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Music | Review + Photos: Metropolis Festival 2016 – Friday

Words: RobMoro

Photos: Manon Gustave

Metropolis swung into the weekend with its first full day of acts and artists on Friday. Early highlights coming from locals Girl Band, who released their well-received debut album almost a year ago, while the in-form Badbadnotgood shook up the main stage.

No stranger to Irish festivals, Cyril Hahn, was always a favourite for many with tracks taken from numerous EPs that are familiar to most too.

Jack Garratt drew one of the highlights of this year’s edition with his superb multi-instrumentation skills.  A force majeure on stage, Garratt has laid down beats and looped tracks to accompany his vocal timing. Furiously hammering away at the pads and kit to his right, an occasional sway of his guitar roars into the notes that lift tracks like ‘Surprise Yourself’ to full effect. The audience loved him and so did the photographers who were not short of amazing action shot opportunities.

Something of a different kind was Groove Armada, who served ‘Superstylin’ beats and much more. This of course was in The Shelbourne Hall, which catered for the hard-hitting electronic side of the festival. However, you will still find the synth rich, electro-pop element within the acts based here. Perhaps if there was another full day, acts from The Serpentine Room would have fit in well here.

Musical highlight of the night has to go to Moderat though, who performed a stunning myriad of tracks from new to old. Their visuals too were utterly incredible to witness, offering minimalist movement but spectacular effect. Playing ‘A New Error’ early on set the bar high, then they went on to blow the roof off of the RDS

If there is one thing that Metropolis has got right, it is their eye-catching visuals. Hair raising and heart racing, there’s rarely a dull moment.

In the Red Bull Music Academy, you had a strong line-up and possibly the best of which was on Friday. Whether it was Alexis Taylor on the influence of Prince, or Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk co-founder) in conversation with The Irish Times’ Laurence Mackin, there was lots to digest in the Concert Hall.