Latitude 2014

Röyksopp and Robyn master mammoth set at Latitude 2014

Scandinavian giants live up to their billing at the 6Music Stage.

Röyksopp and Robyn’s collaborative set has been given a lot of build-up, but anything lumped with a near-3 hour set time might look like a marathon on paper. Hardcore fans of both the Scandinavian acts could still have readied themselves for a slight slog. As it plays out, the headline show on the 6Music Stage is less like a 27-mile back-burner and more like a relay. The baton’s passed on from act after act, each lap stepping things up a notch until the finish line doesn’t particularly matter.

It’s left to the Norwegian producers to commence things. Robyn doesn’t make an appearance until 1/3rd of the set has passed, but by this point Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland have already played the role of bedevilled decksmiths to cap-sporting frontmen. They run from ‘Happy Up Here’ into all out anthemia with the flick of a switch. This is all-inclusive electronic music. Hands aloft, more than just a crowd-warmer.

Saying that, Robyn’s entrance ups the anti. Arriving with what looks like a patchwork vintage coat that’s been swept up through a hundred stores at once, the Swedish singer morphs in shape and attitude. At one point she might as well be overlooking an all-out rave. At other times she’ll send the entire tent into near-silence.

This happens most notably when the two combine. ‘Monument’ is a self-immersive beast of a song. It spans nine minutes on record and it doesn’t let up on a single second here. That’s one side of the coin. The other is ‘Do It Again’, the title-track on their first collaborative LP. There’s a DJ-centric encore that follows, but this is the peak. It’s the very reason these two artists are here tonight; a song that unites everything in one swift move. As it plays out, it affirms the length and the sheer ambition of this mammoth adventure the two are embarking on.

DIY is the official media partner at Latitude 2014. We’ll be bringing you extensive coverage from in and around the fest, and you can find copies of the July 2014 issue in the Latitude supermarket!

Tags: Latitude, Festivals, Reviews, Live Reviews

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