Photo: Morten Rygaard
For quite some time, we had been planning our NorthSide Festival coverage. Interviews, reviews, who are going and all. Just like the rest of the NorthSide audience, we were really, really excited – the day didn’t start like planned though.
Press-ticket trouble and no beers
My colleague woke me up way before planned, with some unexpected news. She was at the press-ticket line, but apparently we hadn’t received the two tickets promised. We managed to get the extra ticket, but the press system seemed like a mess. That was the first meeting with NorthSide’14, but things got really frustrating when entering the festival area.
I planned on using that Payband thing, so after receiving your NorthSide wristband, you had to transfer some money from Paybank to your chip. In order to do that, you had to use your smartphone or the Paybank stand – however, both things requires Internet…….
Unable to use my payband, I decided to go for a withdrawal and go the old school way: cash! Guess what, I couldn’t!!! No money, no beer.
Reptile Youth to the rescue!
After a quick visit to the awesome ‘Rom og Cigarbar’, it was time for the first real end-to-end concert at NorthSide’14: Reptile Youth.
It was my first time seeing Reptile Youth on such a big stage – and you could feel they belonged there. Definitely my best Reptile concert! The festival area weren’t packed yet, in any way, so the lines for beer or food seemed nice and easy – and we had some beautiful festival weather. Things really changed for me with this concert!
When reaching the end of the concert, we had to rush to the next concert: Mount Kimbie, the first concert at P6 Beat stage.
Mount Kimbie is one of the absolute biggest electronic bands at this moment, and the interesting thing about them is their signature playful and weird sounds, that no one else can do like them. However, the first half of the concert went along without those sounds – don’t know if they let them out, or if the sound was terrible? Even though the concert had an awesome last half, the concert couldn’t live up to my expectations – and I met quite a few yesterday, who felt the same way about Mount Kimbie.
Franz Ferdinand – hit by hit
I’ve never seen Franz Ferdinand live before, and it has been bothering me, actually. I’ve always wanted to see them, but for some reason never got the chance – so yesterdays concert was something that I’d been looking forward to!
At this time, a lot of people had shown up – and the festival area seemed packed by now, meaning only one thing: standing in line for at least 30 minutes just for a beer. The Payband thing worked, but not as perfect as hoped and certainly not as quickly as hoped. With memories going back to a missed standing-in-line Crystal Castles concert at NorthSide, a few years back.
While standing in line, Franz Ferdinand started their hit parade. Their music definitely changed the attitude in the line, people started singing, smiling and dancing. I got back to my friends just in time, bringing a lot of beers and a smile. The concert was just what I’d imagined, lived up to my expectations, and by now I never have to look for Franz Ferdinand concert again. Check.
Lana Del Rey !!!!!
Even thought I’m not the biggest pop fanatic, it’s always interesting to see these international superstars. You expect huge things, a real big show. Last night I witnessed a terrible performance from Rihanna at Orange stage, Roskilde Festival. It was a show, but seeing a superstar singing with her microphone far from her mouth, and a clean vocal coming out? Anyway, Lana Del Rey is an international superstar, but can’t really compared with all the others, she has sort of different style to her. I don’t know, but seeing this sexy, talented, barefooted singer really made an impression: she was real and she was good!
Before this first day, you had to make a crucial decision. Who Made Who or The National? Since I saw The National last year at Roskilde, I decided to skip the afterparty and use Who Made Who in stead. I’m glad I did! It was a huge fucking party, a lot of people took part in it and WMW delivered. Just as expected, they ended the concert with their cover of Satisfaction. To our surprise, both MØ and Mads Damsgaard (Reptile Youth) entered the stage and I’m pretty sure they had a blast on stage, at least we had a blast in front of the stage. The long day ended up with a lot of jumping, leading to a shitty back and a headache – but definitely worth it.
My group split up before the concert, and some went to see The National in stead. Matt Berninger owned the stage, like he always does, and the concert had a perfect mixture between new and old songs, and with Matt’s walking around between the audience, he creates this sort of intimate atmosphere. Great job!
A great first day at NorthSide, with both ups and downs, but all in all, a great first day at NorthSide.