Saturday, 12 July 2014

Festival Recap: Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

As I mentioned in my last post, I was at the Clam Rock festival yesterday with my dad (+ we met a friend and her parents there)- so I thought I'd post a little recap on here.

First of all, the location was one of the coolest places for a music festival I've ever been to (and I've been to quite a lot of places in several countries now because my obsession with Green Day made me travel a bit in 2012 and 2013- in retrospect I have no idea how I afforded that)- it looked a little bit like this:

The location: Burg Clam, Upper Austria 

As you can see, it was quite spacious and given the fact that there very hardly any hysterical teenagers around (No judgement there, I'm only 23 myself, but the acts obviously attracted more older folks than younger people), you could easily walk around, have some drinks and food and end up in front of the stage again without any problems.

After a car ride full of awesome music (my dad and I like to listen to music from the 60ies and 70ies when we're in the car- and sing along very loudly which ends up sounding very... interesting?) and lots of narrow winding roads we arrived at the location in time to catch some of the other acts of the day as well.

First one who's full set we could catch was Johnny Winter, who same as John Fogerty (then with Creedence Clearwater Revival) performed at Woodstock back in the day. I must admit I only googled him before since I didn't know him and I had no idea what to expect, but I was still surprised when he made his way on to the stage since he didn't seem to be in the best of health- but he was still killing it when he started his set with a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B Goode'. Other favourites included his covers of The Rolling Stones 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and 'It's All Over Now', although I really enjoyed his set as a whole.

Johnny Winter at Clam Rock 2014

Next up were another band who I only knew by name before, Mother's Finest, an American funk rock band established at the beginning of the 1970s. Again, I had no idea what to expect, but they sure put on a very energetic show that made you dance and have a really good time- it also definitely helped that during their set, the sky cleared up a bit and there actually was a bit of sun! Unfortunately their setlist hasn't been uploaded to, so I can't say anything detailed about it other than I've really enjoyed their performance and would definitely want to see them again in the future.

Mother's Finest at Clam Rock 2014

Unfortunately approximately half an hour before John Fogerty was scheduled to start his show, it started pouring rain and it didn't stop for at least 40 minutes. Needless to say, everyone was soaked (I wore dark grey skinny jeans and I swear after 10 minutes they looked like shiny leather pants...), but at least it stopped a few songs into his set.

I have no pictures of the show since I was occupied with trying not to freeze and concentrate on the music, and in the end it was so worth it. John Fogerty started his set with Hey Tonight, and even though I was slightly irritated from being soaking wet, this song made me forget about the horrendous weather conditions for at least three minutes. The setlist was packed with great songs spanning his career, starting with songs from the beginning of his career with CCR (Suzie Q) to fan favourites which also fit the rainy weather (Have You Ever Seen The Rain; Who'll Stop The Rain) and ending with the absolute classics such as Rockin' All Over The World, Bad Moon Rising and Proud Mary.

So even though the weather was kinda crap, I really enjoyed myself a lot and it was a really chill afternoon and evening with awesome music that I was able to enjoy with my dad- what more could you really wish for? Days like these make me very grateful to share the same musical interests with him and that we actually get to go to shows together, which is really special to me.

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