Republica - Guilfest 2012 review
'Saffron's vocals and stage presence was a pleasure to watch'
15 July 2012
Guilfest is renowned for main stage acts most of us would refer to as one hit wonders and Republica took to the stage this afternoon as no exception
to that rule.
It was a relief to finally have an original act on stage, after an extended singalong to ABBA tribute Bjorn Again, and appropriately named Take Fat.
Republica launched straight into their funky early 90's electronica techno vibe, and performed lesser known tracks 'From Rush Hour With Love' and 'Millennium'. After thanking the organisers for putting them on the bill, lead singer Samantha Sprackling aka Saffron encouraged Guildford to jump, before launching into a few newer tracks that indicated a continued pace and genre as demonstrated in the height of the band's career.
Despite having not heard much from Republica since their reformation in 2008, it was clear that they still 'had it' and remained relevant in the music industry today. Saffron's vocals and stage presence was a pleasure to watch, and had the weather not been so gloomy, could have played to a much larger, more vibrant crowd.
This is the band's only UK festival appearance this summer, and they appeared well and truly up for it - as did the rather aging and slightly wet audience.
Leaving with that one aforementioned hit - Republica broke into 'Ready To Go' - everything was back to normal again.
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