Last Sunday the annual festival Platoplanet -by recordstore Plato- was held at the Oosterpoort venue again. As I was enjoying what might be one of the last very sunny Sunday afternoons of the year on my roadbike, I was not able to attend the whole festival, but the music-addict in me could not let the whole event pass me by so after a shower and a good meal I grabbed my gear and drove my Alfa GT to the Oosterpoort.
As I arrived the Platoplanetpopquiz was in full swing and as I’m crap at quizzes anyway I ran down the stairs to see the last bit of the show by the Sky Pilots. Good old fashioned passionate rock music. I recognized lead singer and keyboard-player Matthijs van Duijvenbode from his work for Tim Knol, various Anne Soldaat bands and recently with Tangarine. Great to see him in the lead for a change as he fits very well there.
On the ‘main stage’ The Tibbs were about to start and that was the band that I felt I had to check out: reviving the Memphis Soul and Northern Soul sound of the sixties/seventies the band really grooves and leadsinger Elsa Bekman is so totally in her element there: terrific powerful voice, sensual and daring on stage teasing the audience. Just fantastic.
In the foyer Groninger formation The Tightropes led on with some great Bluesrock. A dash of Jimi Hendrix, a bit of John Mayer Trio and a lot of fun to watch and listen to. Terrific band.
At the same time the basement had a gig on as well so I had to leave The Tightropes to watch Paceshifters: pure raw loud unrelentless punky noiserock, lots of energy and although my camera had the hardest time ever to follow the action in a dark, badly lit room, the location suited the band and sound perfectly.
Back to the main stage where Color Reporters had already started their set. Extremely well written and sung pure singer/singwriter pop music, but then with Bertolf Lentink and Bas Wilberink you have a terrific base for a band. Also I recognized drummer Nicky from his earlier work with Marike Jager. Was much impressed by overall sound, but also very much by Bertolf on guitar.
As I had a busy day at work the day after and could not stay on till the very end, the last band I saw was Reverse Cowgirls, rootsrock from Groningen. Great sound and good fun to end my visit to the festival with.
Even though my visit was only short, I saw a few great bands, met a lot of friends and had a lot of fun, it’s a great tradition and a superb way to introduce new upcoming bands for not too much money. Thanks Plato!