Published Jul 16, 2012As the opening words from Damon Albarn's monologue "State of the Nation" rang across the festival grounds, hundreds of Haligonians rushed the stage to witness one of the first performances from sci-fi hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030 in more than a decade. The group blasted off early with tracks from their 2000 self-titled debut, with album opener "3030," "Virus" and "Things You Can Do" causing the crowd to sway aimlessly to the intergalactic beats.
It's important to note the group had only performed ten concerts in the early millennium before their current tour, and it showed. Del the Funky Homosapien stayed glued to the front of the stage, never straying from the mic while delivering a percussive flow consistent with his rhymes recorded 12 years earlier. Dan the Automator sauntered across the stage playing an iPad and occasionally snapping photos of the group with his iPhone, intermittently delivering backup vocals without much enthusiasm. Thankfully, Kid Koala stole the show, rocking the turntables in a CBC heritage hoodie and causing utter chaos to the wheels of steal.
Following a selection of upbeat tracks that make up the upcoming Event II, the band returned for a surprise encore performance of Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood," confirming for fans that the second coming of Deltron was well worth the wait.