Meredith '17: Review
As the 27th annual Meredith Music festival draws to a close and its some twelve thousand punters return to their homes, jobs and lives, without baby wipes. Figaro takes the time to look back over the highlights, boot raises and best acts from another exceptional weekend in Meredith.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
The Friday night at Meredith can be a challenging one to get up for (waking up at 4AM to reserve a spot in ‘Bush Camp’, comes with great sacrifice) but after a brief disco-nap, a few green grenades and a healthy dose of 'Buttermilk Fried Chicken', Figaro was ready to groove. And groove we did. Bringing their infectious flavours of R&B, disco, funk and post-punk, '!!!' had The Sup’ grooving. Effortlessly playing fan favourites ‘The One 2’ and ‘One Girl / One Boy’, frontman Nic Offer who donned an Angus Young-esque outfit, frantically moved across the stage working perfectly in time with the band and their powerful back-up vocalist. '!!!’s set was perhaps the first set to bring the entire crowd together, preparing them for a big weekend of dancing.
Boot Count: 12-18
Senegambian Jazz Band
For many, the Senegambian Jazz Band may have flown under the radar in the lead up to this years festival, but their performance wo't quickly be forgotten. Lead by the charismatic Amadou Suso and his 21-string Kora, the SJB were quick to take audiences on a journey through the infusion of West African melodies, contemporary Jazz and Funky rhythms. Easing into their set the band performance of ‘Holko Fumo Tork' showcased Suso’s levitating vocals, Tom Benson’s ability on the saxophone and how the band is able to flow through genres, styles and cultures, effortlessly.
As the set progressed, so did the tempo, launching into a number of funky jams the audience who were once quite content with sitting and listening from afar, gravitated to the stage as the robust and dynamic sounds of Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia and Australia drew Meredith into a frenzy.
‘One, two, you know what to do!’
Boot Count: 32-45
Perhaps Figaro’s most anticipated artist for this years edition was Chicago born Noname, an MC who first made waves after featuring on Chance the Rapper’s ‘Lost’, has since gone on to produce arguably the best hip-hop album of 2017 in ‘Telefone.’ Entering the stage 10 minutes early to make sure her sound check was on point, Noname gave the large crowd and insight into her professionalism, lack of ego and personality (singing and dancing along candidly to the always glorious intermission music.) A set which consisted of jazz-fueled, conscious rap and a highly skilled, 3-piece, backing band - can we take a moment to remember just how good those pipes were on the keyboardist? Noname engaged with the audience throughout, encouraging the crowd to help out with singing, bounce to hits 'Diddy Bop' and 'Reality Check' and even calling a brief pause on her set to ensure a repeat of the ‘George Bush shoe incident’ was avoided.
Boot Count: Figaro’s boot and the boot of many, many others
Todd Terje is fuckin' legit. No question. A disco connoisseur, who accompanied with his band ‘The Olsens’ managed to create the perfect disco set. With Todd on the keys and his band on the drums and bass, they were easily able to keep the tempo high, applying ample breaks only when needed. Terje maintained a steady d-floor throughout his set, weaving classics such as Ragysh and Inspector Norse into the total ecstasy of those privileged enough to be in attendance.
Boot Count: Lost count, there were far too many illuminated door sticks but well over 50
Photography by Steve Benn and Craig Johnstone