Another year, another Ejekt festival at the south of Athens. The venue and organization of the festival was quite good this year. If only there was a bit more audience attending (but the lack of a rock audience in Athens is a big issues which I'm not going to touch).
It all started off with White Lies on stage. I missed the first few songs (including my favorite Fairwell to the Fairground) but managed to enjoy the next few ones. They didn't quite excite me but they weren't half bad either. I guess they just need a couple more years (and another record) before we can see what these guys are really made of (they still annoyingly young!).
Next up were Starsailor. I'm not a big fan of them and they are not really the band to set the crowd on fire. With the exception of a couple of their older hits, they mostly filled the spot till the next band with some enjoyable background music.
Next up were the highlight of the night (for me), the Editors. They started off with some new material (they actually played quite a number of new songs from their upcoming third album In This Light And On This Evening), which is definitely different from their previous two albums but I must admit I quite liked them. They switched to a more synth/electro sound with obvious influences ranging from Joy Division to Depeche Mode. Of' course, they included their usual hits like my favorite Smokers outside Hospital Doors. This band really knows how to rock the house and were really appreciated by the audience.
Finally, the night ended with the legendary Pixies. I'll be honest, I only saw the first 30-40 minutes of their show in order to avoid the exit traffic. They gave a solid professional performance but lacked any real edge. I guess that's the real problem with bands like Pixies. If you didn't catch them on stage while they were dominating the indie scene back in the 90's, I guess you only see half of their glory. All in all, the first day of Ejekt wasn't bad but didn't offer anything spectacular (especially for its quite pricy ticket). Count me out for today's second day...
PS. I didn't bother taking too many pictures or any videos..so I just posted some I found from other fellow youtubers..