Hove Festival in Motion
Found this video in my archives from last year’s Hove festival, made by the talented Solveig Selj for OsloNights.no. I miss festival summers. I’m thinking Coachella might sound fun this year, seeing as I’m already on this side of the earth and such. Have any of you been to the Coachella festival?
The music in the video is by Mayflower Madame.
1 Day, 11 Pictures
I Am Amazed
Back from Hove, about to fall asleep in my own bed for a couple of hours. Will have to wake up at 04:30am to get to the airport, as I am going to Budapest, Hungary, with my family for a week. Just wanted to tell you that I am amazed by your interest in the DnBNOR competition !
We will be closing the competition tomorrow, so this is you’re last chance to win. Good luck !
edit: The deadline for the competition has been extended until Monday. So there’s still some time to join in.
You can see more pictures from day 2 at Hove here.
photos_Mari Torvanger Knap & Gisle Agledahl
HOVE FESTIVAL / DAY 1
A small update from Hove. It’s currently raining outside and I am camping out in the press house with Gisle, eating bacon chips and listening to the not-so-distant sound of the Kasabian concert at the main venue. Have had so much fun the last two days, seeing my former favorites Linkin Park live and up close (from the photo pit AND from the back of the stage), as well as the ever-so-gorgeous Jared Leto and the rest of 30 Seconds To Mars. Enjoyed the tunes of Charles Bradley (who sounds suspiciously like Raphael Saadiq), before I danced my ass of to Chase & Status’ mad dubstep last night as well. Today has been a lot of work and not-so-much play but that coincided perfectly with the rain (fingers crossed for sun tomorrow though). Now I’m running off to see Tinie Tempah at Amfi, see you there !
You can see all my pictures (and the rest of the crew’s) right here.
Kristian’s very festival appropriate wrist.
My favorite festival bag from 55DSL.
The OsloNights.no-crew: Solveig, Mari & Gisle. (and me)
Marita @ Amfi. Perfect festival look in my opinion.
Vampire Weekend @ Hovescenen. Made me jump-jump-jump up and down. Did that a lot all week.
Me & Kine @ Amfi. (Wearing dress from COS, shades from Local Firm and boots from Nilson)
ARCADE FIRE. I got touch Win’s hand (!!!!). Heh. They didn’t play my favorite song (My Body Is A Cage), which was a shame, but other than that I had the greatest time during this concert, dancing and singing along.
“This is a thigh”
Massive Attack. With songs like Teardrop, Angel and Inertia Creeps, I was sold. I really do LOVE that band even though you sometime feel like you’re on acid during the concerts. Hah. Martine Topley-Bird and Deborah Miller made magic, and I really can’t for the love of God understand why all the newspapers hated this concert.
But anyways, I’m back. Tired, and ready to sleep for about 24 hours or more. Hope you’ve been enjoying the week as much as I have. More updates when I have gotten a good nights sleep.
hove – day 1
Yesterday was absolutely amazing. Sang my throat sore, danced my feet to the bottom of no return and was so sweaty and smelly after jumping up and down for hours that I am amazed people stuck with me through-out the evening.
The day started with BBQ and then KAKKMADDAFAKKA. My absolute favorite band from Bergen made me dance, jump and sing (like they always do) and were the crowd pleasers they’re known to be. Like always, the concert ended too soon, which gave me some time to breath and gather up my strength again. Like I told Marita, this could have been the only concert I’d gone to that day, and I would still be more than pleased with the day’s activities.
Went back to the camp to eat over-synthetic candy (those watermelon slices were SICK – in a good way) and get our energy levels refilled before it was time for Alexisonfire and then Paramore. Didn’t really get any good photos, because I was to busy just chillin’ around and looking cool.
Kine found a cowboy hat by the road. We felt it fitted my outfit perfectly, so I got to borrow it for a couple of hours. And what an ice breaker, EVERYONE talks to the girl in the cowboy hat, it’s just the way of the world or something. I felt so cool.
And then Muse entered the stage and I lost all control and fooled all the people in a 10 meter radius to believe I was a crazy drunk by trying to head bang and jump up&down at the same time. (Note to self: it doesn’t work). Sang till I couldn’t sing no more, screamed until my voice had the sound of a crow and then it was over.
Finished the day off with Empire of the Sun, danced my already sore feet to bloody pulps, then limped back to the car and drove home. Longest 1 hour drive I ever had. Was so hungry my stomach screamed for food, and all the gas stations we passed were closed. I thought gas stations were supposed to be open 24/7? Apparently not.
Well, today I am going back to Arendal, and staying there for the remainder of the week-end. So I need to pack-pack-pack. BTW, thanks to all of you who came up to me to say hello, hug me or take pictures, I felt quite out-of-place and my friends believe I am some sort of celebrity now. Which is something I can live with as long as they allow me to be a diva about it. But yeah, thank you!
Spent all of last night trying to figure out what I wanted to wear today. Not that I am going for anything extravagant, it just has to be the perfect combination of chill, chic and cool. Harder to pull together than one thinks. As of right now the only thing I’ve agreed with myself on is the fact that I’ll be wearing my boots and levi’s jeans shorts. Wish I had an appropriate hat, but unfortunately I don’t. Have been browsing through the celeb styles from Glastonbury, and once again I have 3 favorites: Emma, Kate (when it comes to festivals she is the queen of grunge and mud) and Sienna.
Praying for good weather, mosquito-free zone and a perfect festival day with all the hipsters of the world (or at least Norway) at Hove. I’ve packed my camera, sunscreen and sunglasses, and am ready to face and overcome just about anything. Except a mosquito attack. I will go home if there are too many of those blood-sucking killing machines there. Seriously.
