The Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, a combination of an international arts show and a music fest, is back in Groningen’s Noorderplantsoen park and at various other locations in the city center. The free concerts that feature local, regional, and international performers will run until August 28. In addition to concerts, the festival will also host events designed to help relieve everyday life stressors. Food from various city eateries and local food trucks will also be at the park. You still have a chance to see some great bands for free.
Here’s the schedule:
Monday August 22 – Minyo Crusaders
A Japanese musical group that reworks traditional Japanese folk songs with arrangements inspired by various international music genres, including Caribbean, Latin and African music.
Tuesday August 23 – Togo All Stars
This 8-performer group is an afro funk music band from Togo, with Voodoo grooves.
Wednesday August 24 – Donny Benét
Donny Benét is an Australian with a fixation for Italian disco, a musician with a predilection for long-vanished 80s synthesisers and a singer with a passion for dance moves.
Thursday August 25 – The Weather Station
The Weather Station is a Canadian folk music band fronted by Tamara Lindeman, whose songwriting, music critics say, has reached stunning new heights.
Friday August 26 – Prins S. en De Geit
Prins S. en De Geit is a new Dutch-language band from the Hague. Expect a mix of rap, electronic and experimental pop music.
Saturday August 27 – De Beren Gieren
The electro-acoustic trio, founded in 2009, is without doubt an important part of the Belgian jazz scene.
Sunday August 28 – Anna B Savage, Meindert Talma and Freek de Jonge
For the record: these three musicians do not perform at the same time. Prepare to be enchanted by Anna B Savage’s sultry voice and sensual songs at 5:30pm. Then, at 8:30pm, Meindert Talma, a Dutch lo-fi singer and keyboardist, and Freek de Jonge, another Dutch performer and writer, will close the festival.