Before we get to all the positive stories, there’s just a minor problem that i have to get out of my system.
See, a while back we had a few talks with people from the local music scene, who really wanted the venues to work together and be colleagues instead of evil rivals. Ever since these words were written down and planted in our heads, we’ve been trying to keep an eye out for these situations, we’ve spotted it quite a few times and even experienced it ourselves.
This weekend we witnessed a fight between two of the local venues: Atlas vs. Radar.
It’s friday evening. I’m sitting with a group of friends at my place with some cheap discount beers and terrible pizza. We’ve agreed on going out to some kind of concert, and there’s only about two to choose from: Radar_High at Radar and the Red Bull Music Academy showcase at Atlas. Last mentioned is quite far from the music we usually like, but we decided that we had to check it out, certain that people would show up.
As we enter Atlas, Louis Rustum is on stage. There’s about 20 people present. A friend of mine says to me, that he’d heard that Radar was packed – we got that confirmed later on. Radar had been completely packed, and they took the first round!
Second round came the day after. Once again there was two concerts to choose between, Iceage at Atlas and The Wands at Radar. We decided to catch Iceage at ARoS (more on that later) and then The Wands at Radar, knowing that Iceage would bring home the second round to Atlas – and they did. More people showed up than I’d imagined at Radar, but there was no doubt, that Atlas won second round. By now it’s a tie, and it’s a question of when the final round will take place?
Iceage at ARoS
Back to focusing on the positive stories from this weekend. Saturday was incredible, and it was one of those days where you just loved being in Aarhus. If you stayed in your apartment, hungover or bored or whatever, it’s your own fault and you will not be allowed the right to complain over the city and lack of cultural offers.
The day started with at slow and great walk inside ARoS, it took about a couple of hours, and when we reached that moment where we’d had enough, Iceage started setting up their gear. A minor technical problem gave the concert a delay, but the many fans who’d shown up didn’t seem to have a problem with this. Actually, there was a really good atmosphere at ARoS.
It was incredible to see Iceage again. The sound was terrible, but the really wasn’t their fault, but the authentic, charismatic performance from Elias was breathtaking. After a couple of songs, Elias even decided to send a message, at least I think it was meant as a statement. One of the guys in the front of the audience had been filming the entire concert, and Elias decided to simply grab the camera or smartphone out of his hand ant put it in to his own pocket. So he did. After the concert he walked past him, and the guy from the audience had to run after him to get his recording-thingy back. I’m pretty sure that this was meant as a “enjoy-the-fucking-show-message”, at least a hope it was.
The Wands at Radar
After some quickly made dinner and some drinks, it was time for more good music!
Instead of catching Iceage two times the same day, we decided to go to Radar for some psychedelic rock. I’d experienced The Wands once before, a really positive one at Aarhus Psych Fest, so I was really looking forward to this show.
The two concerts Saturday might’ve been in two different genres, but they do have the same problem. A lot of the bands in either psych or post-punk are just a bit too inspired, and especially a lof ot the new bands have been studying some of the legends a bit too much. This is where The Wands (in my opinion) and Iceage separates themselves from the rest, as they seem authentic and original. This is what they do, this is what they’re good at, they simply have to do this. The Wands really did put on a great show, but at some points during the concert, it could feel like the entire show was one long song. It was, however, mostly a positive experience – i mean, these guys are really good. Especially Mads Gräs really impressed me on his guitar!
Bar 15 at Kedlen
The concert at Radar took a little longer than expected, meaning that we could go straight from Radar to Kedlen. This was the first time Culture Works had their Bar 15 at Kedlen (from what i know), and it was the perfect settings. The sound wasn’t the best, but after a solid amount of beers and Club Mate + Vodka you couldn’t tell the difference.
This event had the same Berlin vibe that you’ve experienced at Double Rainbow, but with this big event you really felt it. It was huge, industrial and succesful. Jeremy Underground did a solid job, from what i remember. I also remember it being difficult to dance to this kind of music, it gets easier when you decide to just do random moves that people won’t understand.
Anyways, Bar 15 was the perfect ending to a wonderful day in Aarhus. It was refreshing and just what most of us needed – keep the good stuff coming!