5FDP @Tilburg: A Brief Review Of An Abbreviated Concert

Last Monday, 12th June 2017, American metallers Five Finger Death Punch (often shortened to ‘Death Punch’, ‘5FDP’ or ‘FFDP’) returned to the stage in the Netherlands at 013 in Tilburg. And things were far from normal. For starters, the band went on without lead singer Ivan Moody and had former Divine Heresy vocalist Tommy Vext fill in for two songs. 

Shortly after Moody came on stage, it continued to be a unusual performance consisting of the band not playing in sync with each other and the numerous extended breaks band members took between songs. To cap it all, onstage arguments between band members ensured that their set lasted no longer than forty minutes. This is further backed by footage of guitarist Jason Hook throwing his guitar onstage and leaving during “Burn MF.”

During “The Bleeding”, which would unfortunately be the last song the guys played this evening, Ivan was constantly holding his ear and looked as if he was hurt. After the song finished he immediately went offstage. The rest of the band dropped their instruments, threw some picks and sticks in the audience, said ‘Thank you’ and they were gone too, leaving everyone, including light and sound crew, confused. According to the time schedule this was about an hour and a half to early.

I guess, like almost all other 2.999 metalheads who visited this strange concert, I am kind of disappointed in their show too. I’ve seen them do such a better performance last year at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. That show was just absofuckinglutely amazing!

Nevertheless, I still had a great evening with good bearded company. And, despite the abbreviated concert, I got to rock on some my favorite Five Finger Death Punch songs, like “Wash It All Away”, “Bad Company”, “Jekyll And Hyde” and “Under And Over It”… hell yeah!

It seems the guys of Five Finger Death Punch really had a bad case of the Mondays. Just hoping Saturday’s show on Graspop Metal Meeting will be great again.

 

Setlist:
1.   Lift Me Up
2.   Never Enough
3.   Wash It All Away
4.   Got Your Six
5.   Bad Company
6.   Jekyll And Hyde
7.   Burn MF
8.   The Agony Of Regret
9.   Wrong Side Of Heaven
10. Remember Everything
11. Coming Down
12. Under And Over It
13. The Bleeding

Pictures (excluding selfie): Dorien Goetschalckx – FrontView Magazine

 

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Keltfest 2017: An Awesome Celtic party!

Keltfest 2017 has just passed and what a great festival it was! The festival grounds were packed and filled with good vibes and smiles from ear to ear. Thousands came to the Dutch Biesbosch National Park in Dordrecht to enjoy Celtic music and food, browse vendor booths and hirtoric activities.

For those who don’t know, Keltfest, organised by Vana Events, is the biggest two-day Celtic event of the Netherlands, with lots of Celtic bands, entertainment, a market and Historic groups.

Keltfest is a fun and family-orientated festival for all ages. Kids enjoy a children’s area with a.o. crafting, face painting, archery and the traditional kiddybattle, when children have a chance to fight the adults. For the adults, a beer garden is available were they serve refreshing cider and three awesome draft beers: Murphys Red, Strongbow, Pimpelaer and Pimpelaer Gold (beer with a touch of honey). Of course, all drinks are served in special stone Keltfest cups.

Throughout the festival grounds, vendors offered a variety of wares, including kilts, toys, fairy costumes, jewelry, and swords and bow replicas. My sweet boyfriend Count vlAD bought himself an awesome new Viking drinking horn at Drachenheim’s stall. So, next time he can drink his beer in style.

Like most festivals, Keltfest also has many food vendors to satisfy your inner Celt. Going from simple fast food such as fries or pizza, to meat dishes like Highlander steak or Spareribs. But you can also find many vegetarian options. One of my favorite “old-timely snacks” is garlic bread (aka Knobibröt)… quite simple, but very tasty!

The festival field Dutch Biesbosch is a great location for an event like this. There is plenty of room to enjoy and dance on your favorite music in the sun. But, for those warm and sunny festival days (like we had), the location offers plenty of tree-shaded spots to just sit and relax for a bit.

