Roskilde Festival

One of the most famous and considered festivals around the World. Could be. Possibly is. But they made some bad decisions in my opinion.
They want to make the festival different, booking some “non typical bands” that play in every other festival. Well, maybe they are right, they have been out there for 39 years now and counting, and nobody is going to discuss with them about what they should do or not. Agree.
It is precisely that what saves them. I have been seriously thinking these days that there is a lot of people who attend the festival who may only see the closing band or not even that. I am serious. With the typical thieves hanging around, they may not want to leave their expensive speakers or audio systems alone.
May I be speaking without a knowledge? Well, it is also possible that they make turns staying with the stereo.
I could not believe that a person pays 240 euros just to stay in a camping playing techno music. And those are the people who save RF every year, those who do not care about the bands, in general. Of course I expect that they have seen Oasis, Coldplay and some other bands, but more than that?
What I mainly mean is that some people attend RF because it is RF.
After all, I had fun, a lot of fun and I saw many damn good bands but I expected more. A pity because it cost more than I am ever going to pay again for a festival and there were not even toilets in the camping site.
Here is the list of the bands I saw. I missed some others I wanted to see, due to timetable (who the hell thought about setting …and you will know us by the trail of dead at 14:30?) and my working days-conditions (I had to go every day to feed teh shrimps):

Veto (although they played on Friday in CPH, I consider them as part the festival)
Twins Twins (Excellent show! Even bought an EP)
Rubberhead Banditz (maybe the best show in the festival)
Men among animals
The Telstar sound Drone
Giana Factory (I think!)
Social Distortion
Fucked up
The Gaslight Anthem (great show)
I missed Mew because it was as full as it could be, although I listened to some songs)
Baddies (very good)
Friendly Fires (Liked it a lot)
Frightened Rabbit
Three first songs of Skambank
The Soft Pack
I got you on Tape
Cut off your hands (also one of the best shows)
Quite a lot of The Chap, and surprisingly I liked it
The Pains of being pure at heart
Pet shop boys
White Lies
The Bronx
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

That makes a total of 22 bands of which I saw, at least, the major part of the show. Not bad, but still, 240/22 makes 10.9 per show with free camping, which is not bad. Of course the camping is not a great thing. I may not return there if I ever come back to RF… dsgusting.

I am sorry not to have any pictures, but I was afraid of getting my camera stolen, as it could have been very possible, so that is a justified excuse.

About two weeks ago I saw Kaiser Chiefs at Tivoli in Copenhagen, excellent show and only average attendees, and the next stop was Tv on the Radio on Wednesday 29.07 (one of the best shows I have attended) and Beat Day in the middle of August. Maybe others but I am not sure yet.

At least Copenhagen and Roskilde are great cities regarding to concerts. I love Vega!

Provinssi Rock, Seinäjoki, 13-15th June 2008

It all started with a long trip by bus from Joensuu, a full bus organized by Joensuun Pop Musikot ry, a music organization in Joensuu that also organizes Ilosaari Rock Festival every year. Great effort and, athough bus is not my favourite mode of transport, anyway it was great to have that possibility. Thanks.
We got to Seinäjoki, at around 18:30 and I already was a little nervous because we had to look for the camping, then a place to set our tent and run to see if we could manage to see Dinosaur Jr. at 21:15 and Coheed and Cambria at 20:15.

Coheed and Cambria

Finding a suitable and nice place to set our tent after paying the 20 euros for the camping (I will never understand why is not included in the ticket for the festival) was impossible. After going along all the camping area, and once checked that getting a quiet, calm or just nice place was impossible, we chose to set it in a place were some colleagues were dismatling their tents to transport them somewhere else. not a good place at all, but at the end it was just enough.
After setting the tent and leaving our stuff there, we almost ran to look for the festival gates to see if we still managed to see some bands that were about to start playing. We got our bracelet, attached to the wrist with a menthod I have never seen before (see the picture), and we got into the festival area.

We lost some minutes already in place ourselves in the map, but finally we got quite close of the main stage to see Coheed and Cambria.

