Platoplanet 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!