Photo: Emil Rahbech
We’ve been really lucky with the weather this year, at least during the two major festivals, and Saturday was no exception. On this day, where many companies bring clients or personel on a trip to Bøgeskoven, you could just feel the excitement when entering the stage area.
For us, personally, it was all about the music, as Saturday had a … let’s called it ‘different profile’.
The day started out great with an interview with lovely Astronaut, but also being able to catch some of the best danish stand up comedians, in front of a completely packed stage. I mean, completely packed!
Now, our focus was, obviously, on two shows especially. For me, it seemed a bit like these bookings were meant as an experiment. ‘Beck’ released Morning Phase last year, this absolutely incredible album, but it doesn’t go well with fans of MORTEN, Avici, Tiësto, and Burhan G for that matter.
During our days at KærligHeden, we got in contact with a lot of happy visitors, who then asked us what they should see. Every single time, we answered Beck and Future Islands and absolutely no one knew’em. Some had heard of Future Islands, but they didn’t really know any songs. Some had heard of Beck being a headliner, but they didn’t know any songs at all.
We got to the Future Islands concert when it had just begun, and Samuel T. Herring had already started entertaining with his signature moves, or whatever you call’em. It’s the lowest amount of people I’ve witnessed at Bøgescenerne, and the experiment had failed. However, those who showed up were in for a fucking treat. I mean, they’d only three musicians to create such a huge sound scape, and then a front figure like no other. I was absolutely blown away, but still managed to get annoyed by those who couldn’t take the music seriously because Herring did his thing. I guess that’s a part of the charm.
After the first fifteen minutes, we all agreed that it was the best so far at Smuk Fest, and so it continued for the rest of the show. Future Islands, it was an absolute honor being in your company!
Beck followed right after, and the good music just kept on coming. It was such a relief hearing real music, real lyrics, real feelings – i gotta say! I didn’t really know what to expect at the concert with Beck, as you sort of know that his latest music is a bad match with the audience at Bøgeskoven. So did Beck Hansen, apparently. I’m pretty sure only one song from ‘Morning Phase’ was a part of the set list, which also included the new song ‘Dreams’, and I’m pretty sure it was for the better, even though I’d been dreaming about hearing a song like ‘Heart is a drum’ live.
Instead, Beck played loads of hits together with his amazing band. They all looked like they were having a really good time, which in the end became a bit of a problem. I mean, almost a third of the concert was spent on introducing the band members. At least it felt like a third of the concert. In the end it was more about having fun and showing off. I ‘d hoped for more, but at least I got to see Beck and hear some awesome musicians.