Bukowski’s Big Chill preview

Want to go To The Big Chill but not sure who to see? Check out our recommendations below, as written by DRP bezzie Bukowski..

The Big Chill has always managed to escape my summer ‘to do’ list, largely because my mum has been trying to arrange some kind of family trip to the festival for the last couple of years so I habitually switch off at its mention. This year the chance to see Kanye West and his giant head headline definitely got my attention and on closer inspection the line up is full of little treats – particularly on The People’s Ear Stage for which the bookings seem to have been made purely to destroy my preconceptions of a ‘family friendly’ festival.

On the hole, the main Deer Park Stage doesn’t do a lot for me -the line up on all three days stinks of ‘something for everyone’. The tame line up is broken up by a handful of good acts including Wild Beasts, who’s latest album Smother might be their best work yet. Kanye West will no doubt smash it on Saturday with an arsenal of festival anthems to rival any great rock band, hopefully his ‘diamond teeth’ extravagance will translate into quite the performance. I’m keen to see Metronomy too, a band who seem to have come a long way since I saw them at Reading Festival a few years back and their latest record The English Riviera caused quite a stir and was rightfully well received across the board. On the sunday it’s all female LA art rockers Warpaint who excite me the most. I saw their performance on Jools Holland earlier this year and quickly copped their 09 E.P and 2010 album The Fool which both have some fantastic tracks.

As I mentioned above it’s at The People’s Ear Stage that most of the fun will be taking place. Across the three days it play host to the hottest names in the UK Bass music scene including the godfathers of dubstep Mala & Coki a.k.a. Digital Mystikz, as well as Scuba, Jamie XX, Julio Bashmore and Four Tet to name a few. On a similar tip, Dubstep veteran and founder of Chestplate Records Distance will headline the Starburst Stage on sunday, before whom Manchester based Fantastic Mr Fox is sure to play a great set. If you’re keen to see some live music as well as all these DJ sets, make sure you check out Ghostpoet, Jamie Woon, James Blake & Submotion Orchestra – all of which I can vouch for as impressive live performances!

I’m told the setting is amazing which is a big plus for any festival and fingers crossed the whole ‘family friendly’ thing won’t spill over into ‘boring’. I’ve been warned that the music ends earlyish (especially compared the the European festivals I’ve hit up the last couple of years) but I for one plan to party as hard as possible, sorry mum you can’t come this year…

– Bukowski

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