The weather was against us Saturday at NorthSide. It rained the entire day, it was cold and it was frustrating. Even though everyone tried to keep smiling, laughing and dancing, it was frustrating. However, the rain gave us some experiences that hadn’t been the same without the rain, experiences where the NorthSide-audience really was amazing and the music incredible.
Here are a few short reviews from Saturday at NS-15:
I’ve seen this guy before, I’ve reviewed him before. His first single, ‘d.a.u.d.a’, was actually quite good, or you know, fun, when first being played on P3. It only took a couple of listenings, and then you knew the song, you had heard it, but the takeover of Danish radiostations caused several people to simply stop listening to the radio. ‘d.a.u.d.a’ was released on an EP in 2013, meaning that it’s time for S!vas to improve, bring more than just his shades and an overrated hit-single. I need more.
The highlight was when they played a new song, from a forthcoming album, a song that mentioned both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Roman Abramociv, i think, and it was great fun, i’ll give him that, but it is just too easy. You can’t blame them for making music and people liking it, but for some reason i actually feel like i want to. The performance was weak, in all aspects, though some fans had a great time jumping around, trying to look like their hero. Where i stood, most of the crowd had fun trying to look like ham as well, but it wasn’t as fans…
The Minds of 99 (5/6)
So, the rain was finally here – at that time, we didn’t know that it would stay with us throughout the day, but just saw it is a lovely thing after too much sun the day before. NorthSide had, for some reason, two popular Danish bands playing at the very same time. Scarlet Pleasure and The Minds of 99.. What to do, what to do? Scarlet Pleasure gathered a huge crowd at P6 Stage, and I knew they would, but I’d prefer Minds over Scarlet any day.
Minds conquered the Blue Stage, and they did it exactly as we know them; Energetic, tight and happy! I mean, to see Niels Brandt being excited about being on stage at NS, to see him loving the audience and the audience loving him, to see him smiling, running and jumping around, not because it is his moves, but because he couldn’t help it. They do deserve every bit of it, and I’m really glad that i chose to witness this one, instead of not being wet at Scarlet Pleasure.
I honestly didn’t know this band, when it first got announced, that they’d be playing at NS. I did check them out, though, and it seemed like a really interesting band. Debuting in 2013, and not quite taking over Denmark yet, most of the audience didn’t really know this band or what to expect. At couple of songs in, everyone loved them! I mean, a couple of songs in, you’ve either decided to go for some food, or stay an applaud Savages. It is one of two with this band! I actually think, that those who stayed both fell in love and got really scared by frontsinger Jenny Beth. She was incredible. She owned the stage and had the audience in her hands!
It did feel like something could’ve been a bit …. better. Like, some more mass or noise or whatever. Just something. Beth did carry the show, and with just a tiny bit more from the band, they could really be the next very big thing.
Antony and the Johnsons (6/6)
The rain kept pouring down, it was cold and everything seemed shitty. Most people must have been thinking about going home for an hour or two, I know I did. Antony Heggarty felt sorry for us, she didn’t like the fact that we should be standing in the rain just for him. Antony Heggarty told us, that her favourite color is grey, and it might just be the right weather for one of her shows. I started realizing, that the weather was actually perfect.
Heggarty sang her heart out. You could feel every single word. Aarhus Symfoniorkester played along really beautifully. Around me I saw people crying. I don’t know what else to write to this show. I mean, I was there when Antony and the Johnsons collaborated with Aarhus Symfoniorkester at NorthSide, to me that’s all that matters.
The Parov Stelar Band (5/6)
Emotional as f**k, wet and cold, I was standing under this white tent, that for a while could keep me safe from the rain. We all realized though, that standing there only made it even colder. Looking out, towards Green Stage, I saw people enjoying themselves and dancing around. I joined them!
Collectively, we all just agreed that dancing must be the right to do. Ådalen was turned into this huge electro-swing dance floor, everyone was dancing and The Parov Stelar Band did just what they were supposed to; they played and played and played.
The rain stopped for a while, jackets were taken off. The small groups of friends were dissolved and instead people danced around with strangers. Two shows in a row, two really different shows, but my god I needed that.
by Thomas Kring
I dont get it. How can a band that released their first album 20 years ago and toured ever since still have the ability to be as present and happy about playing a concert as Placebo were last night at Northside? It couldn’t be the weather which was pretty bad and it couldn’t be the crowd, that seemed a bit tired and indifferent about the performance from the band. However both Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal were on fire from the start. They played as good as a band should do after having played tours for 20 years. All of the members playing with Brian and Stefan on this tour did a really good performance and it seemed like they were unaffected by the rain and the tough crowd. Stefan was the one who did most of the interaction with the crowd and that was all that was needed besides from really well played songs. And maybe this is why they were that good yesterday. They have really good songs, that they have played for many years, and they clearly love playing the songs together.