Pukkelpop is amazing


For the last 20 years, I think this is the first year that I could not attend the entire 3 day festival.
I had a workshop abroad on day1 of the festival, and friday required me to finalise some files, calls and some rather urgent work to be done before the week-end.

So in order to be able to go in the afternoon of day2 and all of day3, I pulled a near all-nighter (think I put my computer asleep at 4.30am on Thursday night) and started again around 7.30 am Friday morning.
 But so glad I did.

That said – Pukkelpop is every year again an amazing festival, not only because it resides in wonderful Limburg, but there are so many performances on 8 stages that each year again I discover new music.
This year I ‘lived’ mainly around the Dance hall.

My favourites of Pukkelpop 2007:
Goose, Sonic Youth, Casius, Justice, parts of Arcade Fire, parts of Sophia, (very small) parts of Tool, parts of the Shins, Felix da housecat, Juliette Lewis & the licks

Smashing Pumpkins, TrenteMoller, Cocorosie, The Streets, Spoon, Kings of Leon 

Things I wish I had seen (heard people raving but didn’t know them or choose something different):
Patrick Wolf, Loney Dear, Hanne Huckelberg, NineInchNails, Almond Hammer Jr 
No links – just google, youtube or myspace them. 

best of the Festival:
Jan, Jeroen, Aksel en Martine, Luc en Arianne, Lex, Mango en Wendy, Wim, Marc en Marianne, Michel, Clo, Stephanie, Peter, Gunther, Stijn, and so many many others I talked, laughed and (god forbid) even danced with. Only my little Femke wasn’t there this year. 

See you next year. See you every year. 11 months and 29 days to go to enter the perfect world again.

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25. U2

Hello world,

We had such an amazing trip this year. 
But first for something different: someone left parts of a Stones concert from “somewhere” on my voicemail (no idea who) – and from their tourdates it looks like it was in Scandinavia, France or Germany. And yesterday evening I was dining with Edwin, someone I know from Bilzen but never got to really know until we met here again in Amsterdam. And now we will both be in Moscow and going to a muse concert together half October – go figure J The only thing is that my little femmie won’t be able to come as she can’t fly anymore … 

That said: this week the Festival of Festivals is there (Pukkelpop) - and I should be at least there for the week-end. I got so many mails of sms’s of friends if I would be there, and it is true: since I live abroad concerts are probably the easiest things to meet up, and I really look forward to seeing you all. That said: some weeks ago a friend asked me about my most memorable concerts – and had to think about it. But here comes a list of “my top 25” concerts. If you were also there or like to go – pls send me a mail or comment, maybe we can go together one day. 

Here’s a list that that didn’t make the top 25 (but these concerts were fantastic though):Front242, Sisters of Mercy, Robbie Williams (even if good fun), The Scene, Daft Punk, Metallica, Noordkaap (last concert in AB was great though), Soulwax/2manydj’s (even if Femke got us tickets from the afterparty together with LCD Soundsystem), Interpol, RHCPeppers, Beethoven’s 9th, Zauberflote January 2nd in Berlin (even if this version was load of fun), Millionaire, opera in Sydney (cool operahouse, bad operaversion), the various Rock Herks or Lummenrocks, Tina Turner (with Sas not Fem – insider), Goose, Queens of the Stone Age (even if amazingly great), and many many others. 
I have choosen my top 25 if the moment, location and concert were great. 

Numero 25: U2 at Werchter, Brussels and RotterdamI have seen U2 at Werchter, at Boudewijn stadium, and some other venues. But the most memorable lasted only for 10 minutes. When I still worked at FNAC, Femke and I (together with 2 colleagues) got invited by Compaq for the MTV video music awards in Rotterdam in ’97. U2 opened the show with Discotheque, and it was amazing – even if I wasn’t a big fan of their Pop album. We ended up at the after party, had a talk with Skin from Skunk Anansie (didn’t recognize her at first) – but mostly had lots of fun because it was the first time we ever were at this kind of shows. When we returned to our hotel- I convinced Femmie to walk back instead of taking the taxi, and then we ended up in a rainstorm J  


Its only rock n roll, but I like it – part 1.

Hey all. Over the last weeks I have been doing pretty much 3 things: worked quite a lot, took care of Femke and went to great concerts. As you know I don’t talk too much about work on this blog, I’ll share family life things with you later – so today it’s about the music.


