|The settin sunlight: photo by Wo.|
Having said all this, this year I focused mainly on the talent stage. On the main stage, there was nothing much I wanted to see during the day and passed on Balthazar.
|Lucas Hamming. Photo by Wo.|
|Admiral Freebee. Photo by Wo.|
Just walking around the market enjoying the extremely beautiful weather, beer in hand, we heard what was going on on the main stage. It must have been a huge party. The screen showed 12, 14, 16? people and the sound was like Manu Chao crossed with Les Negrettes Vertes. A latin kind of music stew was cooked under high pressure. We decided to leave it at that and take a break.
On coming back we heard Sue The Night play. I'm sorry to say that I'm still not getting 'The Whale'.
|Son Mieux. Photo by Wo.|
|My Baby. Photo by Wo.|
Bo Diddley must be proud. My Baby has taken his music and brought it to a level that Diddley never even could have imagined. The effects on the guitars of My Baby's lead guitarist are outer wordly for a 50s boogie/rock and roll artist. He may play a cigar box guitar, in one song, like Diddley did, there's just no comparison and a little bit more variation as well, luckily. It's the effects that give My Baby all the atmosphere and spunk. The beat in the music is relentless and gives an impression as if at a dance party. Not moving was not an option and the audience obliged willingly. Fronted by a singer with a voice that can go off to all sorts of heights, adding some mystery to music and able to give the eeriest electric violin solo I've ever heard -the feedback from the effects on the violin was barely containable- there is quite a trio playing its set. Again all but classical in line up. No bass player here, two guitarists of which the solo guitarist plays as if he's at least two or three strong. Fingerpicking, slide, it all did not matter, the sound was huge none the same. My Baby is a need-see Dutch band. Exciting, good, with the rock-boogie songs to boot.
We thought it enough for the day. The sun was great, the atmosphere as well, the beer pleasantly cooled. Again compliments are due to the people in the background, as this is a fantastic festival, where those present are celebrating freedom, are able to do just that. Everything one needs is there as if the most normal thing in that spot. Come back today and you know it's not. I sort of doubt that the audience is celebrating freedom in earnest, but as a party it's a great concept. See you next year.