Monday 13 August 2012

Sniffing The Grass: A Lowlands 2012 Warmup

Hopefully we can continue our nice-festival-weather streak at the Lowlands festival this year. Fortunately all stages are in tents, so we have even more reason to go inside and watch one of the many bands in case of bad weather. Not that we need more reasons of course. With so many stages we have to make choices again. Let's see what the possibilities are for me. See the full line-up over here and the time schedule over here.


Go Back To The Zoo shot to the top in no time. They made it to the biggest stage this year and are the ones to open the festival there. Not a bad start I guess. Otherwise we can always catch a bit of funk and ska with The Black Seeds.

First dilemma coming up: Ed Sheeran, who played a good set at Werchter last month that unfortunately we didn't see, or White Rabbits, the indie rock band that get such positive response. Another choice right after that: legendary hardcore band Refused, or Howler's garage rock?

At least we'll catch some feel good rock music with Brian Fallon and his The Gaslight Anthem. Or maybe see the catchy and weird music of Merrill Garbus in her tUnE-yArDs. Django Django are one of this year's hypes and are supposed to put on a great live show. If it's a let down we can always go for some old-fashioned blues rock with Graveyard.

Time to dance with Hot Chip followed by Bloc Party who hopefully will have some great new songs to show case. I love Alberta Cross' roots rock who are playing the small Charlie stage. The Black Keys have grown into a headliner and I'm sure they can live up to that status and close this day with a bang.

The first day is a busy one, so hopefully we'll have enough juice left to party a bit more.


Let's start the second day slow with some country and soul, Phantom Limb seems perfect for that. Then we'll get dirty and high with Jesse 'Boots Electric' Hughes' Eagles of Death Metal and their sleazy rock. Grease it up people! And why not keep that going with Willy Moon?

Two Door Cinema Club are getting bigger and bigger, but still haven't convinced me. Time to give them another shot. Blaudzun doesn't have to convince me any more with his hypnotic and beautiful music. Kasabian never really got to me, but I'm willing to give it one more try.

Triggerfinger are always good for a loud and impressive rock show. Although I have seen them so many times already and at the same time Charles Bradley is pouring out his soul. And the only band from Iceland who don't make annoying arty-farty itchy music, Of Monsters And Men, are playing as well. This is gonna be a tough call.

The Whitest Boy Alive should definitely loosen up our hips and otherwise Krema Kawa will, with their crazy mix of funk, ska, latin and African highlife. The Walkmen are probably the ones to send us off into the night. Maybe a few beers in the Titty Twister?


Moss are opening the last day for us. They impressed a few years ago and I'm sure they can repeat that again on the big Alpha stage. If not there's always Splendid with their easy listening summer tunes. Let's see what Zulu Winter are about. Are their pop tunes not too polished and light for me? Maybe catch some Sleigh Bells or two swinging Hammond organs at Orgel Vreten? We'll see what we're in the mood for when we get there.

We may get tired by now but Pulled Apart By Horses should keep us awake. Hopefully Colin Benders and his The Kyteman Orchestra can stun us once again. The Jarman Brothers and their band The Cribs are hot at the moment, so we're going to take a look there. Then it's time for the big climax of the festival when Foo Fighters will play a two and half hour rock set that will blow our mind. Hopefully we are able to get up close and see Dave Grohl and his mates work up a sweat.

Like always it's a full program with some interesting choices and some great headliners. So another year with plenty to enjoy. Good company and vibes do the rest. Can't wait to sink my teeth in one of those cold beers. See you there?


  1. See you! Gimme that beer ;)

  2. Haha, looks like we're gonna need a lot of them. It's gonna be hot!

  3. Like hell! I'll give you beer too (sorry I forgot to mention, it is me, tbeest))

  4. Figured that ;) Yeah, let's give each other enough beer, so we won't dehydrate!