A TRIP TO DUSSELDORF AND OPEN SOURCE FESTIVAL

25/08/17

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A while ago I had the opportunity to visit once again one of my favorite German cities for the occasion of Open Source 2017, one of the town’s most vibrant festivals which grows stronger every year. Hosted by a traditional local beer and schnitzel at the iconic Uerige the first day of the trip continued with a great opening night at the Salon with Dusseldorf’s Theme From Great Cities boss Arnes. The next day after a lovely ride through the town’s suburbs we arrived at the venue which usually hosts the horse races. A really beautiful spot with great facilities and quite good choices for food and drinks. Starting of with the psych hippy rock of Love Machine the festival kicked off really strong, continuing with many interesting acts on the Carhartt stage which occupied more my attention. Probably the highlight of the whole festival the scene hosted the best acts of the show, including a stellar performance from Mount Kimbie which have created their own sound, Dusseldorf’s finest Bar which were a personal favorite and the sheer fun of Ogoya Nengo Women’s group. Another highlight the NTS stage which hosted some really eclectic music and provided the perfect spot to hang out during and after the performances as a meeting place. The night ended with the performance of the ”superstar” of the festival Trentemoller that justified his fame and rocked the audience. Following back to the city’s music hub for an after party with Kiev’s Krossfingers’ Sasha. I hope for next year the festival will grow even stronger and move to a direction that could use a smaller main stage with fewer German acts in favour of more international ones and maybe an updated and bigger Carhartt stage which is the stage that maybe showing the way the festival can move towards without compromising it’s more mainstream directions. The aim is I think to attract a new international crowd that travels Europe for festivals. Also it should definitely utilise in the best way the city’s long heritage in electronic music and it’s talents like Jan Shulte, Tolouse Lowtrax and swift to a slightly more electronic direction. I’m looking forward to see more from a festival that is organised in such a flawless way, and is only promising for the future!