Leaving the Zwolle based band The Horse Company in Hedon playing to an enthusiastic crowd in this already very interesting new festival, I went back to Theater Young Ones. Finding shortcuts as I went I was sure not to get lost anymore this night.
In Young Ones the Belgian band Isbells were playing, a gorgeous band playing beautiful low key folky melancholic songs. The whole band stepping forward ‘into’ the audience to play a song fully unplugged was a definite highlight.
Back in Hedon the also Belgian band SX were already playing (I wasn’t really able to catch a lot of acts at the start of their sets it seemed). A Synth-driven indy band with a haunting sound based around Stefanie Callebaut. Loved it!
Now I was faced with a bit of a challenge as the next two acts I wanted to see were placed the furthest apart. So I made sure I was well in time at the -now hugesly crowded- Verhalenboot for the start of Anne Soldaat’s set. I’ve seen Anne quite a few times now, the first time was with Darryll-Ann, back in 2004 shortly before that band broke up. A few times with band under his own name and last year as a supporting bandmember for Tim Knol. This was the first time I’ve seen him this intimate and fragile, nearly unplugged, on his own and the audience so quiet you could hear a pin drop (or a camera shooting pics). But it was amazing. Anne played songs from the whole catalogue. Old Daryll-Ann, his short stint as ‘Do-The-Undo’ (admitting that he still didn’t know why on earty he ever chose that name) and new songs. Simply fantastic!
However as I mentioned I was up for a slight challenge. The whole reason I came to this festival in the first place was Still Corners and they started shortly after Anne Soldaad had started his set, but way over in Theater Young Ones and from De Verhalenboot, that was a bit of a hike. So I double marched past Hedon to the theater and made in well in time to see a good deal of the set and it was just terrific. Dark, moody ‘dreampop’ with Tessa Murray on vocals and keys and Greg Huges on guitar. The venue ought to be full for gigs like this, but unfortunately it wasn’t. Those that were there however danced! In the darkened venue, this only added to a perfect atmosphere.
After this set I went back to Hedon only to hear the last few seconds of Westkust. Really a shame as I would have loved to see this Swedish band. Onwards to Popfront to see a good deal of British band Echo Lake (however the singer turns out to have some Dutch roots!) another fantastic new and up-and-coming band in the ‘dreampop’/Shoegaze area. Loved that band, but I had to leave for the last band of the evening (well, for me anyway).
The Belgium the band with the longes bandname of this festival was Creature With The Atom Brain. Psychedelic krautrock or however you name it. Made me think of Queens of the Stone age in sound. Lots of long instrumental grooves and drones. And sound and light were the same: dark with bright explosions. Great way to end this festival. It’s likely the festival will return next year so make sure to be there!