Friday, 30 July 2010

Shout4Music Tip Skibunny As Bestival Must-See

If there’s something truly awe-inspiring about modern Britain, it’s the amount of opportunity promoters give us to go and stand in fields. The UK probably now has more festivals than it does dentists. We even have festivals for people that are too old to go to festivals any more. And on these, we’ve got a wee bit of an exclusive – you won’t find it on Bestival or The Big Chill’s websites, but there will be Sailor Jerry stages at both events. The Big Chill line-up includes We Were Promised Jetpacks, (the only useful thing to ever come out of Edinburgh outside of Boards Of Canada), Race Horses (Welsh boys – you may have known them as Radio Luxembourg) and Not Cool. The offering at Bestival is perhaps even more exciting, bringing you the barmy Chrome Hoof (think The Flaming Lips designed by Blue Peter-watching kids), the suave, debonair, and pictured above electronic monster that is Errors (huge noise; signed to Mogwai’s label, have supported 65DOS & Underworld among others), and our perennial favourites, Skibunny.

The Belfast-based remixers extraordinaire have recently returned to the live arena with a short UK tour; and having been doing electro-indie since long before it became trendy, the duo’s sound has been honed to a fuzzy brand of loveliness with an underlying sadness. A bit like a teddy bear that you find hanging itself and then talk down and take home. You can win tickets to go and see them at

The Flaming Lips, The Prodigy, Gil Scott-Heron and The XX will be there too. So it might be quite a good weekend all in. In the meantime, have a punt at Skibunny track ‘Aahooh’ . It’s not new or exclusive. But it’s dead good.


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