Must See Friday:
Deftones (Green stage 20:15)
We haven’t heard a lot from Deftones the last couple years and it’s obviously because they’d been saving all their energy for April, where they released a new (and worth waiting for) album called ‘Gore’. A couple of months later and we get to see them at Northside, and you gotta be there!
This will be a great and thrilling concert with wild drum playing, crazy screams and a hell of a lot of guitar.if the lead singer, Chino Moreno is still wearing worn out baggy pants, a pocket chain and one of his characteristic buttoned up rock shirts, then you cannot help yourself from reminiscing the days in high school when we all wanted to look like rock-stars, had to play some kind of instrument and had our first and forbidden smoke with our friends in the school yard.
What can we say – They’ve been going at it since 1988, and they are GOOD at it!
What to expect: We are hoping for a mixed track list with the best from rock fans’ nostalgic high school days, such as ‘Change (in the House of Flies) from ‘White Pony’ and ‘Minerva’ from ‘Deftones’, together with new goodies from their ‘Gore’ album.
Deftones has always been a fulfilling and impressively well performing hard rock band, and if they don’t deliver a show that goes wild and screaming way beyond the edge of the scene, we owe you all a treat at the bar afterwards.
Iggy Pop (Green Stage 23:15)
The legend precedes him. This pioneer of punk has had an almost 50 year career and almost all of it has been shirtless. From The Stooges, His collaborations with former roomie, David Bowie, his work in film and a new Josh Homme produced album that’s possibly his best since the 70s, Iggy is undoubtedly the man to drop everything and go see. Pop has claimed that “Post Pop Depression” (2016) is his last album – so whether it’s your first time in the crowd at one of his shows – or you’re a veteran – you probably don’t want to miss this set Friday.
What To Expect: Set lists have been pretty heavy on Stooges and his 70s Bowie produced records – expect a greatest hits set with a few of the newer thrown in – expect high energy and someone throwing peanut butter.
Refused (Blue stage 16:30)
Sweden’s Refused have been making some pretty solid punk/hardcore since 1991. They are some OGs and always have an extremely high level of energy. They are back with a new record after 17 years! They’ve been touring with Deftones for a minute now and blowing the roof off both festivals and indoor shows across North America and Europe. This is absolutely prime festival music: loud, fast, angry and Swedish.
What To Expect: A huge mosh pit of men, lots of beer cups flying through the air, Swedish flags and beefed up security on the crush barriers. This set could be the one you’re looking for to get rowdy (responsibly) on Friday.
The Chemical Brothers (Blue stage 01:00)
What can you say about the Chemical Brothers – the legendary electronic group have been making people lose their minds in night clubs and festivals since 1995. If that makes you feel old then it’s time to get out your glow-sticks and dance the night away when the bros hit the stage and no doubt become the soundtrack to the biggest party of the day/night on Friday.
What To Expect: Young and old just dancing everywhere – not a care in the world that it might be a puddle of piss or hanging off of a light pole. Expect your mate to head to the bar for 20 minutes and come back with 16 beers and a pocketful of those tubes of shots saying “let’s do this” before going “WHOOOOO”. They also have a new single out which features Beck; hmmmmmm?
The Temper Trap (Blue stage 19:00)
We were really stoked to see these wonderful Aussies in 2012 at NS12 – however they cancelled. No matter – they are back with new material and making up for it this year four years later. Big choruses – festival ready anthems and new singles that will fit nicely among their older tunes. We recommend seeing this set and forgiving them for not visiting in 2012.
What to expect: Beautiful people arm in arm with their cups in the air in the sunshine, beach balls bouncing over the crowd and potentially great opportunity to kiss that girl or boy you’ve always fancied. If they wanna that is.
Must See Saturday
Beach House (Green stage 23:15)
Beach house are probably one of the best bands doing what they do right now – which is ‘dream pop’, a heady mix of dark yet succulent and reflective songs that are both comforting and spine tinglingly perfect. I would not be surprised to literally see rainbowns come out of my own ears when they hit the stage for their set on Saturday evening.
What to expect: If heaven is really full of clouds and angels – Beach House is the house band. Expect lots of love and affection, songs from any of their 6 albums – however pretty heavy on last summer’s “Depression Cherry” and “Thank You Lucky Stars”.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Green stage 20:15)
Who? Well – Ruban Nielson, a New Zealander based in the states has been recording and performing under the name Unknown Mortal Orchestra for about 6 years now – fleshing the name out to a full band for live performances. His incredibly broad musical landscape sprawls easily through psychedelic, rock, jazz and soul – often at the same time. Last year’s album “Multi Love” was their most diverse to date – becoming a critical favorite and a new leap forward sonically. Picture if Stevie Wonder composed a modern psychedelic symphony with Tame Impala. Yup.
