In February last year I visited the Cross-Linx festival in De Oosterpoort. Mainly for The National and Efterklang, but on a side-stage I saw a wonderful gig by Sharon van Etten, so I hurried to order a ticket for her gig when I saw she’d be coming back to Groningen. On December 5 Sharon played the Vera venue.
The line-up of Cross-Linx looked fantastic and I was extremely happy that I got permission to go there for FileUnder.
The festival was opened by Efterklang with Daniel Bjarnason and Their Messing Orchestra. Hard to describe in any other way than ‘beautiful’. Wonderfully crafted songs (mostly of their latest album) and played so beautiful. Lots of bandmembers on stage (hey, it is a messing orchestra). At the end of the gig the whole band left the stage, entered the floor and paraded to the back of the hall, up the stairs and ended the concert there, in style