Monday, June 1st, was yet another holiday in the Netherlands. So what better to do that get sunburned with thousands of other people listening to great music? That has been the simple, awesome idea behind PinkPop for the past 40 years.
PinkPop is one of the largest pop music festivals in the Netherlands and Europe’s longest running outdoor pop festival. It runs three days (May 30 – June 1) at Landgraaf’s Megaland festival grounds with three stages and lots of food and drink. The festival also supports a variety of charities including Oxfam and Amnesty International. This year it was sold out for the 20th year. The festival is quite accessible for non-Dutch people too. Many of the bands are internationally famous and the website has bilingual information. At the festival itself, signs are all in Dutch, but the staff, like most Dutch people, speak English.
Dan & I attended for Monday only (we missed out on Bruce Springsteen’s Saturday act), but we had a blast even though I know little about music and even less about the bands themselves.
After Anouk was the real main event: Snow Patrol. Their performance, quite frankly, rocked. The crowd was so engaged that we practically sang the songs for the band.
Jump to 4:24 on this video of the Shut your Eyes performance for a taste (video not by me). Of course you can always search PinkPop 2009 on YouTube for all kinds of videos. Snow Patrol wrapped up with three new songs and a (too?) long trippy animation sequence. Just fabulous. If all their concerts are like this, I’ll be there.
PinkPop end with a rousing rendition of the Dutch version of “Happy Birthday” and some fireworks. A great deal of money was raise for Amnesty International & Oxfam and the organizer signed a contract for PinkPop to take place in Landgraaf for another 10 years, meaning they’ll be able to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the same place.
Despite sunburns and mild dehydration (apparently this was one of the few sunny years for the festival), we’ll be back next year. And probably for all three days. With tickets to see a single, popular band so expensive these days, 75 euro per day or 140 for the entire weekend is a steal.
As always, click here for more photos from the event on my Flickr feed. We’ll be talking about PinkPop this weekend on the podcast as well.