Tinderbox: Why I would swipe right for this festival newbie
26-28 June, Tusindårsskoven, Denmark
With the tagline “where words fail, music speaks”, I expected a lot from Tinderbox, Denmark’s new festival opening this summer. And, from the looks of the line-up, Tinderbox will deliver. The line up is impressive, particularly for its premier onto a festival scene, which seems to be getting bigger every year. The energy of the crowd permitting, there promises to be quite a kick-off for this new Danish festival.
With summer just over the horizon, and line-ups being released left, right, and centre, it takes a brave one to compete against the likes of the iconic Glastonbury festival, held the same weekend. Especially since releasing headline acts Kanye West, Foo Fighters, and The Who, as well as Motorhead, Charli XCX, and George Ezra, Glastonbury’s generated quite a buzz this year.
Yet, Danish festival newbie Tinderbox (and no, it’s nothing to do with the infamous dating app) looks set to feed eager festival-goers with the perfect summer soundtrack. Their three-day bill boasts an impressive set, with acts including festival favourites Calvin Harris and The Prodigy, both bound to get the crowd going, as well as pop perfection in the form of British-based singer-songwriters Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sandé, amongst an array of smaller, more eclectic acts. They’ve also managed to book their fair share of newcomers, such as Hozier, who’s had an explosive year with hits “Take Me To Church” and “Someone New”, as well as Royal Blood and Duke Dumont.
Addressing early criticisms that the line-up was distinctly lacking in rock and metal, Tinderbox has also added a variety of decidedly heavier acts to offset their dance and pop headliners. Essex indie newcomers Nothing But Thieves offer a distinctly British indie rock sound, whilst Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, and All Time Low are all certain to draw a huge crowd.
You certainly can’t fault this line-up for its variety. In between the mainstream and newcomers, Tinderbox have followed the recent UK festival trend of throwing in a few surprises, this time in the form of some oldie-but-goodies. Robbie Williams is performing at the festival mid-way through his European tour, whilst The Cardigans, a Swedish rock band who sang the long-forgotten but still catchy-as-heck tune “Lovefool”, are also set to play.