To conclude: Keltfest is a brilliant and well-organized event. My boyfriend and I really had loads of fun. The sunny weather, good music, tasty food, and, above all, the fantastic atmosphere made it a wonderful day. I am already looking forward to the next edition!

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Festival TREK 2017: A Tasty Time!

This May the new season of (food truck) Festival TREK started, so my friends and I hopped into the car and attended this year’s edition in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It was my first visit to this festival and I really had a great and tasty time; good bearded company to spend the day with, sunny summer weather, fine background music, refreshing drinks and, of course, tasty street food.

If you’re looking for mini gastronomic adventure with friends or family, the Festival TREK is good fun. For this festival, numerous food trucks travel through the entire country to provide city parks with delicacies and drinks, plus live music, theatre and other entertainment. How cool is that! Every edition lasts between two and four days, depending on the city.

Entrance is free, so there will be more cash for your delicacies. All you need to do is spot the best street food truck. You can find food ranges from the exotic such as Surinamese and Indie food, to the homely like pizza and Dutch mini pancakes. Each car has its own specialty. There’s a range of vegan and veggie options too, so everyone can join in on the street food action. With such a great selection, the only problem is going to be deciding what to tuck into.

I just love grilled food. My personal favorites were burgers by “STACKS”, pork belly sandwich by “Het Weeshuys” and flank steak sandwich by “Proeven = Geloven”.

Of course, good street food needs to be accompanied by an equally impressive drink. The festival also has a focus on craft beer, wine and cocktails. But, for those who do not drink alcohol (or, just like me, have to drive your friends home safely), there is also a variety of nonalcoholic drinks.

To conclude: Festival TREK was well worth the visit and is a great place to hang out with friends. I am sure I am going to be back next time. 

 

 

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A Magical Visit: Elfia Haarzuilens 2017

Last weekend I visited Europe’s biggest fantasy festivals: Elfia Haarzuilens 2017. And it was magical!

For those who don’t know, Elfia is an outdoor fantasy event in The Netherlands and from 2009 it has been held twice a year, in April at Castle de Haar (Haarzuilens) and in September at Castle Arcen (Arcen). The festival be described as a wonderful mixture of an open-air convention, Renaissance fair, concerts, and cosplay contest, spread over an entire weekend. Elfia is supposedly attended by around 30,000 guests. This year’s 25th edition of the event was held in the beautiful grounds of Castle de Haar and was celebrated with the theme “Good Faeries, Bad Faeries.”

Castle de Haar is really a great location for an event like this. You already have a great setting (for taking beautiful pictures) and a massive terrain to work with. Because of the large castle grounds, even with the crowds it was perfectly possible to find a quiet spot to just sit and relax for a bit, or to take photos unhindered of other visitors. Also the whole location is very pretty, even when you’re not looking at all the stands and cosplayers.

Elfia is quite possibly the most varied fantasy fair that the Netherlands has on offer. There is something for everyone: lectures, concerts, storytellers and themed areas (Steampunk, Medieval, Post-apocalyptic, …). There is also a huge market where you can buy almost everything from clothing to replica swords and just general toys and gadgets. I just could resist to buy myself an awesome new headpiece at the NoxAurum stall.

The food is very nice and there are plenty of stalls to get some tasty “old-timely snacks”, going from simple fast food such as fries or candy apples, to meat dishes like pork roast with sauerkraut. And all pretty reasonable in price. For those who are not eating animal meat, human or alien meat, there are also many vegetarian options. My personal favorites are garlic breads (aka Knobibröt) and, as you can see on the picture, meat on a stick.

To conclude: Elfia Haarzuilens was well worth the visit. We arrived fairly early and stayed for almost the whole day, so when we left we were quite exhausted. But we really had loads of fun. Good music, tasty food, nice market stalls, the fantastic atmosphere, meeting friends, admiring other people’s beautiful outfits (read: creations)… we just enjoyed everything and are already looking forward to the next edition!

 

              

           Pictures are made by Jan Brouwer (left and middle picture) and Joop Clavaux (right).

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