On 29 April The Hague transformed into a large music festival with some 30 Dutch bands playing on several stages in the city centre. The age and experience of the artists ranged from one to many years. As it is the day before Queens Day, many visitors arrived dressed in red-white-blue and orange. My contributions for 3VOOR12/Den Haag can be viewed in the following articles:
- Life I Live Ambiance
- Life I Live Grote Markt
- Life I Live Skooltainer

Holland’s very own Roadburn Festival has become Europe’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music. My favourite place to be with my friends and discover new music. This year I got to bring my camera and I took some pictures of Cult of LunaHigh on Fire and The Ocean Collective.

With the closing down of the LVC approaching later in 2013 (read more here), the Leiden metal scene wanted one last party to celebrate the existence of this venue. On 15 March the photo gallery Langharige Mannen opened in the attic, and Snowburner, Maid of Iron, Bliksem and Vanderbuyst got the crowd headbanging one last time. Read the full article here

New musical talent from The Hague and surroundings gets the opportunity to show the audience their best stuff during De Versafdeling at music venue De SuperMarkt in The Hague. 3VOOR12/Den Haag covers those evenings with reports on its website.


On 13 March 2013, a special metal edition offered a stage to Desyrel, New World Disorder, Reflected Riddles and UnseeN PerceptioN. For the complete article, click here.

Rock band Brad from Seattle had its first European tour in 2013, and played De Boerderij in Zoetermeer on 14 February. Band members and grunge legends Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Shawn Smith (Satchel, Malfunkshun), Keith Lowe (David Sylvian and many others) and Regan Hagar (Satchel, Malfunkshun) performed together musician Happy Chichester. The support act was New Killer Shoes. Read the complete article here.

- Photo Album Brad
- Website Brad
- Photo Album New Killer Shoes
Website New Killer Shoes

Winterfest in The Hague Pop Centre is described as the remedy for the cold festival-less winter months. All stages and band practice rooms in HPC are used and performances lie between refined practice sessions and full concerts.

This fifth edition had some 50 acts playing with music styles ranging from blues, rock and soul to jazz, psychedelic and metal. A personal favourite was Birmingham Sunset with their classic metal covers. My contributions can be viewed in the following articles:
- Winterfest HPC Café
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Winterfest Grote Zaal
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Winterfest Oefenruimtes
- Photo Album Birmingham Sunset





















It has become a tradition at 3VOOR12/Den Haag at the end of each year to organise special sessions with interviews, photoshoots and video recordings. Past year's most controversial, successful and remarkable acts from the region are being brought together for one day at a special location. This year, the fourth edition took place in a boxing gym with 10 bands. I had a lot of fun doing photoshoots with Albanian hip hop artist Jon Tarifa (read the full article here) and with musical talent Robin Brock (read the full article here). I even took some Lomography cameras with me and got some really nice analogue results.

- All New Year Sessions 2012
- Boxing video Jon Tarifa vs. Mullet
- Boxing video Robin Brock vs. Ed Struijlaart
- My Lomography boxing photos
- Other news and photos of Jon Tarifa
- Website Jon Tarifa
- Website Robin Brock

New musical talent from The Hague and surroundings gets the opportunity to show the audience their best stuff during De Versafdeling at music venue De SuperMarkt in The Hague. 3VOOR12/Den Haag covers those evenings with reports on its website.


On 28 November 2012, the sixth edition offered a stage to MC Hank, Mercury Winter and Cult of the Secret Samurai. For the complete article, click here.

- The secret of the Cult of the Secret Samurai
- 10 Years 3VOOR12/Den Haag with Cult of the Secret Samurai

Rock 'n Roll swing band Trenchcoat released their long-expected second album in sold-out Scheltema, Leiden, on 17 November 2012. With steamed suits and polished shoes the eight men brought the best album release party with balloons I have ever attended. The gig was so much fun, that without a second thought I decided to write a little review to accompany my pictures. Read the full article here.

- Photo Album Trenchcoat
- Website Trenchcoat

Crossing Border combines literature with music and spoken word, from the biggest names to undiscovered writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers and artists. The festival has evolved into one of the foremost international, interdisciplinary literature and music festivals in Europe with performances occurring simultaneously on several indoor stages.



On 16 November 2012, Crossing Border was in The Hague and 3VOOR12 organised live reports. View my contributions in the following articles:

- Anne Soldaat
- Beth Orton
- Two Gallants & Anne Soldaat on 3VOOR12 stage
- Crossing Border in pictures and numbers

National travelling free music festival Popronde was in my home town, Leiden, on 8 November 2012. During this evening, some 30 acts performed in venues, bars, theatres, record stores and clubs. I walked across town to capture some of the new talents on my camera. It was one of those evenings, where the performers inspired me to put in words what I could not capture in my photos. Read the complete article here.

Saturday 20 October, highlight of the Hague Week of Pop 2012, combined with the 40th anniversary of the hosting venue Paard van Troje guarantees to become a party. I have watched and photographed (in alphabetical order) Cheap Thrills, Fexet, The Hague Idiots, Jon Tarifa, Professor Sage and Urban Heroes. Read the full article here.

National travelling free music festival Popronde was in my old home town, Almere, on 6 October 2012. During this evening, some 25 acts performed in venues, bars, theatres, record stores and clubs. I joined the local 3VOOR12-team and walked across town to capture some of the music talents on my camera. This resulted in online reviews of the following acts:
- Dyzack
- John Coffey
- Mister and Mississippi
- Angela Moyra
- Sir Nilsson
- The Brave

To promote their third album, DeWolff came to Hague venue Paard van Troje, in short 't Paard (the horse), on 5 October 2012. The entire audience ended up dancing on DeWolff's Hammond organ tunes, solid drums and psychedelic guitar riffs, at some point played while crowdsurfing. Read the full article here.

- Photo Album DeWolff
- Website DeWolff

On 27 September, Hague metal band I Chaos was support act for famous Dutch metal band Textures in Paard in The Hague. Textures already completed four albums and toured the USA last year. Their show included circle pits, headbanging and a wall of death. In their twilight we find I Chaos, delivering a good warming up for the crowd while playing songs of their debut album. Read the full article here.

- I Chaos at NK Grunten
- Photo Album I Chaos
- Website I Chaos
- Photo Album Textures
- Website Textures

The Triplex Festival stimulates young regional musical talent. The eleventh edition on 21 September 2012 offered a stage to twelve bands and singer songwriters. Read the full article here.

September 2012, Passages was a 'The Hague Selects' act, a 3VOOR12/Den Haag thing to promote local artists. I did a photoshoot with the band, while colleagues filmed and interviewed them. Passages was still in the early stages of its musical career, and enjoyed all the extra attention. Read the full article here. Watch a photo report of their performance, together with Smokin' Cadillac and When Logic Fails in Versafdeling 1, in De SuperMarkt, The Hague, here.

- Website Passages

Werfpop is one of the larger Dutch free music festivals, established in 1982. Since 2002, it is located in park Leidse Hout, in Leiden.

This year it kept raining and raining and then it rained some more. Mud slides were insuperable. The headliners were Sepultura, De Staat, and Vanderbuyst. I also enjoyed Le Peuple De L'Herbe and Eli 'Paperboy' Reed. My contributions can be viewed in the following articles:
- Werfpop Midday
- Werfpop Evening
- Werfpop Ambience