Gorillaz 'Demon Dayz' Goes Down A Treat With Fans!

Gorillaz have always seemed like an amusement park for Damon Albarn’s and Jamie Hewlett’s imaginations - so it’s fitting that the cartoon art-pop band headlined their own festival at Dreamland, Margate’s vintage fairground!

Those are the words of Guardian columnist, Danny Wright, who described the Gorillaz start studded Demon Dayz festival as a “a carnival of collaborators, with Albarn the musical polymath holding it all together.”


He went onto say… “It begins theatrically – 30-odd figures cloaked in black form a procession as they climb to the stage. The masks are dropped to reveal a smiling Albarn in fine fettle – he hugs his guests and holds that arms-aloft pose he’s perfected.”

The Gorillaz performance at their Demon Dayz festival has given fans an insight on what they can expect from their arena tour which sets sail later this year – shameless plug alert – including a show here in Birmingham on 2nd December.

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The Guardian went on to give the festival a whopping 4 stars, which was matched by the guys over at The Telegraph who said; “Gorillaz’s live return proves they are the master of music for uncertain times.”

Entertainment Writer, Alice Vincent added…

“With Gorillaz, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett looked into music's crystal ball, threw it on the floor, and cast a future out of its shattered remains. And, during their first gig in six years, Albarn once again emerged as a soothsayer.

After calmly introducing his melodica and explaining musical theory, Albarn unfurled a slow rendition of Clint Eastwood’s opening riff. Cheers pealed from the crowd: this was the song that, in 2001, caused many of them to fall in love with the musician's mysterious post-Blur project.

A nostalgic rendition would have sufficed. But Albarn was then joined by Kano, the Mercury Prize-nominated grime artist and rapper Little Simz, who bestowed contemporary relevance upon Clint Eastwood with excoriating new verses. Kano last appeared on Gorillaz’s stage seven years ago, when they headlined Glastonbury at the last minute.

It was a kaleidoscopic romp through Gorillaz’s back catalogue, the setlist veered from the dystopian reggae of Saturnz Barz, a collaboration with the genre’s newest prophet, Popcaan, to the elegiac glitch of El Manana, released as a double A-side in 2006.”