Ed Sheeran – Festival grounds Werchter

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Last year, when Ed Sheeran performed in Antwerp, I couldn’t get tickets. I was a bit bummed about this. But when his concert was announced at the Werchter festival grounds, I was ready to get up early and try to get tickets. The tickets were released one week after Rock Werchter 2017 and on a Saturday! I was very lucky to get tickets, I think someone had tickets in their basket and either didn’t buy them or their payment didn’t go through because at the moment I could enter the website (after being in the queue for half an hour) I couldn’t select any tickets and just seconds later there they were, available. I didn’t hesitate and now I’m on my way to Werchter for the second time this year!

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Sam Smith – Sportpaleis

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Up till now I’ve regretted the fact that I haven’t seen Sam Smith live yet. I was very happy when I got tickets for the new “The Thrill of it all” tour.  As he will be playing in one of the biggest venues in Belgium, I now kind of regret not seeing him in a smaller venue since his music would come out more in an intimate (read smaller) setting. But now I get to see him sing for the first time and I’m looking forward to it!

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Editors – Sportpaleis

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After having seen Editors at Pukkelpop last year and being happily surprised with the choice of setlist, I decided to buy tickets to the concert. When a week before the concert the new album was released and I started to listen to it, I was even more psyched because I really love the way how they went back to their roots with their music.

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Lady Gaga – Sportpaleis

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When the tickets were announced, I immediately contacted my friends who would like to go to the concert. Weirdly enough, those girls are not the ones you would expect to like Lady Gaga.  The concert was originally planned for October 1st, 2017 but due to health issues it had to be moved and on January 22nd was the new date that was announced.  When the date came closer, I started listening more songs from the multiple albums. I do confess I can’t sing along with all the songs that weren’t released as singles. I still can’t even after the concert.

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Millionaire – Muziekodroom, Hasselt

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I was a bit late in getting tickets for the show in Leuven, so I was very happy when I saw Muziekodroom in Hasselt was also getting a concert of Millionaire. This is more of a home match as the singer originally live close to Hasselt.
Even though I hadn’t heard any of the new songs before going to the concert, I enjoyed the whole concert. The feeling for me was mostly nostalgia. Music by Millionaire gives me such an early 2000 feel. There wasn’t a minute that I thought ‘please play a song I know’. The crowd really was hopping and when the first notes of ‘I’m on a high’ started playing everyone began singing along as loud as they could. You could really feel and see that a lot of people where there that wanted to see what Millionaire was doing now and hoped it was still as good before

I’m keeping my eye out for more concerts now…

Twin Atlantic – Kavka, Antwerp

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I have been listening to Twin Atlantic from about 2011, when I discovered “Make a beast of myself” while listening BBC Radio 1. I was very surprised to hear a band singing with an accent other than a regular American one (or Alex Turner in his Sheffield one), so the Scottish accent intrigued me that I wanted to hear more of their work. Since that song was on the second studio album I didn’t have to look far. Since then they have released two more albums and each one of them filled with very catchy tunes.

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Muse: Drones tour (Brussels)

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I have been a fan of Muse for years now and have been to multiple concerts of them. This is the seventh concert of theirs that I go to. It all started for me in 2004 (concert-wise), when I went to see them at Rock Werchter. Before that I had listened to their music sporadically, and song-wise for me it started with the song Bliss (back in the day that MTV still played music).  For the previous album, they left their normal style of music but I’m very happy they returned to what I’m used to in “Drones”.

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