Ben Caplan and Hilbrandt Mill in Vera

I decided to give Ben Caplan a try in Vera last night. What I’d seen on Youtube sounded promising and the word of mouth buzz was good too, so it seemed a very good idea to end the week like that. I wasn’t really expecting the venue to be as crowded as it turned out to be.

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Picknick in het Plantsoen in Groningen

On Monday the 28th of May -Whit Monday- there were still many more festivals. Pinkpop was about to work up to the main act (Bruce Springsteen), Ribs&Blues was far from done, but I chose to check out the park in Groningen where wishfulmusic held it’s second ‘Picknick in het Plantsoen’

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Wolfmother and Shaking Godspeed in De Oosterpoort

For the past few years the Oosterpoort venue has shown a fantastic alternative for those that couldn’t make it to the Pinkpop festival. One or two of the bigger acts will play a gig in De Oosterpoort one or two days before or after their Pinkpop gig. On Saterday they had the Band of Horses over -which I had to miss as I was at the Groeten uit Grollo festival- and last night they had Wolfmother! Again :)

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Agnes Obel and Yori Swart in De Stadsschouwburg

Last years release of the album Philharmonics by Agnes Obel was a huge success. Piano based songs with a fantastic voice. So I was hugely disappointed I wasn’t able to go to Eurosonic this year, although most likely the venue would have been filled to the brim anyway. I had to wait a little longer, but eventually Agnes would return and last Sunday was that time.

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Marike Jager and Anton Walgrave in De Oosterpoort

Last night Marike Jager came to Groningen with her clubtour promoting her latest album ‘Here comes the Night’. Marike has become quite the celebrity over here in the past few years presenting festivals on TV and becoming a regular guest on a daily Dutch TV show, but luckily she’s still mainly an amazing musician with her third album proving just that.

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Eefje de Visser and Katia in De Oosterpoort

Last Thursday I finally got my chance to see Eefje de Visser. A new rising star in the Dutch music-scene. She played at Noorderslag earlier this year but now she was back as part of her tour.

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