Snowbombing 2012: Day Three Review

Highlights from the third day of Snowbombing 2012

Photographer:Anna Hyams

Chris Swindells - 13 April 2012

The funhouse of Snowbombing 2012 is still partying hard three days in, though some have succumb to the ball pit of party-too-hardy.

Use your body and your brain if you want to play the game - that's the Pat Sharp mantra. Body and brain both get a full work out when the Street Party comes to town. In Mayrhofen there's another motto - snow will make play, rain will ruin it - and it's during a massive downpouring the crowd ready themselves for the outdoor gig placed in the centre of the town. With the Olympic fancy dress theme on their shoulders the Snowbombers attempted to dive head first into what was fast becoming the watersports section of the week.

Doorly spins everything from Mr Scruff to Chase & Status, until the Cuban brother Barry Peters breaks the flow for a very special proposal. It's not until the startled gent on stage drops to his knees that everyone realises what's in store, a marriage proposal for his girlfriend, which is duly accepted to arguably the biggest reception of the show.

Dynamite MC & Krufty Kuts team up for a marriage of sorts, which has real moments of passion. Opening with a re-working of 2009 Prodigy hit 'Omen' the set doesn't walk far from familiar territory, with Donaeo's 'I'm Fly' and Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' getting an airing.

In the spirit of the British underdog it's business as usual before Fatboy Slim arrives. There's jockeys, karate kids, ping pong champions and, as the law of fancy dress parties dictate, a man in a toga.

Beyond the traditional reworking of Norman Cook's two decades deep pool of hits, the set fractures and features everything through from Bassment Jaxx to Skrillex. No dance stone unturned, Cook fires through at blistering pace, though it seems a poor impression of his late-nineties-self.

Fireworks, Olympic torches, inflatable balls, lasers, it's visually ripping the core of the Austrian valley down the centre, stopping for neither rain nor wind. Shudderingly beautiful as it is, sonically it falls terribly flat.

Later than evening the Arena is packed like never before, before Sub Focus turns up it's one in, one inebriated soul out. The mainfloor a wasteland of those late night revellers looking for the traditional SF blend of house and dub bangers - all of which he dishes out with a serving of mash.

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