August 29, 2014

bornholm, denmark: wonderfestiwall + förtress

There comes a moment in everyone's life when you're asked to attend a music festival on an island off the coast of Denmark (Bornholm) as a guest of a rock-n-roll band you befriended. Well that probably doesn't happen very often, but when it does, you should say yes! I did. And that's why you are now seeing the Danish band, Förtress, dominate my blog. This video will give you a tiny taste: HOWL. Watch it. Love it. Repeat. The pictures above tell our journey to Wonderfestiwall from start to finish, loading at the practice space, traveling to the island, sound checking, story telling, performing and relaxing as band members, roadies and tagalongs (I fall into this last category, but I did help!).
But as a tagalong and foreign observer, I can confidently say that this band is badass. And not just because they're a rock-n-roll band, but because they're an EPIC rock-n-roll band that melts your face while making you dance and jump and thoroughly enjoy your life and the decisions you made that led you to this experience. They're intense. But they laugh at their intensity with sincerity and satirically mock the absurdity of pure Rock and pure Roll. And take you along for a very fun ride.
And confession, I have a teensy crush on the lead singer, Nicklas. Talented singer, epic guitar shredder, provocative dancer, devilishly handsome and all around captivating performer. Not to mention well read, traveled and versed in art, music and culture... What's not to like :) But truly, everyone on this trip made it memorable. Cato on drums, performs in American flag undies and hypes the crowd with pure muscle. Simon on guitar, hilarious, happy and will lure you in with epic (can I keep saying epic?) guitar solos. John on bass, the ladies love him. Bjørn, roadie and close friend, has curls that rival my own and is one energetic little cliff climber. Nynne, my fellow tagalong and she has a smile that makes your heart happy. And you may have noticed several photos of a bearded man. His name is Emil and he is a handsome phenomenon. Everyone, and I mean everyone, can't help themselves from staring at him and his kind eyes, strong eye brows, adorable dimples, welcoming smile, quiet demeanor, sharp wit... I could keep going, but I think you get the idea. My camera loves him and so will you.
We ended the night with a trek to a dilapidated fortress (very appropriate, no?) to watch the sunset and see the beautiful, age old battle between crashing waves and sturdy mountains.
Once again, Denmark has stolen my heart.

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