DOUR FESTIVAL, BELGIUM – 12/15 July 2017
Since the first edition way back in 1989 DOUR FESTIVAL grew out to be one of the coolest and greatest festivals in Europe. Four days (12-15 July) of musical extravaganza with a very varied programming of many different genres in the beautifully rural city of Dour in the French part of Belgium, 2 miles away from France. Punk, reggae, rap, house, hip-hop, rock, world music and just about any noise one can produce with instruments, with or without vocals. Great location, great vibe, great artists. One negative point: as a student you need to do a job all summer long or rob a bank to pay all costs (ticket, camping, food & drinks). Unfortunately, rock festivals are (for years now) about business, about making (too much) profit by corporate organizations with one goal: give me your money! ALL your money! I’m sure thousands of youngsters can’t afford festivals just because it’s too damn expensive. Giant shame! Me, myself and I checked in for two of the four days (I swear it’s harder than an arduous mountain stage in the Tour Of France when you’re older than 35). And here are the seven stellar acts that made me go dancing, jumping, screaming, shouting and getting very tired, acceptably drunk, totally voiceless and completely satisfied at the end of my 48-hour journey. Get ready, here we go, here comes some inflammable, sonic rapture…
After 15 years the Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin of sultry blues rock are still a red-hot engine with alluring icon Alison Mosshart on a steamy roll and Jamie Hince demonstrating his impressive craft of burning hooks and striking riffs. The crowd went bananas! Winner!
Electro-disco-punk gang out of Sheffield, UK. A spicy groove machine with artistic pariah Lias Saudi as the volcanic frontman with several dimensions: Johnny Rocket, Fat White Family Face, frenzied performer, dope explorer, controversial songwriter and fulltime outsider. This time he looked like an eccentric reincarnation of Edith Piaf, the legendary French chansonnier. Igneous, intoxicating, impressive and… non, Lias ne regrette rien…
Smashing molotov cocktail uppercuts from Liege, Belgium. As usual sensational frontgirl Aurélie Poppins jumped into the crowd for a clamorous meet and greet with the hooked fans. Dynamite stuff for (only) 25 minutes! Less is so much more with these desperados.
Fierce post punk havoc from Bristol, UK. Frank-blunt-sharp and in your face tumult with
a glorious show time grin mostly provided by highly fueled and insanely entertaining guitarist Mark Bowen. It was mosh pit time! It was go mad time! It was adrenalin time!
Psychedelic firework pop, with a retro touch, at its very best. Flamboyant, shimmy and electrifying ecstasy. Never thought (I saw them 4 times before) Temples would cause moshing excitement among the heated crowd. Wham Bam! Memorable performance!
Electro hip hop soul driven by the sensational voice of the gorgeous and talented Charlotte Adigéry. Vibey, dancey, groovy. Shiny young pearl with a bright future.
Electro punk with a dark edge, a flaming flow and tons of intensity. This broiling 2-piece made me think of 80s duo Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. A synth dominated avalanche generating contagious crackers you’re uncontrollable body just can’t resist!…
(All pics by Turn Up The Volume!)