Jim Carroll

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Groet van Groningen – On the Record at Eurosonic

Every January, the Dutch town of Groningen is taken over by bands, people who hang out with bands, booking agents, promoters and assorted members of the media for a gathering called Eurosonic. It is the best new band showcase in …

Fri, Jan 11, 2008, 10:13

   

Every January, the Dutch town of Groningen is taken over by bands, people who hang out with bands, booking agents, promoters and assorted members of the media for a gathering called Eurosonic. It is the best new band showcase in Europe, the only festival I know which comes close to the binge-gigging madness which is South By Southwest.

There are a couple of hundred acts playing in around two dozen or so excellent club so the streets of this lovely town really are alive with the sound of music. The EBU are heavily involved in the fest and 2FM’s Ian Wilson has long ensured an Irish interest in proceedings. Last night, the Republic Of Loose and Si Schroeder played, with Halves and Cathy Davey playing tonight.

Acts which impressed me last night included I’m From Barcelona (if I was throwing a party, I’d have them playing), The Ting Tings (it seems that they only have six songs to their name at the moment, but that number includes “Great DJ” and the peerless “That’s Not My Name”), The Kissaway Trail (the Danish for Arcade Fire), Hanne Hukkelberg (lush, atmospheric, goosebump-enducing music from Norway), Jakobinarina (they’re from Iceland and regular readers know we’re fond of these rascals) and Stalingrad Cowgirls (three Finnish lasses rocking hard).

There’s also a ton of Swedish acts in town because the fest has a Swedish focus this year and I liked what I heard of These Dancing Days, Lykke Li and the rather madcap Kleerup.

Tonight’s bill of fare is just as tasty. The act I’m really, really looking forward to seeing are Chrome Hoof. Everything I’ve heard so far has been out-there and they have some very snazzy band photos to live up to.

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