Whenever someone mentions the word “festival”, several images come instantly into my mind. For example, “music” as in: different kinds of music; “people” as in: lots of people; “volume” as in: connected with and related to aforementioned music and people; “beer” as in: countless litres of the stuff flowing freely from many designated areas; “mud” as in: the squidgy browny-black stuff that is usually the result of lots of rain falling onto a grassy area that could perhaps have been described as a field in another life.
Yep, the 34th Bospop gathering had the lot! Continue reading “BOSPOP 2014 – 2 days of rock, soul, blues ‘n’ rain!”
Steven Jump 1957 – 2013
I remember the exact day, date and time I first heard of Steven Jump and “Badlands”, as in the UK Springsteen Fan Club and as per the ticket stub I still have from my first ever Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes concert which took place in The Institute, Digbeth, Birmingham on Wednesday 4th March, 1992 – the same day that “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town” were released.
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AWD Arena, Hannover – 28 May 2013
There are always a few questions hovering at the back of my mind whenever I have a Springsteen concert marked on my calendar, especially when it is open-air, e.g. Will the weather hold? Will I be able to see what’s going on without having to crick my neck too much? Will Bruce and the band play my favourite songs?
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Dilemma: What do you do when three festivals that feature bands and musicians you really, really want to see, fall on the same weekend in three different countries?
No brainer. You pack the car and go!
Continue reading “BOZZPOP 2013 – back home!”
As Forest Gump’s mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get!” And I guess the same could be said about festivals… you see the line up, you pick out your favourites, you pack your wellies, plastic poncho, sun cream and shades to cover all weather extremes and off you go to hang with a considerable number of like-minded people for a full weekend of… well, let’s-wait-and-see-what-happens-sort-of-thing.
Continue reading “Bospop 2012 – two glorious days of mud, music and much, much more!”
Bill Toms and Martin Praetorius – two outstanding performers from different continents with songs to sing and stories to tell – especially the one about how they ended up teaming-up on internet radio in Schwanewede on a lazy, Sunday afternoon! Continue reading “Bill Toms and Martin Praetorius on deichRadio”
BOSPOP 2011 – 3 Days of Bands, Beer and Brilliant Music!
Not only was Bospop 2011 the 31st occasion in the history of this music festival, but it was also the first one to run over 3 days namely, the 8th, 9th and 10th July. The actual Bospop site is situated on the edge of the picturesque Dutch town of Weert – Limburg, and with its close proximity to the borders of neighbouring countries, Germany and Belgium, the festival attracts a truly international audience for what is, in my opinion, the friendliest, best organised music festival I have ever had the pleasure of attending.
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Something was certainly in the air during the week the Jukes returned to Central Europe – and I don’t just mean the heady aroma of the Dutch Weed that seems to appear as if by magic, encircling you like Harry Potter‟s cloak of invisibility the minute you enter the Amsterdam city limits.
No, this “something” was even more powerful than that.
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BOSPOP FESTIVAL – Weert, The Netherlands, 10 and 11 July 2010 – 2 days of baking temperatures, fabulous music, a spectacular thunderstorm and an appearance by… Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes.
If you’ve never come across “Bospop” before, don’t worry… neither had I until I heard that Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes were scheduled to make an appearance at this year’s 30th Anniversary bash. Back in 1980, Bospop began its life as a platform for showcasing local talent. However, since then it has steadily grown in popularity becoming one of the Netherlands’ biggest outdoor happenings, forcing a move to a new, larger site this year.
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The news that announced the passing of Delores Holmes on April 16th, 2010 was met with great sadness; not just from those closest and dearest to Delores, but also from the New Jersey music scene. Its roll of honour had just lost another mainstay performer.
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