Review: Gnarls Barkley, Tiesto and Daft Punk at BANG! Miami
Exceptional event down in Miami on November 11. Highly recommended by InternetDJ! Take a look at our exclusive photos and videos from the event.
Travis Russell and Paul Farace
on Mon Nov 27, 2006
With over 20,000 in attendance Miami’s BANG! Music Festival was a huge success. We arrived at the festival early and were met with a large crowd at the Trance Stage with performer DJ Kinesis. Then it was on to the Breakbeat Stage, where artist like Merlyn, Baby Anne, DJ Icey, Monk, and Hyper to name just a few, kept the tent rockin’ all day and all night. Built for the best was the Main Stage, where Common inspired and translated his performance into a very personal experience. Anyone that was there would agree that real hip –hop was expressed and it was more than just entertainment.
Following on the Main Stage was Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, also a crowd pleaser. Damian Marley communicated not only with his high energy music, but also with his thought provoking rhymes about reality, such as; he created a general awareness about the damage people do to themselves. We then went back to the Trance Stage where Second Sun surprised the crowd with an impressive backlit stage to support the impulsive musical performance. I personally was very impressed with the set and since they were home in Miami I saw that they were welcomed with tons of fans. At this point, a feeling of urgency took over because of a decision between Gnarls Barkley and DJ Tiesto; they were playing at the same time. The outcome was good and I was able to catch parts of both. That was the last time I had to worry about if I was going to miss a performance or not due to the well organized time slots, I was able to see everyone I wanted to see. Gnarls Barkley, yes both Danger Mouse and Cee-lo Green, was definitely worth all the hype. They were accompanied with a string section, and Cee-lo is quite the performer. As for DJ Tiesto, his set was a full two hours and the crowd showed him much love. For a second we were able to sneak over to the Live Stage 2 and see Thievery Corporation. I really loved their versatile performance and it made me think about how cool it was to see so many different types of bands all in one place.
Then came time for the moment everyone had been waiting for, Daft Punk! If you took a poll, the best performance at BANG! goes to these guys, and I heard so many people say that it may have been the best performance of all time. Their performance did not disappoint and the visual effects alone established them as an act not to be missed. The sound was phenomenal and people were blown away on how good their technical skills were. You really had to be there. It could have very well been their last performance and you could tell by the crowd and the adrenaline pumping music. Mash up after mash up as they crafted the art of tech house blending the old tracks with the new ones and occasionally doing the unexpected. Thanks to my camera and a well appreciated press pass we can now all savor the magnitude of the show, the enthusiastic and somewhat crazy crowd, and the superb sound forever.
Last but not least, Duran Duran performed many of their popular tracks. The sound of their set filled Bicentennial Park and the projector screens could be seen from every angle of the park. Closing out the Breakbeat Stage was a Florida favorite, Spacemen. Their electro-intelligent breaks supplied the long-awaited fix for many fans and left the crowd wanting more. All in all, the people who organized BANG! and helped out, deserve some major credit for doing an excellent job. “Best event ever” said many satisfied party-goers. Not only was the lineup amazing, but the sound, the stages, and the times artist were scheduled to go on made the experience memorable and worth while. Seriously, in my opinion I would highly recommend this event as being one of the best, and since it was only the second year you definitely have to give the fans credit, “it felt like 1996 all over again” said one festival junkie, which was an extraordinary year for electronic music. Some compared it to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and others compared it to Ultra Music Festival, either way I can not wait to see what next year holds and many years after.
Videos from Bang!
· Official BANG! Festival