Tuesday 1 July 2014

Sniffing The Grass: A Rock Werchter 2014 Warm Up

We've been going to the Belgian festival Rock Werchter for many years, but the festival is much older. This year is the 40th edition so we don't want to miss it. And boy do they have a great line-up for us. It's gonna be busy as hell and I'm pretty sure we're gonna be naggered after four great days of music. So what's there?

Well, their will be great food (oh yeah, friet stoofvlees) and our best of friends Mr Joe Piler. And many great bands of course. Too many to choose actually. But let's give it a shot.

We really have to make sure we're there on time, because we don't want to miss Radkey. And what about a two hour Daptone Super Soul Revue with stars of that record label like Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. Maybe have a peek at Bombay Bicycle Club's show as well, although they never really impressed me. Miles Kane won me over long time ago and every show of him is worth while. I'm not too sure about blues player Valerie June, but want to see it, to know for sure. And this time I definitely want to see the full show by rock legend Robert Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters. I like Placebo, but I will have to leave their show early since I don't want to miss anything of Damon Albarn's show. We've seen Metallica perform so many times, but we'll probably enjoy them with a few beers and then afterwards maybe grab a bit of Arsenal.

No need to rise and shine early today, except when it gets too hot. But then we're off to a great start with the rhythm 'n blues youngsters The Strypes. After that I want to check out what Puggy are all about. Who's up for Mexican? Rodrigo y Gabriela are going to show their amazing guitar skills. I heard good things about New Zeeland band The Naked And Famous and their catchy electro indiepop. Maybe now it's time to dance with the Parov Stelar Band and their jazzy dance tunes. Hopefully Foster The People can give us a good time as well. Paolo Nutini turned into a soul man and is impressing everyone with his sincere songs. Arctic Monkeys should be able to close this night on a high.

It's the third day of the festival and slowly this is starting to wear on us. But I want to make it in time for The Temperance Movement since I heard good things about them. I'm not too sure about blues man Jonny Lang but who knows if he can surprise us. Midlake was quite entertaining two weeks ago, although nothing to go really wild about. But it's good for a nice mellow moment of the day. I'm sure the ladies of Haim, who were here last year as well, will be able to rock us again. Let's see what Ozark Henry can cook up for us. The rockers of Biffy Clyro could be a nice warm up to the heavy and always convincing rock shows of Triggerfinger who are playing a home game. The Black Keys are growing bigger and bigger and will most definitely rock the main stage. Maybe dance a little at Trentemøller before we have to make the toughest choice of the festival since Pixies and Pearl Jam are playing at the same time, what's up with that Werchter!? As if that by itself isn't already a devilish dilemma, the Dutch soccer team are playing their quarter finals game of the world cup. I guess I'll make it two out of three and make it up to our Orange team when they are playing in the semi-finals. And I'm convinced they will.

Last day of the festival and this one is all about survival. But there's no time to take it slow. Kuroma are leading off, but I also want to see Reignwold and Oscar & The Wolf. That is a tough choice. Parquet Courts should be able to blow us away and make us forget about our aching bodies. I don't expect a lot from Pete Dougherty and his Babyshambles reunion. Royal Blood may be a far better choice. Time to slow things down maybe with Metronomy and dream away. But after that we're gonna dance again with Foals and dance even more with Franz Ferdinand. How are MGMT doing these days? Do they still got it? And what about Kings Of Leon who are bigger than ever but their last couple of albums don't work for me and their live shows feel uncomfortable. I'm sure Stromae will close down the festival with an impressive show. The Belgian musician is one of the fastest rising stars this year.

I'm not sure if we're going to survive this edition if we want to make all these bands. But I'm sure gonna try. Wish me luck. See the full line-up over here.

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