Wednesday 17 June 2015

Sniffing The Grass: A Best Kept Secret 2015 Warmup

Right now I'm right in the epicentre of this year's festival season with a festival every week. It kinda feels like I'm in heaven and every week I'm still buzzing from all the great bands I have seen. Next up is our second visit to Best Kept Secret, the festival we instantly fell in love with last year. So gather your safari gear and let's go on a safari to discover what is playing.

A lot is playing! No time to eat or sleep, there are so many bands I want to see. It is going to be impossible, but one of the nice things about BKS is, that you can easily move between stages so it is possible to see two bands that are playing at the same time.

We dive in head first right away on the first day and kick off with some heavy hardcore punk with Metz and continue with some more punkrock from The Coathangers or Drenge or maybe both. Next choice of the day is between more garage punk from Fidlar or some quiet Radiohead-like alternative electro from Klangstof. I missed the folkrock from Strand Of Oaks on Primavera but Yak's post punk/shoegaze music sounds inviting as well.

Daniel Norgren really blew me away on the Into The Great Wide Open Festival a few years back with his beautiful songs but the Jungle By Night DJ set sounds like a good afrobeat and tropical party. Circa Waves were here last year as well and played a good set. Now they have released their debut album with that lovely summer hit 'T-Shirt Weather'. Chet Faker's creative soulful music and original covers are worth checking out and then former Black Flag's singer Keith Morris' punk supergroup OFF! is probably gonna bring down the house.

The Jesus and Mary Chain are going to play their famous album Psychocandy which introduced the notorious "vacuum cleaner" sound. Pete Doherty still is unreliable but The Libertines did write some great songs so that can go either way. At the same time The Pop Group apparently are the front runners of the and inspired a whole generation of musicians. We're going to end this day the way we started it with some out of control punk from Pissed Jeans. After that it's finally time to have a bite to eat. Is that a hippo stealing my insect burger?

Three tips for today:
1. Daniel Norgren
2. Metz
3. The Jesus and Mary Chain

Rise and shine party animals! Hopefully we had a good night sleep since John Coffey are going to wake us right up with their energetic hardcore punk and the legendary beer catching act. I never was able to see the lovely psychedelic rock of Temples so this is my chance. St. Paul and the Broken Bones will blow you away with their powerful soul music.

The Cheatahs didn't really impress me on Primavera but I'm gonna try them again. Alternative rockers Death Cab For Cutie have a solid reputation that I'm looking forward to checking out and of course Belgian band Balthazar are now one of the best Belgian rock bands around. Britpop veterans Ride surprised me with their reunion show on Primavera but Boxed In's danceable electropop sounds great to loosen up my muscles. Hookworms played a nice set in Barcelona last month with their freaked out psychedelic garage rock and of course I don't want to miss Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. I'm probably kind of hungry and thirsty by this time. Waiter, there's a chimp in my beer!

Three tips for today:
1. John Coffey
2. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
3. Temples

It's Sunday and the last day of the festival so we're going to start slow with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra. After this light breakfast the punk of Pretty Vicious should get us going, otherwise Marmozets' hardcore rock certainly will. Rats On Rafts are playing later today but are also spinning records which should be interesting. Black Mountain's psychedelic and classic rock sounds very promising. Then the Rats On Rafts boys are playing their dark and powerful rock music but Future Islands' Samuel Herring will also be showing his famous dance moves with their catchy electronic pop songs.

Time for Typhoon to blow away another festival stage with his positive message. Royal Blood will definitely kill the main stage with their heavy and solid rock grooves. That kind of wraps it up for me since I don't care a lot for Sohn and I find Alt-J's music kind of boring. But maybe there will be a surprise and otherwise I finally have time to check out all the great food and have a few beers. Wait, is that a giraffe in my bed!?

Three tips for today:
1. Royal Blood
2. Rats On Rafts
3. Future Islands

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