Tuesday 29th I flew into NY. After a short night, had 6 meetings in 1 day in different locations (everyone who has been to New York will agree it’s a great achievement!). However, a couple of hours before I took the plane, I bumped into an old boss of mine – Scott A, who had been a fantastic the President of the Skynet Board for years. Scott has not only been a strong chairman and leader, but has become a personal friend over the years, who I trust a lot. He learned me a lot about leadership but also how to get things done in large organisations. He is probably the Belgacom leader that is most in sync with the internet business and generation, and thus has stimulated much innovation and creativity. He suggested me to have lunch in the Spice Market, a restaurant in the Meatdistrict. I suggested this to my dinner partners, who fortunately agreed.


At the restaurant, I ran into an old friend, who invited me to a concert by Roger Walters (Pink Floyd) in Madison Square Garden that same evening. I had seen that there was a show but it had been sold out for a long time. How about that for great karma J A 3 hours incredible concert with an amazing set list. Part 1 is a bit of The Best of pink Floyd, part 2 is the complete Album Dark Side of the Moon, the encore is from The Wall. Here some highlight clippings:


Mother  -  On the run  -  Sheep  -  On the run  -  Time  -  Money  -  The Wall


Full set list




June 5, I was one of the closing keynote speakers at the good IAB Interact conference (everything is taped here if you have some free time). Together with my friends and colleagues Mark Bresseel (MSN EMEA) and Zapatero (Yahoo Europe) we ended the conference, but other great speakers I was able to attend were Esther Dyson, Jaap Favier (Forrester) and some others. See all videos at youtube.


My SBS Belgian colleagues had organised an event to see the Rolling Stones at Werchter, and were so kind to invite me too. I have seen the Stones quite often, but I enjoyed the evening a lot because of the different set than usual, but also to get to know some of my Belgian colleagues a bit better (Hi Sofieke, Fred, Jo, Kristof, …). Kinda first Babybecks concert.


What I liked at both concerts is that the audience was 18-81, and there was an intense happiness at both concerts. You could say life is music, but let’s keep it today at: it’s only rock’n’roll, but I like it.




Zita Swoon in Amsterdam

Sunday April 1 - Zita Swoon conquered the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Even if the sound wasn’t perfect – the show swings, moves, rock and all in a funky way. World music at its best, hell – it got even me dancing for about 2 hours. Ever since Moondog Jr I’m a fan.


The day before I had started by bike in Brussels to get to Amsterdam in 2 days, but fortunately I felt quickly that I didn’t have more that 150km in my legs. Wind fully ahead for about 250km is too much for me. I know pretty much my limits, and even if I decide to surpass them now and then, but this was too much. Fortunately I felt it after 60km, but had some road ahead back then. Wind in the back, it went a lot easier. Eric however did it – an admiring “chapeau”.


After the concert a drink with the band and some friends, and yes: Stef Kamil is a really cool guy, and he has an amazing memory… damn. The next day the entire band had a lunch at fifteen in Amsterdam just next to the SBS offices. I like fifteen and it’s concept a lot! Fortunately the food was great (or all my future recommendations would be bading in skepticism) – and our discussions went from cycling to art to music to Amsterdam and Brussels and Antwerp to Roskilde to … It was clear however that I was the only one at table who had worked already for half a day J Femmie wasn’t there though, so were going to see them at motel moziek in Rotterdam as well.


Anyway – Zita Swoon concert, go see as it wasn’t a one shot here in Amsterdamthe AB in Brussels seemed just as great. And if you want to have a taste of it, go to the (btw fantastic!) fabchannel.com site and play around.




tindersticks - archiduc improvista

Friday afternoon. 20h30. Danny, a close (and all the time closer) friend of mine sent me an sms: ‘stuart staples (tindersticks) plays an improvised concert in the archiduc”. I live a couple of meters away of my favorite Archiduc, and always open for a surprise, so ask back “when?”. NOW!


I was nearby talking with another friend of mine, so went to the Archiduc. Magical. Beautiful. This is Brussels. This is why I love the city. Brussels, Europe’s Washington DC, but with an incredible soul!


And it made me think. You’d expect a touring group to be tired of playing. But not these guys, not stuart staples. Due to the mine disasters in Poland, their trip to Warsaw was cancelled. They could go out, sleep, do whatever. And they decide to play for a crowd of 100 people for free in a bar in the center of Brussels. Because they feel like it. The power of passion.


Let’s do a survey: how many people would go to work if they’d get no money for it ? 20%? 10%? 1%? Happiness – the world’s only treasure that cannot be bought, it’s earned by true belief…