Several weeks ago I read that New Cool Collective was coming to Assen, my home town! How cool is that? Very cool! And it’s a good thing, because the name of the festival opening the cultural season of Assen would not have grabbed my attention at all. Preuvenement is about the worst name of an event I’ve heard in a long time. But that didn’t matter: New Cool is here to make us forget that awful name.
New Cool Collective came back to Groningen and I was rather shocked to see I had not seem them live since 2013. And that’s just too long without seeing the band so I was very happy to go to the Oosterpoort venue and see the band again last Wednesday.
As my love had visited me in May and we’re to go on vacation in September, the end of June was a good moment for a visit to Barcelona and see M. before my colleagues vacations start in July. And so Wednesday evening on the 24th I travelled to Barcelona once more to find M. waiting for me at the airport
My wonderful girlfriend M. had a big musical surprise for me. After attending the Dani Nel.lo concert a day earlier she totally kept me in the dark of the evenings plans and even arriving at La Pedrera I had no idea of where we were going and once on the roof I still was in the dark (well, there was a drumkit and a double-bass, so Jazz was obvious, but not until m. nudged me when the musicians entered the roof of La Pedrera did I know who’d we be watching/listening to.
In 2014 I saw many concerts again. Some by band I knew and it introduced many new artists and bands to me and I loved so many of them. It’s absolutely impossible to arrange a set in a Top 10 as there were so many incredible concerts and one is simply so much different to another. But I would like, as is the custom at the end of the year, to highlight a few moments of the year.
As every year I buy way more albums than is good for me (trust me, it’s too much). However I must admit that this year I haven’t bought that many albums that were actually released this year. I’m sure I’ll find a lot that I missed somewhere in the next year, but it has made producing a top 10 list just a bit easier. Continue reading The 10 albums of 2014
Benjamin Herman came to Groningen last Friday. Leaving the New Cool Collective to it’s own devices Benjamin is touring with a more pure-Jazz oriented quartet now.
It’s the 20th Anniversary of Swingin’ Groningen this year and that has to be celebrated! The festival was rebooted 3 years ago after having been on hiatus for a couple of years and -after a modest start- is starting to really grow again. Mixing wel known names with new talent is showing to be a good success. June 13th was the opening evening of the festival.
As luck would have it I was not about to get to see a lot of Eurosonic this year. Busy plans at work and on top of that I fell ill on Friday afternoon and that kept me away from the full Saturday planning as well. I did however finally get to see Kyteman Orchestra on the open Air stage (probably further aiding to my getting the flu) and the ever fabulous New Cool Collective.
It’s always nice to look back over the past year and see what albums stood out. Even though there’s still a few albums underway, they won’t be in time to get a good enough impression of for a final list and then again… ask me again next week and the list might look different from what it looks like now. And in the end.. what’s the value of a list anyway. But they are fun, so here we go!