Alexandra Palace, LondonThousands of punters. Walls of pulsating shapes flying at you like an insane, multicoloured Rorschach inkblots. And enough electronic breakbeats to propel beer into the face of anyone who’s still drinking when the mayhem starts. That was the scene at Alexandra Palace, London, on Friday night for the finale of Bonobo’s North Borders Tour. And unlike the dismal displays of disinterest or detachment that concerts of this kinds generate from some artists (Calvin Harris comes to mind), this was two hours of welcoming, crowd-pleasing inclusiveness.
Emerging onto the laser-lit stage, Little Dragon’s angelic frontwoman is wrapped in a flamboyant orange and florescent green dress, with yellow flower petals lining its shoulder straps, which glowed like a neon beacon as she, and her band, set the mood for a striking evening of frenetic electronica and dance jams.
Electric Ballroom, LondonThe ghoulish, deep voice of Del the Funky Homosapien (aka Teren Delvon Jones) has a clarity even uninitiated hip hop listeners could differentiate from the crowded MC scene. And last night’s Deltron 3030 concert at the Electric Ballroom, Camden, he reminded the audience just what it means to go to a hip hop show that puts the audience before ego, such was the near-faultless tone and precision of his raps.
Space is a cold, lonely place. Which is why, whenever filmmakers blast actors into the fictional heavens in search of strange new worlds, they’re always after focal points that will make events more human.
That’s certainly director Christopher Nolan’s aim with Interstellar, a film of humongous scope that boldly goes forth to tell another tale of mankind’s struggle for survival, but is ultimately about a father-daughter relationship.