SUMMERCASE 2007

HAPPENING

In its second year, Summercase festival has become one of the most important music events in Barcelona, challenging veterans Primavera Sound and Sonar.

Summercase

One of the big differences and maybe the most valuable point for the Festival is the fact that 75% of attendees are local or come from Spain. This point makes a big difference with the other two festivals that have nearly the same percentage of visitors from foreign countries.

This year the edition, celebrated simultaneously in Madrid and Barcelona, brought together over 109,000 people.


The 2007 edition lineup was a great combination of recognized artists like Air, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, P J Harvey, !!!, Bloc Party, The Chemical Brothers, OMD, Jarvis Cocker and the best of new talents such as The Gossip, Lily Allen, The Glimmers, Editors, 1990s and The View, just to name a few.

Lily Allen

With this selected lineup the first day was frenetic in Barcelona Forum starting early with the Canadian band The Hidden Cameras playing their sweet melodic pop at the Terminal E stage. Right after, the young London princess of street sounds and sharp lyrics Lily Allen presented the songs from her debut album “Alright, Still”.

Editors

Meanwhile at the open air Terminal O, The Editors performed tracks from their second album ” AN END HAS A START” combined with their well know hits from “SMOKERS OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL DOORS”.

Later on at the Terminal S one of the most anticipated performances demonstrated that the tent stages have become too small for a festival audience. But PJ Harvey playing a solo concert with a guitar and dressed like a princess was a really special moment at Summercase.

PJ Harvey

The differences are a fundamental piece of the Summercase artist selection, after PJ Harvey’s intimate concert, the open space Terminal E hosted an exuberant show by The Flaming Lips.

The Flaming Lips

This time the Oklahoma guys lead by a euphoric Wayne Coyne brought all the toys with them, huge green balloons, confetti, laser lights, more than 20 people on stage dressed as Santa Claus and some other characters. The Band played a big selection of new and classic hits. The only thing to add is that this show is the same they presented a year ago, so hopefully next time something will change in their show.

Arcade Fire

After midnight Terminal O was packed to hear one of the festival’s heavy weight names The Arcade Fire, the band with their energetic attitude and rising sound were for sure the best show in the Summercase ‘07. The Arcade Fire reviewed their epic album “Funeral” and also presented their new album ” Neon Bible” that is already another big success.

The first day came to an end with a presentation from the disco glam act the Scissor Sisters bringing the frivolous and party time fun to the Forum.

The dancing time kept going till Saturday mourning guided by the 2Many Dj’s that once again made people get crazy and dance till the end.

The second day of the Festival was as exciting as the first one. Early on the Terminal O hosted the Manchester veterans James. A really enthusiastic crowd that seemed to remember their big hits from the 80´s enjoyed the concert.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The time for the veterans continued with a show at H Terminal from the reunified band The Jesus and Mary Chain. They were not alone, because the open air space was full of people eager to listen to their classical indie-rock repertoire.

Jarvis Cocker

The charismatic and iconic Jarvis Cocker presented himself as a grown up artist, erasing his Pulp past. He has become a great singer and songwriter that hypnotize the audience with his charm and bizarre songs.

The Gossip

The Gossip show was something to remember, the trio was the most electrifying band of the festival, it was something else, with their riot grrrl memories, punk attitude and hyperactive singer made people enjoy and vibrate from the start to the end. Amazing.

DJ Shadow

A great mix of styles with a sophisticated touch come by the hand of DJ Shadow, performing at the big open air stage the show was a demonstration of technique and emotion. Great samples and fast scratches combining rap and indie music.

Air

Right after the standing crowd was looking for a place to sit down and relax to listen to the French masters of atmospheric sound and space landscape Air. The concert was a strange moment of peace during the frenetic days of the festival.

Kaiser Chiefs

The calm came to an end and the energy rose again with the show by the Kaiser Chiefs, the British band that have reached big success evident by the great concentration of people that were singing their addictive hits.

The Chemical Brotherse

To say goodbye to this edition Terminal E brought out one of the music-for-the-masses masters The Chemical Brothers. The Chemicals seem to always be a step forward, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad, but this time the show was a delightful combination of a music cocktail and one of the most amazing audiovisual shows.

It was already late and the people were satiated after a broad array of music and visuals. It was a fantastic end for this successful Summercase 2007.

We hope that Summercase continues to grow and keeps the great taste they have show in there two editions.

SUMMERCASE 2007
Date: 13th & 14th July 2007
Place: Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), Parc del Fòrum (Barcelona)

Text and photos: Julio Cesar Palacio from Panopttic

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