(photo: Thorsten Iversen)
Right, the final day and the time to finally provide the audience with a bunch of bigger musical experiences. To make the audience think about the music and not the pile of practical frustrations. To prove that the line-up was as good as earlier years!
Cold Specks (2/6)
Al Spx and her band comes to their right at venues all over the world, previously also at Atlas, Aarhus, but this melancholic and sort of depressive music really isn’t fit for a stage that big and in the middle of day. I mean, I really think highly of Cold Specks – but this was a case of bad planning.
White Lies (4/6)
Only a few foreign bands have been invited back to NorthSide during their short history, White Lies is one of them. Musically they seemed stronger than last time, and it seemed like their list of hit songs was a great fit for the NorthSide audience, who most of the time sang along in the summer heat.
The music was more than all right, but you still feel like the band is a bit to stationary. There’s no energy to it, meaning that the music has to carry the concert alone – and it’s not strong enough. However, it was a pleasant NorthSide comeback from White Lies.
It seemed like it was time for the audience to split in two, with the younger audience going to Rhye (P6 Beat stage), and the rest staying for a nostalgic concert with a band, who for many have been teenage idols.
Pixies did deliver hits from their impressive and bumpy career, however, it seemed like they just needed some extra in order to live up to that. For me, personally, it was incredibly good just to see them live, to have them right there in front of me. That was actually enough to keep me entertained throughout the concert!
The surprising element to this years NorthSide. The very humble Canadian singer, Milosh, delivered an incredible performance showing just how great a singer he really is. An almost packed P6 Beat stage seemed captivated by the performance that contained playful and structured jammin’ sessions. Best proved by their biggest hit ‘Open’ lasting several more minutes than the record version. Oh, and at one point a fan jumped on stage, took the mic and hugged Milosh, and the audience seemed to love it!
Arcade Fire (4/6)
For this concert I found myself standing way back. From this point, I could see it all (I’m not the tallest guy in the world). Arcade Fire brought a signature amount of musicians, who were all dressed up differently – but they found each other through the joy of standing on stage. Musically they were really, really good, just as expected. For the visual part, they brought a good show for us – they even had a human disco ball on stage. However, it wasn’t more impressive than The Flaming Lips a couple of years ago at NorthSide Festival. A great concert, but not enough for me to feel impressed.
Queens Of the Stone Age (5/6)
For the first time during this festival, I had that feeling that this was not just a good booking, Queens Of the Stone Age also got an appropriate time for their concert! A decent amount stayed for the concert, and for most people at was another trip down memory lane. The perfect mixture between new and old, and from a band that delivers tight rock’n’roll. The definite highlight for me, was the choice of letting ‘A song for the dead’ be the final track, and the perfect ending to NorthSide Festival.
So, time to look at the overall review of this years NorthSide Festival, a weekend with way to many frustrations. The Payband solution ended up working okay, but next year they need to sort out the communication part better. The most annoying thing is the long lines, mostly because an intense festival like this requires a lot of planning, which is ruined by the long lines. The last practical thing, either the area is to small or to many tickets are sold. Oh, and beers are way to expensive given that a big part of the audience are students.
Besides that, the festival is a great place to be – and the locations has from the top of the hill a beautiful view over town, behind the big stages.
Regarding the music, the weekend didn’t bring as many huge experiences as previous years. A few good concerts saved the weekend, and all in all it was an okay festival.