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Sweet Rockin’ Town of Tens: Suikerrock Festival 2013

Let’s call it one of our idiosyncrasies to be able to get lost anywhere, even if we have reached our place of destination. To park in a historic town with only 5 minutes on the clock before we have to interview one of the godfathers of Belgium (punk) rock Guy Swinnen,  is a small challenge. When all parking-signs are out of sight,  make contact with the first Sugarrockin’ shirt you can find.

© Skye

Suikerrock,  meaning Sugarrock is a 4 day during festival in the middle of the historic town of Tienen in Belgium, celebrating their 27th edition with a wide variety of artists. In the town centre of Tienen, a small town that has been through turbulent times since the Middle Ages and has resurrected from  pillage and plunder into a vibrant urban town famous for its sugar refinery.  On one of Belgium’s largest town square, surrounded by a gothic 13th century church ‘Our Lady of the Pool’, the neo classical façade of the town hall and other historic buildings, lies Suikerrock’s main stage.  This year’s line-up include:

THURSDAY 25TH JULY 

Spoil Engine
 Vista Chino
Bush
Within Temptation 

FRIDAY 26TH JULY

Marco Z
The Van Jets
The Scabs
Golden Earring 

SATURDAY 27TH JULY

Coely
My Jerusalem
The Opposites
James Morrison
The Kaiser Chiefs
Sting 

SUNDAY 28TH JULY

Brahim
Gers Pardoel
Gabrielle Aplin
Natalia
Katie Melua
Joe Cocker

Sting ©Nathalie van Riel

Kaiser Chiefs © Steven Massart

Suikerrock feels like a holiday: very relaxed and well-organized. The successful festival has found its own niche, surviving amongst his bigger ‘brothers or sisters’  for almost three decennia.  Despite the weather forecasts -Sting having to adjust his performance due to heavy rainfall- Suikerrock has pulled of yet another great edition with national and international acts, offering the town of Tens a musical dive into a wide range of sounds, labelled as metal, glam rock, pop/rock, hip-hop, symphonic rock, postmodern gothic soul and good old fashioned rock ‘n roll, all in four days of summer.

The Scabs © Skye

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