Photos Bospop 2022 | Bospop: 40 years young

Friday was the kick-off of the jubilee Bospop. About 15,000 festival-goers would find their way to the event site on the A2 on this day and after two years of compulsory absence, presenter Phil Aspers was finally able to do the “Bospop: make yourself heard!” reverberate across the meadow.

Bospop: 40 years young

And he was only too happy to do that for Inge van Calkar, who had the thankless task of exchanging a short night’s sleep from Groningen for the opening of the festival, but uninhibitedly provided an early party with the necessary dance moves. The Gary Moore Tribute Band played a home game and did what they came for: bring a fine memory of the artist who died unfortunately too early with an extensive overview of rock and blues songs. The tent soon sang along with “You Know I Love You” and “Oh Pretty Womanand visibly enjoyed early afternoon. Cory Henry worked overtime on his Hammond with his Funk Apostles and in addition to a high soul content, he also provided songs that were influenced by Herbie Hancock and Prince. Wonderful variety from start to finish. On the other side of the meadow, the audience was treated to the sounds of the itinerant horn group Heavy Hoempa, which created a lot of interaction with great élan. Covers of Guns and Roses and Iron Maiden were received with great enthusiasm.

In the tent, Mell created an excellent balance between keys, drums and vocals with her Vintage Future. Sometimes subdued, then again with a voice à la Susan Tedeschi Melanie Jonk put on a wonderful show of soul and rhythm and blues, in which the calm “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed said exactly what the mob thought. Because Rag’n’Bone Man had to be absent for medical reasons, Neil Francis was invited to perform on the first day of the festival in addition to Saturday, and that was a performance that left me wanting more. Plenty of variation and recognizable themes were well received by the audience. The English rock band The Struts shook up the audience in the tent from the first tones. The comparison made several times with Queen’s music was clearly recognizable. Explosive, yet melodic. Just rock that hits you to the toes.

Jett Rebel was allowed to provide the music during dinner. The group managed to form a bond with the die-hards, but the musicians still thought their stage session was better than a large part of the audience. The synth pop of the London trio White Lies went down well with the assembled crowd from the start. The packed tent immediately responded positively to the request “Let me see your hands” and also enjoyed the easily recognizable songs. Melissa Etheridge can completely captivate you with her lived-in voice. In drawn-out blues ballads she felt like a fish in water. Of course, hits like “Bring Me Some Water” passed, but she really popped in the mainly acoustic and fifteen-minute long version of “Like The Way I Do” with a lot of fingerpicking and very creditable percussion. Simply delicious.

About Level 42, where a lot of hits like “Runnin’ In The Family” passed in review, we can be short: passé. Vocals, which were not pure to say the least, musically wrong transitions, it all passed. The end of their show got no end. Skunk Anansie took care of that. Their performance started with lots of light, fireworks and noise, with Skin, dressed in a yellow costume and latex horn mask, playing the “clit rock” an extra dimension. The British singer did her thing and she did it well. Sometimes very small, but then full of strength and surrender, as in “weak† A fitting end to day one of Bospop.

Text: Jan Lormans
Photos: Johan Horst