Yes, whe have a new born Music Festival. Lets explain:

Its seems incredible that in the same month of other Festivals like Sonar or Primavera Sound, another Event like this will congregate thounsends of people.

But Summercase in his first edition did it – and maybe brings more people than the other veteran two. Summercase was celebrated at the same time in Barcelona (Parc del Forum) and in Madrid (Boadilla del Monte) and more than 50.000 were up for it.

Summercase in its first edition started as a big, consolidated Festival with an impressive lineup featuring big names and cult bands as Belle & Sebastian, New Order, Daft Punk, Sigur ros, Massive Attack, Primal Scream, The Divine Comedy, Rufus Wainwright…

The bands who played on friday in Madrid played on Saturday in Barcelona and vicecersa.

The first day (friday) in the Forum, the bands were playing on 4 different stages just in front of the sea called TERMINALS as from the airport ones allowing the BCN_MAD air connection.PUENTE – AEREO.

The first day couldnt have started any better, listening to some bands like SHOUT OUT LOUDS, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS.. .etc. But being there you heared everyone talking about and waiting ansiously for the Scotish cult band Belle & Sebastian.

At 10:00 pm Stuart Murdoch and the band got the first massive concentration of the Festival.
With their fantastic new album A LIFE PURSUIT, Belle & Sebastian were brilliant, emotive and intense. During the show, Murdoch invited three girls from the audience to dance on the stage, and later on, he started to dance himself on the metal fence in the first line, supported by the crowd.

The public sang along the whole concert, songs from the new album like Another sunny day, Sukie in the graveyard , we are sleepyheads, as well as some of the old jewels like Judy and the dream of horses (If You’re Feeling Sinister ).
The Belle & Sebastian concert at the Summercase will be remebered for a long time.

After that in the big tent (Terminal S), with a bit of delay the Islandic band Sigur Ros caught the audience with their powerfull progressive enviromental rock, presented as intense and absolute as they always do. This tension, fullfilment, hystery, claustrophobia, happiness and many other feelings mixed at the same time in a Sigur Ros show is just amazing.

After a breathless and emotional first part and with the senses running fast, it was time to remember the 90’s wich came with DAFT PUNK in the top of a L.E.D.S piramid where Guy-Manuel and Thomas showed up with robot masks. Definitively the best scenography of the whole Festival, it was incredible just to watch all the images and lights and listen to dance super classics as Around the World.

Massive Attack brought the trip-hop and sensual electro, with a mix of groove dub and hip hop samples in a great and relaxed show.

Continuing the dancing time, the different stages were filled by Fat Boy Slim, James Murphy ( LCD Soundsystem ), and Amable.

The Second day brought one of the best shows of the whole festival when at 9:00 pm in the Terminal E stage The Divine Comedie appeared, presenting their new album ” Victory For The Comic Muse “. Neil Hannon spread all his charm and sweete irony on stage, playing new and old songs from Absent Friends and Casanova. The communion with the public was total and he played the role of a dandy and theatrical Romantic cronner in perfection. Brilliant show.

Happy Mondays brought the 60’s psycodelia and 70’s Funk with a bit of dance. But just at the same time came one of the big deceptions: The anxiously expected New Order appeared with a show almost demolishing their legend by a quite mediocre concert. They tried to make it up with the golden classics like Blue Monday and Bizarre love triangle, but maybe those songs are nowadays to big for the guys, once called New Order.

At the same time on another stage, the expresionist songwriter Rufus Wainwright was sitting at the piano and was joined in for a few songs by his sister in the chorus. Great to see an artist playing solo without a band, just the voice and an instrument filling the stage.

The jorney continued till 6:00 am with shows of Keane, Primal Scream, The Long Blondes and The Chemical Brothers on a dj set.

What can I say about this new born festival? Well, the Summercase in its first edition is already a classic. And we all wait for next year impatiently.

Summercase 2006

Date: 14-15th July, 2006
Place: Parc Forum (Barcelona) – Boadilla del Norte (Madrid)

Text and photos: Julio Cesar Palacio from Panopttic

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