Snowbombing 2012: Day Four Review

A round-up from day four of Snowbombing in Austria

Photographer:Anna Hyams

Anna Hyams, Chris Swindells - 15 April 2012

Day four and Mayrhofen has dried since the downpour yesterday. The clubs reopened and ravers returned, refreshed.

In the Racket Club Skream & Benga are reuniting, like old enemies, playing dub battle with their electric hands. SGT Pokes is the perfect conductor, overseeing events, but it's just a duo missing the trio. When Artwork is not in attendance it's a hard sell. Harder still with a crowd turning their feet to the bar after indulgent beat reworking and trivial desk posturing.

By the time the dubstep has ceased and the Prodigy beats are ringing, it's too late. With the bass speakers failing and the interest waning the two colleagues seem better suited to a later club than their early Racket Club slot.

Example's stock has grown since Snowbombing 2011. No longer the rap interest on the peripheral of Radio One, he's moved to the dark side with A listed chart hits and the arena shows to match. Since that time the stage show has changed too, with the addition of a full band behind him, it's an awkward step up though as both bassist and guitarist are never plugged in - demanding as his new rap-dance crossover work does, no guitar.

The title track from his second album, 'Wont go Quietly', is the first major treasure in Elliot Gleave's trove of hits. The crowd at Racket Club has grown beyond what Skream & Benga managed earlier in the session. When 'Watch the Sun Come Up' becomes 'Kickstarts' everything turns up in heat and for one of the few times over the week the throng of vocal chords in the club get uniformed and stretched. If a week is a long time in politics, then in the life of Elliot the last year has been a transformation, one where we see no end in sight.

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