Friday night of the Synch festival was a smashing success. First of all, this music festival in Athens was tiny compared the concerts like Coachella and Bonnaroo. There was only a few thousand people in total for both nights and even then - there was always space to dance and an easy, hassle free way to get front row center.
For night one - here are some highlights:
Puppetmastaz- These 4 guys are from Berlin and they're making English hip hop delievered through furry hand puppets. With characters like a rhino, a turtle and a chainsaw wheelding teddy bear -- this act was talented, hilarious and very dadist. We spoke to the band after and they're huge in France - sellling out shows and festivals all summer. One member who's originally from Vietnam but now lives in Berlin told me if I want to go to summer afterhours spots in Berlin to go now --- there's a conversation with the city to close down all the best riverside dance spots and to build condos. BOOO.
Friendly Fires - Sounds kind of like U2- you can tell these guys will be huge in a few months. They're live show is awesome, very high energy electro rock. Couldn't even get close when I saw them at Coachella but here I was front row - dancing right next to members of the French band The Teenagers!!!
But to be honest - everything was amazing.
The line up:
Jazzanova Live feat Paul Randolph
Florence and the Machine - weird wacky costumes, big blond afro, disco electro
Tortoise - I forgot how beautiful this music is and how much I enjoy listening to it in bed
Ebony Bones - great new act I'd never heard of
Fujiya Miyagi - Really a highlight too - this British band's live show has only gotten better and better since I saw them in 07
Evripidis & his tragedies
Family Battle Snake
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip DJ set)
New Young Pony Club DJs