Top Story: Oxegen ’10 – Our pick of Dance and Electronic acts
Hudson Mohawke (Red Bull Academy, Sunday)
Last year, the fresh-faced (like really fresh-faced) young producer opened the Dance Arena on the Sunday. This year, Glasgow’s Hudmo has experience and fans from last year’s Butter album and constant touring that may see his headline slot on Sunday in the more suitable surroundings of the Red Bull Academy Stage as the perfect antidote to those who have no interest in seeing The Prodigy and Eminem.
Hot Chip (Heineken Green Spheres, Saturday)
Dance’s nerdiest band most recent album One Life Stand was a great addition to the band’s canon seeing as it was a vast improvement on 2008’s Made in The Dark. They haven’t played Ireland in a while so this is a perfect opportunity to get your dance on to tracks like ‘One Life Stand’, ‘I Feel Better’ and ‘Take It In’ for the first time. Songs like ‘Over and Over’, ‘Boy From School’ and ‘Ready For The Floor’ won’t be bad either.
Kele (2FM/ Hot Press Academy Stage, Saturday)
Kele Okereke last played Oxegen with his band Bloc Party but with his solo album The Boxer he has been rejuvenated personally at least. Mixed reviews for the album can’t hide the fact that there are a number of songs tailor-made for festival stages. The over-bearing dance element of the new material may just swing the set in his favour and may very well translate better live. ‘Tenderoni’ live should be a great festival moment. Potential for a raveup.
Space Dimension Controller (Red Bull Academy, Saturday)
Silky smooth synth grooves and analogue ’80s electro-funk is the name of the game from Belfast-based 19 year-old Jack Hamill, a promising young producer who impressed at his first international live show at Sonar in Barcelona this year. Definitely one of a kind. Listen to his Sonar set.
Hurts (2FM/ Hot Press Academy Stage, Saturday)
Sharp-suited UK duo Hurts recall the aesthetic of Pet Shop Boys and Sparks (and look physically like Bros if we’re honest) on debut singles ‘Better Than Love’ and ‘Wonderful Life’ so their debut Irish festival appearance is an intriguing prospect. They placed fourth in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll earlier this year and the promise of a live opera singer on stage for their set seals the deal.