What to expect: believe it or not, these boys seem to be able to reproduce the often complexly layered sounds of the studio albums. Expect your friends to be like…”well what song do they sing?” and then that’s the one time you get to say: “just trust me on this – SOA said we can’t miss this one – we can go eat later Jens”.
Puscifer (Blue stage 19:15)
Puscifer’s announcement for this years festival was met with a lot of “WOW” from heaps of music fans. Puscifer are a band formed by Tool/A Perfect Circle’s frontman, Maynard James Keenan. An extremely busy and talented man indeed. The act is taking to the road this summer and NS16 was lucky enough to book them – who’s in the band besides Maynard? Anyone’s guess for this show – but fans of Tool and APC will be delighted with this set – and a rare performance from Puscifer in Aarhus is just the kind of left-field booking that we love NS for.
What to expect: really it’s a big question mark here – but I hope I hope it sounds like their recordings – like if Tool had a baby with Radiohead.
Sigur Rós (Blue Stage 21:45)
SR are certainly one of the most loved bands of the post-rock genre – and ever since their very beautiful entrance to the world with “Svefn-G-Englar” 16 years ago – they’ve been a constantly interesting group that has brought a lot of necessary focus to Scandinavia. They’re back and leaner and meaner than ever – if you’d told me last year I’d be seeing Sigur Rós AND Beach House on the same day last year I’d have been like: “get out”. But it’s happening and I’m pleased.
What to expect: lots of people making up words to “Svefn-G-Englar” in chipmunk voices and the possibility that your Icelandic friend will be carried off by fairies during the loud part (if they play it). You’re stupid work friend will start talking or complaining – in which case it’s perfectly alright to tell them to shut the fuck up.
Yelawolf (Green stage 15:15)
I started getting into Yelawolf this year – then they booked him. Do I have superpowers? Actually – this could be one of those shows that could be either amazing or an absolute mess. Apparently Yelawolf is even too crazy for Eminem – and with a VERY solid album (2015’s Love Story) behind him – this redneck B-boy could either bring the house down – or like some live hip-hop – absolutely blow chunks. I’m hoping he brings the house down with his unique brand of Americana/Rap with dark southern themes of violence and remorse.
What to expect: Like we said – it could either be amazing or not. You can expect lots of tattoos and scary looking rednecks on stage though. It’s a good time to take out that flask of Bourbon you snuck in and polish the fucker off. You might also expect to get passed a very strange smelling cigarette. If you do – ‘puff puff pass’.
Wilco (Green stage 17:45)
Wilco are a band that we’ve seen at many different festivals over the years – and no matter what type of record they have out – they always put up a great show – not with lights and lasers and shouting at you to sit down and jump around – but with good solid American music that gives you the feels. They’ve been going strong for well over 20 years – have a back catalogue that is one of the most respected in Americana/indie – and they can play loud – as well as break your heart. Jeff Tweedy was also in Parks And Recreation too.
What to expect: You can bet on them drawing from albums from the last ten years from “Summer Teeth” on up maybe – and last year’s fantastic “Star Wars” record. Really – they could play the phonebook at Wilco would make it interesting.
Must See Sunday
Beck (Blue stage 22:30)
Beck’s over 20 year career has seen him grow from a slacker rap folkie to a mature songwriter and composer. Each of his albums has been progressively interesting and his live performances have been consistent – in what ever guise he turns up in – whether it be the more delicate folk music of “Morning Phase” or “Sea Change” or the funkier, upbeat material of “Odelay” and “Midnight Vultures” He’s one of the most loved songwriters of the modern age and certainly an artist you can’t miss this year.
What to expect: recent setlists from this year indicate that Beck’s European festival tour could be a mix of the funkier stuff like “Sex Laws” and “Loser” and the more mellow material such as “Lost Cause” and “Paper Tiger”. Whatever the case may be – there’s bound to be some new and old thrown in together.
Caribou (Blue stage 19:40)
Caribou (aka Dan Snaith) has been releasing music and performing under the name Caribou for over 10 years now – mixing together a unique brand of electronic and psychedelic sounds. It’s dance-y and trippy at the same time – some good solid tunes and one of those songs (Odessa) that you just couldn’t escape a few years ago – we seriously recommend dropping by and seeing Caribou.
What to expect: some folks pulling some shapes in front of the stage, sudden bursts of energy and lots of people ‘air-DJing’.
Damien Rice (Green Stage 14:05)
Damo was pretty much the outbreak monkey for sensitive singer-songwriters across the world in the mid-2000’s. If you didn’t have a copy of “Story Of O” – you were getting nowhere with that girl you liked either. Rice’s music of course is sweepingly beautiful folk ballads of love and loss. It’s a romance novel for us live on stage. If you don’t try and kiss someone during “Cannonball” there is something wrong with you. How could you miss this?
