Noorderzon August 17

I went back for my second day of Noorderzon on Saturday. Arrived well and early to just take in the atmosphere of the festival. Relax, see the sights and have a bit of fun. See people, eat a bit and oh… see awesome music of course!

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Gabby Young & Other Animals @ Noorderzon

I saw Gabby a while ago in De Oosterpoort. A lovely gig for a rather small selected crowd, but a very energetic and good humoured girl that easily won over the audience. So I was thrilled to see she’d be back in Groningen and on the main stage of Noorderzon no less. I was very curious to see how that would work.

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Of Monsters And Men at Noorderzon

I didn’t know the band (hardly ever listen to radio and can’t remember when I last actually watched MTV, does that even still exist?), but I do have my antennas out for interesting names and Of Monsters And Men raised a buzz. And so last night I -finally- went to Noorderzon.

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Cansei de Ser Sexy at Noorderzon

I’ve missed most of Noorderzon this year and as I was in Groningen already for GEM’s try-out, I wanted to see the gig at the Noorderson Het Dok stage too. Cansei de Ser Sexy played there on Saterday night to a huge excited audience

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Irene Wiersma and Frank Turner at Noorderzon

It’s late August and after a summer stop Noorderzon in Groningen marks the beginning of the second concert season. It’s a great festival with lots of art, theatre and of course: music. I wasn’t able to attend much this year, but I was not going to miss Irene Wiersma on Sunday August 21 and having Frank Turner on the same night was just bliss.

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Don Fiasko and Beans & Fatback at Noorderzon

My last night at Noorderzon took me to two bands that both showed a lot of fun and enthusiasm on stage. First I headed to the Spiegeltent. I was a bit too late and found Don Fiasko already fully at it and had already won the crowd over. It’s hard to describe this rowdy crowd. On Internet I found them to be described as an afro-latino-electro-kitsch fanfare and I guess that will do for a large part. Personally I’d add a Japanese cabaret group somewhere in there.

It’s a large group and with two cameramen recording the whole thing it’s a miracle they all fit on the stage. But they had fun, they knew how to make a party and the visitors sang, danced and jumped to the beats. What a gig

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It was a long and cold wait, sitting at the pond without a jacked and with only a T-shirt (what was I thinking), but man was I glad I did (wait that is, not the forgetting a jacket part). Beans & Fatback is a mixture of blues, country and soul with a rich dose of funk. Just the thing to warm up a shivering crowd. Keyboardplayer and percussionist Gerhardt got the crowd warmed up well in advance of the show and continued playing on them during the gig, the duo drummers in the back made for a terrific rhythm section. Actually the whole band was great and they too looked like having a lot of fun on stage. I only wished bassplayer Jet faced the crowd a bit more, would have made it easier to take some photos ;) Beans & Fatback will play at the Oosterpoort again in about a month, I’ll try and see them again there, had a great time here

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HEALTH and Sleepy Sun at Noorderzon

On Wednesday I went to Groningen again for my third night of Noorderzon. However, I started at the Vera venue. This was the best location possible for HEALTH, a noise rock band that actually defies categorization. It was loud, very loud. It took me a few minutes to get in the right frame of mind, but once I did, I really loved it. It was mostly about groove and rhythm. Light was tough though, set very low and with the band members dancing and jumping all over the stage, even at high ISO speeds it was difficult to get any decent shots

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After the gig it was quite a hike to get to the Noorderplanstoen in time for the next gig; Sleepy Sun on the DokĀ  stage. Of course when I got there, it was very crowded all around the pond, but I slowly made my way to a spot where I at least was able to take some pictures.

Sleepy Sun as a band is fantastic psychedelic rockband. Black Mountain sprang to mind, also a bit of Pink Floyd. Lots of jamming moments and great songs. Had a great time

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