Eurockéennes 2018

30st edition, July 5-8 – Belfort – 5-8 juillet, 3o-ème édition

In the previous years, I did not go prepared, as I just had no time ot go really through the line-up beforehand to choose at least some of the concerts I wanted to go to. This year though, I made some sleepless choices in the night before to fight an annoying hour of insomnia. Quite interesting what I found the next day on my list… somehow I had forgotten many of the reasons for my choices and I did by far not stick to all the program, but i had one real favorite on the list, one which I was not going to miss, even though it meant, I couldn’t see Seasick Steve, and thus give that band an unfortunate second miss at Belfort.

Comme souvent, je n’ai pas vraiment eu le temps de me plonger dans la programmation pour faire mes choix de manière avertie. J’avais prévu de laisser le hasard me guider, bien que dans une heure d’insomnie, j’ai dressé une liste que j’ai trouvé parfois étonnante une fois sur place. Mais parmi tous, il y avait un concert que je n’allais pas manquer même si ça signifiait de louper pour la deuxième fois Seasick Steve à Belfort, il semble que lui et moi, ce n’est pas prévu à Belfort. La deuxième plage de double booking m’avait moins intéressé et j’ai laissé les deux choix ouverts, bien que je pensais aller suivre la foule…

Day 1:

Attended somehow Texas’ show, she still has the voice, and it was certainly a great historical moment. Yet, I didn’t appreciate the repetition of torrential rain, same as back then in the nineties, when we were young and I got soaked without a moments consideration at their concert at Paléo in Nyon. Never mind, it was a good moment for a drink and chat under the BBB (Bar à Bières Belges). Slow festival start for me, to be honest, in the end, I just made it – after a fondue comptoise –  to half a concert of Cigarettes After Sex… really smooth despite the rain… really would have wanted to hear more, but there was the rain, and hey, there were other things going on too… I had fun, and yes, I admit, this year, I did have the mud-splashing moment. Man, it’s something when your jeans stand without a hanger. And I can tell you, that red earth is another thing to wash out.

Jeudi, première soirée:

On a dû passer pas mal de groupes et écouter un bout par-ci, par-là. Je me rappelle de Texas sous la pluie, une fois de plus. C’était sympa, mais rien de nouveau. Il faut laisser à la chanteuse que sa voix porte toujours comme dans le temps où je les avais vu et fêté aussi sous une plus torrentielle. Après une fondue comptoise et un peu de vin blanc, nous avons arrondi la soirée avec une partie du concert de Cigarettes after Sex. J’ai eu un petit b-mol de ne pas avoir assisté à l’entier, mais la pluie et la compagnie ont changé le programme. Aucun regret – en fin de compte, surtout pas après les quelques folies boueuses.

Day 2:

Michelle Davis & the Gospel sessions was a great start into the second night. Love the stage at the beach having the Lac de Malsaucy as a background. Michelle has a message and I appreciate particularly her advice to always take the energy back, and for that just was happy to believe from all my heart that everything is going to be alright.

We continued of course at the same stage, when Beth Ditto was having fun and made us all dance at the Plage.

Then, we went for food, this year, the Bretagne sold us some delicacies, while we listened from far to the Prophets of Rage. The change from Beth Ditto to them would have been too much to listen to up close, I also only had an earful of Faka and just could not cope with the so very emotional tunes from Leon Bridges. I went to position myself upfrontish for Nine Inch Nails, one of the big acts. I wanted to listen to their new album played live and was also looking forward to the show. Again, linked to a concert once before. Yet, even if it was a great concert and if I appreciated every minute, it didn’t leave a lasting memory or made for great emotion. Seems that having watched the screens made for a greater experience, seems I was too upfront for that. I was ready to go home after then concert, as I had it not in me to change genre again, and we all left kind of early.

Vendredi, 2è soirée:

Pas grand chose à dire sur ce soir là, les noms des groupes se trouvent en haut, j’ai passé une belle soirée, mais je dois dire qu’aucun des 3 concerts que j’ai vu en entier ont laissé un souvenir indélébile, et aucune découverte non plus. NIN était techniquement parfait et m’a bien plu sur le moment, j’étais saturé après et contente de rentrer, mais ce concert ne rentrera pas dans les annales.

Day 3 :

Got there in time to see The Touts, a trio of Irish youngsters full of energy that rocks. I had fun, I danced, I loved them and it was simply good to see that there is a young generation who carries on. And hey guys, the old groupie in me had so much fun to bump into you in the QotSA public later.