So last year I was unable to get the full festival experience that I crave every summer, with the exception of one day at the Quart Festival (Slash and friends) and Keane at Norwegian Wood. This year I am torn between two festivals, and can unfortunately only pick one of them, so I thought that it might be a good idea to consult with you guys. Short summary of the two would go something like this:
R o s k i l d e
Pros: I attended Roskilde in 2008, and it was by far one of the best experiences of my life. Skandinavia’s Coachella. The strawberry daiquiri bar, chillin’ in the sun, Camp C, watching all the craziness (including the nude camp), cheap beer, festival fashion, the Woodstock-feeling. Some of my favorites on the program this year: Jack Johnson (the one and only), Muse, The Prodigy, Kings of Convenience, Robyn, Florence + The Machines and Pendulum. Website here: Roskilde festival.
Cons: In Denmark, which means expenses include ferry+train or plain+train (easily 1500-2500kr just in transport) and I’m poor. While loads of people travel to festivals to experience everything except the music, the program itself is usually quite important to me and I’m not too impressed by Roskilde this year unfortunately.
H o v e
Cons: A lot of my friends are going to Hove this year, and although they’ve been trying to make me go for the last 3 years I’ve been kind of hostile against it, being an old fan of the Quart festival (the festival in my heart. rip.). It also attracts a far younger crowd than Roskilde, and I am not really a fan of spending extensive time with people more than 3 years younger than me. And also the beer is expensive compeared to Danmark and Roskilde.
Pros: First of all the music. Being a huge fan of Massive Attack, them alone is reason enough for me to go. Kakkmaddafakka, my favorite live band from Bergen are also playing, and although it feels stalker-ish the fact that they were booked to play at the Hove Festival was the event that got me to start considering Hove for real and check out the rest of their program. A program which also includes Muse, Arcade Fire, Empire of the Sun, Pendulum, Florence + the Machines, Serena Maneesh, Vampire Weekend and Dizzee Rascal. The fact that it’s only an hour by bus away from my hometown certainly helps as well. And so many people I know are going to be there this year, among other’s my cool crowd from Kristiansand with the coolest camp idea I’ve heard (no spoilers though). More info here: Hove festival.
So, what do you think? Roskilde or Hove?
Things I sort of miss about summer, festivals and well.. Roskilde.
Sitting on the grass in front of the Orange Scene, drinking free beer because some dude gave us vouchers for free beer, taking pictures of weird people and cool people and naked people (they are all there you know)..
..or spending time in the tent playing cards while waiting for the rain to stop. (which it almost always do in the end)
Waking up all grumpy and sweaty in the morning just to realize that the skies are grey..
.. only to finish the day that eventually turned sunny (a sun we enjoyed so much better than if it had been there all along), with live performances by such jolly good people like Radiohead, Lykke Li or some band we don’t even know who are but plays so supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that we have to go buy their record first thing in the morning. LOVE.
Would you like to read about it if I blogged 24/7 from the Roskilde Festival this summer?
I wanna give you my love
Igår kveld var.. fantastisk. Slash, Ozzy, Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) og Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, sønn av John Bonham) på samme scenen, det måtte jo bli bra. Og det ble det, tidenes hit-parade faktisk. Paradise City, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (dedikert til Michael Jackson), Barracuda, Whole Lotta Love, Highway To Hell, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Crazy Train, and the list goes on. Stemningen blant de rundt 18.000 menneskene som var samlet på Odderøya Amfi var til å ta og føle på, magisk rett og slett. Også verd å nevne var Franky Perez og Fergie som byttet på vokal. Fergies cover av Guns’n'Roses klassikeren Sweet Child O’ Mine var så bra at selv Axl Rose ville vært stolt, og Franky (som har en stemme som er skremmende lik, dog hakket vassere enn, Chris Cornell) burde skaffe seg et band og ta over verden.
VG og Aftenpostens anmeldere slaktet konserten. De har tydeligvis ikke vært på samme konsert som det jeg var på. Mer om det senere forøvrig, for jeg har mye jeg vil ha sagt om Norsk medias forhold til Quart. Norske anmeldere burde ta et skritt tilbake å se kritisk på sine egne anmeldelser, for makan til negativitet rundt Quart skal du lete lenge etter. Et tips! Du kan ikke gi Øya 6′er og pluss i boka for BigBang-booking, når du en måned tidligere slaktet samme bandet på Quart (2007). Skjerpings!
// Yesterday was.. Slash, Ozzy, Ronnie Wood and Jason Bonham on the same stage, it just couldn’t go wrong. It was an amazing hit-parade, with Paradise City, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Barracuda, Whole Lotta Love, Highway To Hell, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Crazy Train, and the list goes on. Fergie and Franky Perez on vocals. It was so … cool.
we fall in love with ourselves
I tend to forget how awesome certain bands are live. One of those is Keane. I had the best time catching myself grinning like a fool on several occasions, they are just to genuinely sweet.
Sunshine, Somewhere Only We Know, Crystal Bowl, Bend and Break, combined with the new and more upbeat hits Spiralling, You Haven’t Told Me Anything and Perfect Symmetry. And suddenly as an extra number, Tom covered Queens “Under Pressure”. It was beyond perfect, and I am starting to loose my voice again after singing as loud as I possibly could for 75 minutes (it felt like 15 minutes though).
It also made me realize (once again) why I am so sad I will miss out on Roskilde. I love festivals. Seeing my favourite artist live, hearing them play the songs I’ve been listening to day in and day out non stop the rest of the year. I am at my happiest when I’m standing in front of the stage singing my throat sore and cheering them on. I imagine it’s the same feeling really obsessed football-fans get when watching a match.