It’s always a funny feeling going in to the first official SPOT gig, and this year I had the pleasure of witnessing local folk-group (and last year’s winner of Fatter Eskil Prisen) Northern Assembly as my first concert.
The atmosphere was absolutely incredible in this packed Lille Sal; the audience cheered and clapped along as they were told stories and were entertained with atmospheric, tight folk-music.
On stage you had four gifted musicians, singers and story-tellers. The problem is, though, that with this type of music it’s difficult to separate the stories and the songs from each other. Somehow, they end up sounding quite the same, and after only a couple of songs it ends up sounding one long song. That one song is interrupted by breaks, where stories are told about the next verse.
That being said, Northern Assembly is brilliant company, no doubt. And I’m glad my first concert at SPOT was in a packed, cheerful Lille Sal with these guys on stage.
Northern Assembly gave this writer a beautiful SPOT Festival start. Folk has its musical limitations, but this band is great company. (4/6)