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

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Happy Hour: Life Festival Special

Drumroll……

Festival season is firmly upon us with Life Festival bringing proceedings to a whomping, stomping start this weekend.

As always, the organisers have pulled out all the stops in terms of lineup with a stellar installment of headliners like Patrick Topping, Eats Everything, Nina Kravitz, Format B, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Gorgon City and Maya Jane Coles taking to the stages across the three days.

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Line-up, Life 2017

Belvedere House and Gardens again plays host to the festival in what is certainly one of the most picturesque locations in the country for a big dirty rave. If this heat wave we’re promised ever materialises, sunset at the lake will be spectacular! Last year was an absolute scorcher so praying for more of the same for this year. Unfortunately the forecast for Saturday isn’t looking too fresh but, we live in hope!

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MK playing the Main Stage, Life 2016.

This leads us nicely to last night’s Happy Hour Life Special. The second hour got pretty loud and I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a fair amount of groovin’ in studio. Tracklist is below and here’s a link to the Mixcloud, give it a listen and let me know what you think.

For anyone still looking, weekend tickets (Tier 4) are still availible on Tickemaster. Get ’em here Tickets

For those of you making the pilgrimage to Mullingar, see yaz at the Lake Stage

xo Malley

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View at the Lake Stage during Ben Klock, Life 2015.

Tracklist

Maya Jane Coles Won’t Let You Down

Format B Chunky

Format B Vivian Wheeler

Rudimental Lay it all on Me ft Ed Sheeran

Eats Everything Dancing Again

Alan Fitzpatrick We Do What We Want

The Magician Sunlight

Gorgon City All Four Walls

Sunil Sharpe Magpie Science

Bjarki I Wanna Go Bang

Get Down Edits Pleasure

 

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.

Fitzy @ District 8

Conway’s Birthday Weekend kicked off on Friday with an absolute stormer from Alan Fitz in District 8.

After emerging as one of the new kids on the techno block, Alan Fitzpatrick quickly cemented his reputation and is now one of the most highly sought after producers, working with the likes of John Digweed, Joey Beltram, Pascal Mollin and Nick Muir. With well over 25 releases under his belt, Fitzy’s productions are a regular feature in the Beatport Top 100 and he has played in some of the biggest clubs around the world; Berghain, Cocoon, Inox, Awakenings, Fabric and, of course now, District 8.

When we arrived at District 8 around midnight, the place was absolutely in full flight. The support act, Rebekah, a techno DJ and Producer from Birmingham with a distinctly 90s vibe was whipping up a frenzy. I’m no good at guessing the size of crowds Ted, but I’d say there must have been a million people there.

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Looking ahead, District 8 have managed to attract some more top quality DJs for the coming months. We will most definitely be back there soon.

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In the meantime, here’s a video of the man himself winding down his set compliments of Oisin Doyle.

Hard to believe the baby is a quarter of a century, Happy Birthday DC. (back left)

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