and in the middle, varying sizes of speaker cones are built into plastic crates with strip lighting scattered throughout. Within the cones are a variety of materials from fluffy powders to sugar-like granules, coloured liquids and not-yet-firm homemade play-dough. As Dillon begins playing through the multi-channel system, the speaker cones reverberate and bounce, interacting with the materials and sending mini powder-bursts rocketing or creating rippling and immersive shapes that move from fluid patterns to gooey pulses.

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No Bounds festival – DJs in thrall to sound of subversion

Delivered... Daniel Dylan Wray | Scene | Mon 15 Oct 2018 12:55 pm

Various venues, Sheffield
From ear-bleed techno to wall-wobbling beats, No Bounds’ roster moved electronic music way beyond the dancefloor

Now in its second year, No Bounds has established itself as a powerful new entry in the UK’s electronic music calendar. Set in Sheffield, a city long synonymous with pioneering electronic sounds, No Bounds has created an outlet to carry that tradition forwards. Spread over three days, local promoters Algorave and Off Me Nut take over the opening night to offer up wonky basslines, stomping techno and rapid-fire drum’n’bass. However, it’s the crammed Saturday when the festival truly comes alive. During the day there are DJ workshops, build-your-own-synth sessions, algorithmic drum circles, and South Yorkshire’s own radical artist Mark Fell curates a stage.

The leading troll of experimental electronic music Twitter, Wanda Group, plays an enveloping mid-afternoon set filled with drones, cracks, bleeps, moans and drips. It pulsates like intensified environmental noise and harsh ambiance, resembling the creaking sounds of an abandoned rave house. Similarly disturbing is Theo Burt’s set of distorted pop music videos accompanied by noises that sound like dropping bombs. The room judders with such ferocity that confetti ribbons lodged in the ceiling from long-ago weddings rain down amid the gut-quivering terror.

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Creamfields review – inhibitions shed for sensory EDM overload

Delivered... Daniel Dylan Wray | Scene | Mon 27 Aug 2018 4:30 pm

Daresbury, Cheshire
With Eric Prydz, the Chainsmokers and Annie Mac providing beats from breakfast to bedtime, hedonistic energy was needed for the 20th anniversary of the dance festival – and the audience delivered

Celebrating its 20th year, the festival run by the famed Liverpool club night returns to capture the breadth of commercial-leaning dance music, from 90s trance stars to modern EDM giants.

Ex-professional football player Hannah Wants delivers pumping house on a Friday afternoon, and by the time of Green Velvet’s house and techno-stuffed set, the whole festival is bouncing harder than most manage at 4am. There’s no gradual build up to ease you in, just an on switch and an off switch; beats from breakfast until bedtime. This all-or-nothing approach seems to shed inhibitions, and creates a fiery feeling of hedonism from the audience who throw themselves into the party with infectious aplomb.

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Parklife festival review – Manchester turns night to day with punishing party energy

Delivered... Daniel Dylan Wray | Scene | Mon 11 Jun 2018 1:44 pm

Heaton Park, Manchester
Liam Gallagher is incongruous, but prompts massive singalongs, while the xx and Confidence Man are other big successes

‘Who here is on drugs?” asks a member of Levelz, at 4.30 on Saturday afternoon. This may seem like an odd question, but at Parklife time feels mirrored, with the 11am-11pm festival feeling as if it’s 11pm-11am. Drugs seem to be ubiquitous; wide eyes, wonky gurns and euphoric grins cannot be hidden in the beaming sun. The Manchester rap collective then play the infectious Drug Dealer as part of a genre-hopping set.

With the crowd full of shirtless dudes, buckets of glitter and people wearing sparkly outfits, Parklife seems like Coachella relocated to Prestwich and sponsored by the North Face. There are a lot of stages: the tower block-shaped Valley, the Bronx-themed Elrow tent, the foliage-filled Palm House, the oil rig-resembling Temple (which shoots flames) and a giant airplane hangar. The production is impressive and the sound systems are pristine, with afternoon DJ sets from Jackmaster and Peggy Gou pushing their limits.

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