Man, that was a real hurricane hitting the Plaine de l’Asse yesterday night shortly after midnight in the middle of the concert of Neil Young!!
Overall we had a lot of fun! Great line-up, amazing performances from all the artists, sunny weather (almost up to the end). Rating? 8, if I can move one critic to the organization I would have switched the slots of Neil Young and Phoenix, an electronic concert deserves the darkness in order to really grab the audience, Phoenix did a great job bringing the sun down in style but we were left with the feeling that it could have been even better!
We have decided not to bore you with a long review concert by concert of what we liked or dis-liked yesterday and decided to go for a shorter Top 5 of our favorite moments from Day 1. Musica maestro!
- Phoenix getting all the 60000 hands of the Plaine de l’Asse in the air to celebrate the sun going down with a hypnotic loud bass sound that introduced the second half of the concert before closing it diving in the excited crowd
- Palma Violets had technical problems at the guitar while kicking off their first song, Chilli (bass player) took over the situation free-styling some chords and together with the drummer warmed up the early festival crowd with a repetitive and very punk “We always FUCK!”. They should have deserved a bigger stage and better time slot!
- Neil Young playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” in the middle of the storm, compared to many other artists of his generation he’s in much better shape, the Crazy Horses are designed on him, amazing guitarists, the voice is still there, only problem? 75% of the crowd doesn’t know his songs….
- Alt-J filling the new stage “Les Arches” stretching since Day 1 its capacity
- The hurricane that started rumbling and pouring rain just after Neil Young had finished to sing “Like a Hurricane”, some might call it fate, some call it destiny, some others… bad luck 🙂
Hey Hey, My My, Rock’n’Roll will never die! Thanks Neil!