Something about Bukta in general: It is a 3-day festival organized every year in July at Telegrafbukta in Tromsø, which is the most popular beach/park area on the island of Tromsøya. (Bukta translates into bay btw.) It's not as wild as rock festivals tend to be, reasons being the unpredictable weather of Northern Norway (high chances of coldness and rain), the absence of a camping area, and the age limit of 18. So there's not too many naked people drowning in the sea or intoxicated youth barfing on each other. To me it seemed that the main crowd was rather old, middle-ageish, and there were a lot of older/classic rock bands for a crowd like that. But in general the selection of bands at Bukta was very wide, from that BLERGH girly folk shit to heavy-as-fuck Kvelertak and for instance The Shining (the Norwegian one), who played on Saturday (while I had to work, fuck).
So yes, Friday off. I entered the area a few hours before the Kvelertak show and killed time by buying a super expensive beer and switching between stages looking at bands. None of them really spoke to me - but I must note that the last few songs of Nikkeby Lufthavn I saw were a lot better from the last time I saw the band in May... when they were "too drunk to play", so to speak. Eh.
Aanyway. Kvelertak. I've had wet dreams about seeing Kvelertak live since I first laid my ears on them. I think they are a prime example of modern Norwegian metal, still traditionally beardy and hairy, but also some hardcore sleekness in there. (Wow. I'm using hair metaphors.)
I was beyond excited to know I'm ACTUALLY going to see this band live. I went to get my spot in front of the main stage well in time before the show and didn't pay too much attention to the huge crowd gathering up behind me. (I would soon start to feel it.) But yes, I was almost directly in front of Erlend's (the singer) mic stand. I fastened my seat belt. (Figuratively speaking.)
But speaking of physicality during a concert. This was my first time in the front row at a big concert and in a way it was good - I had the perfect spot in terms of seeing and hearing everything, but the waves of people (mainly male) pogoing and moshing behind me almost crushed me a few times. I'm just glad I didn't break any ribs, but believe me, it wasn't too far. Had to catch my breath a few times. This is obviously something that's an essential part of a metal show and weak girls should stay away from it if they're afraid, but what if you also want to have a good spot in the audience to see everything. I'd say front row was better in this sense than the second or third - at least I wasn't sucked into a mosh pit. So I was a bit mauled, but the bruises were totally worth it. And I got some pretty cool photos! (All the ones in this post are from my camera.) I tried to film as well, and compiled a video of all the best clips (including the one with Erlend stagediving). Not professional quality but valuable memories for me at least!
Kvelertak live at Bukta was a 9/10 experience for me. Hope to see them soon again.