Almost forgot to post these shots… Basically because I was sitting on them until the Red Ribbon Rock festival published their new online magazine, though it seems like that will take a while longer.
The Red Ribbon Rock organisation wants to create more awareness of STDs and safe sex in a lighthearted way by, amongst others, organising a festival each year. Last year they did this in Willemeen, a local venue in my hometown of Arnhem with seven Dutch bands plus a (very special) surprise act. First up were The Medics who didn’t just rock the stage but also the rest of the venue.
The singer of The Benelux was a familiar face to me, as I had already seem him in his former band Hit Me TV in 2008, but I liked his music even better in his new band. Check out their video ‘Girl Singer’ on YouTube and maybe you’ll understand why.
Shaking Godspeed are a local band, but I have strong suspicions that their new album ‘Hoera’ (translated: Hurray!) will be their national and possibly international breakthrough. Fingers crossed for these rockers!
Pop Up Animal Kids might be a funny name for a band, but these guys take their music very seriously. Guitar gods of the low countries!
The band I was most looking forward on the night was Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap and they didn’t disappoint. Amazing! Maybe it’s Dope D.O.D. that’s stealing the dubstep driven hiphop spotlight at the moment in the Netherlands (backed by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst) but boy oh boy the beats and lyrics of Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap are the dog’s bollocks too!
The Routines from Nijmegen performed one of their last gigs at the festival, as shortly after the band seized to exist…
After The Routines (or was it before their set? can’t fully remember anymore) hungry members of the audience were lured to the downstairs stage where they were promised a warm sausage on a sandwich and to be honest that’s what they got, but next to food there also was another sausage on offer… Punk rockers Sausage Party were the surprise act of the evening and I could think of no better act to surprise the unexpecting audience, hehe…
Final act of the night was Seven League Beats and these two guys proved exactly why they’re a sought after duo to produce the beats for quite a few of the premier hiphop artists in the Netherlands, but that they’re also equally at home producing their own tracks… A great end to a super evening in Arnhem!
Eight(!) photo galleries with shots from all performing bands after the break…
Enjoy the photos!
Pop Up Animal Kids
Boef en de Gelogeerde Aap
Seven League Beats