Freak Valley Festival 2014
AWO Gelaende, Netphen-Deuz, Germany
May - 31 - 2014
Day # 3/ Act # 2
A SPACEBANDIT/MIRO/BLUESHACKS/LORD DIE taping cooperation
Freak Valley Notes... by Spacebandit
Once again the opening of the outdoor festival madness here in Germany started in an industrial area of tiny Netphen near Siegen. As in the two years before, the ROCKFREAKS put on a
fantastic lineup of stoner/doom/heavy 70's/bluesrock/spacerock, whatever your heart fills with joy. Some bands there did exclusive shows, with no further touring in Germany or even in
Europe, so the crowd gathering at Freak Valley consited of music lovers from all over the continent, sometimes even more far away. The sound was very good, and the lawn in front of the
stage as well (more later on that!). But somehow I feel that the spirit of Freak Valley has changed since last year. To be honest: To a more commercial festival. Though it might be good
for the event itself, there's a whole lotta more to make better next year. As me and my friends arrived in pouring rain on thursday noon, we could not get the usual parking lot in front
of the venue, but were forced to park our five station wagons (for comfortable old men's sleep) about a kilometer away. Well, that was nothing troubling, but the walk along a crowded
highspeed road on 50 centimeters (with cars almost NOT speeding down) was really life-risking. OH MY GOD! Even as they put out signs of 30 KM/H, some idiots cruised along me with 100+!
You wanna get killed by the roadside by an asshole who refuses to put the speed down on his car (only for about 500 meters)? I can think of a better way to die...Guess the drivers in that
Siegerland are all crazy. And the police had a chance to collect hundrets of licences...but where did I see our beloved HELPERS...? N.o.w.h.e.r.e !
Oh, hell yeah, that was the thing that I'm seriously PISSED. All other minor annoying things, like the rude kicking crowd during some shows are just "kindergarden"...Just KICK back...
All thanks to my "Psychedelik Stammtisch" crew of Michael, Wolli, Joerg and my dear brother Martin, and of course, to our good friend LORD DIE, who managed to get a secure parking lot
about 150 meters from stage, but for the price of a hip-surgery and a walking stick before...He deserved to get that!
A BIG BUNCH of THANKS to the whole Freak Valley workers for making this festival A REAL GOOD TIME. Thanks also for the well-behaved SECURITY boys and girls (but only from Friday on, where
were you on thursday? Day off?). Last not least, all thanks to the great ANNOUNCER Volker. Great to hear almost the same introduction to all bands!
So...well I need to write this...WEATHER REPORT...
May 29th - heavy rain on the drive/light rain all through the evening. night temperatures about 8+ C.
May 30th - no rain, clouded sky, broke up to the clear moonlight. night temperatures about 3/4+ C. Brrrr...
May 31st - fantastic sunshine all day long! night temperatures about 8/9+ C.
Admission fee: In advance, EARLY BIRD TICKETS, bought last November, 45 Euros.
Catering on Festival ground: Pizzabude (n�h!), a Veggiefood booth (naja...) and a Fritten/Currywurstbude (auch nicht �berragend!).
Two big sized Veltins Bier Booths, and a very crowded Cocktail-Bar...Oh, and of course, a much crowded Coffee-Bar.
Drain: Well, only four wagons to leave off your bladder and bowel remains. Sometimes an EMERGENCY, lifesaving procedere...2 more next year would be fine!
Ok, Ladies and gentlemen...here's a bit of FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2014...
Zoom H2 with internal mics (at WAV 16/44) -> SD card -> HD -> USB stick -> my HD -> Audacity (edit/remaster) -> WAV 16/44 -> TLH8 -> FLAC -> DIME -> YOUR EARS AND MIND...
Recorded by dear LORD DIE first row almost dead center right side of the Bandit. Quite excellent tape, and as I failed my recording due to broken mic cable troubles,
the more happy I am that this turned out that nice. No disturbing chatters or hollers. A light amp buzz is audible throughout the intersections, but that's nice analog buzz!
A few nice pics by the dear LORD are included as well. All thanks to him...
Another great surprise from lovely FREAK VALLEY FESTIVAL 2014. And a bit of shame on the Spacebandit (me), as this is a local band from my home area, and I've not heard a single
note from them before...Muensters most kept jewel secret? Yeah, likely, but only until this great performance. A band with a bright future to come very soon!
What I like most about them is their relaxed jamming style on strong, very well written songs. Their main influence may be classic hardrock from the 70's or early 80's, but there's
also a bit of nowadays stoner rock woven in all mixed up with the substantial positive vibe from all those four guys on stage.
Ok, the performance of Neil Young's CORTEZ (my fave Neil tune) "sold" me this show midway trough, but the icing on the cake was the extended jam on their original COMING HOME, which
put up a broad smile on my face and mind. Definitely a band worth checking out! And I'll be hurrying up to save the limited vinyl I did not grab on that day!
Have some fun with this, lighten one up, too, and enjoy this great band from Muenster, Westphalia...SB.
taped and uploaded with permission by the band!
FULL SHOW (51:28 min.)
01. Intro jam -> (2:20)
02. A bit of devil (4:58)
03. Free (7:20)
04. Diamond shoes (5:27)
05. Cortez the killer (10:45)
06. Up on the stone (7:26)
07. Coming home (13:10)
* of course, a crazy horse is a crazy horse...written by NEIL YOUNG.
thanks to NIck for the setlist/permission to tape+upload!
Support this great band band, go to their shows, buy all their merchandise!
Do not convert to lossy files, unless for personal use. No lossy net use! Flac rules!
If you spread, keep lineage/taper info intact. It's us tapers that give you this recording for free!
If you sell, eat rotten "Toettchen" until you burst!
Nick van Delft - vocals, Gibson Sunburst Guitar
Stephan Gall - Ibanez Guitar
Ruben Claro - Fender bass
Janosch Rathmer - drums
@ ZODIAC: See you at HOLY MOUNTAIN, and thank you for a real good time!
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