Without question, Supercrawl is Hamilton, Ontario’s preeminent music festival.
An epic precursor (the real Supercrawl takes place in early September), last Friday kicked things off, hosting an evening of electronic music at the newly appointed concert venue Pier 4, a verdant patch of park nestled within Hamilton Harbour. Headlined by Caribou, bandleader Dan Snaith (who incidentally hails from Hamilton) preformed a bursting set of neo-psychedelia along with his motley crew of white shirted bandmates.
Prior to Snaith, home-grown artist/producer Jessy Lanza proved that Hamilton musicians are a force to be reckoned with, delivering a set from her 2013 full-length, Pull My Hair Back. Accompanied by percussionist Tori Tizzard, Lanza served the crowd a substantial offering of electronic patterns, all very mellow, which in turn kept the crowd bowled over until the next set.
Sandwiched between both was Jamie xx, the one artist on the festival bill that retains the most international clout. Having released what is sure to be one of the best albums of the year, In Colour, Jamie gave the crowd of Southern Ontario hipsters a dose of UK bass, setting up Caribou to finish off with the proverbial home-run.
The English polymath came equipped with a slew of samples, ranging from house to r ‘n b, as well as various reworkings of his own album, like the exhilarating summer anthem “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”
If I must be truthful, the whole festival was so memorable, I stayed afterwards to dismantle the stage. Now, we can only hope that main of event of September Supercrawl is just as indelible.
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Review and Photos by Myles Herod |