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»
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 of 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.
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.
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.