Dockville Festival, 2012
Right after her show at Dockville Festival in Hamburg we meet Sóley, who is working off her heavy press schedule. Our quick excursion leads us to a windy open space by a river arm of the Elbe, with some industrial scenery in the background. On the way Sóley talks about her favourite Hot Chip concert (the headliner of the day at Dockville) in a record shop during Iceland Airwaves a couple of years ago before they released their first album. Then she starts into “Smashed Birds”, a beautifully fragile song from her own first – and very successful – album “We Sink”. The time when you can catch Sóley doing an off-venue record shop gig might be over soon as well.
MS Dockville is an annual music & arts festival in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. Surrounded by water, ships and impressive granary buildings the festival in Hamburg’s harbour area offers much more than just listening to live music: During the weeks before the big event artists from all over the world live and work on the festival area and create a huge open air exhibition including useable sculptures, self-made wooden constructions, installations and other projects that enrich the festival experience and create a unique venue. With Lüttville and Teenville there are also projects for kids and teenagers happening on the festival grounds. The music festival itself has continuously grown since its first edition 2007 and features six stages and floors with more than 120 bands and DJ’s, including (in 2012) Hot Chip, Maximo Park, Metronomy and James Blake.