Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fringefest Pt 3: Rock Candy Carnival

The Fringefest came to an end today, but it concluded good and proper for us last night with the Rockcandy Carnival event in the Speigaltent attempting to draw in some dosh for the Dublin Simon Community. The tent was certainly less crowded than on other nights, with the wooden ballroom style dancefloor never reaching more than half of its capacity. If the night was dominated by anything it was by that backward glance to eighties sequined chic that seems so ubiquitously attached to the non-chalent Dublin hipster scene. So there were synths and lots of them.

Les Bien opened up preceedings, heavily reminiscent of a car crash between Petty Hate Machine Nine era Inch Nails and the gritty bass undertones of Air's 'Sexy Boy', with the tempo of Underworld and the catchy drum kickings of New Order added for a dash of good measure. The next act Produse, left me rather confused; dwarved behind stacks of mean looking synths, drum machines and various hardware contraptions their bastardised blend of four by four dance left me eyeing around convinced they had to be Hystereo. Packing in the crowd pleasers they moved easily between they're own pieces and classics like 'Block Rockin' Beats.' Gawking over their myspace they seem linked into the wider Hystereo/Backlash scene so dominant in Dublin right now. Hystereo, such a highlight at the Electric Picnic and last weekend failed to really live up to the expectation that dragged me down to the Spiegaltent again, the sound seemed to some what falter after Produse, the bass never kicked in the same way and it felt a little empty on a dance floor of drunks barging each other out of the way and bumping into each other with out apologies.

Despite its all good intentions, the night smacked of that lack of critical air that's so dense around fundraisers for the NGO's. Some bloke who said 'groovy' so often as MC, you began to hope he'd choke on it bigged up a raffles for Budda Bags and signed acoustic guitars, and you are wondering 'my god where are my drugs?' Surrounded by over priced ethnic jewelry and knock off Banky designer t-shirts and art prints, the night had that Electric Picnic soul about it without any of the music to boot.

On nights like that you expect a party to arise and bite you with a taste of sanity in the nouveau riche hell that Dublin drowns you in. Then quickly instead you find yourself in the very hell mouth as 'Break on Through' by The Doors blares and the new students roar 'I fucking love this song.' That hell mouth is called Doyles and with the torrential downpour forcing you into cover on a window ledge behind some railings another Fringefest and another year in terms of the student calendar comes to pass. Now that I think of it where the fuck were the Betamax Format at that gig? Weren't they billed?

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hows it going mate, i was at RockCandy and I thought it rocked. the only problem i had was a couple of my mates didn't get in cos they sold out. produse were f$%king deadly and hystereo even better. the buzz and the music was unbelievable. best night iv had out in a long time.
 
Dear Antrophe. I realise it is traditionally bad form to respond to any form of your criticism, but in this as in all else I am an innovator.

"The wooden ballroom style dance floor never reaching more than half of its capacity". check out this link to see the real truth

http://www.humanmusic.ie/hystereo.wmv

Did you know that the Gig was sold out by 11 o clock, that's 800 tickets! No other organisers in the Spiegeltent or the Fringe Festival put on as much as RockCandy did in the space of 3 and a half hours.

A line up of 7 live acts in 2 different areas as well as drummers on stilts, fire poi, an African jumbei group with dancers, A art exhibition tent with bands whilst turning the landmark CHQ Arch into a giant projection screen which has never done before.
RockCandy also ran a workshop for artists who built the sculptures that were displayed all around the platform being the elephant, balloon box, a big bear, dragon flies, mushrooms, the Human Music Tree and a sunflower that was built in remembrance of her mother who recently passed away. There is more than that but it was literally an army of people who came together to put their time and effort to make that gig happen.

The money from the event apart from its exact costs, 75% went to the poorest people in the city you currently live in.

I'm not just a fan, I am part of the movement. Your criticism stretches further than I expect that you imagined.

This is a handful of photos from the gig for those interested

http://www.humanmusic.ie/rockcandy.jpg
 
Dear Antrophe. I realise it is traditionally bad form to respond to any form of your criticism, but in this as in all else I am an innovator.

"The wooden ballroom style dance floor never reaching more than half of its capacity". check out this link to see the real truth

http://www.humanmusic.ie/hystereo.wmv

Did you know that the Gig was sold out by 11 o clock, that's 800 tickets! No other organisers in the Spiegeltent or the Fringe Festival put on as much as RockCandy did in the space of 3 and a half hours.

A line up of 7 live acts in 2 different areas as well as drummers on stilts, fire poi, an African jumbei group with dancers, A art exhibition tent with bands whilst turning the landmark CHQ Arch into a giant projection screen which has never done before.
RockCandy also ran a workshop for artists who built the sculptures that were displayed all around the platform being the elephant, balloon box, a big bear, dragon flies, mushrooms, the Human Music Tree and a sunflower that was built in remembrance of her mother who recently passed away. There is more than that but it was literally an army of people who came together to put their time and effort to make that gig happen.

The money from the event apart from its exact costs, 75% went to the poorest people in the city you currently live in.

I'm not just a fan, I am part of the movement. Your criticism stretches further than I expect that you imagined.

This is a handful of photos from the gig for those interested

http://www.humanmusic.ie/rockcandy.jpg
 
Hi Anon,

Your criticism is welcome, its good to see someone engaging with this blog.

I'm not going to get into a discussion over the quality of your event. That's an aesthetic and a personal judgement that can be harried back and forth over as long as civilisation is still producing ink. I gave my opinion of the night from my perspective, recounted my disappointment with Hystereo and the delight at coming across Produse for the first time. I don't buy into the boutique concept so endlessly painstaked over by event organisers.

Now I'm going to deal with the more salient aspect of my review and your comment. That is the question of charity.

The money raised from that gig does not go to the poorest people in the city, it in fact goes to an organisation that claims to represent the poorest people in the city. I admire the work such organisations do, but have no time for their attempt to assert a hegemony of opinion on the topics they seek to specialise in.

How much of the money that goes to the Simon Community goes on PR, CEO salaries and endless unnecessary expenses? How much of a democratic control do the people used in the rethoric to facilitate such fundraising have?

My main problem with such charity endeavours is their fundamental refusal to engage in a political and social critique of the system that generates the problems they seek to put a band aid over. I have been involved in fundraising and am active in various social movement endeavours. I respect the work you do but fundamentally I believe in solidarity rather than charity.

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=71896
 
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