UO REVIEW! YEAH YEAH YEAH’SMay 9, 2013
New York’s finest Yeah Yeah Yeah’s have returned, releasing top ten album “Mosquito” to add a ten year strong career in manic music making. When they announced their return to England to headline the ATP event I’ll Be Your Mirror, we just had to get down to Alexandra palace to see it all kick off in front of our eyes. Scroll down to see what went down.
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This was no ordinary event we found ourselves attending. Working with ATP, the Yeah Yeah Yeah gang curated this one day festival line up themselves, shipping bands over from their native America and bringing on hot new English acts to help support the 2pm – 1am party kicking off in Ally Pally’s great hall. As you could imagine, that’s a long time to stand on two feet, but luckily for us there was an abundance of festival food, a cinema room, and yet another room filled with acts and DJ’s boshing out Festival vibes ’till the breakadawn(ish).
Here’s some of our favourite acts we saw throughout the day.
Prince Rama. Tropical and trippy, perfect.
Dirty Beaches. Alternative and dreamy with an old-school rock ‘n’ roll edge.
The Locust. For nothing more than unexpected brutality.
Big Freedia. Just for the outrageous fun of it all. Get your twerk on.
As the sun dropped and dusk settled upon the hills of North London, the tension rose amongst the gathering crowd to see YYY grace the stage. The John Spencer Blues Explosion battled through an hour long set to keep the atmosphere thriving, but it was all to obvious that the fans were here for one thing alone…
Boom! The curtain drops and on storms Karen O and her loyal gang to the tune of “Sacrilege”, the crowd swarm closer and follow screaming instructions to dance till they’re dead. Note to self, don’t bring a big camera into a large crowd who’ve been waiting all day to see a massive band.
Throughout the hour long set, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s treated the crowd to new album tracks “Mosquito”, “Subway”, “Despair” and “Under the Earth”, as well as rock solid gems from the past such as “Gold Lion” and “Y Control”. It was intense, but they cranked it up once the encored timeless favourites “Maps” and “Date with the Night”. Karen O thrashed around the stage like the women we all fell in love with ten years ago, microphone in mouth, arms pumping to the sky, the crowd locked in to an energy very few iconic front women can supply.
Encore over and bright lights fall upon a sweaty and enthused crowd, all blown away by the last five minutes of the set. The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s are back with force, and we were there to see it happen.
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