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.
After a short snack and a little bit of a walk I went back to the Grote Markt square for second Eurosonic Air night. A bit sceptic I must add, as I didn’t think I’d like the bands of the Friday edition as much as I did the one from Thursday. Di-Rect, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig and Go Back To The Zoo are all Dutch and I didn’t think too much about any of them to be honest.
Now I could have packed my things and go home after Platosonic as I didn’t get to visit the endless amount of Eurosonic gigs that were held all over Groningen, but luckily there are a lot of gigs going on around the festival where you don’t actually need a Eurosonic ticket. Most of them however also don’t have a lot of light or simply hadn’t started when I got there. So enter Eurosonic Air: a big stage on the main square of Groningen where some of the bigger names were programmed for a full gig.
As I’m unfortunately not doing the full on Eurosonic, I’m only visiting the Platosonic gigs this year. Luckily there’s a lot of fantastic music there as well. And it’s popular, the two location (record store Plato and neighbouring coffeestore Coffee Company) are loaded and it’s hard to get from one location to the other. At least… it is if you’re trying to find a decent spot to take some photos.
Since last year, there’s an extra night for Eurosonic: on Wednesdaynight there are a few locations where a small selection of bands are already playing some sets. Makes it easier for the promotors and journalists to see just a bit more, since the other two days of Eurosonic you will miss a lot more than you’re able to see. It’s my only ‘official’ Eurosonic night, so I was looking forward to this night very much.