Having only just arrived in England, the best way to get acclimatized to the country is of course to start and see a band. So on the first evening in Engeland my lovely hosts took me to The Cluny in Newcastle Upon Tyne to see the Kat Men, a rockabilly band with members of Imelda May’s band and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats.
In the Pentecost weekend (or ‘Pinksterweekend’ as it’s known in Dutch) is very popular in the Netherlands for it’s many festivals. Best know will the the Pinkpop festival, but there are many more. Usually you’ll find me in Raalte on at least one of the days for the annual Ribs&Blues festival. A brilliant festival mixing the outdoor activities associated with the warm weather (BBQ anyone?) with loads of music of the blues variation.
After a great afternoon with some fantastic blues music, Ribs&Blues headed into the evening for some more blues.
I had hardly had time to recover from the Jonsi gig from the night before when on Wednesday I headed back to De Oosterpoort for a completely different kind of gig. The Rockabilly and Rock&Roll sound of Imelda May. And I do so love these kind of gigs. The audience here is completely different to that of other gigs. Guys with greased hair, leather jackets and impressive shoes, girls in pretty 50’s rock&roll dresses and ditto hair. The atmosphere is already great long before the gig has even started.
On June 12 Belgian Arno Hintjens and his band played in the small hall in the Oosterpoort venue in Groningen.
Arno plays a mix of rock, blues, new wave and French chansons and flirts with Arabian music. His voice is a raw, lived through one and he looks impressive on stage. His band is as varied as are his songs and the sound is great.
However, seeing as I have two other Belgian bands to shoot that evening, I’m forced to leave after 6 songs. A shame, it sounds great