25 Jul 2024
Rosendal 2024: Massive Attack has something to say
Concerts Festivals Music

Rosendal 2024: Massive Attack has something to say

Massive attack at rosendal garden party

This year’s Rosendal Garden Party was especially memorable, thanks to the spellbinding performance by the legendary British trip-hop group, Massive Attack. Under a typical Swedish rainy summer evening, their music echoed through the lush gardens of Rosendal, creating an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

The Rosendal Garden Party, with its charming combination of natural beauty and historical elegance, provided an ideal backdrop for Massive Attack’s atmospheric soundscapes. The venue, adorned with blooming flowers and majestic trees, offered a serene yet vibrant ambiance, allowing fans to enjoy the music amidst nature. As the sun began to set, the stage was set for an evening of musical enchantment.

As dusk approached, the crowd’s anticipation grew palpable. I, who had never seen Massive Attack play live, together with the thousands of fans gathered there, was so eager to witness one of the most influential bands of the past three decades play their first show in 5 years. Massive Attack’s ability to blend haunting melodies, deep basslines, and politically charged lyrics has garnered them a dedicated following.

Massive attack at rosendal garden party

Massive Attack did not disappoint. From the moment they opened with the haunting Risingson, followed by Black Milk in the angel-like voice of Elizabeth Fraser, the audience was captivated. The ethereal vocals, coupled with the mesmerising beats, transported everyone to a different realm. The band’s setlist was a perfect blend of their classic hits and newer tracks, each song delivered with precision and emotion.

Songs like Angel, Inertia Creeps and Teardrop resonated deeply, their dark, brooding rhythms complemented by stunning visual projections that added an extra layer of depth to the performance. The interplay between Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grant Marshall (Daddy G) was seamless, their chemistry on stage palpable. The live instrumentation, enhanced by the presence of guest vocalists, created a rich and immersive sound experience.

But Massive Attack sure has much more to say than just the messages in their songs. True to their reputation, Massive Attack used their platform to make powerful political statements. Throughout the performance, visuals highlighting social and environmental issues were projected onto the screens, serving as a stark reminder of the challenges facing the world today. The band’s commitment to raising awareness through their art was evident, messages inciting the audience to be free, to dare to think what they see in the news and social media, to see themselves through abs out of the matrix. 

As the final notes of Unfinished Sympathy echoed through the gardens, the audience erupted in applause, reluctant to let go of the magical night. Massive Attack’s performance at Rosendal Garden Party was more than just a concert; it was an immersive experience that left a lasting impression on everyone present.

The evening was a testament to the band’s enduring legacy and their ability to connect with audiences on a deep, emotional level. It was a reminder of the power of music to unite, inspire, and provoke thought.


All photographs by Karen Lundquist.

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