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Somehow, I always end up in the very north when I’m planning where to see Skambankt next. Okay, this time it’s not sooo surprising, because a) I had Bukta festival on my festival wish list for years and b) I’m about to live in Trondheim, from where it’s just a short “hop” a few hundred kilometers further north. But this is actually the third time I got to see Skambankt in Tromsø … yes, I know I’m crazy, no need to tell me. =;-)

Anyway, Tromsø it was, and up to now, Bukta festival lived up to all expectations – you can read all about it here if you want. Skambankt were the second/third band of the festival (depending on if you count only the main stage or also the second stage), but that didn’t matter. Opeth had already warmed up the crowd!

As always, Skambankt started with Anonyme hatere, which worked so-so. It’s a good song, and also a good song to start with, but nobody knows it … But – as always – they followed up with Skambankt and O dessverre, which definitely broke the ice. I was busy taking pictures during the first three songs, but I can say for sure that the people in the front were into it right away and that the “Skambankt” shouts were quite impressive!

However, it seemed that the clapping in Slukk meg for eg brenner wasn’t that convincing. Even though it’s so easy – “come on, we all learned that in kindergarten!!”.

Ted announced that while they are playing lots of festivals this summer, Bukta is actually one of those they really looked forward to. Because up here in the North, Børge is actually the world’s best drummer! Just like Hans is the world’s best guitar player in Klepp and Tollak the world’s best bass player in Ålgård. =;-)

Next up was something like a “blues boogie” – Sirene. Uh … okay. *g* And in the following song Me sa nei, we got the first wall of death of the night. Somehow I have the feeling that it will probably be the ONLY wall of death of the festival, but we will see! It definitely got the crowd going. While everyone had been standing and listening before, people were now moving, and there actually was something like a mosh pit in the middle.

As during the last shows, Ted tried to enforce some audience interaction during Dynasti. I love that, but … could he maybe – just once! – actually EXPLAIN what he wants? =;-) If somebody screams “Hey” at me in the middle of a song and that “hey” is actually part of the verse, I try to continue singing the verse. Or I shut up if I don’t know the lyrics. If I’m supposed to shout back “Hey”, I might do so, but on the beat. So shouting back “Hey” right away is only the third possibe option. =;-p We could save sooo much time there if he would just explain what he wants the audience to do! And Skambankt could actually use that time to play BOTH the fast (Min Eliksir) and the mid-tempo song (Malin) – but no, like that we got only Eliksir, pff. Not that I would actually care more for Malin than Eliksir … it’s like the devil and the deep blue sea, I guess. Or no, actually more like for example potatoes and pasta – both okay, but there’s also chocolate! Or … maybe I shouldn’t write concert reports in the middle of the night. *oops*

Back on track … We still got “the favorite song of Ålgård’s best bass player” – Sort Blod, then Mantra and Stormkast #1 as final song, which worked perfectly well as always.

Here’s the full setlist:

Not sure how many in the audience actually knew Skambankt and were expecting a concert like the one they were getting – but by the end of the show, Skambankt had convinced everyone, and everyone was into the concert. Yay! That’s always awesome to see, especially since festival shows can easily turn out rather boring. But no, this one was amazing, and I’m really looking forward to PStereo now!

I’ll add photos in a couple of days (or maybe weeks …) – I’m quite busy moving at the moment, so I’m not sure when I can get to it, but there will be some nice shots I think so it’s worth the wait! =:-)

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