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2013.06.18 - Werchter Festival Site, Rotselaar, Belgium

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Attended the gig yesterday.

 

I must say that even if organization once in the festival park is good, everything about getting to that place and leaving it was pretty messed up and shitty.

 

Paying 15€ to park with no sign and no help at all for you to remember where you park your car is definitely not a good idea. I had the chance to park my car in a field really close to the main entrance, however I already had a really bad experience in the past when I parked really far from the entrance => impossible to see, remember, rely on indication to find where I was parked. And I think the same thing happened yesterday to many of us.

 

In addition to this, it took like FOREVER to leave the area. During 2 hours, we were moving forward 5 meters every 10 minutes. 2 hours to drive 2-3 damn km.

Even during the main 4-days Werchter festival, it's not as shitty as it was yesterday.

I live 20mn south of Brussels and I arrived at home at 3:30AM eventhough I left at 0:05.

 

Regarding the gig itself, SX was not really good. Singer a bit strange (reminding me of Selah Sue) while songs were random and not really good. I wouldn't be able to remember the melody of any of them.

Balthazar was better from a music point of view, otherwise nothing special.

 

Muse was good.

The stage was really impressive and great. Happy we had the tour stage and not a random stage used during the Werchter festival for example.

Fire effects, light effects, videos and all were good even if the heat of the fireballs were a bit too much because of the temperature already high enough.

 

Setlist was OK. Not the best I've had but not the worst as well. Sad to see the new album forces the band to leave some oldies aside (MotP, SS, CE, ...). But that's the way it is.

We got Feeling Good, USoE and Unintended, while I'd have preferred hearing Sunburn, Falling Down, SS or another oldie more worth it. (And NO, we did not have Falling Down as a press article mentioned.)

 

I had the chance to be in the pit because we received a specific bracelet when we arrived at the entrance. They were also giving them to the persons entering the park at the beginning I think.

 

The band was great. As usually I would say.

I do not expect too much interaction between the band and the crowd because I know this is not something they're good at. I think Matt is rather shy and it is not his thing to do this a lot. I understand because I wouldn't be able to do better than what he does regarding this aspect of the show.

 

Sad to see he's not playing as much guitar as he used to and even during the previous tour. Follow me is definitely not played on guitar, so OK. However, Unintended, Blackout and Undisclosed Desires are not played by him on guitar anymore which is pretty lame IMO. Chris plays the guitar part for Unintended and Blackout. As much as I appreciate him, he's unfortunately not playing this with the little extras done by Matt usually and doesn't seem to improvise at all. Especially Blackout and the way he played it for the Wembley Live DVD (which is the best version IMO).

Hoping this won't become worse in the future.

Also, it looks like 2 pianos on stage are not enough for Matt to play the intro of Newborn himself. Shame.

 

Overall, the crowd in the pit was absolutely horrible. Apart from the first rows close to the stage, I felt like only 1 tenth of the crowd really meant to be there to see the band. I saw even some persons leaving the pit, after staying still and idle during most part of the gig, as if they were pissed because a few persons around them were too active, jumping and headbanging.

When the band played their biggest successes (maybe not the best songs, but well...), almost no one moved at all.

Only during KoC and maybe a very few other songs, the crowd was really singing, jumping and all but I was really saddened to see most of the crowd was just there, standing still. A guy spent the whole gig standing there and watching, arms crossed and mouth shut.

I was almost the only one jumping and all during most of the songs. And I must say I felt quite alone and also thought the band would surely see it.

As it was only standing tickets, I thought we'd have a more proactive crowd but it looks like I was completely mistaken. Dunno about the rest of the crowd behind the pit.

 

All in all, it was a good concert but definitely not the best I've seen, especially because of the crowd, even in the pit and the overall organization of the event.

 

 

PS: did not hear Apocalypse Please or Dead Star teasers before starting Feeling Good. I think he played random things before starting Feeling Good, which I thought was a mistake from Matt at first, but that's it.

Edited by Xav

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Okay, just verifying :) I thought it was weird for him to play teasers of those songs before Feeling Good.

 

Anyway I can imagine the crowd being a bit more held back at Werchter Boutique. It's a shame because the large scale sing and jump alongs are what makes these gigs special. Everyone it's own preferences off course, but I think the labeling of the gig with werchter/ werchter boutique attracted more casual fans and random people looking for a music - themed evening, who not necessarily will take part in all the singing/jumping.

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Okay, just verifying :) I thought it was weird for him to play teasers of those songs before Feeling Good.

 

Anyway I can imagine the crowd being a bit more held back at Werchter Boutique. It's a shame because the large scale sing and jump alongs are what makes these gigs special. Everyone it's own preferences off course, but I think the labeling of the gig with werchter/ werchter boutique attracted more casual fans and random people looking for a music - themed evening, who not necessarily will take part in all the singing/jumping.

 

Yes, it'd have meant "Hey losers, do you hear this? You won't get it today but this is what the crowd will hear at our next tour stop ! =D", which would have been weird.

 

And you're probably right. After watching several videos taken from the back of the crowd, I now realize many came to the gig thinking it'd be like a 1-day festival (which was the case somehow in the end). A lot of people had a glass of beer in one hand and calmly watching the gig. They probably came to spend a good evening listening to some good music and "nothing" more.

 

I'll think twice before going to such a gig next time. The crowd is a big part of a good experience IMO.

 

Haha Xav we had the same thing. it wasn't until 2.45 we were able to drive at full speed, such a joke!

 

Hehe :)

I was so bored I had a short walk several times and came back to my friend's car only to tell him he should restart the car because we were soon going to move 5m forward...

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Well I had a bloody great time! Came over from UK for third gig in 3 weeks :LOL: Got right to front of B stage, and had fantastic time - eye contact with Matt *swoon* and shook hands with a Wolstenkid :) Looked to me that the crowd at the front of the pit were certainly jumping and singing, but was definitely more civilised than at Emirates. There, when we got in, you couldn't move from your spot at all for hours! At least this time we could wander in and out to get drinks (thank God, cos it was so damn hot!) - before Muse came on obviously; I wasn't going to miss a moment of that!

 

SX were just weird but I loved Balthazar. First time I've properly taken notice of a support act!

 

So that's my Muse fix for the year :( Can't wait till they come back to the UK again - next year hopefully!)

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Audience was quite boring apart from the front row. but still, that didn't bother me as much as usual. i enjoyed it so much. it was special in a way and i just loved every second of it. :D Werchter always been a beautiful location imo, have good memories from it there but for Werchter Boutique events the audience is always pretty poor.

 

Anyway, like i said it was just amazing and the guys seemed so energetic and happy. it was very hot, but all worth it for queuing, the queuing was fun with all the lovely people. :D :D

It was a great way to end my ''tour''. really happy i got handshakes from all 3 as bonus! Matt, Chris and Dom! :D Matt was so lovely, he smiled so lovely at me. :D but now i really miss them... wished i could see them again very soon! wouldn't rule that one out yet. ;)

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