Yesterday, the majority of the Smukfest-followers went berserk. The reason; Smukfest announced just about a hundred names and people aren’t exactly satisfied. It’s what you can expect these days, since sharing your opinion on Facebook has become some sort of therapy; “it might not be the cleverest of opinions, and it might actually hurt someone, but here we go anyway..” – but still, some of the responses yesterday just seemed weirdly off?
Obviously, we had a look at the acts, but it’s when people are complaining that you have an extra look, just to see if they’re actually right. And I get it, I really do; when you had names like Rihanna and Sia on the poster last year, everything just seems less attractive. And when the festival is already sold out, the people expects magic from the booking department.
But here’s a few reasons why you really shouldn’t complain:
Well, you don’t just get acts her size to play at Smukfest. It’s not that easy – and who would you really go for, knowing you couldn’t get Rihanna to come back this year? Most major pop acts go on stadium tours with specially designed stages, and let’s be honest: that really doesn’t go well with the main stage at Smukfest, does it? Even Roskilde Festival have names they can’t get, because the Orange stage doesn’t fit that kind of show.
And to be honest, it’s not really an easy job following up on Rihanna and Sia, is it?
Where’s Kim Larsen?
Yeah, I actually saw a guy asking for Kim Larsen – and sure, we all want to see him again and again before it’s too late, but come on? On the line-up this year is Gnags, who’ve just been celebrating their 50 years’ anniversary and are about to release a new album.
Besides, among the first hundred names, you get the biggest and the best that the Danish scene has to offer right now – of the names that fit in with the Smukfest-demographics. Rasmus Walter and Rasmus Seebach to sing along to, Turboweekend is playing their tenth Smukfest in a row (I think), Alex Vargas is coming, The Minds of 99 – even Savage Rose is playing (just to name a few)!
Where’s Martin Garrix?
Shut up! You might not have realized it yet, but with the headlining acts announced you get exactly what it is you’re listening to every single day, when you turn on your radio on your way to work, or when using Spotify’s whatever playlist. Mark Ronson has contributed to an incredible amount of the major pop-albums in more than fifteen years. Ellie Goulding is Ellie Goulding. Zara Larsson is everywhere these days. DJ Snake is as close as you get to Justin Bieber (a bit much, I know). Major Lazer is a f***ing hit-machine!
Alright, Jamiroquai and White Lies might not go well with fans of Martin Garrix, but that just means, that there’s something for the rest of us. And to be honest, I think they’ve done a pretty good job at Smukfest. They’ve booked acts that fit their profile – and the people attending. Also, I have a feeling that we’ll get another headlining act before the festival…
If you’ve bought a ticket: Lighten up! It’s a good line-up, and you’re gonna have a blast at most of these shows – and I’m gonna be right there with you.