I Love Heavy Metal, and I love Reckless Love. I really do. I don’t know what it is about them, but they hit all the right notes for me.
Battle Beast kicked off the main stage events at the second day of the South Park Festival in Tampere for 2014 … in the pissing rain.
We’d just arrived as the rain started and it continued right through their set. Unfortunately for them, they were really the only main stage band affected.
The second stage or “tent” at South Park had quite a reasonable line up. Since it was where the beer was we did see quite a few of the bands.
The music was quite dark and very heavy. Most of it was a bit too “shouty” for my liking, and quite the opposite of the main stage artists – but it was a good atmosphere.
I am not surprised that Niko Kovac feels this way. What a terrible injustice!
Given the allegations of corruption, bribes and Sepp Blatter generally being an out of touch old fart – my faith in FIFA and love for the World Cup has been absolutely shattered.
So what was wrong? Mostly the referee and his linesmen. He/they made some really bad decisions.Embed from Getty Images
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.
The secret 'fifth' member pic.twitter.com/u1mVetrDIY
— Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) May 18, 2014
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.
Bill Bailey returns to Helsinki next week with his QUALMPEDDLER tour. We went to see him back in November 2013 and he was very entertaining.
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.