I will be the first to admit, I had no clue who most of the groups performing at In The City were when they announced the line-up. Yet instead of complaining about it I hit up SoundCloud and discovered that the groups were of top quality.
Like anyone else that attended In The City I was fully aware of who MGMT were, who didn’t love Electric Feel when it came out? One of the bands that stuck when searching SoundCloud for some of the bangers that would be playing on the night were Crystal Fighters. Upon meeting them I was even more intrigued by their presence, they seemed to be a mixture of The Beatles and The Mighty Boosh and their music reflected that.
Now, I am not saying they are on the same level as The Beatles but they most certainly have a similar persona, perhaps an electronic version of Beatles meets Boosh. A large amount of their inspiration comes from a book that they read about the Basque people. A book that was handed down from former band member Laura’s Grandfather. The book inspired them as they found enjoyment in reading about the youth living fun-filled lives. It’s pretty hippy-ish and you can find out more about Basque here. Crystal Fighters are a melting pot of various cultures and most certainly took the title of NAZ’s favourite band at In The City.
As an opening band, PH Fat did pretty damn well, the crowd wasn’t quite there just yet, yet they performed as if it was to millions of people, at the press conference PH Fat stated that they didn’t see it as ‘representing South Africa’ and they didn’t feel that there was more pressure than normal to perform. When asked about their name they weren’t afraid to admit that it was a pretty bad one. Also, next time you request the song ‘Jump’ bare in mind that it’s their least favourite track to perform, largely due to their opening line in the song. ‘Hey Bitch’…
The dudes from Rudimental were humble gents who just enjoyed performing and it really showed. They grew up in London during a time were music was developing like crazy. They’ve always been into music and after 8 years of performing together, they only ‘made it’ within the last couple. The fact that they aim to use predominantly up and coming artists to record with is such a rad way to give back to the music industry. The genre isn’t exactly what we are into but we’re definitely fans of their positive attitudes and general outlook on life.
The Presets were a band that we didn’t really stick around for, however they were pretty interesting to chat to during the press conference. The band consists of 2 Aussies and it was hard to resist asking “Do you even Dingo, C**T?” They’ve been performing for years and when asked which Rock N Roll artist they’d like to work with, they simply responded, “We grew up loving their music and wouldn’t want to bastardise their music” Finally some DJ’s with respect.
All in all, In The City was a huge success, other than the various complaints about the security provided by the music festival. Come on people, you’re “In The City”. Be vigilant, keep your possessions close to you, walk fast and go home. Oh oops, I forgot to mention MGMT’s performance. Must’ve been on purpose. Continue reading