Years & Years, Hinds and Happyness also play Dutch festival
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic played hits including ‘Heart & Soul’ on the second day of the Eurosonic festival in Groningen, the Netherlands (January 15).
The three-day event is Europe’s largest showcase festival and is attended by a wide-range of industry professionals. Twin Atlantic frontman Sam McTrusty appeared to be frustrated by an unusually placid crowd, announcing midway during the set at large temporary venue Cathedral: “How would you feel about taking a few steps forward Holland? We’ve come all the way from Scotland. Makes us feel welcome. Make it feel like we’re at a rock’n’roll show and not some sort of fucking exhibit.”
Earlier in the evening many fans of Years and Years had been left frustrated as their show at Simplon was at capacity and at least a hundred festival-goers were still queuing outside the venue when the BBC Sound of 2015 winners took to the stage.
One of the day’s most talked-about performances came from Madrid garage rockers Hinds. The Spanish band, who were recently forced to change their name from Deers, played a host of new material during their 45-minute set at Huis ‘De Beurs’.
Wolverhampton duo God Damn played one of the day’s heaviest sets, but were on self-effacing form between songs. Singer and guitarist Thom Edward told the audience: “We’re very excited to be here at Eurosonic. Everyone’s been very nice to us, and we’re up here playing this horrible music. It doesn’t make sense, does it?”
The festival continued late into the night, with London three-piece Happyness playing the Minerva Art Academy after midnight and late night DJ sets from Acid Arab and the Cairo Liberation Front.
The first night of the festival (January 14) had seen a performance from Catfish & The Bottlemen alongside the European Festival Awards. The event continues today (January 16) with sets from James Bay, Kate Tempest and Bad Breeding.