Named after Geoff Barrow's hometown, Portishead consists of Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley and are widely known as the purveyors of trip-hop which is resounding in their three albums, most recognizable from their 1994 debut Mercury Music Prize album Dummy which set the bar of many imitators over the years. This album not only distanced themselves from the dominant Brit-pop sound of the time with hit singles Glory Box and Sour Times, but equally pushed the trip-hop sound with their soon to be trademark elements of cool jazz, acid house and atmospheric dark beats. Gibbon's irresistibly melancholic, yet enchanting voice created aesthetics a far cry from anything that was trendy. Completely unexpectedly, this album was a great commercial success hailed by both critics and audiences alike, resulting in winning the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
1997 saw the release of their second album Portishead with the single All Mine, and after the release of their live album recorded with New York Philharmonics the next year, they retreated, remaining low-key until the end of 2008. Very few bands have the ability to release a come-back album after ten years and make it loved by critics and audiences again, yet in April 2008, Portishead released their third album, aptly named Third. Once again their wide appeal was proved with great ratings by all the discerning music media, even with the media shy band members. NME rated the album 9/10, trend-setting Pitchfork labeled it one of the best albums of the year, and Thom Yorke deemed it 'beautiful' and 'the best album in their career'.
Portishead are evidently as influential to their peers are they are to their fans, recently inspiring The Horrors and curating All Tomorrow's Parties in London. Their fourth album is set to be released in 2011, again no doubt pushing new boundaries. Their performance at EXIT is eagerly awaited and will be sure to send a wonderous energy throughout the night!
EXIT 2011 also plays host to over 400 performances on 20 stages connected by cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels - a walk through the mystical fortress is like a trip through a magical wonderland. Music ranges from rock, dance, indie, Latino, reggae, electronica, chill out and regional music, so there is no better festival in the world that brings you so much value and so much variety! EXIT is still the coolest, most adventurous and best value for money festival experience in Europe for the discerning festival goer. Offering more entertainment, easier and cheaper travel options, stunning weather and an atmosphere unlike any other festival, ensure it's on your list of things to do 2011!
2011 will also see pre & post EXIT events happening in the city of Novi Sad and Belgrade, so festival go-ers can spend longer in Serbia experiencing the warmth of the Serbian people whilst having fun and seeing new sights and cities. It's an adventure and festival in one!
EXIT also understands the financial situation is still difficult for many and students more-so than ever before and therefore are keeping the ticket prices as low as possible this year. The First Release tickets are still cheaper than any UK festival at only £89+b/f but there is a capped number of them. Once the first release are all sold out, from then on Second Release ticket price will rise to £105, so buy tickets early and save 15%! Still it's a bargain and for sunshine, no mud and lots of wonderful experiences, it's a golden ticket for summer 2011. EXIT ticks all the right boxes and is still the best value festival ticket around!
EXIT & eTickets.to continue to deliver the best value festival ticket around, with pre event ticket redemption and fast entry through their own entrance.
First Release - 4 day festival ticket - £89 + b/f
Second Release - 4 day festival ticket - £105 + b/f
Camping ticket - £25 + b/f
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