Wednesday 29 June 2011

Sniffing The Grass: A Rock Werchter 2011 Warmup

Pinkpop was a good way to warm up for the big festivals. Glastonbury is a wrap. It's high on my list of festivals I really want to experience some day. But this year we are going down to Belgium again for the Rock Werchter festival. Let's see what our plan is there besides drinking those cheeky yellow fellas.

If we can beat the always horrific traffic jams and make it on time let's kick it off with Warpaint and see what the ladies have in stock. Then maybe grab a bit of Seasick Steve before we get to the first must-see of the festival: TV On The Radio. Then let's party with those crazy Swedes The Hives. Maybe find out what all the James Blake fuzz is about and then rock with Queens of the Stone Age of course. I heard Eels is rocking these days as well so let's check that out before going to see if Liam can really do without Noel in Beady Eye. Hurts made a good impression on Pinkpop so we want to experience that ourselves. Day 1 is a wrap! We should be drunk by now.

Rise and shine to check if Mona can prove they really are the next best thing. Otherwise we can always go check out Grouplove. Then it's a few hours of free-wheeling and making sure we miss My Chemical Romance and Ke$ha. But we'll sure be back and ready to rock with our one of our favourites Triggerfinger! After that we stick to the main stage and find out if White Lies have improved, listen to the always impressive The National, see if Arctic Monkeys can rock just as hard as in Paradiso and then we'll probably be just as drunk as the guys from Kings of Leon.

Yes! The breakfast will be serverd loud and rocking with Rival Sons. That oughta wake us up. Maybe check a bit of The Pretty Reckless before drinking a beer with those nice guys of The Gaslight Anthem. Now may be a good time to have some grilled chicken before dreaming along with Elbow. If we have some time left catch a bit of Bright Eyes. Now we have to choose between the two ladies PJ Harvey and Selah Sue. Maybe both? Portishead makes me nervous and Coldplay makes me sleepy, so maybe a good time to have a snack before finding out if Underworld can still make me dance. Should be easy because we're probably drunk.

No reason to start early today. Maybe wake up with Everything Everything but they proved to be too much last year. Then it's time for break through band The Vaccines and must seeTame Impala. Sorry Kasabian, that means I won't be able to come and watch you guys, maybe next time. Then we have time to prepare mentally for the great Nick Cave with Grinderman. One of the things I'm really looking forward to. Of course I don't want to miss those old metal heads Iron Maiden. For us they are the closing act since A-Trak, Robyn and Digitalism aren't my cup of tea. Although I heard the last one may actually be worth checking out so I may give that a try. Most certainly The Black Eyed Peas are not since they must be the worst closing headliner ever on this festival. Ah well, at least there will still be beer. So I guess we will be drunk before the festival ends.

Take a look at the full line-up over here. Don't forget to check back after the festival for all my reviews and pictures. After I got all those beers out of my system of course.

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