After the weeks of build up, the day I had been waiting for finally arrived. From the previous weekend and further back, counting the number of sleeps to the event, the excitement finally came to a head on Saturday with the South Park Festival in Tampere.
In upcoming posts I’ll share more pictures and thoughts about the performances. Today, however, I will share more general feelings about the event, the organization, the weather and how things pieced together.
So Bill Bailey brought his Qualmpeddler show back to Finland in May 2014, six months after last appearing in Helsinki. I had few reservations about going to see the same show so soon but I was not disappointed.
This year has been looking a bit bleak for gigs or festivals so far. Simple Minds were terrific and Within Temptation … Well, I’m still feeling slightly disappointed with the whole thing: not that I wouldn’t go and see them again though.
Things took a turn over the past few days though. I was checking out Tiketti.fi to see if there were still tickets for Reckless Love on Friday as I planned to go and see them (first time this year).
I’ve digging through some of my old photos and came across this set of Paul Gilbert. It was such an unexpectedly good gig I decided to share these pictures and his cover version of Gary Moore’s “Still Got the blues”.
Within Temptation kicked off their Hydra tour in Helsinki in February. Perhaps due to the duet with Tarja, “Paradise (What about us?)”, I was envisaging the duet live on stage to end the show. Disappointing that it was the first real song after the start.
So the 21st of March was the date to see Battle Beast in all their glory once again. I saw them last year and was blown away by their vocalist. She has an amazingly strong voice and gives their music a real cutting edge.