Friday 9 July 2010

Rock Werchter 2010 Day 2: Divine Orange

The forecasts were promising a hot day and they didn't lie. We saw the temperature sign hit 42 degrees centigrade and boy was it hot. But this day was gonna heat up even more since the Dutch national soccer team were playing Brazil in the quarter finals of the world cup. Where were we gonna watch the game? But first a few bands to start the day (after some coffee of course).

Rock Werchter Festival Werchter Belgium, Day 2 July 2 2010
An early rise and shine resulted in the second day in a row we arrived at the festival side early. So in a relaxed mood we got our coffee and started slowly by sitting in the grass checking out the first band on the main stage.

Customs (Ronald Says 6 out of 10)
Suited up with a singer that looks like that guy (Ross) from the endless soap 'The Bold and the Beautiful' Customs play music inspired by Editors, Interpol and Joy Division. Not the most happy music and with a gorgeous day like this not an easy first band to swallow. But certainly enjoyable although Editors would prove later that day there's still a long road ahead of them.

Balthazar (Ronald Says 7 out of 10)
This young indie pop band was a pleasant surprise with their fresh sound that's already pretty unique and hard to describe. I read somewhere it was a mix of dEUS and Arctic Monkeys but that's not really accurate. I'm definitely gonna check out their debut album 'Applause' that was released a few months ago.

Then it was time to find a place to watch soccer. They were supposed to show it on our campsite but we were told they didn't get permission. In the end we walked into the small Werchter town and found out that a few k's further there was a bar showing it on TV. Later on we heard the local government didn't allow any public screenings of the event so were in luck. Through the sweltering heat we made it to the bar that was absolutely packed with Dutch soccer fans. Somehow we made it in a few meters and were able to watch our team beat the Divine Canaries with 2-1 in a mad game while the temperature in the bar seemed to reach boiling point. Needless to say the place was absolutely going nuts when the final whistle blew. Absolutely epic!

Editors (Ronald Says 9 out of 10)
Now we felt like celebrating and although Editors doesn't really play party music it was great. Although their performance last year was brilliant and hard to top this one comes really close. If you hear all those great songs it's hard to believe they only made three records so far.

The Specials (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
And the party continued with The Specials. I was surprised to hear that not many people knew this legendary ska band. But I'm sure many people do now. It was impossible and too hot to go into the Pyramid Marqee tent and watch them closer so we decided to dance outside instead.

Green Day (Ronald Says 7 out of 10)
So many people are always excited about this band's live performances and by the look of all the people watching them many seem to like them. They do have very lively performances and put a lot of effort in it but with all the people they pull on stage and the silly jokes it gets a bit corny after a while. More than two hours are really long and it all feels like a circus act. Once you take off all the make-up of a clown there's nothing special about it anymore.

LCD Soundsystem (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)
Fortunately I didn't have to watch Green Day's full set but had a good excuse to leave them. Probably one of the last times I'd see them on stage James Murphy & Co. put up a lively set sending out good vibes. At the end everyone was dancing in the light of the large disco ball at the center of the stage.

So an orange coloured day comes to an end. Time to cool off with a few more beers and some sleep before the relentless golden ball comes to wake us up again.

See more pictures over here:
Rock Werchter 2010 Day 2 Pictures

Rock Werchter 2010 Day 1 Review >
Rock Werchter 2010 Day 3 Review >
Rock Werchter 2010 Day 4 Review >

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