Big Chill 2010: Overview

A look back over the three days
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It’s the last day of the Big Chill 2010, and I’m about to make the arduous journey for home. As popular and as strong as ever, the colourful meandering crowds of the festival lapped up the atmosphere. From tree top bars and Glow up light cubes in the dance tent, to the long walk to the Lazyland haven and tea huts in the far distance, Big Chill 2010 had it all. Including an eclectic line up that featured something for everyone. As you can imagine its very difficult to leave.

Once categorized within the ‘nu-funk jazz’ era as a place to catch Mr Scruff and co play, the Big chill line up this year has boasted it’s most daring and eclectic to date. From the exclusive appearance from R’n’B queen Kelis (Accapella destroyed the Reveler tent), to Toddla T whipping up a dancehall frenzy and Caribou dazzling everyone with their smooth electronica-folk indie, the three-day shindig was packed to the rafters with great sounds.

M.I.A caused a stage invasion during her set, and subsequently being un-plugged during ‘Paper Planes’. Thom Yorke played the main stage the evening before – one excited fan gleefully informed me that he thought Thom was ‘grinning’ and looked like ‘a deranged leprichaun’. Mount Kimbie set our own Clash stage on fire (along with so many other great acts) with a special midas touch. Shrouded in the darkness of the night, behind red-lasers and laptops, the creative fusion of dubstep meeting A.I era Warp and Autechre, with a little shoegaze riffage, won over the hearts and minds of the crowd with ease and intensely hypnotic performance.

Its not just the endless selection of music available that makes the chill special, or even the decorations adorning the rolling Malvern hills – it’s the real sense of limbo. It’s a place where worries are left firmly at the gate, as you become fully immersed within a sense of balance. Even though your ears are ravaged by the sounds of the Solid Steel crew in the igloo, Roy Ayers jazzing it up on the mainstage or Breakage carving out some top-notch wobbly dubstep, the feeling of contentment is evident on everyone’s faces. It’s this good vibe and free thinking attitude that continues to make Big Chill one of the nicest festivals I’ve been too. And long may it continue this way.

Words by Joe Gamp

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