Noorderslag – a start

Where as EuroSonic is aimed to showcase up and coming European bands, the Noorderslag festival that immediately follows it is all about Dutch bands. Also it’s held in the Oosterpoort venue, so this night no hopping from one café to another venue. The tickets to Noorderslag were sold out in a matter of hours and so a good 8000 people flooded the Oosterpoort venue last Saturday.

I shot quit a lot of bands and so I’ll post them over various posts like I did with the EuroSonic photos. I’ll start with a set of smaller galleries of six bands. First Dutch rapper Kraantje Pappie. I ‘missed’ him earlier on at PlatoSonic but as the reviewers for FileUnder said that they’d put him in the review, I had to have some photos of Kraantje Pappie playing in the basement too. Not my style in music though

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On that same stage later in the evening, a duo called Knalpot played something I can’t quite put my finger on. Not sure if I like it or not yet

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At the Heineken Foyer The Madd played. They’re a 60’s sounding and looking band. Not bad, but I’m more of a 70’s psychedelic rock lover ;)

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Also on the Heineken Foyer was a band called Knobsticker playing “funky disco soul with a futuristic twist”

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The band Rigby got to play two sets. One on the Serious Talent Stage and one in the ‘Ned3 Zaal’. The photos are of the latter stage. This stage was designed to have a more homely feel. Rigby plays ‘catchy pop rock’

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And the last set in this post is The Mad Trist, a rockband from the southern parts of the Netherands. Light in the ‘Bizon Zaal’ was pretty grim, so photography was a challenge

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PlatoSonic – Anne Soldaat, Bettie Serveert, DeWolff and Charlene

On Saturday, before Noorderslag started, we first visited the last PlatoSonic day. First into the Coffee Company to see Anne Soldaat finishing his set. A while ago I saw him in Vera with band. Great to see that the songs hold up so well when he plays them solo acoustically

As Anne’s set finished and he started the interview part of the show, I made my way into a very crowded Plato store where one of my all-time favorite Dutch bands was about to play. Bettie Serveert is back and is rocking again. Even in this very short in-store set (due to delay and a tight agenda). It was fantastic to see Bettie Serveert again. If I wouldn’t be able to see them at Noorderslag this night at least I’d seen them in Plato

I did not go back to the Coffee Company to whatever was playing there as Plato remained crowded and I wanted a good place to shoot the next band that would play there. DeWolff made it high into my albumlist of 2009. A bunch of young guys from the Netherlands playing psychedelic rock form the seventies. It was a good set, but to add a drum-solo in the first song of an already short in-store gig was a bit too much

After DeWolff I was able to get back to the Coffee Company where Charlene was about to start. Charlene came in third in the fourst edition of the Dutch Idols series. She’s a nice girl blessed with a good voice. The genre however isn’t really my thing

And now that was all done, the only thing that remained for Eurosonic/Noorderslag 2010 was Noorderslag!

Eurosonic – Creature With The Atom Brain, Sivert Høyem and Young Guns

Al the way from Belgium came the psychedelic alt.rockers of Creature With The Atom Brain. They played at Vindicat and the band was heard all over the square outside; they played LOUD

In the most beautiful venue of Groningen – the Stadsschouwburg- fromer Madrugada frontman Sivert Høyem presented his band. The weird thing with this venue is that they built the stage over the seats. So technically the bands are in the seated area (well, above it) and the crowd is on the stage. The upshot is that you get great views to the ceiling. The gig itself was good and Sivert’s name is enough to get a huge crowd in the venue.

And then back to Vindicat for the last EuroSonic gig. Post-Hardcore from England’s Young Guns and the volume is turned up to the loudest setting here. It’s also the first gig since ages that I install the fash on my camera again. How else am I possibly going to get the singer mid-air?

And so EuroSonic came to an end. I saw lots and lots of bands, worked and worked to get my photos edited in time for the FileUnder.nl reviews of EuroSonic and now there was only one more day to go: Noorderslag.

Eurosonic – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Jaakko & Jay and Jenny Wilson

From Los Campesinos! in Simplon it wasn’t far to Ou Est le Swimming Pool as they were playing on the upstairs stage in Simplon. Ou Est le Swimming Pool is from England and is as camp as it gets. Catchy electropop and good fun to watch

From Simplon it’s not a very long walk to Het Paleis, a venue that would otherwise have definitely been out of reach and that would have been a shame as Jenny Wilson -from Sweden- is quite a striking appearance in a red hooded dress. Unfortunately more people seemed to find the venue to be too far to walk as the crowd wasn’t too big. An that’s a shame because you don’t get to see an incredible enthusiastic keyboard/flute/sax player with a broken leg on stage.

Elsewhere in Groningen, back in Shadrak Jaakko & Jay from Finland raged through their set high on adrenaline. Armed with nothing more then an acoustic guitar and minimal drum kit (snare + hi-hat) this is one high speed gig

Eurosonic – Pony Pony Run Run, Donkeyboy and Los Campesinos!

Our second night of Eurosonic started at Huize Maas. Rather late as diner at a Mexican restaurant took ages, so we had to dig our way to the edge of the stage. Strange enough it’s usually crowded at the back in a venue and quite a bit of room in the front. I was very happy to find out this was also the case with Pony Pony Run Run from France. A fantastic combination of rock and dance that ended in something that resembled house. In incredible way to start the evening.

On the other side of Huize Maas Donkeyboy from Norway started as the sound of Pony Pony Run Run still vibrated in my head. It’s probably because of this that I can’t really remember that much of Donkeyboy.

A stern walk through Groningen brought us to a packed Simplon where the seven members Los Campesinos! from England filled out the entire stage. A great band and lots of energy on stage and in the crowd. This was fun.

PlatoSonic Friday – Jasper Erkens

On Friday we only saw one of the PlatoSonic in-store concerts: Seventeen year old Belgian singer/songwriter Jasper Erkens. He has a good thing going there and already has a great career in Belgium. We only caught the tail of the in-store in the Coffee Company, but I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from Jasper

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Eurosonic – Marina & The Diamonds and Heike Has The Giggles

The last two bands of the first day of Eurosonic. The first activity of the day was an interview with Marina of Marina & The Diamonds. Marina Diamandis is Welsh with Greek roots and extremely cute. No photos of the interview (ever so stupid of me, the interview room at Huize Maas with the graffiti on the wall would have made a great background to Marina), but we did promise to be front-row at her gig in Huize Maas to cheer her on and so that was right where I was. Unfortunately, the crowd didn’t react much at the gig, which affected the concert to some degree. I do hope Marina will return and find a more responsive audience as I really liked the concert and her on-stage performance

The very last gig of the first day took us -once again- to a not very well lit Shadrak where an Italian band was already rocking the stage. Heike Has The Giggles has if nothing else at least a great name :) Luckily also the indyrock of Emanuela Drei and band sounded great. It was again very crowded  in Shadrak. The end of the gig was a bet sudden when after a song it turned out that Emanuela had her guitar back in the sleeve agian and was already off the stage. Still, it was a great show