To attempt to find the best three words to describe Bon Iver, rawness, purity and intensity immediately come to mind. Indeed, Justin Vernon is an artist you should see perform at least once in your life. Since his debut album For Emma, Forever Ago was released in 2008, Bon Iver has been a fixture in the music aficionado’s record collection. In hindsight, it’s hard to believe this landmark of an album was initially released on CD with a total of 500 copies.
From his genesis as the quintessential modern folk balladeer, Bon Iver developed into one of the decade’s leading sonic innovators, creating his distinct brand of indie-electronica in the process. Upon the release of 22, A Million, Vernon received critical acclaim for its highly original sound and arresting lyricism. And naturally, the album was nominated for two Grammy Awards. As one of the most talented musicians of his generation, with songs that veer from poignant and sparse to extremely intense, his live shows are indeed something to behold. For the first time in ten years, Bon Iver will perform at a Dutch festival and of course, the festival in question is Best Kept Secret 2019.