Here are a few short reviews from Sunday at NS-15:
Matthew E. White (2/6)
By Steffen Paust
One thing was clear about Matthew and his three suited buddies, they can play. That said, the crowd seemed simply too tired after Saturday’s constant rainy weather. While some outbreaks, where the guitar was released from the down-to-earth tempo, tried to wake and excite the audience, it all just somehow returned to initial state after all. Due to this, the concert ended up as a rather messy affair, where people’s conversations and smalltalk seemed more important than actually watching the show.
All in all, Matthew never really managed to invite people into his musical universe. Not to say that it wasn’t a cozy time at the P6 Stage, but it wouldn’t surprise me if people remember his beard and Peter Schmeichel story for a longer time, than they will remember the music they heard during these forty minutes.
Seasick Steve (5/6)
By Asbjørn Lyhne
Yup, Steven and Dan really entertained the lovely audience at Ådalen, at a concert that brought some much needed sun and some happy faces with it. As expected, Seasick Steve was all about entertaining with some innovative, homemade instruments, lovely stories and some good ol’ blues.
And as expected, it worked! On a cold, windy day, Seasick Steve made everyone smile, laugh and rockin’ along. The absolute highlight was when he courted this young woman, by singing a lovely ballad to her. Actually, he wanted to do that to every girl in the audience, but that would mean staying there for a couple of months. Seasick Steve really was a charming experience, and Steven and Dan found their ways straight to our hearts.
Years & Years (6/6)
By Steffen Paust
When you fill the P6 Stage to capacity, you see eyes filled with joy behind people’s trendy sunglasses, and people can and want to sing along to the entire setlist – then I put my guard down and just follow the flow.
After hours of freezing cold, Years & Years brought not only smoking hot music but also the sunshine decided to pay a visit during their gig. All in all this created an almost majestic atmosphere. The singing and dancing crowd as their humble servants enjoying our limited amount of time in front of the current kings of soulful electro-pop, Years & Years.
In short, this concert was exactly the thing the hopeful Sam Smith fans needed. This concert was exactly what people in general needed in the cold windy weather. Usually we only count to six – If only I could count to seven after this gig.
The Black Keys (4/6)
By Asbjørn Lyhne
This band had, according to NorhtSide, been topping the ‘Most wanted’ list three years in a row. Sunday evening, they were here! They’d been at the top of my list for some time now, and I was really looking forward to this one. I’d been dreaming about having ‘Little Black Submarines’ closing down the festival with some serious guitar, but more on that later.
Dan and Patrick did pretty much everything we’d hoped, everything we’d been longing for at NorhtSide. They really do master their instruments, they really do know how to perform and my god, they really know how to put together a song. The only problem was, that most people on the left side had to deal with the fact, that the music was simply too low. I tried wandering around, and I tried standing close to the stage, on the left side though, and when it got time to give it absolutely everything I had playing air-guitar along to ‘Little Black Submarines’, the last bit of energy after three intense days, it was just a half experience – not their fault though, not sure if it’s anyones fault, but hearing several people screaming “TURN IT UP – I DONT WANNA BE ABLE TO HEAR MYSELF”, well, it sort of takes the final two stars from the experience.
We hope to have these guys back here soon, and I hope that I’ll some day experience a blow in the stomach from Dan Auerbach and his guitar.