Life Festival is Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, held in the picturesque lakeside setting of Mullingar. May 23 -25, went off without a hitch. Despite the heavy shower of rain on the Friday afternoon arrival and continuation of sporadic spats of rain over the course of the weekend it didn’t dampen any of the 6,000 festival goers spirits.
This year, by far the largest, most enjoyable and popular venue was the Red Bull Tent. After massively expanding form a simple truck with speakers to a large expansive roof covered tent, it was able to fit a mass crowed of a few hundred sweaty and rain soaked bodies. It provided perfect coverage and was the festivals main electronic haven.
Best and most popular DJs to play The Red Bull tent were Ben Klock who was excellently received by a full capacity audience dancing in their element.
On the main stage on the Friday night Groove Armada played their set with a mix of a lot of other artists thrown in for good generic measure. They were highly anticipated and the most commercially known of the DJs playing LIFE festival. Grove Armada played an only average set. They didn’t seem to put a lot of jig into their mix. Although they minimally satisfied the crowd and eased them into a flowing weekend of electronic debauchery.
Saturday night saw LFO headlining the Red Bull stage and they were more than surprisingly disappointing. They played what seemed to be pure experimental distortion which had no music ability, sound or dance ability. Turning to view the audience I was met by confused faces and some just getting into it cause there were there and cause they just could. Cant recall LFO being received by any genuine enjoyment. It was late in the night so the participants that were in, were in it to make most of it.
Another highly anticipated DJ on The Red Bull stage was Jamie xx whom did a fairly good live set. I couldn’t help but stare at the technic 1210s he had placed directly in front of him but put to no vinyl use. Personally disappointing but all other audio partakers were impressed with his live set.
Maurice Fulton, a house DJ form America and producer Gypsy Woman by Crystal Waters, one of the most successful house tunes of the early ‘90s; played what all DJs should be banging out while playing to a busy audience live on any stage, good old fashioned recored playing vinyl.
On Maurice Fultons mini bio on LIFE Festival website it comically but unfortunate reads “ Maurice is one of those hapless individuals to which trouble swarms like wasps to a honey pot. His most recent ‘situation’ saw him arrive home to find his record collection had been sold by his jealous girlfriend who, after discovering an unsolicited e-mail from a lady fan, suspected him of playing away from home. If it’s going to happen to someone, it’s going to happen to Maurice Fulton.
The festival itself was staged on an idyllic lake side location where if only the Sun decided to join us would have been a great location to chill out, recess and recuperate during the day. Although the rain held off, the clouds held a heavy threat and remained present for the entire festival. Plenty of mud was had by all campers feet and more.
I throughly enjoyed every minute of LIFE Festival and could have easily stayed a couple more says. I meet some great people in our temporary shared community whom I have became social media friends with and all plan to return together for LIFE Festival 2015.