Rock Werchter 2017 Day Two

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More music to see and hear, what will today bring…

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

I had put this band on my «I need to see this» list. As I arrived they were about to start so I just looked for a good spot and waited. This music with a feel of a few decades gone by really felt good with the sun coming out.  It’s crazy how this type of music just puts a smile on the face and makes people move. You just can’t stand still…A crowd pleaser and final song SOB just send the ooh oohs over the field even when the band finished.

White Lies

Another band I absolutely wanted to see. I have been listening to their songs ever since I saw their performance of Glastonbury on BBC a few years back. As usual lately, I couldn’t sing along to all of the songs but for me, their music is more about the feeling of it all so that wasn’t needed. I love the fact that the singer has learned to interact with the audience. So much better than standing still behind the microphone. I danced along (although this is more like dancing to Joy Division). I wish it could have been longer.

Royal blood

The contest «who can make the most noise with 2 instruments» goes to this band. What noises you can make with drums and a bass guitar, these two gentlemen are experts in that. This is another band that I’ve heard now and again and said let me check them out. There really is a lot of noise coming through the speakers, and sometimes there is a bit of a Wolfmother feel. However, heir own hits make the field go crazy.

Bazart

After Royal Blood, I made my way over to the barn. Well not exactly the barn, cause that was full up already. This is the only Belgian band on my planning. I only know the songs that I’ve heard on the radio, and that was all I liked… in more than the half of the song I didn’t knew they lost me… For me this wasn’t such a good show to see… I think you need to know each and every of their songs to like this..I will keep listening to their songs on the radio, but don’t think I’ll put effort in getting to know all the songs.

The Pretenders

Since I was sitting outside, I had to wait until Bazart finished their set (they went over time). But then suddenly Chrissie Hynde and band started blaring out of the sound system… A few songs in they already played «don’t get me wrong» and «back on the chaingang»… this is so different to the other bands these days since they keep their best known songs until the end of the set. This is what I expect of a classic rock band.. fantastic classic rock from beginning till end.

Radiohead

I had high hopes for this band, since I do know some of their songs. This some of their songs is however not enough for a concert of two hours. I did stick around until the end when the songs I did know started being played. Thise songs are crowd pleasers and everyone sings along to them but the «loungy», «experimental», «not so known by general festival goer» was not my thing. Other thing,  they were scheduled to play two hours and half but after two hours it was over. I thought, they are playing hits now and this will go on with this for half an hour… but sadly no.

On another note, since I am doing the festival on my own, it sometimes seems that I sit sadly on my own. Not that I mind that much but it seems people took pitty on me and during Radiohead I first had some South African girls ask me to take a picture with them and later I wad invited to sit with some people «so I wouldn’t be on my own». To them, thank you for including me shortly in your group!

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.