Now I could have packed my things and go home after Platosonic as I didn’t get to visit the endless amount of Eurosonic gigs that were held all over Groningen, but luckily there are a lot of gigs going on around the festival where you don’t actually need a Eurosonic ticket. Most of them however also don’t have a lot of light or simply hadn’t started when I got there. So enter Eurosonic Air: a big stage on the main square of Groningen where some of the bigger names were programmed for a full gig.
On Thursday, when I arrived, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour was already playing. And I LOVE The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. Also a great band for such a big stage.
After the gig the stage needed to be reset and I went for a walk but found only empty stages or long queues (for the official Eurosonic gigs, so no reason to get in line there). And so I was back at Eurosonic well in time for the start of the second gig: Dutch singer Krystl. Lovely pop-set, she seemed well at ease on stage.
After Krystl’s set I did see one band in a café, but I’ve been unable to find out the name of the band. If I ever do find out what they’re named, I’ll add the photos of them as well, for now however I’ll keep to the last Eurosonic Air performance of Thurday: Belgian Selah Sue. A very shy and fragile girl a good year ago, impressing with a very soulful sound. In the past year however she’s grown so much that she can now easily take the big stage. The show is big, the audience responds on cue and the show is over in a heartbeat.
It’s nearly midnight and via Facebook I had heard from Inge van Calkar that she would be performing in Café het Meisje at the stroke of midnight. So I packed my gear and headed to the café. Inge performed with Frank Fiedler (on Double Bass) and with Inge on her brand new white guitar. The setting was really informal as it often is in a café, but still a lot of attention for the gig I thought. Went really well and the brand new single Inge just released was sold out in no time after the gig. Great way to end the second day of Eurosonic and as I got back to my car, my FileUnder colleagues -who did the official route- also just got back to their cars as well.