Rock Werchter 2017 Day One

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It’s been a few years since I did a full festival weekend at all. This year when the bands started to be announced for Rock Werchter, I just had to get a combi ticket for the whole weekend… I will keep a day by day journal here of the things I went to see..

Prophets of Rage

Honestly, I had to check their description to know who they actually are, but when I read «Rage against the machine» without the singer but with some hip hop legends from bands like «Cypress Hill», I decided in the moment that I wanted to see what they would sound like.  OK, they have their own repertoire but for a newly formed (from last year) band it would be hard to fill in a slot of an hour and a half… My thinking this was paid off when suddenly about halfway the intro of «Jump around» started playing… the crowd went wild! Best song for me (goosebumps) was their final song «Killing in the name of»

Imagine Dragons

This is the first band of the festival of which I said that I absolutely wanted to see them.  I went forward on the terrain and was in the crowd for this one. Now I’m thinking this will the only one where I do this since the crowd around me was already drunk and honestly, they were no fun. The band and the music then… I knew going in that I didn’t know all songs but that didn’t matter since they had put their set together in such a way that it was a mixture of hits and newer songs… I still could yell along with some…In the beginning, they told us a message op peace and that all the terrorists in the world can’t make us stop going to music gatherings. Music is stronger than them….to conclude I liked the band and will listen to more of their music after the festival.

Arcade fire

The set started off with «Everything now» and from there on it was the right mix for me, being songs I know and those I don’t. For me, there is quite some nostalgia to the songs from the album «Neon Bible» as I played that record gray way back in 2007-2008 on my way to work (I have vivid memories to «no cars go» while being on the subway.  One thing is sure, going to an Arcade Fire show is a guarantee for moving and singing the songs you know along with the band.

The Chainsmokers

After Arcade Fire I moved in the direction of «the barn» to catch the second half of the concert/set of the Chainsmokers. Sadly the Barn was full up but luckily there is a screen and a sound system outside so I could follow from there. Normally this is not really my thing but lately, they have been doing some great collaborations which made me decide to check them out. Honestly, I wouldn’t go to a concert hall to check them out but at a festival it was ideal and I did enjoy their set. I have been preaching that «Tomorrowland» is not my thing but if these guys stood there I might maybe venture to Boom. Ok, one last note it doesn’t hurt that the guys are smoking hot.

Kings of Leon

I ended day one with part of the performance of Kings of Leon. I have seen them multiple times in the past already and do have a few songs that I like.  But I have decided up front not to stay the whole set. The only reason I wanted to see part of it is nostalgia for a time ten years ago when Caleb still had long hair and they weren’t as big and well known as they are now.

Don Juan in Soho -Wyndham’s Theatre, London

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I have seen David Tennant on stage now already three times. Twice in the same week when I went to Stratford-upon-Avon when he was doing Hamlet and Love’s labour’s lost, and then a few years later when he and Catherine Tate did Much Ado about Nothing. It seems that he’s doing theatre every 2 years or so and last time he did it, I didn’t go since I was a little scared of going to the Barbican on my own (fear conquered when I went to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet and it’s an irrational fear since I had heard stories of being a city in the city and that you could get lost there). For that play in the Barbican (Richard II) I do have the DVD but I have to admit I haven’t seen it yet.

When it was announced that David was going to be on stage again, I didn’t have to think twice and by coincidence, the day I found out and the day that the tickets became available was the same day. I asked my theatre loving friend if she wanted to join me to see this play and well, David is kind of popular so I got a “Hell yes” within minutes. She also said that it’s kinda meta that Casanova would be playing Don Juan.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2

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I fell in love with the story of Peter Quill the moment I saw the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.  Not only with Peter (Starlord) but also the other characters and the setting future but not really with music from the eighties.  The hope is that the story goes further and that this doesn’t become a lame sequel. Hopes are very high on that front since I have not really seen a bad Marvel sequel ever since I started watching.

After having seen what happens to Groot at the end of the previous film, I am also wondering how it will work out for him here. They have been teasing a lot of Groot stuff since I think he is one of the universal favorites of the film.

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