ROCK'N'LOL 2012 - Day 1
Anmeldt av Thomas Moine(06.06.2012)
Rock'n'Lol started as a garden party in Søfteland, a place everybody goes through to catch the ferry but that nobody visits unless they want to re-play the Immortal video in the Lysekloster ruins. Five years later they're voted best festival in Bergen, have a 4000 visitors attendance on the course of two days, a gratis family day with an attendance of 1100 people and countless of babystrollers, and have a solid team of volunteers as well as a well established reputation.
The festival takes place on an idyllic sloppy meadow, and the camping is right by a lake. Meaning you can sit far from the main stage with your hot dog and still enjoy a good view on the concerts. The only neighbors are cows in their stable (hence the smell and odd noises). The organization is young and dynamic, the toilets are mostly clean, the food/drinks prices are OK, well, this is a very nice festival. For everyone. Rock'n'Lol has no age limit and minors can access reserved areas in front of both stages, which is very nice for young locals that want to come without dragging mommy, or for your neighbor's kids under 10 that can come in for free. Apart from the second stage looking like an Oktoberfest pølsetelt, Rock'n'Lol totally derserves his "Bergen Beste Festival" status.
To the music now:
(SITRUSSYRE - Photo: Stig Pallesen)
Sitrussyre was not on the bill and is here as a bonus-band. They fortunately forgot their mustaches and suspenders in Trondheim and took their electro pop/ska-rock to Søfteland instead. They had the tough mission to open the festival but managed well and would have deserved to play for more people. Minus point because they stole the man-beater concept from the defunct Bergen band BART.
(JOHN OLAV NILSEN & GJENGEN - Photo: Stig Pallesen)
Ribozyme from Askøy is strangely scheduled to play in the pølsetelt, something I didn't really understand, for after playing in Peer Gynt Salen during Bergenfest, why not giving them the main stage? They managed however to deliver an energetic set from the beginning, in a nicely filled tent. Sound was more than acceptable considering the venue. Despite the daylight and the primitive stage, they actually seemed slightly more confident and relaxed than at Peer Gynt, but more communication would have been a great plus, especially when the band is standing very close to his audience. All in all, great concert. Like for last time, more would be better! The song played with two guitars makes me wonder if the band would gain in tone and general athmosphere with a second guitarist.
(EL CACO - Photo: Stig Pallesen)
(ENSLAVED - Photo: Stig Pallesen)
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