Life festival… where the hell do I even begin? I’m really impressed with how it’s run, especially since from what I gather, all the people involved are fairly young. If you like electronic music, live in Ireland, and are up for the craic, then make sure you check it out sometime cus you seriously won’t regret it. I think they maintain a good community vibe by keeping it a relatively small scale event – there’s far less chance of hallion batallions when there’s only 6000 ravers all high on Life.
Our bus was supposed to leave at 11am on the Fri morning from the Parador (was actually supposed to be 12, but Blacky told a wee white lie so the gluebags would show up in time). The bus ended up leaving at about 1pm thanks to me being a general spastik. I forgot the fucking tickets!!! Cue me somehow blagging my way into the Parador’s manager’s office to use his printer (which ran out of ink half way through…), while Gav hopped in a taxi back to the gaff to pick them up.
Anyway, meltdown over, and tickets retrieved, we made our journey to Mullingar with a soundtrack of Cave DJz tunes. Fair play to the Cave lads, some serious productions there. Check out their soundcloud if you like your techno: https://soundcloud.com/cavedjz
Luckily our 6 man tent was pretty plush, with enough room for a good few seats, cus it started to rain the minute our tent was put up. Was defo the perfect party tent, had a lot of stopouts joining us. There were a few showers n mud throughout the weekend, which was a bit of a shame compared to the scorching heat last year, but we didn’t give too much of a fuck cus we’d came prepared… More than can be said for Luke Anderson who didn’t bring a tent because he only decided he was going 2 days before, and Daniel Holmes who only brought tank tops, shorts, one hoody n trainers!
So it’s no surprise that me n Gav ended up fostering Daniel as our child and clothing him for the entire weekend. We even bought him one of the vintage sportswear jackets on sale (only €25, pure bargain, so naturally we all bought 3). Unfortunately due to Daniel being a complete mooncat the jacket only lasted about 6 hours. If even.
Fridays are always the best days at festivals – you’re fulla energy n expectations, but more importantly your tolerance is at its lowest. We had absolutely brilliant craic and a lotta ‘you had to be there’ moments. Genuinely not sure who I actually saw on the Friday… Dusky and/or Dixon at the RBMA stage were providing some perfect come up beats, then we went to the Liquid tent to see d’n’b extraordinaire Calibre who wasn’t afraid to take advantage of the wicked sound system in there. I’d seen Calibre a few years ago in the Pavillion, so there was absolutely no competition when choosing him over Nina Kraviz.
Hannah took a video of it on my phone (so not my fault for the Vertical Video Syndrome). I stuck it on youtube if you fancy a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k574S0-TwQo
We basically just ran around different stages wapped out after that. One of my fav spots at Life is definitely the lake and the lil private beach further down from it. Last year we’d been able to sneak down whatever time of the morning we wanted, but they clocked on to it this year and security was a bit tighter. Suppose the last thing you want at your festival is a bunch of wipeouts going for a swim. Another thing that surprised me – nobody died! Well done lads, responsible raving adw.
Gurn of the Year Award 2014:
Winner: random guy at Ejeca on the beach, jaw was swinging so much I was getting bruxism just looking at him
Runner Up: Jordan X (don’t worry Jordan those pictures will just be for our own entertainment)
Friday was full of debauchery, so it only seemed appropriate to continue through until Saturday night. Tho admittedly Saturday involved a lot less music and a lot more trippin balls. Fair play to the smick party of 30 across the path from us which seemed to go on for a good 30 odd hours. However, the longer they partied, the shitter their tunes got unfortunately… like we’re talking Hardwell here people. Biggups to Conor McVarnock for lending us his mini rig so we could blast some hip hop n wigga out while we smoked about 50 jays.
We decided to keep partying in the tent so we could save ourselves properly for the Sunday, which I reckoned had the best line up. We’re no Luko, we need our sleep at some point! He was awake for 6 days straight… Someone get that lad a medal. We got blooped out and before we knew it woke up on the Sunday feeling refreshed n fairly rejuvenated.
I was intent on catching a lot of acts on Sunday to make up for lost time on the other days. Started off with UNKNWN on the main stage at 4pm – which was an absolute nightmare to try to get down to on time (that’s what you get for sharing a tent with all stoners… which was also the same reason we made Daniel miss the first screening of his film on the Saturday… Sorry Daniel..). Chuffed I finally got to see an UNKNWN live show, they were absolutely brilliant, n Gemma’s voice is perfect for the type of music Chris is currently making. I took a video of their last track ‘BBY‘ which is hauntingly beautiful (and has had about 18,000 plays since they released it over a week ago on soundcloud). Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlFl4FHlxZE
Ejeca was next on the hit list, playing the Bedlam stage on the beach which was the perfect location. Only complaint is that the music didn’t seem loud enough, shoulda whacked a few more monitors up there! He played some absolute belter tracks including Gat Decor – Passion n Leon Vynehall – Step or Stone as well as obligatory self productions like Night Rays.
We then had a wander between Maya Jane Coles and Joy Orbison. Didn’t really hang around Maya that long but could hear her tunes from a spot we were chillin at for shmokes n shniffs, good shit. Was properly impressed with Joy O’s set in the RMBA tent, he played some absolute weapons like BRTHDTT which sent the dancefloor nuts. We stayed for the start of Fourtet’s set before moving on to DSNT & Myler in the Liquid tent (which definitely had the best sound system out of all the stages). Myler was playing some of my favourite type of techno, so energetic that you can’t help but pump like fuck. The DSNT ones will have a video up soon with some shots from Myler & Fran Hartnett.
I wanted to stay at DSNT’s set up longer, but the rest of our crew wanted to catch the very last part of Fourtet’s set. If I’m totally honest I really wasn’t that fussed on his set! It’s all well n good to have some ambient electronic music on when you’re chilling in your gaff, but if it’s on a night out for a few minutes in between proper beats I find myself at a bit of a loss on the dancefloor. Don’t get me wrong, he did play some sweet tunes, but it’s just not what I really look for in a set.
The only negative thing I can really say about Life Festival, is probs the fact that they finish all the music early on the Sunday night at midnight. It’s more than likely to do with residents, but if they’ve put up with a load of thumping bass and psytrance the whole weekend, I’m sure 1 or 2 more hours wouldn’t hurt. Anyways, this means everyone has to pick the appropriate stage for the actual final tune of the festival – we decided to go for Ben Klock at the main stage for some heavy techno to celebrate a fantastic weekend. We had a great bunch of people all doing their own wee techno stomp, and our crowd managed to get out a very impressive “YYEEEEOOOOOOOO!”.
So of course at 12 everyone starts beltin out “ONE MORE TUNE!” as this is obligatory at any gig. Ben fuckin Klocktease however, led us to believe he was putting on the real final tune by waving a vinyl around… Cue about 3,500 people all standing there like spare dicks for literally about 5 minutes in silence before realising he was giving us aural blueballs.
After being at Outlook Festival in Croatia I always swore to never return to a muddy Irish festival again, but Life Festival is definitely the exception. Biggups to all the Belfast crew – Gav, Hannah, Pete, Kacper, Daniel, Luke for being the biggest rocket I know, Conor, Blacky for his legendary bus, Sean for not wrecking any tents (this time), Ryan for providing the spoon, Oisin, Jane, Jordan, Bronagh, Karl, Christine, n all the rest of you mooncats!!! Til next year folks!