Veto, Norwegian rock'n'roll, metal and new jazz at SPOT

Veto – one of the most mentioned Danish names
just now – has been added to the SPOT

Veto is one Danish rock’s most mentioned new bands – both due to an intense stage performance and because of a much talked of EP, and most recently, their CD ”There Is A Beat In All Machines”, which has just been released. Just now, the band is on its first adventure abroad – appearing at the prestigous American South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas – just like we can reveal that Veto will play at this year’s SPOT Festival on June 2-3 in central Århus.

And there is more rock at SPOT. Apart from Veto, the alternative section comprises I Am Bones’ jangling lo-fi and I Got You On Tape‘s drowsy atmospheres, which will thus tie a beautiful bow on an ‘alternative’ festival package that already consists of epo-555, Campsite, Pluto, and Sterling.


Norwegian Animal Alpha has reaped great acclaim
in Norway for their energetic mixture of metal,
funk, and theatre madness.

But this year’s SPOT will also present rock of a harder sort – when Norwegian Animal Alpha, and  Danish As We Fight, Rock Hard Power Spray, and Volbeat (the latter was named ‘Hope of the Year’ at the 2006 edition of the music critics own award show, Steppeulven) display the verve in the heaviest part of the 2006 scene.

Norwegian Bigbang isn’t quite as tough – they have, however, attracted a great deal of attention to their new rock, which particularly favours the Amercan scene of the late 60’s and early 70’s – and to Øystin Grenis intimate and warm vocals.

And the SPOT-light is also tracking down the latest trends in rock/jazz intermingling. Like last year, SPOT collaborates with Sunship and the Danish Jazz Federation in making a programme, which comprises five concerts in 2006:

Once Around The Park who received a Danish
Music Award in 1997 for their album debut
will play at SPOT 2006.

Once Around The Park who received a Danish Music Award in 1997 for ‘Danish Jazz Record of the Year’ for their album debut ‘Unity’, now have a substantial audience for their pleasant jazz which they perform with great variation and with subtle references to rock, pop, and surf. Slaraffenland are of a more casual sort – still with a basis in jazz, but with frequent supplements from shoegazer, post-rock, and noise-rock. Jazz and noise-rock also characterize the boarderland in which Bandapart create melodic textures, the drummer Emil de Waal, who has played on a host modern jazz releases, has his soloist debut in Emil de Waal Plus – wielding great imagination, and finally, the Sunship programme consists of avant-garde pop from the Nordic Sekten that alternates between instrumentals and songs revolving around two Swedish female singers.