The Phantom Band and Lucky Me pick 2011 music festival highlights

  • The List
  • 30 May 2011
The Phantom Band's Gerry Hart and Lucky Me's Dom Flannigan pick 2011 music festival highlights

Dom Flannigan of Lucky Me

Modeselektor, Bronto Skylift, Ango and Machinedrum among picks

Dom Flannigan of Lucky Me

Rustie has finished his album for Warp Records and it’s excellent, so we’re getting him up from London to help close the Edinburgh Film Festival before he spends the next year touring the world; likely playing midi-guitar solos under spotlights. For real though, if you put Rustie on last at any show he will turn it up louder than anyone I know and he’ll play anything he wants. It’s not a word I use too often but Rustie turns clubs into ‘raves’.
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Teviot Basement, Fri 24 Jun

Hudson Mohawke
He needs little introduction these days but Ross Birchard has toured the entire world twice in the last two years and still managed to make the record of 2011. His forthcoming ‘Satin Panthers’ EP on Warp delivers on every level. He’s gone now. He’s making anthems. Forever my favourite producer, DJ and shorts-in-the-club wearer.
T In The Park, Sat 9 Jul

A Montreal-based producer who sings live whilst making thumping hip hop, house and R&B. This event is the first of three days of consecutive programming from our label over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s going to be special as we’re bringing over Tyson Parks, ANGO’s visual collaborator to help build an installation piece with totems of light around the audience in an empty concrete and glass unit on the QuarterMile. The piece will react to the audience and ANGO’s movements while he plays, due to new code we’ve written for the XBox Kinect System. A total one-off concert and art show in a unique space.
Fringe Festival, QuarterMile, Thu 11 Aug

Machinedrum is unbelievable. At 28 this New Yorker has been an innovator of electronic music for ten years, fusing hip hop, dance music and electronica. We’re throwing out this song ‘Alarma’ on a limited white label in a few months and the last 2 years have seen him go from strength to strength on releases for Hot Flush, Planet Mu and of course LuckyMe. All of LuckyMe are gonna be in town for this party. Last year we filled the Cab twice over. I can’t wait.
Fringe Festival, Cabaret Voltaire, Fri 12 Aug

Mike Slott
Mike Slott now resides in Brooklyn but used to live right behind Glasgow School of Art. I never would have thought back in 2005 when we would hang out and play Pro Evo and make rap music that we’d be bringing him over to make a live alternative score to the 2003 Russian film by Andrei Zvyagintsev, The Return. The venue used to be the Edinburgh Uni Vet school; now a theatre and cinema.
Fringe Festival, The Summerhall, Sat 13 Aug

Gerry Hart of The Phantom Band

We toured with them recently and they blew me away every night I saw them. Great music by a great bunch of lads, I’ll be around singing my heart out to this.
T in the Park

Echo and the Bunnymen
I stole my brother Joe’s tape of Songs to Learn & Sing when I was in my teens and l loved it. Saw them about three or four (though could have been five-eight?) years ago at TITP where the played most of the songs off that album and they were amazing. Ian McCulloch has a hell of a voice that can’t be sullied even by the stories of him being a total tool.

Bronto Skylift
One of the best live bands going. Should bring the house down at The Insider festival. Hot drummer.
The Insider

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA)
Over hyped yet effective LA hip hoppers with a golf fetish.
T in the Park

Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gates Lock Pickers and Tut Vu Vu
The two bands born from the ashes of the legendary Uncle John & Whitelock (an incredible live band who just flew a little too close to the sun) are both playing at Doune The Rabbit Hole. Jacob Yates features Uncle John frontman Jake Lovett, with his inimitable ‘horror R&B’ droll alongside organist Jamie Bolland, while dark space-lounge jazz quartet Tut Vu Vu features Whitelock’s Matty Black and Raydale Dower also alongside Bolland. It’s brilliant to see these two on the same bill, so I really can’t wait for this one.
Doune The Rabbit Hole

Richard Chater of Numbers

The best thing about T In the Park this year is Beyoncé. I don’t like Coldplay, Foo Fighters or Primal Scream but I love R&B and I love Beyoncé.
T in the Park

Odd Future
The second best thing about T in the Park is Odd Future – or Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All to give them their full title. A team of disturbing young men (and a girl) decked out in Supreme caps. If you like heavy-hitting, early Neptunes-style beats and some lyrical depravity then check them out.
T in the Park

These guys are part of the extended Numbers family and are no strangers to Scotland. They recently performed an amazing DJ set at Numbers in April and I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

Jamie xx
One third of The xx and a superb producer in his own right, he also recently guested at our showcase at this years Bloc and SXSW festivals. I’m massively into his reworking of Gil Scott Heron’s album I’m New Here (retitled We’re New Here) and his DJ sets take in really good grime, garage, funky and good house. Keep an eye out for his Numbers release.

Pro Vinylist Karim
A Glasgow stalwart, his musical knowledge and turntable skills are a cut above most.

Sarah David - Owner of Cabaret Voltaire

Fake Blood live
Having hosted and supported Theo [Keating]’s DJ sets in his various guises throughout the years here at Cabaret Voltaire I am eagerly awaiting his Scottish debut live set at RockNess this year. I think I like it!

The Naked and Famous
Currently being played religiously in the office at Cabaret Voltaire – thanks Jim! This New Zealand band, often compared to MGMT and Passion Pit, are definitely ones to watch this summer.
T in the Park

Oh my god, need I actually say any more? Breaking boundaries in music it might not be, but she is guaranteed to put on one unbelievable, jaw-dropping, booty-shaking performance.
T in the Park

Parov Stelar
Having missed his show in Edinburgh due to work commitments, the founder of the genre ‘electroswing’ will no doubt wow the crowds at Eden Festival this year. I dare you to try and not dance to his beat.
Eden Festival

After the resounding success of last years’ LuckyMe Festival party, this year’s party features the long-awaited and sought-after East Coast performance of Machinedrum from NYC. Having released work through various pseudonyms in varying styles, expect some serious hip hop/R&B-influenced glitchy and crunked-up beats at what promises to be yet another monster party.
Edinburgh Fringe