A new festival in Groningen: the Rumbling Earth festival, with musicians playing in various open locations all over Groningen. I was browsing lovely new road bicycles most of the afternoon, so I wasn’t able to see a lot of it and as it started raining at the end of the afternoon I cut my visit to Groningen a bit short, but… but, but, but… I saw three great acts anyway!
On a lively little square in Groningen that I never knew it existed -the Uurwerkersplein- Chris van der Ploeg, aka I Took Your Name, started playing at four. I’ve known Chris for year now. First as a member of Audiotransparent and later as I Took Your Name, his artist name, taken from a R.E.M. song. The songs are small, pleasant and acoustic. Perfect for a sunny afternoon.
I then aimed for the Vismarkt, but as nothing was happening there, I walked on to the Herestraat, where I found a piano under the ‘Men at work’ store. A great location and Remko Wind had also started his set. With keyboard and a loopmachine he carefully built the layers of his songs. A bit more power and sunglasses to add a dash of summer. Loved the set.
I felt a few drops of rain as I walked to the Poeleplein where Tamar Lewis was about to start. Unfortunately it started raining quite a bit more soon. A few die-hard fans with umbrellas stayed put, but for the rest people started getting out of the rain and that’s a shame.
Tamar sings wonderfully, but here in the open and without amplification she is hardly audible a few meters off. Those close enough had a nice, rainy concert though.
I called it quits after that, to much rain… Rumbling Earth is a fantastic new festival, playing like street musicians all over Groningen is a really neat idea, but we could have used a bit more sun.