LONDON CALLING – Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 11/12 March 2016
London Calling is a showcase festival for new bands in Paradiso, Amsterdam. The legendary Dutch club is housed in a converted former 19th century church building. It
was once squatted by hippies in 1967. Almost anybody, from big names to underground outfits, played there. From the young The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd to the Sex Pistols, from Nirvana to Oasis. Twice a year Paradiso hosts a two-day festival, with over 20 bands, playing the Main (1500 cap) and Small Upstairs (200 cap) Hall. The first edition took place in
July 1992. It’s a must see/hear festival for me for years now. Like a fancy fair. You just need a good physical condition to run up and down the venue to catch as many performances
as possible. Here are the six acts I witnessed last Friday, the first day of this 2016 spring edition (11-12th March)…
Glowering post punk duo (quintet on stage) from Iceland having a famous fan with Damon Albarn. Their gloomy sound bring My Bloody Valentine & early Joy Division to mind. Striking!
2/ THE VRYLL SOCIETY
Psychedelic Madchester vibes colored with bluesy vibrations out of Liverpool.
Waves of fuzz and distortion intensify the whole shebang. To explore further!
3/ PLASTIC MERMAIDS
Polyphonic five-piece outfit from the Isle of Wight (UK) producing cinematic pop
symphonies carried by touching Flaming Lips harmonies. Impressive birds!
Young Irish punks from Dublin. Steamy and sweaty with explosive force, causing an euphoric stage invasion as they promised before their show when talking to them.
Music: ‘The 201’ EP / singles ‘Ay Ay’ and ‘I was Born’ – on iTunes
Links: Website – Facebook Twitter
5/ BLACK HONEY
Hottest band in town. Amplified garage pop swagger from Brighton (UK). Frontgirl Izzy Baxter is a natural-born star. Charismatic & Kill Bill yellow. Their lucky flamingo calls Jerry.
6/ KID WAVE
I follow this international London-based band since day one. Electrifying mix of dreamy power guitar pop with some grungy echoes. Glorious wall-of-sound on stage. Perfect!
(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)