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Dour Festival 2012

Dour Festival 2012

Dour Festival 2012

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The Belgian festival featured Cornel Campbell, Twinkle Brothers, The Abyssinians, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Max Romeo and more.

Only one week after the German Reggae-Festival-Highlight Summerjam another great European music festival took place: The Dour Festival in Belgium opened his doors again from 12th to 15th of July. 4 days of diversified music distributed on 7 stages – Indie, Hip Hop and of course Reggae - such a variety of music is hard to find somewhere else in Europe together at one festival!

Needless to say we were there because of the notable Reggae artists such as Twinkle Brothers, The Abyssinians, Tiken Jah Fakoly and Max Romeo!

The Twinkle Brothers made the perfect start of the Reggae program on Friday evening. The whole tent was full of enthused people who celebrated Twinkle Brothers’ 50th stage anniversary. It was such an active show. We give our big respect!

Meanwhile the rain harmed the festival area a lot and grassland turned into a huge sea of mud we’ve never seen before! Anyhow 148 000 festivalgoer braved the rain and mud. It appeared that they had the greatest time of their lives!

Dour Festival 2012

On Saturday Cornel Campbell & Soothsayers played their show on a tent-stage followed by Andrew Tosh on the main stage. While Tosh’s concert the sky got blue for a short time and the crowd was in a very good mood. Andrew Tosh even introduced his youngest child to the audience when singing his song ‘Make Place for the Youth’.
On Saturday Midnite completed the Reggae shows in the evening. It was a very calm concert, like an oasis of peace in the middle of turbulence. Especially the singer’s brother Ron Benjamin had obviously a lot of joy on stage – nice to see!

The last day of the festival was addicted to Reggae. Unfortunately Rod Taylor couldn't appear to complete a great program because of the heavy rain. So the French band Broussaï made the start followed by Dub Syndicate, both with 30 minutes delay. Because of this delay the concert of Dub Syndicate overlapped with the show of The Abyssinians on the main stage. The Abyssinians filled the 'sea of mud' in front of the stage within few minutes with a great massive. The people were elated!
The impressive personality of Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly came next. His show was very political – as always, his guitar player even made an appeal for peace in Mali. It was a great mixture between his older songs and some of his latest album ‘African Revolution'. A fantastic concert!
After Tiken Jah Fakoly’s show people flowed to the Jamaican Ska band Skatalites. Again the tent stage was faced off a huge audience. The Skatalites made the festivalgoer dance to their great instrumental Ska sound.
Max Romeo did the great closure of this weekend’s Reggae program. The tent was overcrowded! Everybody wanted to see this real Reggae great and sing along with him his everlasting hits like ‘War inna Babylon’. The ending couldn’t be better!

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Posted by waesa on 08.24.2012
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