‘“I don’t think we ever come out the ’90s, really…” the miked Ryder almost incoherently concedes and ultimately, what tonight proves more than perhaps anything, is that their musical outpour didn’t really either. They’re renowned as much, if not more for the substances they put into their bodies as the songs they produced and subsequently put out, and despite the acclaimed successes of this particular reformation, I find it almost unfeasible not to set their 2012 against Primal Scream’s triumphant 2011, throughout which we were compulsively reminded of just how spectacular a record Screamadelica really was, though above all still is. The ‘Mondays lack that Come Together; that Damaged; that Movin’ On Up; that Inner Flight, even. Loaded of course, though then the ‘Mondays themselves always were. And again, that’s the intrinsic issue: that the ‘Mondays are the sort of band that were once innately amusing, given their insatiable penchant for both the illicit and the ludicrous. Though in sobering up, they’ve softened the effect of the latter and without the sideshow, and with but one super heavyweight chorus to call their own, the headliners can’t substantiate the hype.’
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“It’s more about getting these fans to see the real band. For me, that’s important. I mean I looked at the rest of the band, and they still look alright. Bez still does what he does; Shaun’s looking, and even singing better than ever before. The question was can everybody still play? And everybody’s now better. I think it’s only rubbish to reform if you’re rubbish. But we’re not – we’re great now. We’re better than we were when we split up. If you’re gonna perform, then make sure you can still perform. If any of us were found lacking, then I think it’d be time to go. If you get bands reforming and there’s anyone not doing their bit, and not working properly, then just leave it. It’s not for you any more. But hopefully we can continue as we are…”
Genuinely one of the most frolicsome festivals we were fortunate enough to experience last summer Camp Bestival, set in the unfathomably fantastical surrounds of Dorset’s Lulworth Castle, is hinging itself firmly into the estival schedules of many. The initial line up announcement for the 2012 jamboree again aroused all manner of excitement with a returning Hot Chip, an increasingly riotous Little Dragon, the ever sublime Lianne La Havas, and the perennially superlative Adam Ant (& The Good The Mad and The Lovely Posse) all heaved onto the bill between July 26th-29th. There’s also the occasion to chew the (bacon) fat with Black Flag behemoth Henry Rollins over breakfast. Following in the footsteps of Primal Scream who last year signed the festival off in a bleary-eyed night of faded euphoria meanwhile are newly outed Sunday night headliners Happy Mondays, who are joined on the bill by perhaps the circuit’s bestest boy behind the decks in Mr. Scruff and cuddly old Joe Goddard will be hurtling about as if he had a thorn in his talons as he brings The 2 Bears down to the woods to put in a DJ spin.
The full musical line up thus far now looks somewhere along these lines:
Hot Chip & Kool & The Gang & Chic featuring Nile Rodgers & Earth, Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay & Happy Mondays & Jimmy Cliff & Rizzle Kicks & Adam Ant & The Good The Mad and The Lovely Posse & Little Dragon & Bellowhead & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & The Cuban Brothers & Breakfast With Henry (Henry Rollins Spoken Word) & Mr. Scruff & The 2 Bears & Deliliah & Spector & Lianne La Havas & Dodgy & Little Roy & Redlight & Josh Kumra & Ryan Keen & Jenny O & Stooshe & P Money & Youngman & Jaipur Kawa Brass Band & Dub Pistols & DJ Yoda & The Transiberian Marching Band & Jaipur Kawa Circus & Clement Marfo & The Frontline & DJ Derek & Maya Jane Coles & Scroobius Pip & Random Impulse & Frankie Rose & Liz Green & 3 Bonzos and a Piano & Prince Fatty & We Were Evergreen & 2:54 & Gabrielle Aplin & Pearl And The Beard & Blues Brothers UK & Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo & The Moonflowers & Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer & Duke Special & This Is The Kit.