Kick the goddamn monitor!
Yesterday was the first spring evening of 2014. You heard me THE FIRST. It’s not the calendar that defines when spring is here, but the length of skirts and the coldness of beers. Yesterday at HeadQuaters in the very centre of Aarhus I had my first beer that held the taste of spring, and alongside it some damn good rock music.
A new line of concept concerts are emerging in Aarhus. The franchise goes by the name “Up Up Up”, and is sort of a competition much like Emergenza festival. Three bands participate per UP-event (The evenings are divided into genres) and one of them, depending on votes from judges and crowd, wins prizes.
The immense difference between an event like UP and Emergenza is the feel. Emergenza had a very established and commercial feel to it, whereas UP had more of a homey and heartily vibe. As one upcoming band replaced the other that heartily feeling was very present. The applauses and cheers were those of people engaged in the music!
I don’t know how the team behind UP (Jesper Wolthers, Brian Nielsen og Mads Grau Hansen) did it, but they took the venue feeling back. Somehow this team consisting of three very different human beings, have renewed the concert feeling to me. I was sitting in the bar listening to a genre that I usually find noisy, and found myself enjoying the beauty of just being part of an amazing evening, an evening where no monitor was left alone.
First ones on stage was “Ignite”. Ignite seemed to me a very energetic rock band with inspiration from Coldplay, Muse and the Danish group Kashmir. Equipped with a very good understanding of harmonic soloes and riffs these guys kept the audience awed for the entirety of their performance.
Second to mount the set was Drivenfield, a band with a very present frontsinger who knew how to handle a crowd! Drivenfield was a “rougher” around the edges for an RnB fan like myself. The six guys made me enjoy their performance in spite of my feeling towards their genre with the use of beautiful lyrics and a very sincere live show.
Last but not least came The Prospect a Silkeborg based group consisting of four young guys. These young men came on stage with a different type of rock altogether. “The Prospect” has a more metrosexual modern sound to it, almost indie’ish. It was sort of a mix between pop, desert rock, blues and classic rock. A surreal but interesting soundscape pulsed through the speakers as “The Prospect” played their set..
And the winners are!
Thanks “UP” for giving me a new experience I will definetly see you again in a month, this time with funk as the theme!