Fave concerts of 2009
2009 must have been one of the busiest concert years ever. Perhaps in some way due to the decrease in record sales which forces the artists to hit the roads. Regardless of the reason I estimate that I visited about 80 gigs during the year, and here are some of the highlights:
- Röyksopp at Arvikafestivalen – The large Apollo tent exploded with the hands of 10 000 people as gueststar Robyn entered the stage. (Read more about the Arvika festival)
- The Klinik at Tinitus – Dirk Ivens made both Johan van Roy and Andy LaPlegua look like children, an impressive feat. (Read more about the Tinitus festival)
- Leaetherstrip at Target – The Danish powerhouse Claus Larsen is back from the dead to give us old-school EBM beats, and the audience was surprisingly active during the gig at the small stage.
- Nitzer Ebb at Brewhouse – The dynamic duo of Douglas McCarthy and Bon Harris reunited a few years back and still kick serious ass.
- Nine Inch Nails at Arvikafestivalen – Not a very impressive concert but it was the goodbye tour (cry) and it felt good to see Trent push a keyboard over the stage edge one last time. (Read more about the Arvika festival)
The bands I saw in 2009 were Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Front 242, Kraftwerk, Nitzer Ebb, Röyksopp, The Klinik, Morrissey, DAF, Jean-Michel Jarre, Pet Shop Boys, U2, Bob Hund, Suicide Commando, Leaetherstrip, Marilyn Manson, And One, Thåström, Mobile Homes, Combichrist, Fever Ray, Aesthetic Perfection, Elegant Machinery (2 times), TraKKtor, Covenant, Slipknot, Volbeat, Korn, Tiger Lou, Opeth, Disturbed, Northborne, Taken By Trees, Lillasyster, Welle Erdball, Alison, Motor, Dir En Grey, De/Vision, Mr Jones Machine, Sturm Café, Dupont, Thermostatic, Anna Ternheim (2 times), Diary of Dreams, Apocalyptica, Code64, Mergel Kratzer, Emmon (2 times), Noisuf-X, System, Kopfer Kat, Spectra Paris, Snow Patrol, Fleet Foxes, Little Boots, Non Age Art, Malus Castor, Divine Baze Orchestra, Necro Facility, Mommy Hurt My Head, Kite, Mind in a Box, Laleh, Nina Kinert, James Juill, The Sounds, Mando Diao, The Mars Volta, Maud Lindström, Hammerfall, Doll & The Kicks, Arvid, Hearts of Black Science, Tosca and probably several more that I’ve forgotten.
Next year is shaping up nicely and so far I’ve got tickets to Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Rammstein, Combichrist, Kent, Henry Rollins and more.
Seems to be a strange trend where the main act have an aggressive band as warm-up. I will probably enjoy Nitzer a lot more than Depeche, so the order should be reversed, if not else for the sake of irony (Nitzer was warm-up for Depeche also in 1988).
See you at the front, soldier!