During spring and summer last year, most of the live shows that were supposed to happen in Gothenburg were canceled like in most countries. However, when the situation got better after the summer, some smaller venues opened up for live shows, with a restriction of a maximum of 50 people in the venue. A little inspired by that, I managed to go to some shows before everything got worse again.
When I now look back I actually experienced some really amazing live shows even if the situation was very far from what I was used to. So I decided to write about two of these shows.
I will start with the first live show I went to, since the beginning of the pandemic, at the end of September. Things had slowly been opening up again after the first coronavirus wave. Maybe that is why I had such strong feelings about the evening. The event was organized by KOLONI which always brings interesting and often unknown (to me) artists to Gothenburg. Koloni is a club that pops up in different places, sometimes it can be in underground hidden places and sometimes in more regular venues or even cultural institutions.
This time it was at the rather small venue OCEANEN based in Majorna, that normally would have an audience of 120. On the bill there was LOOPSEL, a local act, and a Danish band, KPTTM, that had managed to cross the Swedish-Danish border that had just been opened. Many people wanted to book tickets so the evening was split into two sets where the artists made two concerts after each other for the two slots. I went to the second one.
There was an excited, sparkling feeling in the air after having been unable to go to a concert for so long. I knew almost everyone in the audience. But it was very frustrating that I couldn’t talk to people as I normally would do. The tables were spread out and you were only allowed to sit three persons at one. You had to sit down all the time and you were not allowed to mingle around, even when going to buy a beer at the counter. The staff made sure that you didn’t stop on the way to your table or talked to someone on your way back.