writer: Cecilie Thorup
“It’s all about the many and different kind of people who have contributed to this. Musicians, artists, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. It creates a very special atmosphere and that’s what makes us different from other Aarhus festivals,” says Simon Valentin, co-arranger at ÅLF, to Sound of Aarhus.
The festival will start on Thursday and last until Saturday, and will in the days between transform Godsbanen in Aarhus into a true paradise for the creative soul. The festival is arranged by Institut for (X) which is a cultural platform for creative entrepreneurship, and the festival is exactly about new and creative thinking, Simon explains.
“Everything is made and done with a new and different approach,” he says and continues:
“Maybe we decide to build a stage out of disposable pallets. Or a bar that moves.”
Main focus on the sound
When it comes to the music, the focus lies on the raw, live, and honest sound.
“We don’t want acts that have rehearsed a live set and play it mechanically on stage,” Simon says when asked upon the criterias from which he has booked this year’s line-up.
“We have focused on artists who produce something unique. We want to capture the music in its’ essence right there when it’s performed with all the flaws that may include,” he says and explains how he hopes that it will give the audience a real and present experience.
“It’s all about the improvised sound and the good performance,” Simon Valentin says.
More international music
The festival has developed a great deal during its’ 3-year long lifetime, and this year the music line-up is far more international than the previous years. This year you can – among others – look forward to Soul Oddity (US), Pierre Bastien (FR) and Flying Ibex (UK).
But Simon will rather not predict how ÅLF will look like next year.
“We get so much positive feedback so the future for ÅLF is brighter than ever. But right now I can only focus on Thursday,” he says with a smile.