I guess everything went according to plan yesterday at NorthSide; no standing in line, no credit card troubles and the obligatory last minute change in the line up, being that Earl Sweatshirt had to cancel his show, and Barbara Moleko agreed to turn up.
The weather was phenomenal, the beers tasted great and the music was… okay. Friday was a day with only a few names that we just really wanted to see, and with lots of names that we have seen or just don’t care about – and with a concert or two with some sound-difficulties, we only bring a few reviews from day one (Our Wu-Tang review will be published separately, you’ll see why):
Death Cab for Cutie – Blue Stage (5/6)
We went to the festival area a bit late, for obvious reasons, with Death Cab for Cutie being the first show for us at this years NorthSide Festival – and it might just have been the perfect opener. Ben Gibbard & co. delivered a well structured and tight show, and especially Ben seemed to be right where he wanted to be. It was, in our opinion, outstanding! They didn’t have the right audience going for them, though, don’t know whos “fault” that was, but it took some of the magic from the show. However, we had a really good time at this concert, and it probably was the best one?
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy – Blue Stage (3,5/6)
Honestly, I’m not the beggist Dizzy fan. I mean, I know all their songs and I can scream along to half the words of every Dizzy song, but I still haven’t decided where I stand on this band. But, standing there among this energetic, drunk crowd that screams along makes it difficult to say something horrible about this band. I’m pretty sure they gathered more people than Sam Smith would’ve! They played great, and loud, but it all just became this relatively boring concert, being more about the audience singing along than the music actually being good. The karaoke machine strikes again though, and the audience seemed to have a blast.
Alt-J – Blue Stage (4/6)
After their last performance at NorthSide, a lot of people found their performance, well, boring. And they can seem boring at times, but when trying to concentrate on the music, like really concentrating on the tight, diverse and well written music, their shows are anything bot boring. That being said, they’ve upgraded their live performance since their last visit – and this time there’s no doubt, no dividing the audience in two groups: This was just a solid, good perfomance.
Spids Nøgenhat – P6 Beat (5/6)
So, day one finished just as good as it started. Lorenzo and his gang delivered just the atmosphere you were looking for, after an entire day in the sun with just a beer or two too many. It was just, all in all, a great performance, both musically and in terms of visuals. And when Grace Jones decided to live up to her diva-thing and be late, many people wandered down to the P6 Beat stage, where both audience and band made everyone feel welcomed and loved, exactly as it should be at concert with Spids Nøgenhat.
When the music doesn’t deliver according to what we hoped, it is probably because NorthSide has delivered such amazing names and live performances the last couple of years. But where the music did disappoint a little, everything else was just as great as we remembered. The atmosphere was, as always, incredible. It was incredible too see that many smiling, dancing and partying people! I guess that’s what happens at a festival, when there absolutely no standing in line, when the selection of food is really good and when the service is everything you could hope. At least, that was my experience, and I’m sure a few people experienced something shitty, but all in all we can’t complain.