Last week-end, I discovered Best Kept Secret Festival 2015. The verdict? Everything was as good as everyone said it would be – if not better.
Join me as I look back on a great week-end with fantastic music (Royal Blood! Sohn!), heavenly food (cheeseburgers with pulled pork!) and an amazing festival site (beach! trees! lake!).
Friday June 19, 2015
Our festival opener: Drenge. Loud and thrilling, the gig set the tone for the week-end.
Eagulls’ performance was intriguing. It seemed as though they have not quite figured out yet how they want to sound and what story they want to tell their audience. Not entirely comfortable in their musical skin, but still interesting to listen to.
// CHET FAKER
Chet Faker was a favorite among the festival crowd. Stage Two was packed – so packed, I could not stand in front to see the stage better. However, it is all about the music, and that was great: piercing voice, hypnotizing synths and pumping beats.
// THE LIBERTINES
The ultimate act to headline the first day: British legend The Libertines. The crowd in front of the stage went insane and hit after hit was thrown at the audience (hits were not the only thing thrown, Pete Doherty threw his guitars at the roadie for sport).
Saturday June 20, 2015
// LITTLE MAY
Australian band Little May sounded exactly as the name suggests: modest, sweet and pretty.
// SUE THE NIGHT
What really struck me about Sue The Night, was how much they enjoyed performing at Best Kept Secret Festival 2015. You could hear their joy in the music and it was really entertaining to listen and watch.
With Temples, we stepped into a time-machine: back to the seventies!
// OF MONSTERS AND MEN
During the performance of Of Monsters And Men, we sat down on the beach, enjoyed the sunlight and some crêpes – and that combination was perfect. Light-hearted, honest and fun folk songs go exceptionally well with sit-downs at the beach.
// DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
Death Cab For Cutie was the ultimate band to recharge with. We sat down on the grass next to Stage Two, where we could listen and enjoy the performance.
The vaguest performance of the week-end: Föllakzoid. I could not make any sense of these krautrockers, with their endless songs (I believe they played two songs in 30 minutes). Not my cup of tea, although the lighting looked cool.
A little surprise here: I had no clue what band I was listening to until I recognized one of the last songs they played. It was “Vapour Trail” by Ride, which I recognized from the “Perks of Being a Wallflower”-soundtrack.
// THE VACCINES
During our dinner (spare-ribs and BBQ chicken), boyfriend and I listened to The Vaccines and I was pleasantly surprised.
// NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds performed exactly as expected. The man himself was distant and surly, although his performance was impeccable. They played songs from their own repertoire, as well as some Oasis (“Don’t Look Back In Anger”), which resulted in one of my favorite performances of the festival.
Sunday June 21, 2015
// JONNY GREENWOOD & THE CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA
While enjoying our morning coffee/tea/hot chocolate with whipped cream, we sat down and listened to Radiohead-guitarist Jonny Greenwood performing classical and film music pieces, together with The London Contemporary Orchestra. The result? A beautiful, beautiful performance.
// WOLF ALICE
From classical compositions, to raging guitars and a shouting blonde: we went to see Wolf Alice on Stage Two.
After some very heavy showers, the sun broke through again and so we sat down outside Stage Five, where Gengahr performed. In short, their sound is very similar to Alt-J, with “She’s A Witch” as the highlight.
// FIRST AID KIT
My favorite photo of Best Kept Secret Festival 2015. The picture perfectly describes First Aid Kit’s performance: airy, free-spirited and aesthetically pleasing.
// KATE TEMPEST
Kate Tempest was one of the artists that made the biggest impression on me. Her art is more based on Kate’s voice and her lyrics, while the synths and beats stay in her shadow. With her thick Cockney accent, Kate told us stories of life, the working class and love.
// FUTURE ISLANDS
According to boyfriend and his family, I simply had to experience Future Islands’ performance. But the only thing I could think during the set was: “WHAT?!”. Front-man Samuel T. Herring made the weirdest faces, slammed his chest with such force I was afraid he would smack right through the bone and treated his audience with his sem-sexual dance moves. All the while, the crowd behind me responded to every face Herring made at them and danced until they hit a mosh-pit level. What….?
// ROYAL BLOOD
My favorite performance of Best Kept Secret Festival 2015: Royal Blood. Loud and strangely polished, they played the audience with an iron fist. The drummer went stage-diving, as the bassist imperturbably played on.
There was not much to see, but enough to listen to during Sohn’s performance at Best Kept Secret Festival 2015. His combination of pop, dubstep and house is irresistible.
Many had warned me about Alt-J’s live performance and although it was not as terrible as expected, it was not everything. In my opinion, Alt-J’s music is not very suitable for a festival meadows, but for dark and foggy concert halls.
Best Kept Secret Festival 2015 was a week-end of discovery: an experience that is already on my planning for next summer.