Rock Werchter 2009: simplify and renew

The 35th edition of Rock Wechter 2009 (Belgian ‘rock’ festival) is over. It was good, great weather and great organization, but I heard often the remark that the line-up was a bit poor this year.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Simplify. My two highlights of Rock Werchter were Rodrigo y Gabriela and Seasick Steve. Rodrigo y Gabriela did it with only two guitars and no singing; Seasick Steve with a 3-string ‘piece of shit’, some other weird instruments and actually great singing. It’s surprising that such bands, with quite a simple setup and show, can do such great things and entertain lots of people.

Placebo

Renew. Some bands performed better than previous editions. Placebo for example was, in my opinion, much better than few years ago. Everyone says the change of drummer did good, well, indeed! Same goes for The Killers: they gave a good show and was for me more enjoyable. Kaiser Chiefs, 4th time in a row on the main stage, were still great! Ricky lost weight, and their new songs on the newest album are much harder (I dubbed the festival Rock Kaiser Chiefs). Change is good from time to time.

A pool

Headliners. Thursday: Oasis.. booooring. Friday: Coldplay was of course fantastic! You should see them live if you can! Saturday: Kings of Leon, and I had no idea they had so much hits! Not much of a show, but it was indeed a great moment! On Sunday Metallica finished, and I must say that they sounded better than 2 years ago though we didn’t watch until the end.

Other stuff I liked. Dave Matthews Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails (farewell?), Elbow, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and.. well, I missed the Eagles of Death Metal..

Till next year!
(More photos on Flickr.)

Editors gig in Aschaffenburg (DE)

Yesterday, Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg became the epicenter for a select number of Editors fans. From all over Germany (and outside) people came to sweat during the only gig Editors were doing in Germany. The venue was great to get intimate.

Editors

So far all reactions were positive and people that just discovered them enjoyed. It was bringing back memories of Joy Division for a few! It was a good set, about an hour and a half, just right. You know, like a steak or paprika well done.
I made few pictures with my new, pocket camera, a IXUS 980 IS. Not matching my SLRs, but at least I could shake without worrying about the glass. Oh, and even a video!
A great evening it was! Ah, and great pizza too!

Sigur Rós in Wiesbaden, Germany

Yesterday I went with friends, actually the full Freiwild-team, to see Sigur Rós in Schlachthof, Wiesbaden (Germany). For me it was the second time this summer I saw this spectacular Icelandic band.

At the Rock Werchter festival start of July (2008) they gave one of the best performances I saw there, Radiohead afterwards was like ‘Oh, well’. Yesterday, it was the first time to get intimate with Sigur Rós together with a packed venue, an old slaughterhouse. I don’t know the songs that good to write down a set list, but it was a good mixture of the 3 last albums.
Ólafur Arnalds was supporting act. It was OK, but the only thing I didn’t like were the electronic drums..
Go experience Sigur Rós when you can! Apparently it wasn’t sold out, you guys missed something!