Too bad that I did not know their songs, because it was a quite good concert, including an Iron Maiden tease, well, in fact, it was half of the song. Surprising.
Then we ran to the Saari Stage (Island stage) to see one of the groups I decided to travel to Provinssi: Dinosaur Jr.
I have not been a real fan, but probably they performed one of the best concerts at
Provinssi, if not the best. It was a pleasure to be seeing two of the best representative musicians of what I call indie-rock, or what it has been called lo-fi, or whatever, maybe underground rock from the USA. Mr. J. Mascis and Mr. Lou Barlow. It was the moment of the festival when it was raining most, like hell, I may say, I covered my head with my hood and enjoy, dancing a lot. We had in front of us two of the most important heads in underground rock music of the last 15 years, and I will remember it for a long time. That Provinssi 2008….maybe my only one.

The first big name of the festival played that day at 22:30: Linkin Park. Simple show: ALL the hits and they left. I do not know, I am not a fan, I just like some songs. I have to say that their hits are great and I do like them very much, but it was nothing special in their performance, in my opinion. Good to see them, however, because probably I will never go to their concerts on purpose. They are that typical band that you see in a festival rather than in a solo concert. Because festivals are meant for that. To see bands you probably will not go to see on purpose. And to see those that you would go for sure. All of them. Friday was closed with The Friend, finnish band playing something like dance pop, that was very good and then leading to the tent.

Mr. Lou Barlow hitting his bass. Amazing sound.

With the first “night” the first surprise came, someone had opened our tent. Luckily, nothing was missing, as they probably were looking for alcohol or got into the wrong tent by accident because of previously intaken alcohol. Anyway. It was quite cold, still raining a bit and I got into the sleeping bag with my winter wool cap, that one black and white. Well, at the end I slept something, but better on saturday.

On satuday morning sun was shining, at least harder than the previous day and at the end, during some occassions we even had 20 degrees. Great compared to what we had last night.
After going to one of the various stands to have a coffee and some kind of deserved breakfast, we hanged arounf for some time and got into the festival area at about 16:00.
We headed to the YleX stage, covered, to check for something, Scandinavian Music Group was performing at 16:30 and we got quite close of the stage to see. Well, maybe not my style, more pop than rock songs, some pictures and we left in the middle of the concert.
Apulanta was the next band we wanted to see. In Finland there is the habit (I will not say if good or bad) that all years more or less the same finnish bands play in more or less all the festivals around Finland. Especially those who sing in finnish, as it is the only country in the World where they do understand them. That is the case with Apulanta. I have seen them maybe 3 or 4 times. They keep on releasing new cd’s which are not my style if they do not have a great single like in my old times in Finland, in 2005, when everything was marvellous and I was touched by Pahempi toistaan ( and it still touches me) and Vasten mun kasvojani. But not with the new songs. Of course every timethey play the hits I am pleased and touched and they bring me so good memories that I can’t bear and it touches me until having goose bumps. Really. But last year’s cd is so bad in my opinion that I have lost all interest. At least they still play Jumala, the two mentioned and some others I really like. And an acoustic set also this time. Interesting and touched with Pahempi toistaan and Vasten, of course. Then Ismo Alanko was playing in Saarilava, but we just listen to him while we had some rest. A festival is tiring. Anyway I saw him in Joensuu already in April. Then it was a coincidence that we saw Danko Jones playing in the main stage and it was a concert that really surprised us for his attitude. Claims for rock and roll and complains about pop and provoking people to rock. It was good concert.
Then at least me, don’t have many other bands I was interested in, just The Sounds in the late evening, and nothing much interesting. Serj Tankian, ex System of a Down singer, played at the same time, but as I was not interested in his songs, I went to see Maija and the rest. Just before The Dø played in the small stage. Frech-Finnish couple that has had a relative success with their last songs. It was nice performance, altough I left earlier to get a good place for The Sounds.
The concert was more or less the same as the one they played in Ankkarock last year, in which I enjoyed much more than this one. Maybe it was because there was too many people and too many crazy of them, like tinned sardines…. a pity because I think they played quite good, although no new songs. Maybe it’t time for them to release a new album. I think she mentioned that they were composing it. Quite good pictures, in my opinion, here you have some.
Saturday night did not let us any surprise but I did sleep very good for being a camping. Snuday was cloudy and we repeated the coffeee in street with some cookies and then we left for the festival area after leaving the things in the bus also. This was the big day, the real day when Foo Fighters played. My first time with the Foo in 12 years. Many things have happened since that July 1996 or 1997. Anyway,, there were other bands I was interested in, first oga ll we got to check Paula Koivuniemi, but we left and ended up seeing the whole performance of Downstairs. Quite good I may say, much better than other times I have seen performing when warming up for other bands like Lapko.


