Beofre actually going to this festival, I was completely psyched over the line up – and sort of amazed by how a festival like Danmarks Grimmeste manages to have a bigger line-up every year, without growing in crowd capacity. I mean, presenting bands like Who Made Who, Trentemøller, When Saints Go Machine is incredible – however, it had its downsides as well.
If you’ve spent your money on going to festivals this summer, and since May you might’ve been to Spot, Northside, Roskilde before going to Grim. This would mean, that you’ve probably seen The Minds of 99, Who Made Who, Trentemøler, Sekuoia, Baby In Vain, Chorus Grant – which basically is most of the names that I see when looking at the line-up, except for some balkan bands – and for a guy like me it means, that it’s not as exciting to see them live. I can’t help comparing them to earlier “gigs”!
The experience of seeing a band at Grim Fest is really different from Spot, Roskilde or Northside. I don’t know what it is, but was as if some of the bands didn’t feel comfortable on the stages at Grim. Let’s take some examples:
They delivered a more than approved performance, even though it got a bit cheesy at some point. However, they struggled with maintaing the younger section of the audience, who didn’t seem to understand this kind of music. I’ve actually experienced this a couple of times this summer, that the young crowd can enjoy a not so up-tempo concert. Gotta say though, Chorus Grant deserves to be heard!
The Minds of 99:
They’ve been at pretty much all the festivals I’ve been to so far this summer, and I’ve seen them every time. They’re entertaining, intelligent and good – so why not? Their concert was the third time i saw them, and definitely the best – the concert at Grim was probably the worst of them. I’m quite sure that a stage change with Baby in Vain would’ve been for everyones best – also for Baby in Vain, who with their stationary performance will be better suited on a smaller stage.
Who Made Who:
I think it has something to do with the crowd here. Who Made Who is one of DK’s very best live-bands, but it took about 45 minutes before the crowd quite understood the concert. Who Made Who needs a happy, excited crowd to make everything work – they got that when the crowd could sense that ‘Satisfaction’ wasn’t far away.
So basiccaly, all the bands that I’d seen before this summer played a better job at the other festivals – except from one act: Trentemøller.
For those of you who were at Roskilde, expecting a 01.00-rave at the Orange stage, and got disappointed with his way to instrumental act (I was not one of those who got disappointed), at least he warned you this time by stating that there would be guitars on stage. The atmosphere at the Roskilde gig weren’t really that good, but here the atmosphere was incredible. ‘Skov scenen’ was packed with people absolutely enjoying this beautiful concert – including me. Not only was it a shocker of a booking, it was also the best concert at the festival.
Danmarks Grimmeste is still this small, cosy and incredible festival in Brabrand, and if you haven’t been there yet, you should definitely try it next year. It really is a great place to be! The really, really young crowd can both be annoying and brilliant, and the fact that many of the bands played at other festivals, well, that depends on who you are. Lets just agree that you’ll go next year, okay?