Last day of Bråvalla began with sad news; the festival announced that it’s “taking a break”. The official statement was that it was because of the sexual harassments and rapes that took place on the festival ground through the years, but many suspected that it was because of economical reasons. Why? Well, first of all FKP Scorpio is in charge of several festivals, and all of them have similar problems. That means that all of them should “take a break” if they really do it just because of the mentioned reason. Anyone who visited Bråvalla every year could see that less people attending this years edition. I questioned the lack of fences (that are important if there’s a big crowd) at the very first day, the second day I asked one of the press team how many tickets they sold because it was obvious that the crowd was much smaller than usually. It’s hard not to be skeptical when the festival ignores to address the economical issues. Something that also bothered me was that in the official statement they wrote that they would keep on fighting. Really? If you give in because of this kind of shitty people that don’t understand that they have no right to touch someone else’s body without their consent you are NOT fighting. You’re giving up, showing that they won. The whole situation made me both sad and angry.
Henrik Berggren was a suitable Swedish artist to start this day. His music is melancholic and when I was standing there taking pictures and watching the show I felt like I was attending Bråvallas funeral. I will tell you this: I sincerely think that Henrik is better than Håkan. Sorry, not sorry.
Wherever we go we need to take some selfies. Deal with it! Haha
I remembered that Kvelertak was a good live-band, so I was excited to see them play again. There I was, ready in the pit with my camera and as soon as they started playing I tried to remember why I actually thought they were good. I’m sorry, I don’t really like slaughtering bands but it was so bad that I really don’t have anything nice to say about it…
Ellie Goulding - another disappointment. Nothing happened on the stage, literally nothing. She was walking back and forth, spinning around a little, like it was a small bar-gig. Really? There’re few artist that can pull of a similar thing like this. A good example is Lana Del Rey, but with her music you’re pretty damn well prepared that she’s going to be like that. Ellie Goulding isn’t Lana Del Rey, she needs some help to actually entertain the crowd, and to keep their attention through her loooooong set. Dancers would be a good start. A backdrop wouldn’t hurt either.
The Killers are always nice to see live. If you’ve seen them before, you know what you’re getting: hit songs, confetti, and professional musicians. I’m not going to lie, they’re pretty predictable but since I really like their music, and they are tight live I don’t really mind!
The last show I saw at Bråvalla was with Prophets of Rage. They were SO good. Entertaining, outspoken about the political environment today, highly energetic and even when the speakers broke they were giving 110% of themselves. I was jumping, screaming the lyrics, and dancing during the whole set! I didn’t even have time to take a picture because I was rocking out the whole time, haha.
We were back “home” pretty late and enjoyed the sunrise by the harbor before going to bed.
Our Bråvalla tradition- taking a dip in the pool before going back home. I will miss Bråvalla next year!