Photo Report: Life I Live Festival, The Hague, 26.4.15

On the 26th of April, the likes of Jacco Gardner, The Deaf and Intergalactic Lovers took to the stage in The Hague as ten open air stages played host to the fifth annual Life I Live Festival. Read on for a photo report of the evening.

Californian duo The Dodos presented themselves as the only non-Benelux act on the line-up, performing an opening set on the Kerkplein stage in the early evening. With new album Individ having been released earlier this year, guitarist Meric Long and drummer Logan Kroeber tore through the likes of Competition and Fools with effortless ease, taking the crowd on a punk-y, garage-y journey.

Psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner (accompanied by his four-piece live band) performed a 45-minute set which featured cuts from upcoming sophomore record Hypnophobia, due for release next week. Performing to a full crowd on the Kerkplein stage, set highlight Find Yourself saw swathes of psychedelia float through the Dutch sky as Gardner stepped even closer to becoming one of the best psychedelic musicians of modern day.

Belgian group Intergalactic Lovers also played an electric set on the Kerkplein stage, utilizing a big lighting set-up during their 45-minute set. Energetic frontwoman Lara Chedraoui bounded around stage happily, encouraging plenty of crowd interaction as she went along. The likes of Fade Away and Great Evader received the best reactions of the evening, despite the set falling slightly off the radar compared with some of the other performances earlier that evening.

Picture: Ruben van der Horst

Over on the packed Grote Markt stage, newcomers The Indien left a massive mark on the crowd as they tore through a memorable set which saw bassist Janneke Nijhuis perform the first of two sets that evening, both with different bands. Set highlight Done showcased Rianne Walther’s superb vocal performance, with The Indien well and truly on their way to becoming a Dutch household name.

Picture: Ruben van der Horst

Kerkplein headliners The Deaf played what was undoubtedly the most energetic set of the evening, with frontman Spike van Zoest (of Di-Rect fame) and his band (featuring The Indien’s Janneke Nijhuis) all energetic and on form for the 45-minute long set. Moshpits erupted in the crowd as crowdsurfers made their way across the barrier, ensuring that Life I Live’s 2015 edition went out in unforgettable style.

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