Deichbrand Festival Day 4: New music from Johnossi

J.N. July 22, 2019

The last day of Deichbrand Festival was also less interesting in terms of music, we basically just wanted to watch Johnossi but happened to pass by Kodaline and The Hunna as well.

Waking up to yet a beautiful day on the countryside close to Cuxhaven is quite different from those cold and rainy days at the Roskilde Festival a few weeks ago. Compensation by the weather gods? I’ve also started to like the 15-minute walk from the partner camp, walking down a small road between the corn fields taking a detour for buying breakfast at the Aldi supermarket. The sound of the corn fields in the wind is a quite soothing, and changing those morning walks to the sound of the morning traffic outside my window in Hamburg is not something to look forward to.

There’s very few things to criticize about Deichbrand Festival, I’m in fact overwhelmed by the impressions and will for sure be back next year, but please open the media center a bit earlier. Some of us like to start early and I would have loved to be done with reviews and interviews before 10 am, not wait until it opens at 11 am. The routine these days has been to buy some breakfast and then hang out in a sun lounger just to waste some time. Why not 10 am at least – deal next year?

The Johnossi gig wasn’t on until early afternoon. Ms K was however ran around and shot every gig she could find while I found our Mr R who was at the festival for a day to celebrate that he made the logo for the Electric Island stage, and we grabbed a beer to stroll around the campsite for a while. What you realize when you finally get time to walk out of your media bubble is that there’s a whole new world to cover and next year we really need to do a bigger coverage of the campsite just to get a feeling for the festival. Deichbrand has been around for a while and it’s quite obvious that many festival-goers are returning visitors who have been at the festival many of the years. That’s a situation most festivals try to reach because when a fair share of the visitors is returning guests it’s way easier to sell tickets quite a bit ahead of the festival.

An unplanned visit to Kodaline’s gig makes sure that they’re bigger than I have realized and lots of people sing along in many of their songs. It’s not really what’s on high rotation on my decks but the crowd for sure create a good atmosphere at the show.

A beer later Johnossi burst on stage to the sound of “Mavericks”. Frontman John Engelbert knows how to get the crowd in jumping mode and sets off in “Gone Forever” already as their second song and continues with “Execution Song”. From there the crowd cheers up to whatever they play although no song can be as popular as “Man Must Dance” from their debut album (and still their most played song on Spotify). Apparently they’re in the studio at the moment to record a new album and give us a sample, the new song “In Your Eye”, a very dark rock song promising us something heavier on the next album. A great show which changed a bit of my plan to leave the festival on Sunday evening and go back to Hamburg because I wanted more.

Two hours later The Hunna started to play in Palastzelt, the big festival tent, and with a big German hip hop act on Fire Stage at the same time there wasn’t that many people in the tent. Again, I’m not a huge fan but at the Roskilde Festival last year they made a great show and I thought it would be a good way to end the festival – and it was! Great performance that started with celebrating the bassist’s birthday. It’s obvious that The Hunna are that type of band that have hardcore fans, something that will keep them in the music biz for quite a while. The crowd sang along in most of the songs and was fired up by a high energy performance on stage.

I left when it was just a few songs left, passed by Aldi to buy breakfast for tomorrow, picked up the gear from the media center and left for a last walk through the corn fields (something I miss). However, we will be back next year! Messed!Up want more Deichbrand!

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Music researcher with an unhealthy passion for music and music festivals. Former studio owner, semi-functional drummer and with a fairly good collection of old analogue synthesizers from the 70's. Indie rock, post rock, electronic/industrial and drum & bass (kind of a mix, yeah?) are usual stuff in my playlists but everything that sounds good will fit in.