LISB-ON – the review (Day 2)

LISB-ON. Photo by Sílvia Fernandes

Remember the long lines and overall mayhem that was the day before? Well, Sunday for some reason (and obviously for some effort put by the organization of the festival) was the complete opposite, dragging no crowds at the entrance and quickly charging the bracelets of festival-goers so they could buy stuff inside the festival. An explanation for this is certainly the fewer people to arrive earlier at Parque Eduardo VII, instead of the VIP crowd gathering at the improvised food zone next to the stage on Saturday afternoon.

Moving on, no reasons to be witty, since we arrived late as well to Mr. Herbert Quain’s set during the afternoon, but it sounded gracefully when entering the site. Hoping to catch you again sometime, mister.

Andras & Oscar. Photo by Sílvia Fernandes

The hangover wasn’t that troublesome, we’ve had worse, but you kind of get into that brainfreeze state when listening to Andras & Oscar performance. And not in a bad way! Allow me to explain: this duo brings an aura of sunset, chillout house, and it’s easy to imagine that, if we actually had a hangover, these slow jams would make wonders to cure it. But of course, shall we not reduce their talent and comfort when performing, since Andras can really play the synths and Oscar’s voice is on point. Really cool concert for this time of the day!

Jazzanova. Photo by Sílvia Fernandes

“Concert” is a word we didn’t use a lot during our review of Lisb-On. And presumptuous of me for bringing this antiquated distinction to the table, but for god’s sake, Jazzanova knows how to play a concert. Lead by Paul Randolph on voice and occasional guitar, Jazzanova brought some of their Funkhaus Sessions, starting with “Look What You Are Doin’ To Me” – right when Paul Randolph joined the stage and after the band ended their jam for beginners. This concert was really a complete joy. It would be hard to find a low point during the whole show, and they sure aren’t single note: funky at times, slow groovy here and there, with the constant soul vibe of Randolph, this was a party.

Todd Terje. Photo by Sílvia Fernandes

As for Todd Terje: I must start with the disappointment it was for me (and many) that the “Live” aspect of the concert was him playing, alone, with the synth and running the rest of the songs with his computer. Sure, Lisb-On, you didn’t assure us it would be with his band, but at least you could certify it wouldn’t leave it to expectation. Nevertheless, this was pretty good as well, being actually more pumping and, erm, duh, electronic than it would be with band. But hell, I missed the strings and the flutes, the more gaudy drums and the equal result: dancing. At least “Oh Joy” and “Inspector Norse” for closing were incredible as usual, leaving us on a high note and hoping for more of Todd Terje’s moderate and effective house.

Michael Mayer. Photo by Sílvia Fernandes

The sun was about to set entirely and Lisb-On was about to give us their last name: Michael Mayer. And what a class of a DJ, a very much deserved name to conclude the festival. Although very much straight-foward techno at times, Mayer knew how to build up the song and by the time the drop came, the structure of the song would be much richer and complexe, adding actual melody appealing to the ear. And of course, nice touch to play “Loud Places” by Jamie xx and closing the set with the tongue in cheek “Love is in the Air” by John Paul Young.

Surely this Sunday proved the naysayers of the previous day wrong, with a stronger line-up and space to dance and move around. And we hadn’t said this yet, but even with all that free space, the festival had sold out. I think it’s safe to say then that Lisb-On, by its second edition, has space to grow, either as a household name within the Portuguese festivals’ circuit, or as grounds to fill with bigger crowds. Expectations are high for next year’s edition, we can’t wait to be surprised by newer and exciting names in 2016! Keep “On” Moving!


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