Graspop - Friday 24/06 - Part 1
Part 1.1: the Belgian traffic...
The first day of the festival I especially wanted to see Foreigner, Journey and Scorps
. But I am someone who always delays everything untill the last moment, so also my time of leaving was a bit on the late side. I was still at home when I got a call from Philip (kavr) saying that he and Ron (cameleon) were stuck in the traffic jam in Antwerp. Shortly after that I also set off.
There was no way in avoiding Antwerp on the road to Dessel, and when approaching Antwerp, I could see signs above the road saying there was traffic jam indeed. Mostly traffic problems around Antwerp are related to the tunnels
under the river. All the traffic has to come together to those bottlenecks. In the last minute, I decide to be "clever" and to take the other tunnel, the one where you have to pay toll
, because mostly it is less busy through that road. But unluckily this time the traffic problems were not at the tunnels. It was exactly at the junction with the E34 highway to Dessel that there were roadworks and therefore traffic jams from whatever direction you were approaching that junction. Probably it was even worse through the direction I took. That always happens to me. In the supermarket I also always pick the slowest queue...
After loosing a bit more than 1 hour in Antwerp, I finally was heading out to the E34 highway
. I was already very doubtfull if I was going to make it in time for Foreigner, but I had nothing to loose
at all, so I just kept on driving
, down the road. Untill I got in Dessel. There all traffic was immobilised again. Probably there was an accident or something. Lost at least another half hour there before I could park the car. After a walk of about 10-15 minutes to the festival ground, I could hear Foreigner playing their last song
, while I was approaching the entrance.
Part 1.2: Journey
By using 21st century
communication technology I managed to find out the location of Philip and Ron pretty soon. Because they were quite in the front, I decided to bring them some drinks
. Not because I thought Philip might be thirsty. Nono. People who know Philip, know he never lets it come to the point of being thirsty. But when you are carrying drinks, people let you pass easier.
I found Philip, Ron and Bram in the 10th row, on the side of the stage which we can call, to avoid misunderstandings with left and right, the Matthias
side, close to the centre. Journey opened with "Separate ways
" a song that I like very much. They played all their hits
and some new songs
. I suppose the exact setlist will be published on the usual places
later. I thought it was a very good show with very clear vocals and the music was played very nicely. A very enjoyable concert I found it. It has even happened that noises were escaping from my mouth that could be described, by people who don't know better as "singalong". People who consider coming to Brussels in November be warned! Use ear protection!
Part 1.3: Between Journey and Scorps
When Journey had finished we got a message from Jess that she had just arrived. Ron and Bram went to find her, Philip went for a beer and I went to say hi to another Belgian fan that I hadn't met yet. None of us was interested to stay in the front to see Korn. After that I walked around on the festival ground a bit, untill I met Jess, Ron and Bram again, who were taking a rest in the grass. I told them I wanted to see Epica in the Marquee, so I was going to join them a bit later at the main stage. Although it had been raining quite hard in the early afternoon, the weather was very nice and sunny and I decided to have a little nap in the grass, near the Marquee while waiting for Epica. When I heard they were starting I "woke up" and went inside the tent to have a look. There were quite a lot of people inside and I watched the concert from a bit in front of the PA. I didn't know them very well before, but they were not bad, I find their style
a bit similar as early Within Temptation. And they have a nice front woman.
I didn't stay in the tent untill the last song, but started migrating to the front rows of the main stage. I found Philip there (always at Matthias side) in the 20th row and decided to stay with him. Ron, Bram and Jess had conquered a spot behind the barriers, we could see them from where we were. After some minutes Volbeat
started, and it seems that we were just at the borderline with the real battle zone, where the fans were moshing and pogo-ing. There were also quite some crowdsurfers during Volbeat, we were tossing people above our heads all the time. But quite a nice concert too. One of the better parts I found when they were playing a Johnny Cash
Part 2 about Scorps will follow in another post, later.