One day later, One concert later
This time I got together with a friend who wanted to see The Levellers as well and met some of his friends there later . This time I first went by the merchandise stand. I wanted a new t-shirt and couldn't reach the stand at the festival. I bought a dark blue shirt with the tour dates on the back and the new album cover on the front:
I love my levs shirts. I wear them so often. I doubted for a second about buying the towel, but April had been a very expensive month. I had bought myself a new watch and a dress. So I decided to wait. First I want to buy the new cd.
First a support act which was pretty good. They made a nice transition possible to the Levellers. The songs they played were the same as on the festival. I had hoped there would be a few different ones. till it was great. They did add What You Know.
The evening was over way too soon. Though we could understand them to be quite tired after a gig. They jump and dance on stage so much, it takes a lot of energy. I hope they will return to the Netherlands soon, or the northern part of belgium is good as well.
I went home alone, my friend staying behind. I wanted to stay as well, but I have to work saturdays. And the saturday before Mother's Day usually is the busiest day of the year (not this year though :( ). When I got home I felt great, nothing hurt, not my legs as they had done all day from jumping in Wageningen, not my throat from the cold I have. I put my admittedly gross, sweat soaked 2003 levellers shirt in the laundry and washed up without waking up my mum. Laying in bed it became clear I had been running on adrenaline. My sniffs were back in full force ans well as my leg and knee aches. The singing of the last two days, well in my case screaming tunelessly, was probably not a good idea.
Oh well, sometimes a girl just gotta let go.
As we all know it's 60 years after World War II. Here, in the Netherlands, the peace pact was signed May 5th 1945 in Hotel 'De Wereld'.
May 4th the fallen are being remembered.
May 5th the liberation is celebrated.On this day there are music festivals all over the country. This year I went to Wageningen.
Wageningen is a bit different from the others as it has the defilé, there were thousands of veterans from the US, Britain, Canada and Poland, also Dutch veterans from later wars (eg Dutchbat which was stationed in Kosovo). There were also helicopters and airplanes flying over, amongst which an Apache. F-16 and a Bomber. It was pretty impressive to see. And it was the last chance to see the defilé in this form. Next year will have a Veterans' Day (June 29th). The guests at this defilé were the crown prince Willem-Alexander, prime minister Balkenende and the Governor Genera of Canada amongst others.
Now for the music:
I saw three shows in total:
- Ian Siegal
- Rapalje (a Dutch band playing celtic songs)
- the defilé
- The Levellers
The reason I went to this festival. Going alone as I did wasn't a problem. There were enough people willing to chat a bit. Mark, Simon, Jon, Charlie, Jeremy and the rest of the gang were as usual great. They have such an energy on stage, their cds don't do them real justice. You just have to be there!
Although the three girls next to me seemed to think different. They were clearly waiting for the next gig, Intwine. Well, that's the thing with festivals. There 'll be also people who don't like it at all and who come for a different band. But I think it's nice to see bands you might not go and see normally, they can be great. Just enjoy yourself! I never would have gone to Ian Siegal myself, but it was okay. Just have some fun!
They played old stuff as well as songs from the new cd Truth & Lies (out May 23rd). Of course the played Liberty, how could they not play it this day. The concert was over way too soon. Even though my knees hurt. I stood first row and kept, accidentally and pushed by others, banging against the barrier between us and the stage. after the concert I was in doubt to stay for another band, but as I had a rather annoying cold (I had just regained my voice) I went home. It was a 'Beautiful Day'