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Renaissance Wild In The Country 2007 - Review and Photos
Hot on the heels of the London Calling music conference, DJpromoter.com attended Renaissance Wild In The Country on Saturday 30th June. The event was held on the grounds of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, England.
I have friends who attended the last Wild In The Country event in 2004, and they have always raved on about how great it was. So I knew the 2007 event was unlikely to disappoint. I was there purely for leisure reasons so I didn't have my 'proper' camera with me. However now that I have a decent quality camera phone, some of the photos have turned out quite well so I thought they would be worth sharing. A review follows the photos.
Sasha & Digweed phone video footage...
Who I saw...
From 2130-0300 in the main tent was my priority, as that was 4 hours of Sasha and John Digweed followed by Underworld live. The old magic has clearly returned to Sasha and Digweed and they had the crowd high as kites for the entire set. Kicking off their set with Slam 'Intensities In 10 Cities' was an unexpected but pleasant surprise, and for me will go down as one of those legendary clubbing moments that you get from time to time. I recorded some video footage of it on my phone, which can be found at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LlG2TAzZC2k. They also pulled out another couple of epics with 'The Age of Love' (see http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jRJGi9jYMvM), and then ending their set with Leftfield 'Song of Life'.
Not many could have followed Sasha and Digweed and kept the crowd on their toes, so it was just as well the mighty Underworld were taking on this task. By this stage I must confess to being in 'the zone' so my memory is somewhat hazy and hence there is no chance of me being able to stitch together Underworld's exact set. However I recall bouncing around like a mentalist to 'Pearl's Girl', 'King of Snake', 'Jumbo', 'Born Slippy' and the always phenomenal 'Rez'. My mobile phone battery had run out by the time Underworld came on so sorry, no photos or video footage.
After Underworld I managed to recompose myself and caught most of Ricardo Villalobos in the 'Wild' tent. His set was Cocoon-esque tremendous and his tunes perfectly complimented the crystal clear sound system. I then went back into the main tent for the last half hour of Tiefschwarz.
Other DJs/acts I caught during the event were DJ Geddes in the 'Wild' tent, and he impressed me greatly with some bleepy, minimal tunes. However out of the blue, the organisers cut his set short and announced that the 'Wild' tent had to be closed for half an hour due to safety reasons. Earlier in the evening I'd spent a short time in the 'Neon' tent and caught some of the Filthy Dukes.
Sound system and visuals...
I thought the sound quality in all the tents was superb and the visuals in the main tent were breathtaking at times. So whilst the event felt a bit disorganised in other areas, perhaps this was because the organisers had put so much focus and effort perfecting the sound and visuals.
Food stalls could have been better and more substantial, but then again it was only a one night event so this isn't really a big complaint.
Unfortunately we got unlucky with the weather and after spouts of rain throughout the day, there was a downpour during and after Sasha and Digweed which turned the site into a quagmire. Once again though, with it being a one night event this wasn't a big problem, so long as you had a car with a change of clothing to return to, you were fine...
Source: added 09 Jul 2007