The line-up at Infusion's We Are 9 festival last week at Atlantis's Sandance beach was impressive, but unfortunately the crowd was surprisingly small for such old-school names as Cypress Hill, Stereo MCs, Afrika Bambaataa and Josh Wink. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and the lack of queues at the toilets and beverage stands and clear roads on The Palm were a welcome change from the usually overcrowded Sandance nights that take place on the same beach. Here are five things we learnt about Infusion's We Are 9 party.
1.The first big act up on stage were Stereo MCs. The electro-dance group from London played a tightDJ set while dancing on stage and encouraging the crowd to "put their hands in the air for Nelson Mandela". The low attendance was made obvious when they called out "somebody... anybody... put your hands in the air, party people!". Anyone expecting Stereo MCs to play their own hits Connected and Step It Up would have been disappointed, though, as they were noticeably absent.
2. The Cuban Brothers were hilarious. The risque trio had the crowd up and dancing to their set while tying in comedy throughout. They even took the phone from an audience member to record a special performance for his mother. The Mandela tributes continued, with the Cuban Brothers performing a rendition of Free Nelson Mandela.
3. Cypress Hill have still got it. The Californian hip-hop veterans, who formed in 1988, had the small crowd of loyal fans flocking to get close to the stage and the audience went wild for their best-known hit, Insane in the Brain.
4. Josh Wink was a massive hit. Best-known for his 1995 track Higher State of Consciousness, the DJ and producer from Philadelphia played a brillant set. Wink has been on a world tour this year that has seen him play in Spain particularly Ibiza, Italy, Germany, the US, Japan, China, India, Greece and the UK, among others.
5. The idea to have more of a festival vibe with a dance 'tent' and a main stage at the same venue didn't really work. If you were walking from one to the other, the music from both ends of the beach was clashing, making for a strange experience. Also the separate artists playing at the same time meant fans had to choose who to see, which never really happens at such a small event.
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