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   BOSPOP 2002
crowd @ Bospop  Nico Wobben Sportpark Boshoven - Weert (NL)
July 12th/13th 2002

http://www.bospop.nl

Hello you all! After several years we visited the dutch Bospop festival again. It's a smaller festival, known for it's mix of styles and great atmosphere. The first day is usually more pop-orientated (and the 2nd more rock/metal) so we went there a little later on the day. Here's a review of the selection of bands we saw:

FRIDAY

First band we saw were VENICE, on the mainstage. An apparently very popular band with four sympathetic brothers from LA. The emphasis lies on vocal harmonies, think of something in the vein of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Sounded even nice to my metal-ears.

Dan Baird  Nico Wobben DAN BAIRD I still remembered from an old hit ("I Love You Period") and the symphathetic videoclip that went along with it. So I really wanted to check this former Georgia Satellites member out when they played in the tent. Dan and his friends were very enthusiastic and the songs (bluesy rock) were catchy and fun. Of course I only knew that old hit, but they had no trouble holding my attention for the whole gig.

Interesting thing about attending a mixed festival is that you have a chance to check out some poplegends you never would otherwise. One man that has always intrigued me is WILLY DEVILLE ("Spanish Stroll"). But he didn't impress me very much nor did the music Toto  Nico Wobben (rock/rhythm & blues/soul with a latin twist). Well performed but nothing for me.

American rockveterans TOTO were next on the mainstage. I find their rock pretty boring (despite of Steve Lukather's guitarwork and Bobby Kimball's immense voice), so I stayed around for only a few songs. I still heard "Africa", the set also included the hits "Rosanna" and "Hold The Line".

Another poplegend I wanted to see was FISH. Now that was a treat! The very spontaneous ex-Marillion singer is an excellent performer. Very passionate and funny. With his Scottish accent he said, Fish  Nico Wobben pointing at the ceiling of the tent, "let's try to raise the temperature in here and make it fucking rain in the tent, so I feel more at home!". With his personality and his great voice it was a beautiful ending of the night for us. The tent was pretty full and the crowd sang along a lot, but most of all to "Kayleigh" of course.

On the mainstage headliner UB 40 started to play, so we quickly ran off and called it a day;)

SATURDAY

The second day is usually more interesting for the metalfan. Although this year the bigger names were rock, not metal (Therapy?, Bush), so the earlier bands were of the most interest for us.

Agitator  Nico Wobben First band in the tent were dutch "rap/crosscore" band AGITATOR. What a way to wake up! Although I could've done without the rap, I have to admit they were really great. The two rappers/screamers were very energetic and powerful and the music reminded me of Rage Against The Machine sometimes. I prefer Agitator anytime though - heavy! They won this gig by winning a local contest. Real funny was "Rat In De Keuken".. their hardcore version of UB40's "Rat In The Kitchen", translated in Dutch, haha! One of my favorite gigs of the festival!

RAGING SPEEDHORN got to kick day two off on the main stage, but their Pantera-ish style is not really my thing and it took me a while to get into it. But it's very honest, in-your-face energy and aggression, that has its roots in their poor backgrounds back in England. Certainly a great live-band with a good stage-presence, not in the least because they have two frontmen.

Brainstorm  Nico Wobben According to Aardschok's Metal Mike, German crunchy-power-metallers BRAINSTORM were the best and most important band of the festival. There were hardly any people there who knew the band, so singer Andy had to work hard to get them to respond. But with his charisma and sense of humor it didn't take long before the tent was pretty full and the crowd was cheering and applauding for him. Many people I heard afterwards were very impressed by the band and especially Andy's vocals. Guess they won a few souls again! But not as much as when they would've played a day later at Dynamo I'm afraid...

Next in the tent were PRO-PAIN, the crossover band around ex-Crumbsuckers mainman Gary Meskil. Energy, aggression, intensity, drive and honesty garanteed! Meskil's voice is incredible, but the screaming is something I can't listen to for a whole gig. From the songs I did hear I liked "In For The Kill" and new song "Casualties Of War" the best.

