The first sound on the entrance of the festival was high-pitched vocals of Katie Stelmanis from Austra. Her smash hit I Love You More Than You Love Yourself from last year’s album Future Politics sounded perfectly from the main stage. Canadian trio was one of the highlights of the OSF, a combination of tenderness and power was creating unique energy.
Need to admit the location and zoning were perfect. As last year, Open Source Festival was located on the Dusseldorf riding club’s field, had three stages (Main, Carhartt WIP, sipgate Young Talent) and Open Squares gallery with pop-up NTS Radio container. As we arrived around 5 PM, the area was already super busy with visitors moving around stages with beer in plastic (this year the festival was attended by 7000 people).
Then Ogoya Nengo & The Dodo Women’s Group put us into a trance with their traditional African music, mixing percussion, vocals and some crazy strings instruments into authentic hypnotism.
Our fave place to chill was in front of NTS Radio pop-up. Guys created interesting program, and the sound was clear despite the proximity of Carhartt stage. J Dilla brother, Illa J, gave an interview when we came, Stabil Elite played some upcoming stuff and some classics (recent Tolouse Low Trax remix of Khidja was the highlight), there were a lot of friends and people involved into Salon Des Amateurs.
8 PM and another favorite – The Tamper Trap. Australian indie rock band gave maybe the best on-stage performance of the OSF. Their emotional guitar music, hits like Fall Together or Love Lost, mighty vocals of Dougy Mandagi, his showmanship – it’s all created goosebumps. And of course, long-awaited Sweet Disposition poured collective happiness on the field of Mainstage under the setting sun.
Trentemøller live show was a strange surprise – a lot of people on the stage, huge light show and a loud rock coming out of speakers. Sometimes there were also female vocals and the whole sound reminded Portishead. Later Danish producer moved to classics from my fave album of him – 2006’s The Last Resort: outlandish main chords in Miss You sounded very emotional under the gusts of the night wind, while Evil Dub was a grand finale of the festival for us. Time to move to Salon!
Thanks NRW KULTURsekretariat and Philipp Maiburg for the invitation, Anna-Lisa, Amira and Linn (festival team members) for the care and hospitality, Chris Kontos, Frank D’Arpino and Arne Bunjes for the music, we had lovely time in Dusseldorf! Also special thanks to Natasha Lavrova.
Words & photos Sasha Tessio