Tuesday, May 1, 2007
This Saturday, May 5th another one of those mega-techno festivals is happening in Buenos Aires. This one is called Southfest and it's taking place at Costanera Sur with the usual regimen of gigantic stages and tents one finds at these things.
Although these events usually have all the intimacy (not to mention sound quality) of an airplane hangar, I can't say that I'm overly excited. Headliner and Oakenfold disciple Hernán Cattáneo may be one of Argentina's native sons, but that doesn't change that fact that his set will probably consist of some pretty bland progressive house/trance/whatever term these dudes are using to make their music sound respectable these days.
However, I am excited for some of the names further down the marquee. Acts like MSTRKRFT and Black Strobe are some of my favorites from the realm of electronic music. MSTRKRFT's Daft Punkish future disco and Black Strobe's death metal electro will both be welcome respites from a night sure to be dominated by the drone of the dreaded punchi punchi.
As for the rest of the lineup, there's plenty of locals, some other big name acts to avoid, plus a few that could be alright (Slam, Steve Lawler, Nathan Fake). There's sure to be throngs of drug-addled kids, overpriced drinks and...wait, why do people go to festivals again?
MSTRKRFT and Black Strobe had better be good.