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Review: Little Dragon


Little DragonThe official end of winter was marked in Cape Town by Swedish electronic band, Little Dragon, delivering a refreshingly colourful electronic performance at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

This wasn’t the first trip to South Africa for lead singer and percussionist Yukimi Nagano.  Back in 2007 she travelled here with Swedish singer songwriter Jose Gonzalez as his back-up vocalist.  Renowned for her all round coolness, Yukimi stunned the audience with her soulful voice and edgy presence on stage. Sporting a jacket covered in glittery horse heads, sunglasses and a funky belled rattle, she not only owned the stage musically but formed an important part of its aesthetic.

Where their albums exude a somewhat toned-down loungey feel, Little Dragon threw out the surprises with an action-packed set that cast a head-shaking and leg-stomping spell on the audience, which only ended once the band had left the stage.

The set up really added to the tone of the event, with high colour lighting echoing the electro sound. Following the set list – mostly songs from their third album Ritual Union – Little Dragon returned to an encore much to the delight of the audience, and delivered a further four songs that bumped up the electro hardness factor a notch or two. The final song was their hit single ‘Twice’, an epic love song which succeeded in leaving the audience satisfied that they had got the quality international performance that they came for.

The Old Biscuit Mill proved to be the perfect venue for Little Dragon, attracting Cape Town’s finest indie lovers to an electro performance which left no one disappointed.

Let’s hope Adidas Originals manages to bring more indie artists of this calibre to South Africa… (hint hint Lykke Li) and let’s hope more events are held at the Old Biscuit Mill. What Cape Town needs is more original performances like Little Dragon and less pretentious indie bands 3 years behind the international music trends.


Paul Frick and Christine Hogg

Little Dragon performed at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock on 31 August 2012 as part of the Adidas Originals series.
Click this link for pictures of Little Dragon’s performance at the Old Biscuit Mill.

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