Then until Paramore, that was playing at 16:00 in YleX stage we hanged around having some energetic drinks, because we were very tired, and I think we ate a pizza out of the festival area.
YleX stage was really crowded for Paramore and we were really far away from the stage, meaning that it was impossible to take any good pictures of them. But anyway, great songs and very nice people. Their singer kept on moving all the time in the stage making the concert better, like filling the empty space. Very good and recommendable.

Paramore’s singer, not the best location to take pictures

And then Biully Talent was playing in the main stage at 16:45. I only got to see a couple of songs and I liked them. I ahd no idea of what Billy Talent did before sawing their name in the pre-festival program, and I regretted not to know more. Anyway, I left to see Disco Ensemble, a month later than they played in Joensuu, but still I wanted to see them live so badly. Maybe a mistake. I knew that going to see D. E. may mean not to get a good place to see F.F., but I still did not care. I stayed until the left the first time and missed the encore. But anyway. They played a quite energetic set, including “Magic recoveries”, a classic start of the tour, the so called by me songle of the year “Bad Luck charm”, and some old songs like the hit “We might fall apart” or “This is my head exploding”. Still, I did not enjoy as with the one in Joensuu, but I guess there were other circumstances, like taking pictures and F.F. show just about to begin. Pretty exciting to just enjoy D.E. Anyway I more or less did. More pictures of them:
Miikka Koivisto doesn’t believe in magic recoveries

Miikka and Jussi Ylikoski, guitar player

Jussi, feeling every single note

Lasse Lindfors, bass player

And then, before the encore, I left to Foo Fighters, that was starting only 30 minutes later. We tried to get the closest place we could, and I think at the end it was enough considering how many people was there. It was a almost-2-hours-set. They started with their last hit, “The Pretender” and old and new hits followed. As they say in their myspace website : “You may have heard one of our songs on the radio”. The complete setlist was something like this

1.The Pretender
2.Times Like These
3.No Way Back
4.Cheer Up Boys(Your Make Up Is Running)
5.Learn To Fly
6.This Is A Call
7.Dave Talks
8.Long Road To Ruin
10.Stacked Actors
11.Skin & Bones
13.My Hero
14.Cold Day In The Sun
17.Monkey Wrench
18.All My Life
19.Best Of You

which I consider a very good one. I was kind of crazy and people made a space between me and them. I ran out of mind absolutely with “All my life”, but it is a song I love and I was looking for that moment for a long time. It was amazing. Dave was amazingly charming and nice during the whole concert and there were guitar competitions, jokes, and the only one triangle solo that I have ever seen. Courtesy of one of the musicians they bring during the tour. A great evening to remember. And more pics, not close, but…


and until the next time, Foo Fighters!! A pleasure!!!

Madrid, here I go

I am about to start traveling to Madrid. It will be something like 13 long hours, but it will be great to be there after almost 9 months.

Madrid allá voy.

A little chaos in Helsinki airport. This was my plane to Amsterdam “Delayed

Once it was autumn in Finland….

Fall, autumn, a season to prepare winter, a sign that winter is coming, sooner than expected sometimes. In Finland, seasons are very remarked, very intense, summer can give us a 30 degrees day (or even more lastly), and winter can reach -30 quite easily. And in the 2 seasons that serve as transit to those two, intensity is brought with colours, ruska in fall, and all the flowering in spring, if it has a defined colour. I like that. I like to know what to expect more or less and I like to see nature in its 4 different states. I have been very lucky, the day these pictures were taken was probably the last warm day of fall, and I was very lucky to admire the birds migration, really worth it. Here are some pictures.

And yes, winter has come, -10 at 11:00 this morning, 17th novembre 2007. Better to take care!

Version española !

