- In 2014, I have been a busy lad, next to my art history classes I happened to help promote a local festival for Belgian bands called 'Ik zie u graag', and I have seen a lot of new bands that were pretty awesome. Some I can recommend:
King Dalton: this band produces a great mixture of psychedelic, jazz, blues and funk, with a slight sense of darkness that can only come from old tales. This was my favourite band of the festival and I shall post a video here of theirs as well.
Kenji Minogue: Now if you like weird, this is the band for you, don't worry if you can't understand the lyrics, they are the foulest dialect. Also, don't worry if you get sexually confused, they are both women, even if that is ot always clear thanks to the voice distortion and costumes. Apart from that, the performance is an experience everyone should have had at least once.
Geppetto and the Whales: cute indierock, nothing crazy about it, but it has a lovely energy and is very festival-approved by me.
- I went to Russia in june with my university, and I happened to visit St Petersburg and Moscow in a week, which was pretty intense. I can recommend taking a bit longer to see all the beauty, especially in Moscow. I shall put the pictures in a handy-dandy picture gallery on here, mainly because I just want to rewatch them.
- It was the summer of festivals, with Best Kept Secret and Rock Werchter, let me tell you which bands were my favourites on those two festivals:
My top 3 from Best Kept Secret (In no particular order, I'm only certain which one is my all time favourite)
Birth of Joy: a Dutch psychedelic rock band with a great list of gigs on their name, already going all over the US and Europe. With a hint of The Doors and great on-stage energy this band is a recipe for success.
Elbow: I'm probably the last person who heard of this band, which happened to be the night they were playing at BKS, and I was quite impressed, and wondered why I never heard them before. Yes I like them, but a link to their music won't be necessary I think.
And my favourite:
Belle and Sebastian: this band is now forever in my head as the perfect music for summer. Everytime I feel my winterdepression taking a hold of me I just listen to this song, which they dedicated to the longest day in the year.
Now I did not have that many favourites when it comes to music on Best Kept Secret, because most bands I did not know, but it was great to discover some new bands, and that's what this festival is great for. It is a not only about music, food and a great atmosphere as well make it one of my favourite places to come to, and I am certainly planning to go again in 2015!
As for my Rock Wercher favourites (in no particular order):
London Grammar: already discussed here, seeing this band live was a wonderful experience, can't think of anything else to say about them, apart from that I love their music!
Crystal Fighters: having seen this band before, I was aware of the madness I was getting myself into. But I got the setlist from a very nice guard. If you want to dance, and see hippies jump around having a great time, this is the band for you. Also very much festival approved by me.
Bombay Bicycle Club: This band was new to me, but I really liked their performance, which had that perfect summer vibe.
Gesaffelstein: also new to me, and not usually a genre I listen to, this techno/house (I'm not sure under what category this falls) made me feel pretty good, and got me dancing through the late hours.
Lykke Li: Now Lykke was one of the best things to discover at a festival, her performance was magical and wonderful and mesmerising. (she also became famous in Belgium and The Netherlands thanks to this cover by Triggerfinger, they are also a great band to see live, though they were not the best at RW, probably because of the football game that was also happening during their performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIruwzhozTc)
Stromae: The big closing act from Belgian soil: one of the best times I have had at a festival, thanks to this colourful man with a great sense of performing. He has the moves and the energy to make a whole crowd follow his commands. It was so sad when he went off the stage and Rock Werchter came officially to an end. ( But I already have a ticket for next year!)
- And I went to Norway. Pictures can be found in the picture gallery. Oslo is a lovely city, but I have not seen all of it, because I went to survive in the wilderness of a fjord in a traditional Norwegian hut.
- Other things I did: work my butt off and earn money to get a new tatoo (I shall put a photo of that in the picture gallery as well). And I started to donate blood (obviously before getting the tatoo, now I have to wait for a half year before I can donate again).
- Seen some bands live like The Editors and Moss
- And I started working for a gallery in Utrecht.
- Another favourite this year: Wes Andersons films, especially The Grand Budapest Hotel which came out this year.
All in all, this year was pretty succesful, but I do wish for more live music, adventures and creativity for 2015!