Photo: Rasmus Sleimann Nielsen | Writers: Asbjørn Lyhne & Rasmus Matthiesen
We were all really exited, when we first entered Bøgeskoven at the “official” days at SmukFest. We were practically the first to arrive here, except from volunteers and all, and it was such a good experience to take a stroll and see the entire stage area all by ourselves. It’s not that we didn’t want to share the experience with others, it’s just that we were really hung over, tired and maybe a bit too old.
However, it was quite a sight seeing that many people stormning this beautiful area, like it’s something they’ve been waiting for their entire life. This seems to be the one thing, that I really thought a lot about last night; when are you too old to get teenage drunk? Those who’ve reached an age where they are supposed to be the rolemodels or, you know, parents, they are supposed to show the younger crowd how to have a good time, but with respect for other guests and without getting drunk as f**k. A huge part of that crowd didn’t manage to live up to this, unfortunately. That being said, we didn’t experience any fights or whatever, and the atmosphere really lived up to the festivals name. Yesterday, Smuk Fest really was ‘smuk’.
Wednesday’s musical feature was nothing special, at least not for us here at Sound of Aarhus. I’m sure that many people had a good time at the Tiësto bass fiesto, we just didn’t go. In stead, we hand picked three shows for ourselves to review.
Oh Land: Five quarters of sing-a-long
The middle-aged women in the middle of the tent was already singing along before Oh Land entered the stage Wednesday afternoon at the P3 stage. What could have been their daughters a couple of rows in front of them seemed pleased to realize the fact that Oh Land with her first couple of songs had brought the party to the forest. The guys in the band played a tight and safe show, but there wasn’t time to much of experiments. Oh Land gave the audience what they could expect, but not more than that. Which is a bit of a shame, because there is no doubt that she has a talent for writing god songs. This afternoon in the sunny forest though, it seemed more like five quarters of pleasing sing-a-long concert. I hope to see more experiments from her next time at SmukFest.
Julias Moon: Tacky pop and all the broken hearts
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Julias Moon live, and the name is, in no doubt, more famous today than it was then. A lot of people had turned up at ‘P3 Teltet’, and people came in all sorts of ages, sizes, styles and what not. Quite impressing, actually – which is the last thing you could say about the show.
Dressed up and all (yeah, one of them even wore a wig), they all just … acted, I guess. At no point did it seem real or sincere, but more like they copied music, appearance and performance from other acts. Oh, and taking your shirt off is something Burhan G does when he is hanging out with Nik & Jay on stage. I really didn’t want to put Julias Moon in the same category as them, but after last night, this is exactly where they’re placed!
The Minds of 99: We haven’t seen the best from these guys yet
At this years Roskilde Festival, The Minds Of 99 had the big honor of opening the iconic Orange Stage, so the expectations to their concert was high. The band have played Smukfest the last three years, first as a part of Karrierekanonen, then as winner of the same competition and now this year as the closing act on the P3 stage Wednesday night. The hype, which the opening concert on Roskilde Festival gave them, didn´t seem to have taken the people on this years Smukfest with storm. So when the smoke started spiting out and the guys dressed in mainly black entered the stage, the tent was only half full, which surprised me a lot. The very charming front man Niels Brandt didn´t seemed to be bothered at all. He just stared at the audience with his very intense glance and started a party for the, mainly young, people who shoved up. I saw a (still) young band with a big confidence on the stage, who drizzled their hits, such as ‘Rav’ and ‘Det Er Knud Som Er Død’ out on the set. When LOC finished his show at Bøgescenen, more people came to ‘Minds’, but it didn’t become that party in a sweat dripping P3 tent that I had expected. No doubt though, that we haven´t seen the best from these guys yet. I´m looking forward to seeing them again at SmukFest, and hope that the rest of the audience has realized that this is a concert that you shouldn´t miss.