South Going through Pageant: Jungle convey their signature neo-funk to Saturday night time | Reside assessment
Crystal Palace Park has a form of pale, expansive grandeur that was enhanced by the scorched grass the present local weather has created. South Going through Pageant has been arrange the place the bottom dips in a pure amphitheatre, the stage over a pond whose goose inhabitants appeared, if not large followers of the music, then fairly comfortable with it, as they caught round. Possibly they had been simply too bamboozled by the eclectic funkiness of the Avalanches to up wings and take to the sky. Anyway, it was a pleasant little setup, one stage with good views throughout, surrounded by bars and with meals stalls on one aspect. There was one promoting delicious-looking plump pizzas, a scorching canine stand that included a vegan choice and a stall for vegan junk meals which offered deep-fried seitan burgers with the choice so as to add a vegan mac ‘n’ cheese made with nuts as an additional topping. Had a too-tight skirt not been opted for, they might have all been eaten with no regret – however linen is an unforgiving material.
The Avalanches performed feel-good tracks, leaning in direction of the funky home piano-led riffs, however the odd fats bass line crept in. Their alternatives suited the temper nicely and the top of the set noticed a man get on stage to suggest it to his long-term girlfriend, which was good. Fortunately, she stated sure.
Welsh digital producer Kelly Lee Owens got here on stage politely declaring she would take the group on a journey, “Is that okay?”. Her cerebral but heavy techno/dream pop combine and hypnotic visuals went down nicely with the group. She got here on stage like a boxer, with a black hooded gown which revealed a excessive 00s orange mesh costume. She created distorted, enigmatic vocals, working her voice via oceans of reverb and a sound that constructed inexorably to a fist-pumping climax.
Headliners Jungle introduced their signature, danceable neo-funk to the stage. Founders Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland had been joined by a reside band so as to add depth to their unerring grooves. Their glittering falsettos wove collectively over tracks from their three albums thus far, together with their Mercury Prize-nominated 2014 debut. They jumped into the set with Hold Shifting and The entire Time, accompanied by word-perfect renditions from the group. Their tunes are so catchy and polished they make it appear straightforward and also you neglect what number of they’ve up their sleeves. The keening vocal of Julia is a spotlight, as is the slinky groove of Cherry. Their newest single Good Occasions comes in direction of the top of the principle set and reveals that they’ve caught with their successful method: good vibes for dancey individuals. A four-song encore sees them finish with their ubiquitous hit Busy Earnin’. They’re a terrific reside band who at all times ship.
Photographs: Nick Bennett
South Going through Pageant 2022 is on 29th July to 7th August 2022. For additional info and future occasions go to South Going through Pageant’s web site right here.