Otoño, una estacion para preparar el invierno, una seña de que este esta cada vez más cerca, quizás mas cerca de lo que te esperas a veces. En Finlandia, las estaciones están muy marcadas, muy intensas, el verano puede darte un dia de 30 grados e incluso mas ultimamente y en invierno se pueden alcanzar -30 facilmente. Y en las dos estaciones que sirven de tránsito a esas dos, la intensidad es expresada en colores, ruska en otño, y la floración en primavera. Me gusta eso. Me gusta saber que esperar mas o menos de cada estacion. Y me gusta ver los extremos de las 4 estaciones. Fui muy afortunado que el dia que tome las fotos fue probablemente el ultimo dia con temperaturas normales y soleado a la vez, fui afortunado tambien de admirar la migracion de los pajaros, realmente merece la pena.
Y, si, el invierno ha llegado, -10 a la 11:00 de este 17 de noviembre, y -14 o menos de madrugada mientras me tomaba unas birras por ahi. Mas vale prepararse bien!

Ankkarock, day 2

Soon an english version!!!!

El domingo, día 2 empezaba la jornada festivalera vago, decidiendo llegar un poco más tarde a ver a Disco Ensemble, sin hacerlo para Damn Seagulls. Además, visto el precio de las cervezas dentro del recinto, decidí tomarme una antes de entrar., en plan liegal, aunque más de uno hizo lo mismo que yo. Una vez dentro, de nuevo el maravilloso césped del Puistolava estaba esperandome para que me sentara sobre el y que tomara una especie de tentempie para lo que venía después: el rock de Disco Ensemble que me hizo saltar y bailar como un poseso dos años atrás, pero en el escernario pequeño.

Este año les tocaba abrir el grande a las 14:00 con un solintempestivo (sí, en Finlandia) y la gran mayoría con una resaca del tres al cuarto, de hecho el cantante preguntó si teniamos krapula=resaca). Pues majo, yo no.

This is my head exploding….

El concierto fue brutal, perfectos en la ejecución y un buen set de canciones, incluyendo alguna nueva. Muchas fotos y bailes también. De lo mejor. Y siguen creciendo.
Después del concierto, obligada visita a un vesipiste, punto de agua literalmente traducido. Qué calor hacía!!! Llené mi botellita de medio litro, un medio litro que se hacía más que insuficiente. Hubo jun pequeño cambio, y, Lapko y Mando Diao cambiaban sus horas, tocanod los suecos a las 15:10 en el escenario pequeño, Rocklava, y Lapko a las 20:05 en el mismo.
Los Ruotsalaiset se hicieron esperar, unos 15 minutos horribles de calor a pleno sol, vamos que me pegtaba en toda la cara y el agua se iba agotando. ni siquiera las intermitentes regadas con manguera me llegaban, y los Mando no empezaban…..

Que se besen que se besen…!

Y al fin, llegaron me puse los tapones, por el volumen alto que recuerdo de la última vez en Madrid. No sé qué fue, si el calor, si no los cogí con tantas ganas como en Madrid, o si eran ellos que no estaban motivados, pero no me calaron tan hondo. Me lo pasé bien, pero no me convencieron. Después me salté obviamente a Dir en Grey, banda japonesa de metal, y que experimenté que tiene muchos fans en Finlandia, al ver a los que creo dos de sus componentes seguidos de niñatas histéricas chillando. Qué horror!
Me dirigí a la zona de bebidas, aquí en Finlandia la zona donde puedes tomarte unas cervezas está separada de la zona normal, por eso de que los menores puedan entrar al festival también a ver sólo música. Luego ya se buscan la vida por otro lado, pero al menos alcohol en el recinto no les sirven. Está bien, porque en otros paises no está permitida la entrada a menores en conciertos y me parece una soberana estupidez. Aquí vienen padres hasta con sus bebés protegidos por esos auriculares que no dejan pasar sonidos. Pues desde allí, escuché algunos himnos de 69 eyes, algunas de las canciones que me acompañaron hace dos años durante mi estancia en Vantaa, ya que la radio es muy usual en el laboratorio día a día. Recomendables.
Después tocaban Poets of the fall en el escenario pequeño, ya les ví dos veces antes, entonces, aprovechando que una banda de esas que puede que no vuelvas a ver en tu vida, Millencolin, tocaban a la misma hora, me fui a verlos, de nuevo al Puistolava. La verdad es que no había hecho los deberes y ni siquiera me sonó ninguna de las canciones que tocaron, aunque me parece que repasaron sus mas viejos temas, porque no reconocí ni Afghan, ni Novo, ni ninguna de sus mas recientes canciones que me encantan… El concierto estuvo bien, cómodo y muchas fotos.

