added: 9 Dec 2012
// gig date: 7 Dec 2012
reviewer: Cihan Narin
If Stella Polaris, self-proclaimed organisers of the world’s largest electronica festival, wanted the world to know about their event at Tate Britain they were not doing a good job. My friend and I had to enquire at the reception where it was being held. There were no banners outside; no emanating waves of cool electronica floating through the nearby halls. This was an event you had to seek out; only those in the know would be in attendance.
Held in the Pre-Raphaelite art gallery section of the building, the main hall served as a hub containing hobnobbing folk and an interesting art installation. Miharayasuhiro’s ‘Ophelia Has A Dream’ consisted of throwing electronic petals and butterflies at a downed lady in a forest. The forest depicted was hypnotic and was unfortunately overshadowed by the gimmicky interactive aspect in my opinion. A very serene canvas to look at and coupled with the music wafting nearby a relaxing way to pass five minutes.
In another room were the Etsy craft fair and a small food stall selling overpriced beer and snacks. Etsy is like Ebay without the evil bid-snipers. You can find all sorts of creative endeavours there; I bought myself a replica watch of the type Nathan Drake wears in Uncharted 3. Unfortunately nothing that geeky was on show tonight.
And finally the music itself. Held in a room much too small, however intimate the mood was. There were a handful of not quite hygienic looking beanbags spread around with squatters making a home for themselves. In residence providing the laid back and chill music were Mads Björn, and DJ Løwenstein, and founders of Stella Polaris themselves, Kalle B and Nicka Kirstejn.
From the trippy beats crossing a line between minimal tech and compilation CD chill out, you could envision a cool concept at play, but the execution was lacking. I’d very much like to experience a Stella Polaris festival, but here’s hoping they can pull out the stops in the future when experimenting like tonight.
Have Your Say
Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now!
> For more Music-News live reviews click here