What To expect: a very quiet set from a passionate ginger Irishman. Lots of holding hands and singing along to “Blowers Daughter” and “Cannonball” if he plays them. You might see someone cry. There have been many babies made to this man’s music.
Duran Duran (Green Stage 20:50)
Northside has been very good at bringing in some nostalgia over the years in past editions – this year’s ‘elder statesmen’ are the legendary Duran Duran – one of the 80s most loved pop/rock acts. With tons of massive hits from their golden era to play that everyone knows – we’re hoping these guys can still deliver the goods when they hit the stage on Sunday. I might even wear a pink shirt that day – not sure yet.
What to expect: Expect the hits and loads of people pretending they are on yachts singing “Rio”. If you’re over 40 you can re-live your youth for an hour while howling like a wolf and knocking back a few Tuborg while we all dance around like “Notorious” 80s boy bands.
When you miss stuff:
When and if you are not just gung-ho about seeing every single band on the program (like maybe you don’t want to hear Lukas Graham sing that damn song again) there are plenty of interesting things to go check out, especially if you are thirsty or hungry
“Pimp Your Sunglasses” – This year, NS has teamed up with the charity second hand shop organization, Kirkens Korshær, to make a workshop (free) where you can take your own sunglasses there to be “pimped” – you’ll find the workshop open between 14-17:00 each festival day to make your sunglasses (or whoever’s you’re wearing) totally more unique. Those fake Ray-bans just don’t cut it this year guys!
“Life-sized robot band” – Yep – you heard us – also in partnership with the second hand shops locally – NS has put their best tinkerers to task in making a life-sized robot band that will be performing around the festival campus. Made from used electronic parts from trash and donations, this could be the band to watch at NS16 – we’re planning on that.
“4D Scan” – I’m not really sure what this is – but it’s some serious future shit – “augmented reality”, where the festival experience will be presented in 360 degrees photos and by drones in the air. Check it out here: it’s beyond my paygrade to tell you much more.
“Thinking Bubble” – Northside is presenting a series of talks by one of Denmark’s most loved intelligent TV personalities, Brian Mørk. There will be ‘salons’ set up where you can interact and listen to topics ranging from Sex, Politics, Poetry, History and everything in between. There are set times for these arrangements – but you can download the free app (Northside app) and check the facebook event for times and more info (this event seems to b in Danish though for those who are inclined)
Food And Drink – Where to begin? Northside has always had a focus on bringing real food and drink to it’s guests – it’s a thing. From the famous “Northside Burger” which is organic beef, flame grilled, Raw foods, cocktail bars, 100 percent organic beers in eco friendly containers and now a very specially made organic dark rum bar – while you’re not watching bands, robots, pimping your sunglasses – you can eat and drink like a king over the weekend at the vast array of diverse food and drink stalls at the festival campus.
Cashless – that’s right. NS is now a ‘cashless’ festival, which means quicker serving times at bars and food stalls when you pay with wireless cards of all types. If you’re coming from abroad though and for some reason don’t use a credit card – you can find a stall that will give you a top-up card that will work at all of the festival pay-points – but for the most part- leave your cash at home.
Sun? Rain? Wind? NS has seen it all. Even though Denmark is experiencing it’s greatest summer in recent memory – you gotta be prepared for the elements. Stock up on disposable rain-ponchos (Tiger normally has them), sun-cream (yes we do get lots of sun and unfortunately there is not much shade at NS) and drink plenty of water. Naturally you are not allowed to bring in any outside containers or food – that’s just the deal – but there’s always a water trough to fill up your bottle! Apply sun screen once every hour if you can, and bring a sweater – it’s still chilly at night!
Meeting Points – The phone networks can be a bit wonky at festivals as you know – so it’s good to find some meeting points to meet your friends when you get separated – or if you have to go see a band that no-one else likes etc…pick a central point (not the ‘piss wall’) to agree to meet your mates in between bands if you get split up – the phones may not work all that great…
‘Caminoen’ – During the weekend, when you want to get to Northside, there’s is really no reason to go any other way than via ’Caminoen’ along the stream at ’Brabrand stien’. Caminoen is going to be pimped with pretty installations and fun activities arranged by the KaosPilots.
It’s basically a gathering of a lot of cool pre-parties and activities, where you never know what’s gonna happen for the next 800 meters of your walk towards the festival site.
There’ll be music, games, mirror installations, skate competitions and a lot of surprises. So don’t be a bore and walk via the heavily trafficked main road from the center of Århus. But go straight down to Caminoen, where you’ll have a preview of the awsome things happening at Northside, and you’ll even have time to drink your first beer at the best pre-party before hitting the site in Ådalen.
Watch the trailor for Caminoen HERE
We wish you all a safe and pleasant festival – let’s remember to be nice to each other and help anyone who seems to be in trouble!