Si, Millencolin con una acústica…

Y al acabar, ya con The Ark empezado, otra ves una cerveza para descansar mientras veía parte de su concierto. Muy graciosos, muy “pelotas” con el público finlandés, y algunas grandes canciones. “Let your body decide” “One of us in gonna die young” y muchísimas de su último trabajo, “Prayer for the weekend“. The Ark se han ganado el país, al menos Helsinki, con sus conciertos, discos y (quizas fingida) cercanía. Llenaron 3 noches consecutivas el Tavastia el pasado otoño. De
cualquier manera, recomendables, más que recomendables, nunca he sido un gran fan, pero las dos veces que les ví en Ankkarock me lo pasé genial.

El final del concierto lo vi, después de pasar de nuevo por un vesipiste, desde el escenario pequeño, donde iban a empezar Lapko, una de mis bandas de este año.

Lapko’s Drummer

Young desire” simplemente puede ser uno de mis discos del 2007 y esta era la cuarta vez que les veía en directo. Joensuu, Tavastia @Hki, Sulo Klubi @ Ilosaari Rock & Ankkarock. Y fue un poco decepción, porque fue la vez que menos me gustaron, no sé si quizás un poco de saturación. Aún así, no deje de corear las cancines, mayoritariamente de su último trabajo (por qué no tocarán ya Mary the Queer por ejemplo?).
Y aquí el festival para mí había más o menos acabado, porque no soy demasiado fan de las bandas que quedaban, Nine inch nails y PMMP. Al principio queria ver un poco de PMMP y luego a los Nine, pero al final me decante por los finnhits de PMMP y me lo pasé en grande. Qué estribillos!!!! Canciones grandísimas que si fueran cantadas en inglés serían superventas en todo el mundo, pero cantan en finés y tienen poca salida en el extranjero. Una pena lo que os perdeis. La banda está liderada por dos mujeres que cantan, y puede que sean denominadas el grupo de chicas de Finlandia.

Panorámica del Puistolava mientras PMMP tocaban

Vaya diferencia, las mierdas de grupos de chicas que sacan en España y lo rockeras que son estas que parece que te van a vomitar encima con alguna canción. Creo que pararan ahora de alguna manera porque la morena esta embarazada y tiene que tener al hij@, sin dar esos chillidos y sin bailar tanto, que, imagino no será bueno para el feto.

Dos chicas superventas en Finlandia

Y después fuegos artificiales, que, al parecer estropearon un poco el concierto de Nine, y de vuelta a Hki. Quedaba el lunes para dar una vuelta por tal maravillosa ciudad y después, vuelta a Joensuu by plane.

Próxima parada: KENT @Kultturitalo, Hki, 4 de noviembre. Estoy deseando verles y escuchar su nuevo material.

Ankkarock day 1

Que ruido hacen las hélices!!!!


Ya hace hace dos años que visité por vez primera un festival finlandés en toda regla, aunque en aquella ocasion estaba viviendo en la misma ciudad en la que se celebra, Vantaa. Este año me acerqué desde Joensuu sólo para el citado evento, con muy buenos grupos este año. Me decidi a ir por The Sounds, Lapko, Mando Diao, Disco Ensemble, Rubik y Millencolin, aunque como siempre hago, aprovecharía para ver a más bandas. Esta vez abandoné Joensuu en avión, dado el desmesurado precio de los trenes, que hace que cuesten casi lo mismo que el medio aéreo. Asi que, por unos pocos euros más, tarde 3 horas y media menos en llegar a Helsinki. Asi que el viernes me dirigi al areopuerto de Joensuu, imaginad si es pequeño que no te dan ni tarjeta de embarque!! El avión era de hélices, aunque no por ello peor.
El sábado por la mañana cogi el tren K y alli me presente a eso de las 12:30 el primer dia, perdiendome la mitad de la actuacion de Rubik. Lo que pude ver me agradó muchísmo, al igual que último trabajo “Bad conscience patrol“. La verdad es que el festival tenía buena pinta. Un tiempo envidiable, y unas instalaciones excepcionales, especialmente las del escenario Puistolava, con un césped más que tentador que me acogió durante los dos días en más de una ocasión. y eso es lo que hice tras la actuación de Rubik, sentarme en la hierba a comer unos sandwitches y tomar un poco el sol, aun agradable a esas horas.
Lo siguiente fue ir a dar una vuelta por el recinto festivalero, mirar el stand del merchandising y seguir las recomendaciones de una conocida y ver un trozo de Kotiteollisus, antes de irme a ver-de nuevo- a Jonna Teervomaa (les habia visto hacia 10 días en Joensuu).

