Great first day @ Bergenfest 2014.
Let’s kick off with a mind-map giving a nice overview:
(click on the mind-map to get a larger version)
We are going on a trip next week, it is time for our annual visit to Bergenfest. We are very excited!
Bergenfest is an open air and club festival in the city centre of Bergen(Norway). It has over the years established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. Open air shows take place in medieval fortress and castle in the city’s historic centre. Main stage capacity 6.700, second stage capacity 2.000, the third stage is an indoor “wooden tent” scene called “The Magic Mirror” stage. It is a relatively small but brilliant festival.
We will post daily reports from the festival.
These are the concerts we will try to catch.
John Fullbright (it’s a shame that it at the same time spot as Wovenhand, but we choose Fullbright)
North Mississippi Allstars
Robert Plant and The Sensational Shapeshifters
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
I Was A King
Graham Parker and the Rumour
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lana Del Rey
James Vincent McMorrow
Bow To Each Other
Next week I’m visiting a local festival, Vikedal Roots Music Festival. It is the 15th year anniversary for this gem of a festival and they have some really great acts on their program.
It is located in Vikedal a beautiful little place here in the western part of Norway. They are setting up several stages and have concerts in the church, the harbour and in a big festival tent.
We are talking about 23 concerts in 3 days, all of them firmly placed in the roots oriented music scene. Sometimes it’s roots-rock other times more folksy stuff.
The festival has given us some very good concerts through the years, and we have a long and loving relationship with this little, but great festival.
We here at Johannasvisions will try to see as many shows as we can, and we have chosen some favorites from this years
Here are our three must see artists at Vikedal Roots Music Festival 2013:
1. Ida Jenshus (with band)
Ida Jenshus is always a safe bet, she and her band delivers on all shows, and she has a terrific band. Her latest release is less straight country and more into the Daniel Lanois /Emmylou Harris sound scape. We love it!
Here’s a concert taped for the Norwegian Broadcast Company (NRK). 22 minutes of great music with Ida Jenshus and her band:
Place/Time: The Harbour, Thursday 11th July at 21:30
Our next choice is the up and coming “prairie-rock”-band, Yuma Sun.
2. Yuma Sun
We have seen Yuma Sun in concert a few times, and they’re getting better with each show. They’ve toured extensively the last year and we are really looking forward to hear an even tighter band. As I write this they are playing at The Hove Festival, one of Norway’s biggest festivals.
Yuma Sun – Another Day:
In between all the gigs they are recording their second album. Hopefully we will get a release this fall.
Place/Time: The Harbour, Thursday 11th July at 23:30
Continue reading Vikedal Roots Music Festival 11-14 July
- Willis Earl Beal
I really did not know what to expect from this artist, and it was magnificent, to go to a show with no expectations and get your mind blown is just so fantastic! It was Caruso merged with Otis Redding and Tom Waits in a theatrical spectacle. Has to be one of the highlights of this festival!
- Bob Mould performing “Copper Blue” +
Mr. Mould still rocks… hard. Copper Blue is great album with many highlights. Strongest @ Øya was Hoover Dam, Helpless & If I Can’t Change Your Mind – from “Copper Blue”. He also played 2 great Hüsker Dü classics “Celebrated Summer” and “Makes No Sense At All”.
And btw.. this might be the loudest concert I’ve attended since I got my ears set on fire by Motörhead in Stavanger about 10-11 years ago.
Solid, always interesting, strange & funny “choir girls” & man.. she could play the guitar as well.
Best songs: Comfort Me, Graveyard & The Bad In Each Other.
- Mathias Eick
Lovely festival music in the sun. The former member of “Jaga Jazzist” played lovely Jazz-rock in the sun.. Perfect music for relaxing in the nice summer weather .. accompanied by a couple of beers.
- Thurston More
We expected to hear many songs from his recent acoustic ventures, but instead we got a hard, tight & noisy show.. more in the Sonic Youth landscape. Good stuff.
- Sondre Lerche
A good opening of the festival, there are usually not many peple out for the first act of the festival, not so today, we met in great numbers. Sondre Lerche delivered a fine set, I’m not a big fan but he took me by surprise and gave a good concert.
Feist Øya 2012:
- The Stone Roses
Tragically bad. Both JV’s left the concert after 5 songs. It looked like the band were sleeping (expect maybe for a silly looking drummer) & having a boring dream. And btw we both a JV like the album “The Stone Roses”
Hallgeir: My hopes were so high, and I became a bit sad. The Stone Roses has been part of my musical upringing and I really like their first album, but today they were disappointingly bad.
- Susanne Sundfør
We left after 4 songs. Good performance.. but not quite JV’s taste in music.
-Egil & Hallgeir @ Øyafestivalen 2012