Skrillex at Glastonbury 2014 Review

'Previous Skrillex experiments not replicated'

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestAli Ryland on 28 June 2020

The former From First To Last screamer turned electronic pin up boy has tonight all of the looks of a mad scientist unleashing some unknown creation upon the world, symbolised by the change from floppy emo mane to a shock of hairy, spiky madness. Moreover, the lit-up spaceship enterprise piloted by Skrillex adds to the ambience of scientific mayhem; mangled bass beats toot out of large-scale speakers, testing the hypothesis that the DJ's brostep bangings-on can stimulate the pedal extremities, thus causing mass movement through a wide sample size.

Oddly, previous Skrillex experiments that engendered this result, such as his similar second stage headline slot at Reading and Leeds Festival 2013, are not entirely replicated at Glastonbury. Make It Bun Dem creates ripples of appreciation, but is cut short by the DJ's insistence to not play full songs, preferring to sample his own tunes and other artist's. This frustrates the crowd, particularly when First Of The Year is not taken up by bystanders with the same relish that the barrier-folk- a shy peoples who never need the toilet- obviously find in it. But it cannot be denied that Skrillex does not have an outstanding light and visual show. Sampling Salt 'n' Pepa sees the visuals glow with a pentagram-like redness, while creepy and/or trip-tastic scenes play out behind the sci-fi settings. Finishing on Bangarang, it's clear that this is what is needed; ragga-jungle inspired drum and bass with a fulfilling drop, not samples any DJ will be happy to supply a tired audience with.

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