It was my first time at Pitchork Music Festival (November 2-4) in Paris. And it was my first “winter” festival. Grande Halle de la Villette is a perfect location for an indoor venue. A big space that fits perfectly for the idea of this event. Two main stages and one concert at a time. No spaces for rest (if you’re interested to all the acts). The organization was almost flawless (little spaces to eat, detailed but easy controls, a lot of people without suffocations effect). Lineup was the best part of course (Avantgarde gigs included): The National, Jungle, The Black Madonna, Kamasi Washington, Andy Shauf and more. We made a list with the 8 best shows of the festival. You will not see in the list: The National (good but too short and tepid), Princess Nokia (captivating but unlistenable), Ride (an ordinary show), Sylvan Esso (very funny and intense), Cigarettes After Sex (incredible vocals but you know when you have the impression you are listening the same song all the time? yes, that feeling).
This Is The Kit. So kind, so pure. British singer-songwriter and musician Kate Stables and her band made a wonderful performance. Not only intimacy and zeal of her songs but also a great team game.
Jungle. Great visuals and one of the best stage of the full festival. They were headliner of the second day and made a dynamic and riveting show. One of the best live band i saw in my life.
Moses Sumney. Solemn and powerful. There aren’t other words to describe his way to perform. It was one of the most intense moment of the event. His vocals is something beyond words. If you’ll have to chance to see him live, you will be speechless and hyptonized by the power of his performance.
Run The Jewels. They made the most fun and captivating concert of the festival. They are the real “Life of the party”. DJ Shadow’s “Nobody Speak” was included in the setlist.
Kamasi Washington. American saxophonist and composer brings on the stage not only a great personality and a remarkable quality level; he brings especially a philosophy of life and music. The band performs the joy to be and play there. Contagious and fascinating.
Rone. With Run The Jewels, one of the best performance of the festival. He started with his drummer first, then he tooks the stage alone. Perfect technique and explosive sounds that animated all the amused audience.
Loyle Carner. It’s not only hip-hop. It’s more. British rapper has a strong writing and a incisive and intese way to communicate what he says. He shows the most intimate and deep part of the art of rap.
Badbadnotgood. They are stage “monsters” (in a good way). Sublime technique, great stage presence and a unique embroidered sound. I missed them two times this year (Primavera Sound and Locus Festival) and it was definitely worth waiting for.