Etter solskinn kommer regnvær
Sunday, July 19, 2009 10:52:52 PM
Well, but I knew right along that a summer vacation in Norway wouldn't mean only sunshine, so I decided to not mind and went out into the rain. I was back at the festival grounds right in time for The Captain & Me - a very good decision! Not only because the rain had stopped for half an hour by then, but mostly because this really is a great band, and the concert was big fun. Then I wandered over to the other stage and watched the concert of The Chap - a very weird band, totally crazy, but it was pretty funny. Didn't stay until the end though, 'cause it started raining again and they didn't "blow me away" so much that I would have cared enough. Instead, I decided to go back to the hotel for a bit, because the next interesting bands wouldn't come on until two hours later.
Not sure if that was a smart decision or not - in any case I was soaked until I was back at the hotel. *grr* OK, I had some time to get dry again, but I was soaked wet again when I arrived back at the festival grounds lateron.
But: The evening was worth it! First Bob Hund (and yes, I understand why he's compared to Janove Kaizer *g*), then Ash up on the hill (and the way up was not too bad, actually, even though I had expected to slide more than to walk - but I guess Chucks ARE better than Docs in this respect. They get soaked sooner though...), and even though I would have loved to see all of their show, I decided to go down again in time for Katzenjammer - a very good decision, because they were just amazing. And: The rain stopped! The last band of the night and of the festival were the Kaiser Chiefs - a nice conclusion for me, but obviously a lot of people didn't really care for them. Guess Norwegians are too patriotic in this respect. Or maybe their English DOES get worse with too much alcohol after all? I mean, if a band says "we stopped the rain for you!" and there is NO reaction at all? Or when they ask the guy with the laserpointer to point into the sky, and everybody raises their hands? *lol* It was funny though.
And a big applause to the festival organizers - up to now, I never experienced a festival that reacted so quickly to the weather. As soon as the ground became muddy in some place, it was covered with mats. Very effective, very quick, thanks!
So even though the weather was terrible the last day, the festival in itself was just great. I'll be back next year!