If Friday and Saturday focused on party, the Sunday felt a little more like the day after. The first email I received in the morning let the ticket holders know that Friday and Saturday-tickets were upgraded to Sunday tickets. That is seldom a good sign, and even though it was a nice gesture, the meaning is reasonably that ticket sales for Sunday were less than stellar. When Lollapalooza Stockholm was announced, it was only two days at first; the third day was added later. Maybe two days would have been enough for the first edition, maybe a more indie-oriented headliner would have helped, who knows. We’ll see about the plans for the next year. And yes, the organizers have confirmed that the festival will return and that they are more than happy with the attendance (56000 over three says).
Nevertheless, the Sunday had some great acts in the lineup, especially MØ and Lykke Li, but the big discussion before was that Chance the Rapper cancelled the show. J Balvin replaced him, a quite impressive replacement last minute, although it is not one of the artists I’ve paid much attention to so far.
Kidzapalooza was of course in full swing and we spent some considerable time there again. As mentioned in the Saturday report, the area was well organized and planned, located so that the kids could move around without ear protection. The lineup was a bit different, but Mumin-disco was again on the agenda of course. The crowd got a bit rowdy though, getting up on stage, dancing around, and not taking direction from the personnel. And I did not see any of them losing their festival bracelets either, and as I find safety is very important, I of course talked to security about this issue, but was to my surprise met with dismissive attitude. The authorities will hear about this.
One of the veterans on the Swedish music scene (yes, I think that is fair to say), is Markus Krunegård. He started already in 2001 with Laakso and went solo in 2008, and in a time when we consume and forget music fast, that is an eternity. Despite the early time slot, and not much people on the festival yet, it was a sizeable audience, seeing Krunegård with his band. He opens with Tur att vi lever samtidigt, with a pretty motorik drum beat (yes, I have finally seen the great documentary My heart is a drum from latest album and move into Trointeduärnåt city and Ibland gör man rätt, ibland gör man fel. I strikes me how much Lars Winnerbäck he sounds in this song, the fellow Östgöte (mostly because of the piano in the song, which he had built himself for the show – mainly with the help of cardboard and tape).
One thing I really enjoyed was the rather short time slot. Krunegård only had 45 minutes, but it meant that he filled it with hits and maintained high tempo all the way through. Reading Festival has done this for their smaller acts, and I think it´s a great move, it means that the artists have to be selective. Krunegård comments on this himself, and seem fine with it, and he saves one of the highpoints to the end; the single with Miriam Bryant O A O A E vi förlorade. Bryant joins him on stage to large cheers from the audience, performing this rather low key song as it was a rock anthem. Jr loved it, as did I, and even though he basically was watching Brandman Sam on the phone the whole concert, he left singing “O A O A E, VI FÖRLOOOOORADE”.
My fellow festivalers dragged us to Jacob Banks, the British Nigerian singer songwriter, and it was a pleasant experience. Judging by the latest release, Village from last year, I was expecting a more low key show, but was met by a full band and a rather soul-sounding groove. Chainsmoking is a favorite and the surprise cover of Coldplay´s Fix You surely shook up things.
Tove Styrke is one of the artists that have managed to find her way after Swedish Idol, moving form a very pop-influenced first album to more rhythm, r´n´b (insert adjective to describe contemporary pop music) sound. When she enters the stage with a purple dress, Jr asks if she is a princess. “In a way”, I answer, without knowing what´s OK to reply. Compared to the last time I saw her, at Park Sounds last year, the show has changed quite a bit, to a more structured and directed form. I think it works, and Lorde cover Liability sounds great.
MØ is probably the best Danish artist ever. She has made the greatest move any Danish artist can do, gradually rising from the countdown stage to orange stage, in a short time span. She´s super productive, both with her own productions and in collaboration with others, most famously with Major Lazer in Lean On (which of course is played). She moves fast between songs, and I especially enjoyed the great Nostalgia and Final Song. I will see her again at Roskilde, and will write a longer review then (and frankly, that will be easier since Jr have to stay at home then).
After MØ, me and Jr had to start our long journey home, meaning that we missed Wolfmother, Lykke Li and Lil Uzi Vert (he did show up). It was a shame, but a few days at a festival takes its toll in the youngsters (I was also tired but not included among the youngsters). Photographer Wilson captured them with his camera at least.
But, all in all, we had a great time at the festival, see you next year!
Photos: Martin Wilson