The Mastersons and Anthony D’Amato in Vera

Last weekend all of Groningen was flooded with bands, reporters and audience from all over Europe for the festival that starts the new concert-year: Eurosonic/Noorderslag. I was not there! I started the 2017 concert-year a week later with The Mastersons and Anthony D’Amato in Vera.

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Bauer and Nana Adjoa in Vera

I learned about Bauer (not to be confused with the in the Netherlands slightly more known Frans or the American Baauer) in 2006 when they released the album ‘The Bauer Melody of 2006’, an absolutely gorgeous album recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. The fourth album of the band and for a long time… the last. Until this year that is. Ten years after that release and shortly before my vacation to Guatemala I suddenly saw a new Bauer album ‘Eyes Fully Open.

And then it turned out that the band would visit Vera in Groningen. A change I could not pass on, because you never know… maybe I’ll have to wait another ten years for another chance.

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An Pierlé in Vera

Looking to add some variation to the concerts I visit I browsed the Vera agenda a little while ago and stumbled on a name that intrigued me. The added video featuring a photo of a girl on a skippybal behind a piano sounded good so I added An Pierlé to my agenda.

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Spain in Vera

I wasn’t planning on too many concerts this week as I’ll be heading to a festival in Germany this afternoon, but then I saw the announcement of Spain in Vera and I was intrigued. As my girlfriend lives in Barcelona/Spain the name caught my eye and after listening to some songs on Youtube I was sold: I’m going to Spain!

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Roger Damawuzan & Vaudou Game in Vera

A double-concert tonight: After having visited Basia Bulat in the Grand Theatre in Groningen there was time for another great concert, even though it was totally different: Funk and Afrobeat by Vaudou Game and their special guest Roger Damawuzan.

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Die Nerven and Wolvon

I love singer-songwriter, blues, a bit of Americana/roots, but every so often I need my mind blown. Get a bit on uncontrolled, care-free loud music ran through it and after a long streak of lovely, beautiful concerts the mention of Die Nerven in Vera was an opportunity not to be missed.

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Subroutine festival – Rats on Rafts, Vox Von Braun and Nouveau Vélo

Subroutine is celebrating it’s tenth birthday and brought 5 acts to the Vera venue in Groningen. And as I’ve been itching to see Rats on Rafts live for a while now, this was a perfect opportunity for it.

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Hex Dispensers and The Pandoras in Vera

Instead of taking a nice restful evening after the busy two days at the MXGP races on the TT Circuit, I went to Vera to start the concert season again with one of my favorite bands: The Hex Dispensers!

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Daniel Norgren in Vera

As I drive into Groningen, I could see the huge Ferris Wheel of the May Fair on the Vismarkt popping out over the buildings, the sun was slowly setting and with the first official summer-temperature day of 2015, it was a lovely evening. But I wasn’t in Groningen for that… I had completely missed the announcement of Daniel Norgrens gig in Vera until a friend pointed me to that. Quickly checked it out and it sounded great, so onwards to Groningen!

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