Noorderslag Saturday – Platosonic

And as soon as Eurosonic had started, it was over. On Saturday all eyes turn to De Oosterpoort where in the evening only Dutch bands will perform at Noorderslag. New promising acts, bigger names with showcases and of course the traditional Popprijs-beershower. I’m again only doing Platosonic today but that too has a line-up of only Dutch bands today.

As my FileUnder colleagues are still tired early afternoon after two long nights with Eurosonic and have a long night ahead of them (and I don’t), I go to Groningen on my own to catch as many Platosonic acts as I can. When I arrive in Plato Wolvendale is finishing up it’s set. It’s already quite busy early in the afternoon, so I guess more people want to catch the Dutch acts they won’t be able to see later in the evening.


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Over in the Coffee Company Case Mayfield played his heart out for a captivated audience. Case sat on his own and not being used to having an audience behind him, he kept checking with the folk behind him if all was still OK in between the songs. Nice set, got me into the festival-mood again.


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I couldn’t see Case Mayfield’s whole set as I also wanted to see Blaudzun. So did the whole rest of Groningen in seemed. Plato was loaded. Blaudzun has risen to fame with his previous record and has just released a new record. Short though the set was, it was fantastic.


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Getting back to the Coffee Company the next band was still setting up. It’s a fun band; grooving, swinging, funky and if there’s one band that can get a whole Coffee Company to shake their booty and lose the last remnants of sleep it’s Lefties Soul Connection. After an instrumental opener they got Michelle David on stage, a fantastic combination.


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Now as much as I hate to again have to miss Kris Berry (for the 4th time I think), I could not leave the Coffee Company (not even if I wanted to, it was full from front to back) as the next performer here is the charming Eefje de Visser. She played a lovely little set and had everybody’s full attention. It didn’t even matter that in the last song the guitar didn’t work, everyone in the audience was under her spell.


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I did however eventually recover and went back to Plato to catch the full set of Ralph de Jongh. Starting as a solo blues-musician, Ralph is now backed by a band (Crazy Hearts) and the sound has widened now. I can’t help but be reminded of an early Rolling Stones sound. Fantastic musician and again a great set.


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I stayed in Plato as I had now in all missed Awkward I’s set in the Coffee Company and saw a part of the set of Dutch rapper Gers Pardoel. For this gig the young kids were sent to the front and the parents and other adults were sent to the back. Singing in Dutch with fun rhymes will do that I guess, but listening to the lyrics I felt some of them were quite mature and not at all much suited for the very young kids, but mayby I’m just getting old ;-)


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Back to the Coffee Company for the last time to see a bit of The Hype, an indie/alternative poprock band. Not a bad sound, but they didn’t stand out as much as other bands have done so far.


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Jah6, the last Platosonic act I saw was a bit of an odd-ball. Combining a Reggae sound with the lyrics of the Levenslied-style (a musical style so Dutch there’s not even an English term for it). The result is something that falls somewhere in between. I love a good Reggae song, but with lyrics to match please. So as much as this had rhythm, it just didn’t move me.


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The very last act I saw was Elske DeWall, playing in News Cafe at Noordermiddag, a stage showcasing Dutch talents who play a very short set each. I say I SAW Elske, but with the dense humid air it was hard to see much at all. That kind of got to my head, so after shooting a couple of photos I got out of there again. I’ll have to check out Elske at some other gig when I get the chance.


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