I'm not going to do this in strict chronoligical order cause I don't remember everything. On friday we saw Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer Andersson (The Knife) with her soloproject. Darker, but quite similar to the Knife. The show was really great, every song had a different theme, different lightshow, different feel. If you get the chance you should definitely go see it.
On friday we saw some radiosessions during the day. One session was by young Norwegian band The New Wine. Their music was really catchy and the energy was charming, so we decided to go see them again at night. They were sharing a slot with the Whitest Boy Alive (whom they were touring with) and Röyksopp (who are supposed to be very boring live).
There were only about 15 people at the New Wine gig, too bad, but all 15 people were having the best time. We danced from start to finish. After that we bought cake and went over to the Norwegian boys to tell them that we liked their music. Then we helped carry their equipment to the venue 'WATT', where The Whitest Boy Alive were still playing. They were nice.
We also saw Nico Muhly with Sam Amidon on friday, and Sam Amidon with Nico Muhly on saturday. Such nice guys! We stayed at the same hotel as them (big thanks to their booker Felix!) We went to a cigar-bar (haha) with them and the Norwegian kids on friday night, and got a ride to the festival in their van on saturdaymorning.
Early on saturdaymorning, cause we all wanted to see Jóhann Jóhannsson in session at 9.45 (!). Big cup of coffee and still foggy in my head, Johánns music just sent shivers down my spine. A string quartet, a piano, and this guy with a laptop who threw in some clarinet and bass samples now and then; it was absolutely stunning.
Next up was Sam Amidon. Sam sings old folksongs in his own versions, he tells little stories about the songs, he makes funny faces and he does cool dances. I bought his album and I've been listening to it non stop since sunday.
Then Loney Dear, he's Elke's friend so we said hi and decided to meet up later.
Breakfast at Rotown with part of The Whitest Boy Alive. Had a really great sandwich. Hm. Back to the festivalsite for some sessions, BLK JKS, HEALTH (whats with these caps?!), John Hopkins, Mocky.
Then at night we saw Woods, Hjaltalín, Loney Dear and 2 Many DJ's.
We stayed to wait for the first train back to Amsterdam, and hung out with people from HEALTH and Nina Kinert's band. When I got home, it was light and birds were singing and it really felt like summer.
Some other easter/easterfunfair-related photos.
Had a great weekend at Motel Mozaique, lots of music, old friends, new friends...
Fever Ray, Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly, HEALTH, Loney Dear, pre-breakfast Jóhann Jóhannsson, loads (loads!!) of Norwegian people, great food, bad food, bad sleep, good coffee. So much more. I like having fun but it makes me tired.
But it's so beautiful to be together. I feel we have such a great relationship. Balanced, happy, intense, comfortable. We care about each other and take care of each other in our own little ways. We've both been in relationships with a lot of one-way traffic, it really feels like a relief to find someone who cares as much about me, as I do about him.
19 days without each other. It's difficult. It's difficult and painful having to plan for the entire year when we will be together, when being together is really all we care about.
There will be a time when we can see each other whenever we want, but unfortunately not everything is as easy as we wish it would be right now.
Until then, there will always be tears at goodbye.
But we both know that it's worth the wait.