After a disturbed sleep, waking at 4.30am and finally arriving in Sweden totally zombiefied I could have been mistaken into thinking I had been abducted by Aliens and whisked back to the 60’s to experience the future dark music sounds of tomorrow at the magnificent Kalabalik på Tyrolen festival in Alvesta.
Held at a quite unique semi indoor / outdoor surroundings of the 1960’s Tyrolen dance venue which had almost a Tarrantino feel about it. Here was the definite proof that it’s possible to make a great festival with a great line up of bands, without ripping people off via crowdfunding. It also underlines that to be one of the best festivals (I have had the pleasure to attend and perform at) you don’t need to be the biggest!
The main stage and bar / restaurant area which had a great selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as very tasty traditional hot Swedish meals and snacks which surpassed the normal festival food offerings of the WGT & Amphi but at the same time was very reasonably priced.
The Tyrolen Cat
The first full day of the festival, just made inside the Tyrolen and a huge clap of thunder followed by a torrential downpour which didn’t seem to dampen anyones spirits. It was great to be at a festival without people being dressed as steampunk pirates or victorians amongst people who were up for having a great time whilst enjoying a great mix of new bands rather than old names sounding more like cover bands of their former selves 😉
Here Comes The Rain
As with any festival I attend, I never get to see all the bands I want to, but unlike other festivals, I can honestly say there wasn’t a band I didn’t like and some performances were just amazing!
I saw the video for their song “Game Of Chance” on the event page and was really taken by their 80’s like sound, quirky and slightly disturbing video and knew it was one band I had to see live! Berndsen totally blew me away live performance so energetic and with their enigmatic frontman “Berndsen” they soon had the audience bopping and buzzing. Trust me this back could potentially eclipse Bjork if they get a bit more exposure and a couple of breaks. “Hermigervill” is without doubt the best live mixer of any band live and creates an electric wall of 80’s electronic sound. Loved the gig and look forward to see them live again. Expect to hear Berndsen often in my sets 😉
Berndsen & De’Ath