On Saturday Eurosonic had ended and Noorderslag was preparing itself for one huge party at night. During the day however there were still lots of extra musical activities and I visited Platosonic for a few more gigs.
Eurosonic happened again this weekend and so the whole of Groningen was flooded with musicians, TV and Radio stations, promoters and loads of festival goers. around the official Eurosonic-festival there are lots and lots of little sub-festivals. Grunnsonic, Altersonic and Platosonic to name but a few. And then there’s the main stage Eurosonic Air with bigger acts playing free gigs there.
Last Sunday the annual festival Platoplanet -by recordstore Plato- was held at the Oosterpoort venue again. As I was enjoying what might be one of the last very sunny Sunday afternoons of the year on my roadbike, I was not able to attend the whole festival, but the music-addict in me could not let the whole event pass me by so after a shower and a good meal I grabbed my gear and drove my Alfa GT to the Oosterpoort.
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.
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.
Having just left the Irene Wiersma’s poetry bundle presentation I saw a tweet by the Oosterpoort venue stating that everyone that was not currently attending Plato Planet 2011 was a pancake. And I had no intention of being a pancake, so I headed to the Oosterpoort and try to get in even though I had not previously requested a photo-pass. The good people of the Oosterpoort were nice enough to let me in anyway.
After three acts in the Coffee Company I thought it might be a good idea to head to Coffee Company’s neighbour and name-giver to the festival: Plato. The acts playing here were a bit louder than in the Coffee Company. Upon arrival I saw I’d missed Mi, Bubba and Me. Bit of a shame, I hope I’ll be able to see them in a while.
Although my part in Eurosonic 2011 ended after Wednesday-night I did go to the Platosonic event with the guys of FileUnder. PlatoSonic is a small but great event organised by recordstore Plato in conjunction with neighbouring coffeehouse Coffee Company. The Coffee Company had the quiet and acoustic acts, Plato the electrified full-rocking bands.
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!