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  1. Pukkelpop 2018

    Whose idea was that awful font and background though? My eyes hurt after clicking that link!
  2. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    I'd be very happy to see Cocaine Piss again. They were my surprise highlight of last year's Pukkelpop. Pure, unbridled, raw energy. Brilliant. Arctic Monkeys, on the other hand, not so much...
  3. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    Ezra Furman, Sparks and JAMC would all be great, but I've seen them in the last couple of years. The one off that list I'd really like to see again is Peter Perrett - the greatest writer of love songs of his (my) generation. And finally getting back to his best after decades in the drug abuse wilderness. His voice was shot to hell when he first reappeared about 10 years ago, but it seems to be OK again now from what I see on YouTube... And as far as I can see, DTRH haven't nabbed him yet. Make it happen, BKS.
  4. Rock Werchter 2018

    If you lot think festival-going since the mid-90s marks someone down as old, you've got a big shock coming when you reach my age! My first festival was 1978... (not first RW, that was 1998)
  5. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    Last year was almost an instant sell out (or at least the Radiohead and AF days were). Other years it either hasn't sold out, or it sold out not long before the festival. I can't imagine LCD and The National making it an instant sell out this time either.
  6. Pukkelpop 2018

    That Frequency bill looks dreadful. I'd be happy with 'none of the above'.
  7. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    I'm fairly happy with that. A few old favourites, a few I've been waiting to see for a while, and a few unknown names (to me), which means some new discoveries waiting to be made. A decent mix to start with.
  8. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    Cheapest flights to/from NL from/to anywhere in the UK are probably the Ryanair flights from Eindhoven to Manchester and Stansted if you book early enough. Eindhoven is also the closest airport to BKS by far. Next cheapest are EasyJet from Amsterdam to/from half a dozen places in the UK. Then Flybe also to/from Amsterdam. KLM and BA from Amsterdam can be cheap, but only if you're lucky. Transavia used to have a cheap route from Rotterdam to Gatwick, but that was discontinued about 15-20 years ago.
  9. Pukkelpop 2018

    It was '91 and 11am if I recall - I got there around noon and had already missed them!
  10. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    Were they? 2014 is the only BKS I've missed. Tried not to look too hard at the bill that year as I was forced to go to a family party and didn't want to get jealous...
  11. Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

    Me too. Also, Stuart Braithwaite and Martin Bulloch of Mogwai both have previous with BKS, having played there with Minor Victories in 2016. And they both seemed to be enjoying themselves then. That has to count for something... I guess.
  12. 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.
  13. Pukkelpop 2017

    Looking at the timetable I'm guessing she didn't want to overlap with Stormzy.
  14. 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).
  15. 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!
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