Photo by Rasmus Sleimann Nielsen
What a line up on this lovely, almost sunny Friday. I’m pretty sure, that the music did hold something for everyone – and even concerts that could gather us all, with all tastes aside.
We had a few problems with people finding it different to figure out, what is there’s and what’s ours. I even heard about some finding a giant turd in their tent. But, luckily, we had plenty of concerts to go to, and here’s our reviews:
14:45 – Choir of Young Believers (P3 Teltet)
Forget about the Choir you knew, there’s something different about it. Though playing some of their oldies, and quite big hits to be honest, the (relatively) new electronic set-up is something out of this world.
It was a difficult gig for ‘em, playing Smukfest this early – and the demographics here just don’t appreciate art like this. Unfortunately. But taking all that away, Choir played to perfection.
Jannis, who looks more and more like Yannis Philippakis from British Foals, has always been a charismatic front figure – not only by his vocal, but on stage as well, but it seems like he’s improved a lot; Jannis sang his heart out, but his moves were phenomenal.
The concert was dark and stoned, one of those were you just disappear in to the atmosphere created, but, and there’s a ‘but’, it does get boring, and it is hard for them to keep the audience locked. I’m sure their way of doing things could go really well else where, but on this day at Smukfest it wasn’t for everyone.
16:00 – The Minds of 99 (Bøgescenen)
They’ve grown a lot, and now, they seem like a complete, real band. It touches me, when I see a band who wants to be there so bad. There’s a will; they want to tell stories, and, humble, be the voice of my generation – but they’re greatful at the same time.
They can, and they want to.
It’s a band with only two albums out, yet every single song played felt like a hit. The audience is there all the way; and they not only want to be there, they’re invited just as much. Time after time we’re asked to take part in the concert, we’re asked, if we’re ready – and time after time the answer is simply: Hell yes!
Niels Brandt – and his extremely talented companions – have got is in the palm of his hand at this concert. It’s a secure, yet unsafe place to be. It’s a hopeful and melancholic place. It’s a place where our feelings are put to words; what its really like to be young in Denmark, if you’re one of those who care and are actually listening to the words coming from this man. On this day, in Bøgeskoven, we were all listening – when it was about love, searching for something, the distance between “them and us” and fucking friendship, we listened.
The grateful guys on stage remembered to thank Smukfest for, quote, “giving them a chance”. They had their breakthrough when playing live camp back in 2013, and they’ve been her ever since, but this was their first time playing the iconic Bøgescenen.
I’ve given them quite a bit of critique before, telling them, they’ve been a bit too different from each other on stage. But they’re there now. It works at Roskilde, it works at NorthSide, and it works at Smukfest.
18:45 – The Entrepreneurs (P3 Teltet)
Written By Julius Holst Hvarregaard
In an almost empty P3 Teltet, The Entrepreneurs was setting up for maybe the most noisy show at this year’s Smukfest. The Entrepreneurs is one of the most beloved artists in the music business, which was pretty obvious judging by the faces of the audience at the concert.
The Entrepreneurs delivered an excellent performance despite the lousy turn-up, it was a very professional show in their very own “unprofessional” way.
The psych/noise scene is blooming in Denmark at the moment, and The Entrepreneurs is a promising act both live and in the studio. The guys are playing with attitude, they’re skilled, and the lead singer Mathias Bertelsen has a beautiful one of a kind voice which is performed to perfection live.
To this show, they brought a saxophone for 3 of the numbers – which fitted in perfect and added something to their already complex soundscape. There is a great diversity of up-tempo tunes and some challenging ballads where the lead vocal stands out as something extraordinary in the set, and in general a very complete concert. The only bad thing was the turn-up – and that’s it.
20:30 – Sting (Bøgescenen)
Written by Julius Holst Hvarregaard
The excitement was at its max before the forever young bassist/singer/songwriter was about to take on Bøgescenen, and this may be the biggest act at Smukfest 2016.
Sting enters the stage and the front row of middle-aged women acts like teens at a Bieber concert.
Everything was set up to be an unforgettable evening in ‘Bøgeskoven’, and if you have witnessed Sting and his band before, you would know that they usually deliver.
Unfortunately, the sound was terrible in the first 45 minutes. There was an almost constant feed and the sound never got as good as you expect a production like Sting’s to be. The sound pretty much ruined the concert for me, but It seemed like a lot of the crowd enjoyed the concert anyway.
Sting’s set was pretty much a mix of all his biggest hits – from Police and his solo career like Roxanne and Englishman in New York, mixed up with some of the less famous songs. Therefore, most of the concert was a big sing a long, also because Sting invites to it, especially with mixing Ain’t no Sunshine When She’s Gone into Roxanne.
With such a big repertoire of highly beloved hits, I find it a bit waste of time to play a cover – even though they played it very well, it made me miss out of some of his many fantastic hits.
Sting was great on the stage; he is very professional and seemed to enjoy being on stage. Unfortunately for me, the sound was so terrible, I had a hard time trying to enjoy the concert.
22:45 – Sia (Bøgescenen)
There are concerts, gigs, jobs, etc. – and then there are shows. This was a show. Where Rihanna made hers something that felt like a celebration of herself, this was a celebration of quality pop music; well written, well produced, and well organized on stage.
With Sia standing at the side of the stage, she gave room for her famous dancers to take the spotlight, while the big screens had both pre-shot and live footage of ‘em. At times it felt like watching a YouTube clip.
It’s quite brilliant what she’s done, and especially her way of giving the songs that amount of spotlight, without Sia herself being in focus. And I loved the dancers, their way of telling the stories and the feelings and all that – but it was just a show.
Where are the musicians supposed to back her up? Why aren’t they on stage? Couldn’t they’ve been alongside her dancers and herself? I’m left with appreciating the creativity, but being quite disappointed with watching a music video online, in a forest.
What a day in Bøgeskoven. With music from Gnags to Entrepreneurs, with Sia in between, this day had it all. The Entrepreneurs and The Minds of 99 took us by storm.