Svedala Summer Festival
14/7 – 2006
By: Anders Sandvall
Guest Contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Svedala Summer Festival is a three day festival for the entire family with artists for all ages. The acts are mainly Swedish and this year came BWO, Helena Paparizou, Clark and a lot of local acts etc to the festival. Amongst all this pop/rock acts we could this year find a little harder sleaze act, one of my favorites, Hardcore Superstar.
This year did the festival break the old crowd record and together did 11900 people come to Svedala to enjoy the events.
Hardcore Superstar were schedueled to perform at the largest stage, XL stage pretty early Friday evening and it’s the second leg of the guys Swedish tour. Prior this they have been out on the roads in Italy, Japan and Germany.
Our experience of this band is that a smaller stage on a club fits them better so we were both curious and a little worried how the guys would manage to play at a larger outdoor venue. But later it turned out that we had absolutley nothing to worry about.
The guys entered the stage, and the line up is still the same as on the debut album:
Jocke Berg – lead vocals
Silver – guitar, b-vox
Martin Sandvik – bass, b-vox
Adde – drums, b-vox
The show kicked off with the excellent ”Kick On The Upperclass” taken from their latest selftitled album. Just as always they delivered first clss sweaty/dirty party glam/sleaze with songs like “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays Anymore”, “Last Forever”, “She’s Offbeat”, “Standing On the verge”, “Bag On Your Head” and “Wild Boys”. Unfortunatly they didn’t do so many older songs but they are out to promote the new album so that was expected eventhough we thought it was sad that they didn’t played more of their older songs.
Jocke Berg is an enormous frontman and he can really get both the party and the crowd going. He had the audience in his hand right away and everything he told them to do they did, the screamed, jumped and clapped their hands.
When it was time for song nr. 5 Jocke’s mic, and later also the rest of the guys mics, suddenly didn’t work so the band went off stage and let the technicians do their job, it took about 5 minutes before the mic were ready to go again and by then Jocke was so worried that the crowd were freezin so he told us to jump in order to keep warm. By then had unfortunatly the un-dediacted fans gone and the numbers of people watching had been heavily reduced. Except for that the sound worked brilliant as well as the lighting that really wasn’t necessary this bright summer evening.
The guys are all really talented musicians but especially Adde the drummer is worth mention again. That man pounds extremely hard and have an enormous drumplay that the album doesn’t make justice, he’s doing so much better on stage where you can enjoy his remarkable drumplay live and in action. The band sounds overall much rawer and meaner live compared to what they do on album.
Ordinary playing time was set to 50 minutes and the guys closes with “Standing On The Verge” before it’s time to go off. A few minutes later they go onagain and deliver the encores “”Wild Boys”, “Liberation” and “My Good Reputation” after that it’s over and Jocke thanks the crowd for being there.
Hardcore Superstar showed once again that they are one of Sweden best glam/sleaze acts around at the moment together with Backyard Babies and it takes a lot of balls to beat these guys on a live stage, not many bands have the capacity and the hunger these guys have.
Thanks to Markus Lindberg at Svedala Summer Festival for help with the press/photo passes.
More info about the band
More info about the festival
Kick On The Upperclass
We Don’t Celebrate Sundays
I Can’t Change
Bag On Your Head
Blood On Me
Standing On the verge
My Good Reputation
More piuctuers from the show