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  1. Pukkelpop 2017

    Back home now after another great festival. Day 1 highlight for me was PJ Harvey by a mile. Simply awesome. Followed by Interpol and Strand of Oaks. Loads of great music on the Friday. The Flaming Lips probably edged it for me on sheer spectacle: the sight of Wayne Coyne riding through the crowd on an LED-covered unicorn will stay with me for a while. But Newmoon, Elbow, The Shins and Parquet Courts were all excellent too. Yesterday's highlights for me had to be both Cocaine Piss and Ho99o9 (the "Napalm Death of hip-hop"). Glorious mayhem at both. Was happily moshing like a teenager at Ho99o9 - and as those on here who have met me will testify, I am very much not a teenager any more (my first Pukkelpop was 1990 - and my first-ever festival was in 1978...). I emerged from the tent dripping in sweat and only got one shoe in the ear from a crowd surfer, which was nice. I really have to cut back on the late-night prosecco though. I know I was at Band of Horses yesterday, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were like. And then both Mrs Trufflehound and I were found by friends snoozing in the hotel bar at 2am... Oh dear... Hotel is already booked for next year. See you all there.
  2. Pukkelpop 2017

    Looking at the timetable I'm guessing she didn't want to overlap with Stormzy.
  3. Pukkelpop 2017

    I just had to look up why it was we missed First Aid Kit that year. We blew them out for Omar Souleyman in the Castello (who fortunately was brilliant). Omar and FAK are also two of my biggest clashes this year (although not with each other this time).
  4. Pukkelpop 2017

    I like some of Cypress Hill's stuff, but whenever I watch a big hiphop name at a festival I usually end up underwhelmed. Oddly, the one exception to the rule was Coolio... Saw Moon Duo last year at BKS and this year in Eindhoven. They are pretty good live, and more importantly have given me the perfect excuse I needed not to accompany Mrs Trufflehound to Mumford & Sons. Result!
  5. Pukkelpop 2017

    With so many stages it's going to be inevitable, surely? Until they moved the Club last year, the Marquee and the Club always used to closh, which was usually a pain. For my tastes I wish the Lift and the Club were running alternately instead of at the same time - I've got clashes there for most of Saturday. Thursday before about 17.30 is looking the bleakest and least interesting period of any of the 15 Pukkelpops I've known. At this rate I'm going to end up seeing Enter Shikari and Cypress Hill...
  6. Pukkelpop 2017

    Timetable's upon the website!
  7. Rock Werchter 2017

    You are correct. Dutch trains often go around the houses to get to the end destination at weekends (or you wind up on a bus) due to engineering works, but on a Monday (and specifically next Monday) you shouldn't have a problem. And best of luck with the weather, but I'm not sure that's going to help much looking out of the window...! Looks like most days you should be able to dodge the raindrops, but you may need to take shelter on the Saturday.
  8. Rock Werchter 2017

    It's a bit hard for anyone to answer this one as you didn't say where you are starting from...
  9. Rock Werchter 2017

    Get the International Intercity at XX.45 every hour from Antwerp Central and it's direct to Amsterdam. It was necessary to change in Roosendaal a couple of years ago for while when they tried introducing a new high-speed train and it was a disaster (trains broke down, bits fell off onto the track), but that's fixed now (or at least, they put the old trains back in service).
  10. PS No one will nick your clothes...
  11. The site will have lockers you can rent for the duration of the fesitval. Keep you valuables in there. Alternatively, keep them in a moneybelt worn under your clothes.
  12. Best Kept Secret 2017

    Day One highlights (for me): The Parrots, King Gizzard Day Two: Froth, Thurston Moore, Arcade Fire Day Three: Kikagaku Moyo, Arab Strap, Junun, and probably Soulwax, although I left them quite early.
  13. Best Kept Secret 2017

    And another plus, my secret stash of coffee stout was on sale again at the coffee van behind Stage Two. They were beginning to recognise me by the end of the weekend...
  14. Best Kept Secret 2017

    Another great festival. First of the four that I've been to where it didn't rain, which was a plus. I never had a problem getting into Stage Two, but maybe I arrived earlier. The queues were a bit longer for drinks than normal. I put that down to the 'cashless' payment system, which they tell us is for our convenience, but actually it's for theirs. The wristband chips were quicker last year. Or maybe people just drank more because it was warm? Only real diasppointment for me was that the 'floating bar' was on a swamp and not on a pier out in the lake as it was 2 years ago. Also, the "20+ beers" promised on the website turned out to be bullshit. They had 6 (fairly unexciting) beers on tap and none in bottles. Distribution problems i guess, but why promise things you may not be able to deliver? But all in all the music was great, the food was great (if not the drinks), the atmosphere was great, and I've already booked our hotel for next year.
  15. Best Kept Secret 2017

    There should be taxis at the station. If there aren't there should be a number to call posted at the taxi rank, and one will show up within a few minutes. If you're early enough, the last train from Tilburg to Gilze-Rijen station is at 00.28, which would be way cheaper...