Then, magic of another kind at the Plage, once more. The band called Superorganism was just fun to watch and to listen to. Original and very catchy tunes, again with a young energy that carries over to the public, even if the singer felt weird due to being too far from the public. I got the album and I still see the backing vocals movements, their special way of dressing up. Hands up and clap and dance. Cheers to one of the bands I did add in my sleepless hour.

and then, QotSA. I had fun, I forgot everything around me and lived the present to the extent that I remember it now, I danced and jumped around, and I simply appreciated that rocking moment very much.

it sucked though that some idiot stole our friends purse and phone and so managed to cut short the night and somehow the enthusiasm. But we stayed put and did the best we could.

Samedi soir, la 3ème:

J’ai adoré The Touts qui one l’énergie de leur jeune age en faisant de la musique des vieux punks et rockers. Yeah!!! ça continue.

A la plage une autre jeunesse plus axé électronique et couleurs m’ont fait planer. Il faut écouter un bout de la bonne humeur qui s’appelle Superorganism.

Queens of the Stone Age ont fait un concert parfait, j’ai attrapé quelques bleus dans la foule et j’ai vécu un présent intense et beau pendant chaque morceau.

Day 4  :

For that night, I had twice a programmed conflict of bands playing at the same time. I wanted to go and see Alice in Chains, and yeah, I was late as I didn’t get onto my bike in time, but maybe that was simply meant to be. When I had gone through security check with the same lady who took one little tiny metal container containing forgotten in my bag on Friday, I was really heading forward to the Grande Scène for the classic band I had never seen. Well, at the Loggia, I got caught by Marlon Williams, which I remembered having given a might-want-to-listen-too. I just could not let go of listening to this Kiwis voice. Charming, special, and worth every minute I still heard him croon. Yeah, I’m a follower now, and yeah, I love your albums. But live, man, your voice is so much better – and the sound and atmosphere were simply perfect for a Sunday night start. This concert was my unexpected winner.

Well, that’s what I thought. I tried to go off and listen to the rest of Alice in Chains, but just not ready to get off the Marlon Williams groove. Took me a while to and in the end it was The Liminanas at the Loggia once more who made me listen. Lovely to see that the band had as much fun and pleasure playing as the public listening. and, then, finally, came the concert I was not going to miss for anything. and all the hours spent on the radio listening to them promoting this original mix from Basel had not prepared my for the mind-blowing ear-wrecking, definitely intense concert of Zeal&Ardor. Droning basses, rhythm from a netherworld and yet a young, all but depressing, energy on stage!

I do admit, that I nearly forgot, that I finished the festival with The Blaze at the Plage, just really good, great sound, great visuals.

To summarize four great days : we had rain on the first night, it added some fresh air to it all, and then we only had sun, we had fun, there was sound new and old.

In short : it was a gorgeous edition for me. 

Dimanche, 4ème soirée:

Mon coup de coeur ce soir, Marlon Williams, je ne m’y attendais pas car j’avais prévu de voir un autre concert et car je me suis fait happé par sa voix et le rythme de son groupe. Tout jouait si bien pour un dimanche soir ensoleillé. Après, plus envie de beaucoup, contente et heureuse, j’ai quand même trouvé du plaisir à écouter The Liminanas. Ce groupe de je ne sais combient qui a été annoncé comme duo a su se faire plaisir autant qu’au public.

Avant de venir à mon concert le plus apprécié, je change de chronologie, car The Blaze mérite une mention pour un son électro très dansant et emportant. Comment j’ai fait pour les écouter après ce qu’il y avait avant, je ne saurait le dire, mais j’ai aussi eu du plaisir à leur show – une fois de plus, on a terminé à la Plage.

Cela après le concert que j’attendais pendant tout le festival. Et pas décu du tout, pour moi, c’était LE concert du festival. J’avais repéré le groupe grâce à la radio qui les a pas mal soutenu. Leur mélange des genres d’un spectre de sons opposés : Gospel&Blues avec Death Metal, inimaginable, mais ça marche. Franchement, c’était un événement d’écouter Zeal&Ardor, ce concet fut phyisque, fort et bruyant, avec un son nouveau. Le côté métal était certainement plus prononcé que sur disque, où les sonorités des 2 genres sont encore plus présents. Néanmoins, chapeau et vraiment, vraiment bien. Merci les gars.

En bref, j’ai passé une très bonne édition – et ça fait un moment que je n’ai pas acheté autant d’albums après.

Author: a bit of everything and beyond

music lover with no aspiration to be a critique, but who gave in to a need to vent a bit online and who decided to do that on one of my hobbies, after a particularly intense concert

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