In Extremo  Nico Wobben German band IN EXTREMO had started their gig on the mainstage. They are unique. A mix of historic, folk and modern elements, in the music as well as their looks, results in music with tight heavy riffs a la Rammstein and many different sounds from the special custom-made backpipes, violins and other instruments. On stage we see a colorful bunch of half-naked guys in kilts and on sandals, with all kinds of interesting instruments. Something that you have to see at least once in a lifetime.

MOONSPELL's dark, gothic music doesn't really fit on a big stage in bright daylight and Fernando and his band couldn't bring the usual doomy atmosphere across as well as in a club. A gig in the tent would've been better, but that would be the case for many bands I guess (more intimite, more lightshow). Some songs: "Opium", "A Full Moon Madness", "Butterfly Effect".

The Quill  Nico Wobben One of the best bands of this day: THE QUILL. The Swedish stoner rockers impressed with great songs and most of all a top-notch singer, Magnus Ekvall. Often compared to the late Ray Gillen (quite an honor!), and I can see why! Bassist Roger Nilsson you might have seen with Spiritual Beggars before or, if you're in the US, on tour with Arch Enemy. I especially loved that new song, "Holding My Hand". Very emotional and his voice reminded me of Chris Cornell here. Awesome!

What can I say about SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. The godfathers of crossover and very succesful from the beginning. Back then I used to listen to them, so I recognized some old songs, like "S.T.", "Bring Me Down" and of course the genius song "I Shoot Your Suicidal Tendencies  Nico Wobben Mommy". And even with a partially different line-up than in the old days they sound as S.T. have always sounded. Tight, driven and of course still with Mike Muir's typical vocals. He still talks way too much (and way too fast) between the songs (could've played an extra song instead!) and in my personal opinion they still dress incredibly stupid with their blindfolding bandana's, huge shorts and high socks, eek... But to each his own and I'm sure many say the same about our metal outfits. Anyway, it's the music that counts and S.T. is still a force to recon with!

KANE is only interesting if you like poprock with a touch of Pearl Jam. They got very popular in Holland with a couple of hits like "So Glad You Made It". Only interesting part for me is singer Dinand who's deep, Vedder-ish voice I like. It's not enough to buy an album or check out the whole gig though.
Australian Nirvana  Nico Wobben
Maybe not technically the best band, but the AUSTRALIAN NIRVANA gig was a lot of fun. These Nirvana look-and-sound-alikes played all their hits and the atmosphere in the crowd was great, everyone sang along and cheered. Pretty extraordinary how this coverband/parody around singer Burt Cokain has grown to be a succesful and serious band! Well, the gig was succesful and one of my favorites of Bospop (and I'm not even a Nirvana fan)!

The Irish heavy/punky guys THERAPY? played songs like "Gimme Back My Brain", "Die Laughing" (dedicated to Dee Dee Ramone!), new song "If It Kills Me", My Dying Bride  Nico Wobben "Trigger Inside", a part of "Master Of Puppets" and closed with "Diane" and "Evil Elvis". Since drummer Graham left the band recently they are playing the summer festivals with Keith Baxter of 3 Colors Red. A lively and energetic best-off gig!

Headliner in the tent were MY DYING BRIDE. The music is pretty depressing to me, but for those who like that it was a great gig, although the sound was bad in the beginning (and too loud overall). The slow, doomy metal created a pretty special atmosphere in the big tent. If you want to relive it, get the recently released live album "Voice of the Wretched (Live)"!

Bush  Nico Wobben There must be something really great about BUSH but I just don't hear it. There was a big crowd though and the fans sang along to most of the songs (like "Everything Zen", "Machinehead", "Swallowed", "Little Things", "Come Down"). Must've been good then, but not my cup of tea at all.

And so another Bospop edition ended.. but not completely. The next day Dynamo Open Air is using the area, facilities and crew for a small version of their festival, due to problems with their own festivalgrounds. See Dynamo 2002 review!

submitted by Marlies 01.01.2003

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