Wednesday, the opening day of Smukfest 2016, seemed a bit cursed. The weather forecast was nothing but shitty, and for once, the forecast was actually correct. Dammit.
But as the weather cleared up, and the bigger acts made their appearance on stage, the audience turned up and brought along that special Smukfest vibe.
Here are our reviews from the first day in Bøgeskoven:
16:00 – Farveblind (Bøgescenerne)
Not an easy job, this one, playing what you could almost consider techno at Bøgescenerne this early, especially with heavy rain. If you ask these guys, they’d say, that Farveblind’s meant to play, well, late at night. That being said, these two guys did their very best to involve the audience, to create an atmosphere, and give something back to audience for standing there at their concert – and you know what, they did an amazing job.
It was intense, hard hitting, and you know what? It made me wanna dance around in the mud like crazy (I didn’t, though). The material is definitely there, and that whole combining various genre really works, and bringing an actual drum set on stage is always welcomed with relief at an electronic gig. A bit critique could be, that slightly more could’ve been played live, as in ‘live’. Maybe another guy on stage could’ve done that, without giving up all the dancing? Anyway, Farveblind did a really good job under difficult circumstances.
17:45 – LISS (P3 Teltet)
Written by Julius Holst Hvarregaard
About 50 young incarnated Liss fans were gathered in P3 Teltet at this concert, and these youngsters weren’t really the typical SmukFest audience. The audience looked, to me, like it was the young music lovers who mainly attend Northside and Roskilde; people who attend festivals because of the music.
Liss is to me a pop band, but they don’t sound like any other typical pop band represented at SmukFest this year. Because of all this, I was really excited about the show.
Almost before the first beat dropped, people were dancing in the discreet way Liss’ music invites to, and when the drummer Tobias Laust and bassist Villads Tyrrestrup started to groove – a half packed P3 Teltet grooved along. The lead singer Søren Holms delivers a solid vocal and guitarist Vilhelm Stange is sound painting with his funky guitar riffs.
Liss have got some great material and they are playing it very well, but it’s difficult for them to involve the crowd, they have got almost no interaction on stage and when Søren Holm addresses the audience, he is very insecure.
I have followed this band since the played their very first gig, and I will say, that they’re getting better with their stage appearance, but they aren’t really there yet.
Liss is always a good show despite their appearance; their songs are high quality but if they want to get the perfect reviews, they still got a lot of work in front of them. They play pop music, why not just tell that to the world? They’ve got a lot of fans singing along to their pop music, and people do expect something from a pop act.
18:30 – Dubioza Kolektiv (Stjernescenen)
I’ve been wanting to witness these guys in action for quite some time. Besides being well known for their political stands, this Bosnian orchestra is also known for being an energetic live band impossible not to fall in love with.
Before the show, ‘Jøden’ was invited on stage to read a translated message to us stating that this was a party, where Inger Støjberg wasn’t invited. A party where smoking marihuana was okay, and finding strangers to dance with was not only suggested, but magically happened during the concert.
An hour and 15 minutes went by quite fast in their company, with a surprisingly large audience dancing around, smiling and being at their absolute happiest. I’m not sure if they got the point, though; Dubioza sang about Merkel, Berlusconi, supporting Pirate Bay, smoking marihuana and their home country, Bosnia. These guys were all over the stage, and exceptionally good at getting the audience to jump around with them. But you know what? The music was pretty good too; it must be difficult to pull off a genre hybrid like that, but they actually managed too, I must say.
Dubioza, volimo vas!
21:30 – Rihanna (Bøgescenerne)
Written by Julius Holst Hvarregaard
A fully packed, and a bit more, Bøgescenen had to wait 30 min for Rihanna to get on stage; which was, in many ways, extremely annoying to witness that again.
I was hoping to see the crowd leave in protest, but, of course, that wasn’t the case. Rihanna delivers a highly professional show; she is actually an incredible singer when she is not occupied dancing, her band is from another dimension and the sound was spot on. I almost didn’t believe it was live, with real instruments – but it was.
The set was packed with all of her hits – most of them was shortened down to half a minute, which, to me, made it a bit chaotic, but the fans seemed to love the fast changes. I would love to give her 4 stars, but the fact that she, once again, disrespected the audience by turning up 30 minutes late maked it three.
22:45 – Sabaton (Stjernescenen)
If there’s metal at Smukfest, well, you sort of wanna check it out – and Sabaton is a huge one of those. With about 900,000 fans and followers on Facebook, these guys must be thought of as ‘a big deal’.
Now, where Dubioza Kolektiv hours before, on the same stage, had been preaching, well, left wing politics, these guys played what i would consider bad war music. That kind of music you’d hear in a documentary about confused American soldiers going at it.
They pulled off quite a show, to be honest, with fire and all that, and you could sense that these guys are really talented musicians, but at times it seemed like a terrible version of School of Rock. You know, with even worse comedy; at times it seemed almost embarrassing when jokes and on stage conversations fell completely to the ground. The same goes for all the jam-band things.
Another thing is when you wanna be a scary buff-man, then why play what feels more like glam rock? But you know what, a lot of drunk people had a blast. They really did. And I get that; music that simple is just easier, when it’s getting late and you’re pretty damn drunk.
An overwhelming first day in Bøgeskoven, but it always is. We'd both highs and lows, but hopefully Thursday can bring better musical experiences.