One of the greatest festivals of Europe is without doubt Rock Werchter. This festival is located in Belgium near Gent. Rock Werchter contains both pop music as well as alternative rock. Because of its huge variation in music, it is one of the crowded festivals of the world. Approximately 120 000 people visit every year. This review is about the 2009 edition of Rock Werchter, one of the most memorable editions.
The festival started Thursday with the Eagles of Death Metal. Which is actually not a death metal band, the name is a joke by singer Jesse Hughes. This band plays very simple rock that is entertaining for an hour or so, but certainly not longer. The Eagles were immediately followed by Lily Allen, a British girl with a strong voice. This performance was bad, because she was obviously drunk.
In the evening the real big bands were planned to perform. Oasis played prime time. This was one of their last performances, since the band split up a few months later. The performance itself was decent with much attention to old hits like ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’. The closing act of the night was The Prodigy.
Friday was definitely the best day of the festival. In the evening all the big bands of the present played: Bloc Party, The Killers and finally Cold Play. Especially Cold Play played brilliantly. In the daytime more alternative acts performed such as White Lies and Nick Cave.
While Friday was the best day, Saturday was relatively boring. The only thing that really stood out was the Kings of Leon. The band was at their prime at the time of Rock Werchter with hits like ‘Sex on Fire’. The closer of the evening was the DJ act named ‘Two many DJ’s’, a Belgium DJ couple that is considered as one of the best in the world of dance music.
Sunday was a very relaxed day. Many rap performances were held. The best of them was ‘De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig’ , A Dutch rap group that performs songs with very sharp and insulting lyrics. The final act of the evening was Metallica. Lars Ulrich and his band absolutely blasted everyone away with a wall of sound. A stunning end for a good festival.