On 16 June 2013, Finvarra launched its debut album in the Qbus in Leiden. The band plays Celtic music with an interesting mix of balkan influences. They know how to perform live and even get the sunday afternoon crowd to dance. Read the full article here.
On 30 May 2013, Jon Tarifa launched his debut album Free To Be in a crowded SuperMarkt in The Hague. The evening involved many guest appearances, dancing and laughing. You can read the full article here. And read an interview about his international music career and new album here.
The sixth edition of the Dutch national championship grunting counted thirteen participants, among which where two women. The first round was a cappella grunting, and the second with a band. Mike van den Heuvel won the much coveted blood goblet. Hague metal bands Face Meets Concrete and I Chaos performed as well. Read the full article here.
The debut appearance of The Lucky Ones on 15 May in Paardcafé was a good warming up for the more experienced rockers of The Gypsy Liars. Read the full article here.
5 Years after the discovery of Seattle's blues-based heavy doom band Samothrace, performing in some underground club in New York, I met Bryan Spinks, Renata Castagna, Joe Axler and Dylan Desmond at Puntpop 2013 in Belgium. Samothrace was, accompanied by Bell Witch (Dylan Desmond and Adrian Guerra), on their first ever European tour! A few days later they played in the Winston Kingdom in Amsterdam. I love these guys, their music and band name, I hope you love the photos I made too.
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