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Oxegen 2011 - Bitches With Wolves

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ATL | 14:26 UK time, Saturday, 9 July 2011

Red Bull Electric Ballroom, Friday, 5pm

Describe in a Tweet: Diplo met disco and spawned Bitches With Wolves.

What happened: The Red Bull Electric Ballroom is the main stage for dance music, providing a strobe light filled extravaganza for the revellers, and this is where Bitches With Wolves steal the show. It’s questionable quite how much of this performance is “live” but in reality, any qualms in that regard would be categorised at unnecessary nitpicking. The rhythms are perfect, channelling the revitalised spirit of disco while integrating the electro-rave of MSTRKRFT into their sound. James O’Neill is one of those frontmen that you can’t help but be captivated by: he dances like a madman, working what could have been a difficult crowd well and remaining almost note perfect throughout. Broken Hearts features some chilling yet gorgeous harmonies while Good As Gold rounds off the set brilliantly: the beat drops impeccably and it could be a genuine floorfiller. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea but Bitches With Wolves have delivered an excellent performance.

Crazy In Love: Festivals are a perfect place to unleash a cover and we were treated to a fantastic reworking of early Noughties dance classic Toca’s Miracle, with shades of Holy Ghost! creeping in. 

Why Don't You Love Me: While there’s clearly an attempt to be inventive and keep things fresh there’s still one or two filler tracks in their setlist that take the edge off a great performance.

Oxegen rating: 8/10

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