wishfulmusic in Groninger Museum
Hardly recovered from the Platosonic and Eurosonic weekend I was of to Groningen again yesterday to visit the 1 year anniversary of wishfulmusic. And how do you celebrate one year of programming lots of beautiful gigs? With more performances of course. The stage was the Groninger Museum, that I visited last year for an edition of Groninger Museum Live.
So this time I was better prepared for the concerts. Knowing that some performances would be very lo-fi my Fujifilm X100 was in the bag and so were some fast prime lenses for my Canons. So I’m all set, ready to celebrate wishfulmusic‘s anniversary!
Hartog Eysman opened the evening playing solo on an acoustic guitar to an attentive audience at the entrance at the bottom of the stairs. I thought is was really good that he managed to keep the attention of the audience as there’s a lot of people walking about at that time.
Next up was Philco Fiction, a band that I’ve been waiting to see for a while. I saw a short gig of them in the Coffee Company a week ago, but that was way to short and early in the day. Now -in the evening- is a far better time for the gig and I’m also able to take in the music far better. The band is getting popular very quickly now, being picked up by the English press, which is well deserved as the gig they played here was fantastic. The ‘Job Lounge’ -where their sets were played- was completely full. A great gig and I do hope to see them in a regular venue soon, that would really rock!
By far the hardest act to ‘shoot’ was the Dutch band No Ninja Am I, they were singing unplugged and so softly at that so every click of my camera was heard extra loud by everyone in the hall. The location was fantastic though and the gig was wonderful.
Ending the evening was House Of Cosy Cushions, a Dutch/Irish collaboration. The opening of the set was a film backed by noise that was played by a dozen or so cassette-players after which the gig started. I’m struggling for a description of the band. Sometimes it was very sofly/lo-fi but with outbursts that borderd punky-alternative music. Not for everyone, but I liked it quite a lot.
All in all a great evening, well visited and a good way to celebrate the first year of wishfulmusic. Here’s to many more!