Life After Life

Does such a thing exist?

Apologies for the delay in banging this one out. I’m sure you can understand that it takes a decent amount of time to get the brain back in gear after a wild weekend in Belvedere. Yop Westmeath!

We left Galway in torrential rain on Friday evening. Biblical stuff until we reached Athlone, the Equator of Ireland, where the sun was streaming down. Fake tan intact, we unpacked in Belvedere Gardens, threw up a tent and headed for the stages to catch the last 15 seconds of Eats Everything. Patrick Topping was up next. Mixed reviews on this one. Chatter on the campsite was that he wouldn’t mix cement but the District 8 tent was packed to capacity and everyone was groovin’. Alan Fitz took things up a level closing the stage and we stepped out halfway. We wandered to the Main Stage and our timing was perfect as we got there just in time to hear Format B banging out Chunky. Yurt. We wound up staying for DJ EZ who was fantastic in a really cheesy way. Think 6AM at a house party breaking into the Golden Oldies vault. If you put a gun to my head I’d be hard pushed to remember a single track but I know they were good because according to Fitbit I was bopping till the wee hours.

Patrick Topping @ Life Festival 2017

Saturday was filthy, both in terms of the music and the weather. It rained all day and all night and things got a little bit warpy. Looking at the videos on Tune Drop it looks like the stages were absolutely bopping, especially Boots and Kats on the Toast Stage and their dawn rave. The kept the crowd rocking as the sun came up, or at least attempted to, over the lake.

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Lake Stage @ Life Fest 2017

In a slight change to schedule, Ricardo Villalobos played in the District 8 Tent on account of the rain. He was immense but much better suited to a later time slot. It’s hard to give him 110% at 1PM in the day. Maya Jane, the Queen, delivered in spades down on the Mainstage and Get Down Edits were a very tasty addition to the day. Duke Dumont closed the Main Stage on Saturday, banging out all the big hits although we opted for the covered Index Stage instead.

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Like I said, things got warpy. Tent, Saturday, Life 2017.

Sunday got off to an early start and an early finish with Nina Kravitz taking to the stage at around half 10. Sunday day disappeared Down the Rabbite Hole but the sun shone, the gazebo parties were hopping and the craic was had so, all in all, happy fucking days. Hard to believe how fast the weekend zipped by but congrats to all involved in delivering another stellar Life Fest! Festival season 2017 is off to a flying start and definitely looking forward to the next few weeks and months.

As the fella said, YOP WESTMEATH.

xo Malley

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Techno Fan.. gettit? Life 2017

Choose Life

Before the Repeal the 8th brigade get up in arms I should point out that this article is less to do with rights of the unborn child and more to do with an oft-overlooked weekend dance extravaganza in Mullingar.

Life Festival
May 27th-29th, Belvedere House & Gardens, Co. Westmeath

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Belvedere House and Gardens, Life Festival XI is back with a bang for it’s 11th installment and bang it shall with the absolutely stellar line-up promised. Marc Kinchen, better known by the moniker MK and 2014 Mixmag Best Breakthrough DJ Hannah Wants are the latest names to be added to the bill which already includes some serious electronic heavyweights:

Paul Kalkbrenner 2ManyDjs  Jamie Jones  Laurent Garnier  Jeff Mills Hot Since 82 Cyril Hahn Patrick Topping  Blawan  Joy Orbison Ejeca  Ben Klock ✖ Heidi Wants  Huxley  Bicep Sunil Sharpe  Krystal Klear

After dabbling with some hip hop acts last year (rapper Nas performed his album ‘Illmatic’) thankfully, Life is back to basics for this year’s festival with their best line up yet.

Life veteran Ben Klock is set to return after an unmissable 6 hour set at the Beach Stage last year. If it hadn’t been for the wind chill factor, you would have been forgiven for thinking you were in Ibiza watching the sunset from outside Cafe Mambo.

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Life Festival, 2014. Hammocks at the Beach Stage.

Paul Kalkbrenner, the German genius, makes his early anticipated Life Festival debut on the back of a huge set at last year’s Electric Picnic. Jamie Jones, he of Hot Creations fame and 2012  Resident Advisor #1 DJ will be bringing his pioneering sound to the stage along with powerhouse producer and DJ Laurent Garnier, the founding father of electronic music, the dynamic duo 2ManyDjs and Jeff Mills, the Detroit born techno producer and founder of Underground Resistance; all fantastic additions to the weekend.

Those with an eye on the domestic music scene will be delighted to see names like Mano Le Tough, fresh from the Coachella stage and producer du jour Sunil Sharpe. Promoters Welcome, Toast Dublin, Connection, SMALL TALK, the Building Society and Room 19 have also been invited to contribute their unique sounds to the weekend and Galway is well represented by Meabh O’Connor and Jamie Behan.

With just over a month to kick off, tickets seem to be selling fast. When you look at the inflated prices that Electric Picnic tickets are changing hands for, its easy to see why smaller boutique festivals are really becoming popular, and Life is no exception. With plenty to cater for all tastes from the chilled out Beach Stage to the madness of the psytrance, Life always attracts a great crowd to what is undoubtedly one of the prettiest settings for a music festival. It’s compact and easy to navigate and if we get the sun like the fabled weekend in 2013 it could be one of the best shouts of the summer.

A tier 4 weekend camping pass will set you back €149 + BF.

Choose Life.

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Life Festival, Belvedere House, 2015.