After two days with nothing but music and alcohol, it was time for a nice and relaxed ‘no-alcohol Sunday’- at least that’s what I thought!
It wasn’t easy to get out of bed Sunday morning. With a head heavier than the green stage, the only thing that made me go for another day at Northside, was the Sunday line-up. When walking towards Northside, and walking on the camino, I could feel that I was not the only one who felt just a bit tired. The last couple of years, the camino had been the place where your day began, where a lot of different entertaining people and projects made you forget about last nights amount of alcohol and dancing – but not this year.
Gypsy punk and dancehall!
The first concert I witnessed Sunday was Fun – and let’s just say, that I’m not a fan! Sitting on the ground and drinking coffee seemed a lot more entertaining. Instead, what really started the day was the gypsy punkers from Gogol Bordello, a band that in no time made everyone go from coffee to beers and shots! Seeing thousands of people dancing and smiling really inspired the rest of the day, and it was the perfect warm up to the next concert – Bikstok Røgsystem.
Their comeback concert was actually one of the best experiences during the entire festival, a concert that made you dance along to smooth Jamaica-rhythms, a concert that time and time again made you laugh (because of their genius lyrics and entertaining performing), and a concert that made your forget that it was Sunday. A well deserved standing ovation from SOA!
The perfect ending
Just as Bikstok finished their concert you had 15 minutes to visit the toilets, buy some food and find a great spot to see Kashmir. A band that last year played a fantastic ‘The Good Life’ concert, and this year promoted their new album ‘E.A.R’, did exactly what they do best! Even though I’ve seen them so many times before, I still enjoy listening to the old hits, and experiencing new songs.
Kashmir started what seemed like the perfect ending to this years Northside. Band of Horses was up next, and I had been waiting for them since Northside’11! I was there, but the day after their concert I couldn’t remember a thing (you can guess why). Finally, I got the chance again, and I was in just the right mood.
When reading the reviews, I can understand why some people find them boring and not that inspiring, but come on. I’m pretty sure that most Band of Horses-fans got exactly what they wanted! BUT, this concert definitely took the energy level down, but you just had to set yourself up to Arctic Monkeys – and people did! It was singing along to all the songs, except the brand new ones. It was with a completely packed audience that gathered in front of a boring blue stage, where Arctic delivered! The entire audience did use their last energy, what was left of their voice and apparently what was left of their festival…
After Arctic Monkeys a lot of people decided to go home, to get some rest before work Monday morning. The younger students, where a lot of them are already enjoying holiday, decided to go home because of the lack on interest in the last act, Portishead. Those who stayed witnessed one hell of a concert! Sunday evening, you’re tired, you aren’t able to drink more beers, so here’s what you should’ve done; Bought a cop of coffee and enjoyed the phenomenal British band. It seemed dark and heavy, but still elegant and complete. With heavy electronic beats, a smooth guitar and the lovely voice from Beth Gibbons it was a lovely ending to this years festival.
What to expect next year?
Northside Festival has already announced that they are hoping to expand with 10.000 more tickets for sale and yet another stage. Good idea, but it requires another location, and it most definitely requires more entertaining stuff on the festival spot. The program was great, but with room for improvement, but in between the concerts you couldn’t really do anything else but drink alcohol or sleep in the sun. I really love their focus on sustainability, keep up with that, but there has to be room for places where people can have a good time. I mean, why not set up a tent, or anything like that, with a DJ and a bar?
Anyway, I had a lovely festival – as always. It was my third visit, and I’m definitely coming back next year!