Friendly Fires exclusive at Bestival 2011

Friendly Fires will be taking over the Rizlab stage

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestFiona Gladstone on 02 September 2011

The trio have been locked down in the studio in preparation for Bestival 2011 weekend, combining hit after hit with new sounds, beats and baselines to make a unmissable performance for Friday night.
 
The project, which is named “Past, Present and Future of Dance Music” was put forward to the band by Rizlab, who wanted to bring out the dance influence that underline the Friendly Fires style present in their music. 
 
To give fans a taster of what is in store for the massive takeover of the Bestival Stage on Friday night, they have treated Rizlab to a 30-minute preview mix.
 
Friendly Fires explained: “The mix is a 30 minute journey that includes tracks that represent our collective love of dance music and our formative influences.
 
The tracks we’ve included pinpoint moments that made us think differently about music, that sounded like absolutely nothing else we’d heard before, while others are classic moments in a scene we’ll always hold dear to our hearts.
 
The mix combines tracks by Kerri Chandler, LFO, Green Velvet and more, all who have influence the St Albans trio in the past and present.
 
Throughout the opening evening of Bestival 2011 Friendly Fires will be dominating the Rizlab Stage schedule and have handpicked Lone, SBTRKT, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T.E.E.D) and Frankie Knuckles to join them.
 
The band commented; “Our goal was to have a line-up that acted as a timeline to show where electronic music started and where it is now. The idea was to create a bill of legendary yet varied names from the genre to create something perfect for Bestival.

 
Originality and variation is key, which is why the band jumped at the chance to work with T.E.E.D. Friendly Fires' drummer Jack Savidge said, “I love his ability to incorporate jungle and speed garage with elements of the past to create something very modern.
 
SBTRKT will also be collaborating with the boys on the Rizlab Stage. Recognised for his ability to combine smooth melodies with high-spirited club beats the idea of what they have in-store is spicy enough.
 
With free reign of experimenting, mixing and equipment from Rizlab, the results of the “Past, Present and Future of Dance Music” is something Bestival punters will not want to miss.

Click here to check out the full Bestival line up 2011.

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