Like last year and the years before I went to Melt! Festival, partially work related, partially to party. I have to admit, the line-up was a bit too non-dance minded for me.
The 2nd concert of Prince in Ahoy after North Sea Jazz, but this time I managed to get an arena ticket. Together with a friend who loves Prince at least as much as I do we drove to Ahoy. Just when he played the first track we came into the arena. With no “Golden circle” we had to crawl our way to the front where he had a nice view.
Studio 80, the Amsterdam club where I worked for over a year when it opened, celebrated its 6th anniversary. It was a boat party, combined with a beach party. To transport the people from the boat to the beach I was asked to arrange shuttle busses and so I did…
Prince did 3 nightly concerts after North Sea Jazz and I managed to get tickets for two of them. The first night I sat front row on the 1st ring with quite an ok view. Prince announced 3 totally different gigs and it was definetely something I didn’t expect.
I had some money to spend so I bought a roundtrip ticket to go clubbing in Ibiza for 1 night. The reason was a friend (Marco Resmann/Luna City Express) was playing in DC10 and to catch some rays of sun.
If I don’t have a festival trip of my own (like Nachtdigital in 2010) I’m at Rockit Open Air, working… We were in luck this time with the weather, which is a big plus after seeing rain on several festivals already.
Due to the tragedy in Norway, Prince cancelled his shows there and came to the Melkweg to rehearse. He decided to do 2 last minute concerts… It was announced on Twitter around 9 pm, about an hour later I was queueing.
Everybody knows House Of Pain and since they were in Amsterdam, I wanted to see if they still got it going on. I came in during the first song so right on time, but they didn’t really do it for me. Only the last song, Jump Around, was nice.
The day after Awakenings Festival it’s Latin Village which takes place on the same location (minus 2 areas). It’s not that I came for the music, I was there to (help) pickup our recording machines.
Awakenings Festival is always a highlight, but this time they didn’t have as much luck as previous years with the weather. It had been raining a lot and rubber boots were a necessary item this day.