Photo: Emil Rahbech
Co-writer: Rasmus Matthiesen
We all agreed in advance, that Friday didn’t have much to offer. The line-up had sort of ‘Grøn Koncert’ vibe to it, and that profile is a bit far from our preferences. We did manage to squeeze in a few concerts in our program, but most of the time was spent on exploring more parts of the stage area, talking to some of those who volunteered and do small interviews with some of festive guests they have here at Smuk Fest.
Especially the last part was a lot of fun, and you can check out it all out here at our website.
In terms of concerts, here’s what we witnessed:
Sonja Hald: A perfect match when hung over
When the frontman in Sonja Hald, Jonas Dahl, entered the stage at the P3 tent 12:15 PM, it seemed like the perfect match for the beginning of the friday at Smukfest. Not many people showed up, but those attending definitely got what they came for – small real-life stories between the tracks and rock/folk music with good danish lyrics. The former winner of the Karrierekanonen competition in 2014 have after their victory made a full length album, which have been rewarded with rave reviews. This afternoon at Smukfest, they played one hour with all their songs from the album and a couple of new ones and the crow seemed to like what they were served. Jonas Dahl told us that they are working on the “difficult number two”, so we can properly expect more music from Sonja Hald soon – which I will look forward too. But I hope to see a little change in their arrangements, which this day at Smukfest seemed a bit monotonous.
Folkeklubben: Charming pop and a young Kim Larsen
The people in front of Bøgescenen were sitting down enjoying the sun, friday afternoon when the trio Folkeklubben entered the stage – A half hour later many of them were standing up. It is difficult not to be charmed by their music and especially the man in the front – Kjartan Arngrim. His stories between the numbers charmed it´s way to the Smukfest crowd and even though I have seen them before and know many of the tracks, and their setlist, it seems like a new experience every time – this day at Smukfest was not an exception. The lyrics are good – maybe the best in danish music today. Kjarten Arngrim looks like a young Kim Larsen when he sings his danish folk songs, beautifully backed up by Rasmus Dall on guitar and Rasmus Dusting on drums/keys and percussion. Their sound came a little short this sunny afternoon on the big stage, and I would rather have seen them play in the P3 tent in more intimate surroundings. But all in all a charming concert from maybe the best ambassadors for danish pop/folk music in 2015.
Gnags: As relevant as always
A lot of people had turned up to this show, and you could spot most ages – just not that many youngsters, obviously. Gnags is one of the biggest bands, one of the biggest legends we have in Denmark, and they’ll forever be a symbol – especially when it comes to the music history from our beloved Aarhus.
They opened with ‘Danmark’. A song about being welcome here in Denmark, no matter who you are and where you’re from. Meanwhile, flags from all over the world ran across the stage. A beautiful sight, and for me personally, I’d longed for a sight like this, for someone to say these things. We had to turn to a song from ’86, but at least we had that one.
Peter A.G. is in his sixties, but he is one hell of a performer, entertainer and singer, and this concert stands out as one of the best I’ve seen so far during this festival.
De Eneste To: Victory at home
Peter and Simon are local heroes, no doubt. Whenever they visit this festival, or this area for that matter, people show up, sing a long and worship them. They can do no wrong, if you ask their fans.
Yesterday was no exception, and they did pretty much what you expected them to. But when bringing several popular acts on stage, doing their signature moves, saying the right things, and all that, in front of a massive crowd in Bøgeskoven, it’s actually hard not to get a bit touched by their performance.
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers
This specific concert should’ve been for everyone attending Smuk Fest. A parade of hits with oldies and present hits, however, ‘Bøgescenerne’ could’ve been with a way bigger crowd.
Those who chose to witness Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, which might’ve been for the last time, had a great time. People danced, screamed a long and enjoyed the presence of such gifted, entertaining musicians. We were in good, safe company and I’m pretty sure we could’ve spent several more hours in their company at Smuk Fest.