21 nov. 2009, 0h29m
Friday 19 Nov – Crossing Border
I will try and write this in my best English. It would be a lot easier to do it in Dutch but there a lot of non-speaking dutch people on this site and perhaps this event.
This is my first time to Crossing Border The Hague. And the first thing I noticed was the fact that concert-halls were very near to each other. But not that was a problem my first two concerts were in the same hall.
I first went to Kings were Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian was supposed to perform. After talking to some people there I got to know that Stuart would be interviewed and not performing any songs..
I could have figured that out earlied because God Help The Girl was scheduled this same evening. Lucky for me Yo La Tengo wasn't started yet. And there performance was truly terrific. Unlucky for them they were the first act in the Royal and the first act of the evening in the largest hall. The crowd was quite not what I suspected. It was quite afwul to be honest. People kept walking in, taking a chair and going out of the room. I have never seen quite anything like it. Yet again, it was my first paying festival ever :$. And the singer from Yo La Tengo did notice it as well. He made a comment about it , something like ''normally I will say something during a show but you guys are such a quake heads''. Inspite of that they kept going pretty good but fucking with the crowd sometimes. Like pretending the song is finished while its not finished and so on. But in the end I am quite happy that Stuart wasn't perfoming Solo. Because Yo La Tengo was way better than I ever imagined them to be. They were with the 3 of the them. And they all did more than 1 instrument. And they all had there own songs where they would be the lead vocalist. And it was quite refreshing. The not so thin guitarists sings quite good. And the female vocalist was also pretty good. But what I liked even more about Yo La Tengo's performance is that the songs were quite distinct from each other. In the end there was this brilliant song without vocals that went one for like 10-15 minutes. And at some point they played some really slow and touching songs. And they would follow it up with some heavy rocking. I am glad I stayed in my seat the whole time. And not like 10-15% of the crowd kept walking away and coming back and so on...
After that I had like half an hour to 40 minutes break before The Low Anthem would start. I payed notice to the price of food. And it was like 5 euro's for a cheese sandwich. So I went for some fresh air and ended up at the Febo. And I got a fries with mayonaise a ''kroket'' and something to drink for 3.95 so beat that CB food!
Back to the important things. The Low Anthem were allright but not as good as I hoped. I've listend to at least half of there Oh My God. Charlie Darwin album today. And there were at least 2 not so slow songs. They actually did play both of them during the concert but quite in the end. There music is good but it's a lot of very sad music. Like The Antlers I am going to see tomorrow but not quite the same. The instrumentals were really great but I didn't get much thrills like I got from the Yo La Tengo Performance.
After that there followed another break. And I went so Tegan & Sara. And there performance was good. The interaction with the crowd was really terrific but sometimes a bit overdone. But I laughed a lot so that was good. The singing is good. I would like to see them more often Live. I do perform Sara above Tegan. Sara is cuter and see seems more shy. But when see says something its quite charming.
I went home just before the last song went in to beat the crowd coming out all at once.
All together I am quite satisfied with day 1 of Crossing Border. I got to see 3 whole shows. I've I would give them a grade on a scale from 1 to 10 I would give Yo La Tengo a 8.5 for there performance The Low Anthem a 7.5 and Tegan & Sara a round 8.0. This was what I experienced during day 1. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Tomorrow I am planning to see Newton Faulkner, Patrick Watson & The Wooden Arms, The Decemberists, The Antlers and Monsters of Folk. But I am not quite sure yet about The Decemberists. I don't want to take any changes with missing The Antlers. But the other names I will definitely see.