Festival Review: INFEST 2014

Opus Ultimum had a chance to travel to Infest and visit the lovely venue located in the middle of Bradford. Festival does not really need an introduction, Infest is the longest running industrial music festival in the UK and this year it just proved its awesomeness again. Atmosphere, people, choice of bands…it was AMAZING. The only thing that was really missing is Project Pitchfork. But we really hope for them to visit England next year!

So, Friday evening started with Dreams Divide that did not leave much of impression for me. But I really enjoyed Cyanotic and Rabbit Junk collaboration for the day. Observing their performance made me feel like a part of something bigger, something that is different. They turned the electronic music into something new, more bewitching, more chilling and more surreal that it’s derivative. What’s even better is that they went beyond pure entertainment because they reflected a human condition or a pure feeling of the world, whether past, present or future!
The performance of Haujobb was the culmination of the first day. It was deliciously disturbing modern show with a very surrealistic feel. I mean you’re kind of stuck in an alternate dimension with electronic vibes going through your whole body, touching and reaching that parts of your minds you even didn’t know exist…

Be My Enemy was accessible, interesting performance that swooped from the deep to the chillingly beautiful. The show itself didn’t have the boundaries between reality and imagination, the modern and folklore. All of it was one mass of experience to question, expose, and overcome. Splendid.
I was really looking forward to seeing the Icelandic music project – Legend, and they didn’t disappoint me. I loved the way performance was set. It was evocative without being overly descriptive or trite. The music moved along at a good pace with sounds wrapping around you and creating the vibrant atmosphere and the huge amount of energy, with turns of phases that just linger in the mind. And Architect was such an utterly beautiful and lyrical experience. Their work was also very honest. People seemed to experience musicians‘ inner feelings and thoughts at face value. And the same time Architect’s work was full of pain, writhing, excitement and lots of energy. Each song was emotionally dark and melodic; I even cannot emphasize how much feelings every single song had! There were moments I could feel my whole body overwhelmed by all those emotions…

Sunday started with SYD.31. Their music was quite interesting and unique, but I didn’t feel any connection. I actually found the audience more intriguing that the band. One thing I did like was the strong sounds of the music. Over all, this just wasn’t for me. Surrealistic and psychedelic, that how i could describe the act of Mr. Kitty. It was a great show. Most of his songs were morbidly flummoxing, sexually explicit, and hauntingly mysterious. Still, the sounds were playing with audience’s expectations and breaking open the dark heart of songs and the people who listened them. Solar Fake was extremely powerful. I was totally pulled into the charming and sometimes frightening synth sounds. They were at one of their most whimsical, and yet the darkness, the strangeness, the other-worldness was still there, lurking right around the corner…
And then there was Ashbury Heights. Strangely every time I see Ashbury Hights they have a new female singer. Really disappointing thing was to hear only a couple of known songs – the rest were completely new… Despite that I really enjoyed their performance, there was a beauty, and joy, and a sad, sweet melancholy that moved through people’s minds like distant thunder. The highlight of the day was VNV Nation and they really rocked! There are certain bands that in my mind have become a genre of their own. VNV Nation is actually one of them. When I listen their music, I don’t hear industrial, or electronic, or any other such label. What I hear is „a VNV Nation“. The performance was an unique blend of melody and dry noise and a strong narrative voice making the strangest leaps of imagination seem like nothing out of ordinary. Another memorable event for the day was moving and inspiring speech made by Ronan. Our huge thank You for speaking about Sophie Lancaster, discrimination and inspiring many others to take a stand! Because silence kills. Me? I enjoyed VNV Nation. It made me happy. It made me feel less alone. It made me love them a little more than I already did…

So let me say this: I genuinely loved this event. I look forward to attending it again. And now let’s wait what next year is going to bring to us, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fabulous!

Review and pictures by Milda Bandzaitė
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