WORDS: Ryan Jager
PHOTOS: Joe Hart
The last weekend in May saw the return of the annual Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival, an event that has filled a gap in the somewhat lacking inner-city festival market. With a line-up showcasing acts from Cocoon, Soma and Hessle Audio, it was bound to get a big red X on most Glaswegian’s calendars.
Friday played host to some meaty big hitters, some Glasgow stalwarts and of course, a veritable smorgasbord of local talent. Sadly before the gates had opened, legendary house music aficionado Robert Hood had to call time on his appearance due to medical reasons. Not to dampen enthusiasm for the opening night, however, Paisley born techno titan Gary Beck stepped into the breach.
Local lads Animal Farm, operating with a full roster of Lamb, Quail and Turtle kicked things off with some brooding dub techno by the likes of Deepchord and Echoplex, gradually building to a crescendo tipped by Kobosil’s remix of Terence Fixmer ‘Aktion Mekanik’. As with all festivals, clashes happen and sides are taken. With names such as Len Faki and Karenn going toe to toe with the rampant threesome of Joy O b2b with Ben UFO and Optimo, you sometimes wished you could split yourself in twain.
Saturday saw another grouping of A-listers take to the stage in the shadow of Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum. Behemoths like Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath and Carl Craig were the obvious draws; however it was another Glasgow-based talent who stood out: a somewhat notorious selector called Ivan Kutz (pictured) had the crowd hyped with an eclectic set highlighted by Archie Hamilton ‘Troublemaker’.
It’s important to note that the Riverside Festival is still in its infancy and year on year is learning from its mistakes; the infrastructure has improved and careful thought has been put into footfall and managing expectations. We’re already looking forward to the next instalment of the ever-growing dance event.
Check the full gallery from the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival here.