Oldies but goldies under the rainclouds
After a successful opening day with both good presentations, a delayed opening act and good weather, it seemed difficult to follow up with rain in sight in Ådalen. Saturday was anything but mediocre for local Northside, which included power demonstrations from legendary Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
The first artist who was commissioned to follow up on a Friday program with artists like Keane, Passenger, Kaizers Orchestra and Phoenix was the Danish upcoming Kristina Renée. We have always been very optimistic about the Danish songwriter talent here on SOA and her presentation at RED STAGE would turn out to generate 4/6 stars from Gaffa.
Next band on the task was Danish The William Blakes which started a stage invasion for the weary audience. As an added surprise, the former Danish X-Factor winner Martin Hedegaard came on stage during the song “Caves and Light”. Here he made, however, a relatively anonymous figure as his vocals were drowned out by Kristian Leth and the surrounding chorus. The Guest feature was however saved under the number “Plane to Spain” where Martin’s vocals were allowed to shine through.
Next band, Norwegian Kings of Convenience spawned an amazing presentation which unfortunately was a bit drowned out by the chattering crowd. With that said, 5/6 star still witnesses of a presentation of the major ones.
Then came electropop-time, where the weather gods, however, put a damper on the party. Last year when When Saints Go Machine had to play on North Side, they had to cancel a few hours before, because their equipment had not come by airplane from the Spanish Sonar festival, where they played just before. Fortunately they came back this year, and this time with an almost brand-new third album, “Infinity Pool”, under the arm. All in all 4/6 stars, for a concert where both the audience and the band struggled with the weather.
Australian Jagwar Ma had been asked to step in instead of Modest Mouse. The super exciting band that spawned 5/6 and 4/5 stars for their debut album from Soundvenue and The Guardian also got rendered 4/6 stars for their performance on RED STAGE.
Amazing presentations from the giants
The rain poured down as British Alt-J took to the stage this Saturday afternoon. The audience was persistent and an impressive crowd showed up in front of Blue Stage wearing raincoats and rubber boots. And they were rewarded for their support. 5/6 stars were performed on a Saturday where even the Gaffa review was stingy.
In the same way it went for Imagine Dragons and Biffy Clyro who recieved 5/6 stars for presentations that spread both smiles and created new fans!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, However, became the band who drew the longest straw this Saturday. Rave reviews and a packed audience gave birth to a 6/6 review to the legends who hereby wrote Northside history! Without introduction beyond “Fuck, it’s freezing” they went directly to the writing of Northside’s history.
A mediocre presentation from Danish MØ later it was time for Saturday’s second blast. The Flaming Lips which spawned 4/6 stars. The theme was then changed and the Dark Lord Trentemøller took over and delivered a 5/6 presentation while Shaka Loveless offered up for a sing-a-long in the tent at RED STAGE.
All in all, a day when Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds provided the highlight, while rainy weather was the low point of the day cause as a guest says “Girls just don’t look as good in rainwear.”