SBTRKT is a habitual straddler. His music draws links between genres and fan bases; his on-stage role falls halfway between drummer and knob-twiddler; and his live arrangements pull his source material in all sorts of different directions. This brilliant version of signature track ‘Wildfire’, stretched out over seven minute, is testament to his pioneer spirit.
Time was when a virtuoso festival performance meant some noodly guitar work on a speaker-stack. Not in 2012: if you wanted to see jaw-dropping technical skills, you had to head straight for the pint-sized man hunched over a square grid. araabMUZIK’s session was part DJ set, part percussive workout, part sideshow. Mesmerising.
In a line-up packed with bands giving it a second go (At The Drive-In, Refused), Pulp are the most convincing of the bunch. Their set cranked up the drama, and closed with a triumphant ‘Common People’. All in all, it’s a hopelessly romantic, endlessly entertaining performance. Yes, holograms are wonderful – but we’re very happy with a flesh’n'blood Jarvis for now, thanks.