Kotiteollisuus es un grupo de metal finlandés , originales de Laappenranta y con bastante seguidores en el país. Personalmente, no me gustan. No es mi estilo. Aunque, lo tengo que decir, una cancion muy popular me gusta y otra que tuve oportunidad de oir en el concierto, me puso la carne de gallina. Una pena que hayan enfocado mal su estilo. Si fueran pop-rock serian un multi ventas y seguramente seria fan suyo. Pero….

Una panorámica del escenario Puistolava

Ya de vuelta en Puistolava, me relajé para ver a Jonna y los suyos, sentado en el césped cómodamente, me quité las deportivas y los calcetines y a disfrutar. Me dediqué a tararear las canciones que ya me sonaban y a sacarla muchas fotos. Guapísima cantante y maravillosa voz. Buenas canciones. Buen concierto.

Jonna Tervomaa, dejándose el alma en la actuación

Después, pocos grupos más ví hasta la ansiada actuación de The Sounds. Estuve descansando con algunos amigos y ví parte de Maija Vilkkumaa, no es santo de mi devoción, precisamente. Y ya ni siquiera me dirigí a ver 0arte de Hanoi Rocks, si no que me quedé en Puistolava de nuevo para coger sitio y ver a The Sounds. De nuevo un tentempié y la camara preparada para tan esperado evento. Y a las 19:30 llegaron Maja y sus secuaces, Maja estaba tremenda con unos shorts más que provocadores que hicierons mis delicias. Y empezaron los hits: Living in America fue la primera y después fueron cayendo una tras otra canciones de sus dos magníficos álbumes: Living in America y Dying to say this to you: Seven days a week, Rock´n´Roll, Dance with me (una de mis preferidas), Tony the beat, Queen of Apology, Song with a mission, y otras, hasta que se despidieron con “Ego”, descrita por Maja como su favorita esa noche. Saqué muchísimas fotos, alguns de las cuales están aquí. Para mí, lo mejor del festival junto con otros grupos del domingo. Tenía muchas ganas de verlos.

Si, hija, si, You are hot!!!

Johan Bengtsson & Jesper Anderberg, bajo y teclados

Félix Rodríguez, el español de grupo

Qué bonito…!

Y la tarde continuaba, quedaban Apulanta y The Gathering, apetecerme me apetecia mas ver a los primeros, aunque ya los había visto hacía 15 días, pero era la última actuación de The Gathering con su cantante, Annekke. Y me dividí. Ví media hora del concierto de Apulanta, me quedé contento porque habían tocado un hit que les quedó en la actuación del Sulo Klubi en Joensuu: Vasten Mun kasvojani.

Apulanta rules!!!!

Y así me fui a ver a The Gathering. Cuando llegué todo lo que había escuchado en disco antes me pareció diferente, más heavy quizás, aunque lo que ví al final si que me convenció. Es una pena no haberlos descubierto antes, porque son muy buenos…. o eran, veremos ahora sin la cantante….
El juego de luces fue espectacular ya qui capté algunas de las mejores fotos del festival. Aquí teneis algunas.

La verdad es que fue muy emotivo, y, antes del bis, Annekke salió a decir unas palabras muy bien filmadas por un internauta y despues colgadas en YouTube:

Y dicho así, tocaron Liberty Bell y se despidieron. Me dejo muy buen sabor de boca. Además esa fue la única canción que conocía de lo que ví. Muy buena.
Y nada, próxima entrega del día 2. Estad atentos!!!