David Knight - 21st July 2009

BUG brought a special family-friendly show to the Latitude Festival last weekend - hosted, of course, by Adam Buxton - and even though in an early afternoon slot on Friday, totally rocked a packed-out Film and Music Tent.

Later highlights of the festival included the astonishing Grace Jones, the awesome Magazine, and Thom Yorke's special Sunday morning solo set, which included a lovely version of BUG favourite Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.

There's other stuff too at Latitude, like comedy and literature, and, on the picturesque lake, ballet and contemporary dance (including on Sunday afternoon an incredible, disturbing piece of modern dance called The Art Of Not Looking Back by the Hofesh Schechter Dance Company). But the most outstanding non-BUG moment had to be Fever Ray's performance on Friday. After Martin De Thurah's video for When I Grow Up and its predecessor for If I Had A Heart by Andreas Nilsson, this always promised to be a bit special, and different. So it proved.

Amid the amazing exotic multi-cultural dance music by her band (wearing medieval-influenced headwear and outfits) the singer Karin Dreijer's position was shrouded in mist and darkness, and occupied by an indeterminate hulking black shape - rather like a gigantic beetle - or quite possibly a tall, occasionally wobbling shed.

Something of this brilliant show has been captured in Fever Ray's most recent video, for Triangle Walks, by Mikel Cee Karlsson, in collaboration with Andreas Nilsson. It's Andreas who is responsible for Fever Ray's weird, wonderful, massively atmospheric stage design. You get a taste of it here - but then you really have to see the real thing.

Meanwhile, the next special BUG presentation - after BUG 14 this Friday and next Friday - is at the Big Chill in August. More on that here in a few days.


David Knight - 21st July 2009

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