Reviewer: Robin Winters
It’s a scorcher of a day, everybody has that festival tiredness kicking in and we’re all just about ready to sit down for the evening with a beer or two; with that in mind, what could possibly be better than watching a colourful Bhangra group close the day’s proceedings on the Waterfront stage? Well, watching a colourful bhangra group close proceedings on the Waterfront stage AND getting to join in, of course!
4×4 Bhangra brings an instant energy with them as they enter the stage. Acknowledging they are competing with the now not-so-secret set over in the BBC Music arena (Liam Gallagher in case you hadn’t heard), they get straight in to drum beats and dancing and the fairly thin crowd soon thickens with people gathering on all three sides to join the fun. After wowing us with a couple of small performances, all possessing the best timing of the weekend so far, and some feats of balance to form pyramids, the group announced that they’d like to teach us a few moves. It starts gently enough but soon picks up and the entire crowd, writer’s bridge and all, pelvic thrusting and hip wiggling while envisaging themselves as (unshowered) Indian gods and goddesses is quite a sight to behold.
The group finish with some more epic performance of their own before launching us all into a festival freestyle to finish off the evening. They manage to completely drown out all other festival noise and, put simply, totally own it. There isn’t a person present who doesn’t walk away smiling and it forms the perfect addition to the line-up. The only disappointment was that it wasn’t a little longer and perhaps a little later so people felt they could lose themselves that tiny bit more.
Reviewed on 14 July 2018 | Image: Contributed