ATP AP Day 2: Portishead Fills The Hall, Closes Out Saturday

Photo by Chris Rotolo (Beth Gibbons @ ATP AP)

It took until 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening for the Convention Hall to finally be filled to the brim, and for an occasion as monumental as Portishead’s first appearance on the Eastern Coast of the United States in 13 years, it was no surprise.

The congregation was a massive amalgamation of men and women from all over the world, some flying in that afternoon from the furthest of regions…in short, five of the seven continents were accounted for, and I could neither confirm nor deny a presence from Antarctica or Africa.

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This was the mecca, the show, the main attraction, and the Bristol, England Trip-Hop collective treated it as such, seducing the 3600 seated spectators, and another thousand-plus on floor, into jaw dropped silence.

There were no grand-scale sing alongs, well, maybe on “Glorybox,” but for the most part Beth Gibbons’ voice flowed forth, unhindered, and as lush and mind altering as the wine it’s aged like.

Portishead transformed a celebrated sold out headlining set into an intimate gathering of friends…and to bask in all the evenings glory, Gibbons dove over the rail after the outfit’s final encore, “We Carry On,” and rode the sea of humanity, making out with an occasional sailor at various oceanic crests.

Portishead Setlist:

  1. Silence
  2. Hunter
  3. Mysterons
  4. The Rip
  5. Sour Times
  6. Magic Doors
  7. Wandering Star
  8. Machine Gun
  9. Over
  10. Glory Box
  11. Cowboys
  12. Treads
  13. Roads
  14. We Carry On

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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