I saw them earlier this year. It's a much bigger party than you would expect.
I wouldn't be surprised if this is right. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of great dancing and partying at The xx last year. They aren't exactly the same but have similar styles. I have really high hopes for this set.
It's a festival and, from my experience, crowds are always so much better at festivals. People actually get into the music and move around. Part of what I love about them.
I usually would disagree with you, but I find that's mostly true for Bonnaroo crowds. They don't give a fuck and will throw down. There are weird exceptions though, like last year at Four Tet when I saw nobody dancing anywhere except the very very front.
Oh, and this show is going to be a fucking party. They are pretty funky, and they seem to improvise during their shows, so I have a feeling they will pick up on the awesome Bonnaroo crowd and have fun with it.
Post by Mr. Jimmyroo on Jun 2, 2014 0:08:27 GMT -5
I was one of those people not dancing. I didn't feel like he put on a dancing-type of set. I still thoroughly enjoyed it though. I also didn't dance when I saw Darkside but felt it was one of the best sets I've seen regardless.
Post by Nicolas Decaanter on Jun 2, 2014 0:43:47 GMT -5
I saw them in Minneapolis in January and I had been very into Nicolas Jaar for some time (see username), but I definitely noticed a lot of people in the audience that didn't really seem to know what to expect from the show and were not into the idea of getting weird at the beginning. From my experience at going to see concerts in mpls, a lot of crowds don't really go crazy unless the band REALLY delivers what they assume they will. Crystal Castles, Com Truise, Phantogram, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, were all perfect examples of this at First Ave/7th Street, but there have been so many disappointing crowds. Darkside managed with such a strong, while seemingly effortless performance, to bring the crowd from an almost literal stand-still to an intense dance party. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and danced like a maniac, so I could be projecting, but if you want to see this band, or if you're skeptical of essentially anything, you're gonna have a great gobsmacking time. Also, you guys, if they bring that quacking wormhole with them, everyone is going to lose it, I promise.
tl;dr I think Bonnaroo at 2:30 in the morning is the perfect place for them. Even their quietest moment will overwhelm you with glorious sound.
Came here a month late to say we should call it Emu.
Also, knowing little about Darkside beyond a basic bio and listening to Psychic, I'm curious: what are the chances that they play past 4am? My hunch would be Kaskade on the Which would run long like Pretty Lights did, but maybe not. Does Darkside tend to be an act that might play a long set, even though they only have one big release?
Also also: I'm doing more research as I type this. Do they ever play Random Access Memories Memories stuff live? Could we hope?
Post by Mr. Jimmyroo on Jun 2, 2014 8:41:37 GMT -5
Never heard of them playing longer than an hour and a half but I wouldn't be shocked. Generally they only play like 4-5 of their songs and reeeeeeaaallly stretch it out with improvised jams. So in theory they could go for like 2.5-3 hours if they use their whole catalog (or new stuff that I don't know about?).
In terms of Daft Punk, I'd say there is about a 0% chance they sample Daft Punk.
For example, at Coachella they only played 5 recognizable songs...
At Mountain Oasis, they played Psychic from beginning to end. It does seem that they have switched up their setlist since then though. I wanna say MOEMS was like their second live show after the release of Psychic, but I could be off on that. They've clearly landed in a different groove. I'm so excited about that.
Nick Cave -> Darkside late night is the greatest thing ever to happen
Literally the only way to improve it would be to have Swans show up after Darkside and play until sunrise. But that can't happen because at least half of the people watching would just die. Their brains would just go "welp, that's enough of existing" and float out of their heads into space.
EDIT - Also, more realistically it can't happen because Swans is the loudest band on the planet. No one within 30 miles would be able to even attempt sleep.
Post by Daddy's Mad on Jun 2, 2014 20:41:34 GMT -5
Being up front for Darkside is a must for me, but i don't wanta miss the Skrillex Superjam, or Nick Cave. Im thinking bout catching the first half of the Skrillex Jam, then catching the last half of Nick Cave. Ya think I still have a chance of getting up front with this plan?