The Naked and the Famous concert Northside Festival in Festival Reviews in the Rhetoric Magazine -  a non-profit avant-garde project which merges worldwide contributors to form an opinion magazine centered around music, art and world affairsThis small, two-day festival may seem like the greenest in the bunch, but in perspective, it has grown to more than twice its size since last year when it started, and this regards both the number of visitors, the area it covers, the budget spent on musicians, and the days that it lasts.

The only complaint regarding the music that I heard during these two days was that it wasn’t versatile enough. I understand this, as most of the music was somewhere in the indie rock/alternative genre, with the most extreme bands being Crystal Castles (CAN) on the electro-rock end, and Tina Dickow (DK) in the softer, more folky corner.

It’s hard to say what the best performance was, since most of what I saw was pure brilliance, however; a few concerts were outstanding in different ways. Crystal Castles was by far the craziest concert of the weekend, my hip bones now black and blue exhibits of this. From start til end, this Canadian dynamic synth trio, with Alice Glass as lead screamer and porn-esque performer, delivered a show that was both phenomenal and brutally banal at the same time. Standing front and center, I had a hard time deciphering the different tracks played, but it still sounded amazingly unprohibited and every single song was dance-worthy. Well, dancing would be a large word for what can be done with physical movements so restrained and when one spends more time on the fence than actually against it due to the massive impact of the chaotic crowd.My friend who, to my knowledge, was right behind me through most of the concert, said he was inches from the ground at several moments, and feared for his life every time Alice decided to run to the crowds. I’ve never seen so many personal belongings and clothing items dissolved into the muddy ground as after that concert, in the space in front of the scene. As Mike Skinner, lead singer of The Streets, exclaimed several times during their performance: ”You, Danes… you are absolutely mental!”.

On the opposite end of the spectrum rests another favourite concert of mine, the one performed by White Lies, ending the festival Saturday night. NorthSide was their first time headlining a festival, and it was very noticeable that the artists were not at all used to such a large audience screaming their song lyrics back to them and dancing along to the rhythm of their drums. Standing in a crowd of people…

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