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Groezrock 2013

Another year, another edition of Groezrock, the festival with the cream of the crop in the punk and hardcore world. These are the bands I saw (chronologically):
1The Rocket

Pretty fun pop punk band from Belgium. Nice way to start the weekend.
2The Riverboat Gamblers

The sound at the main stage was absolutely terrible throughout the day. Nevertheless, this Hot Water Music-inspired band was really enjoyable.
3Streetlight Manifesto

So yeah, no need to introduce these guys. Pretty much the best ska band still active today. They played a couple of new songs, lots of classic ones and delivered one of the biggest parties of the festival.
4A Wilhelm Scream

Complete chaos, and all the better for it. I would've like a couple more Career Suicide tracks though.
5The Kids

Legendary punk band from Belgium and it was the first time they played Groezrock. Awesome awesome show, Ramones style: 1-2-3-4 song, 1-2-3-4 song, rinse and repeat. It's ridiculous how many classic tracks they have. Seriously check these guys out if you are into no-nonsense oldschool punk.
6The Aquabats

Painfully unfunny, puberal and absolutely horrendous.
7Frank Turner

... and The Sleeping Souls. Terrific liveperformance that made me appreciate the new album quite a bit better. There was lots of crowd participation and atmosphere as well. I'm gonna see him again in August, can't wait really.
8Grade

Never heard of these guys, but the description of the band intruiged me. And they delivered! Emo / Post-Hardcore of the good kind (musically, that is). I'll figure out the lyrics when I listen to the albums.
9Title Fight

They are going to make it big - or at least, they should. Massively energetic performance and their raw guitar sound sounded incredible, live. I genuinely liked their albums before, but now they can truly count me as a fan.
10Texas Is The Reason

Best show of the day period. You're a fool if you miss the reunion tour.
11Comeback Kid

I saw the complete show, but was too much in awe because of Texas that I didn't gave it my full attention. They played their debut in the original band lineup, so naturally it was pretty fun. But yeah, I probably would've enjoyed it more if I didn't see them right after Texas Is The Reason.
12Rise Against

Eh, they were ok. Got bored after 20 minutes or so.
13The Dopamines

Start of day 2! Cool band obviously, but they played too early on to make any lasting impact tbh.
14Midnight Souls

It was the last chance to go see them before they call it quits, so I did. Pretty standard hardcore fare, in the vein of Verse and Modern Life Is War. I wasn't all that impressed.
15Iron Chic

The real start of the day for me. Fantastic live band, so now I'm gonna check out all their albums.
16Into It. Over It

I saw a bit of this guy over at the acoustic stage. A bit cliched, sure, but quite intertaining as well.
17Pure Love

This is the new band of Frank Carter, but they're totally different from Gallows. They were cool though, playing a no-nonsense rock show with lots of interaction with the audience. It works, because Frank is such a charismatic and enthousiastic frontman.
18Old Man Markley

So glad I found out about this band on Sputnik, because otherwise I might not have seen them. The biggest party of the whole damn festival for sure, and up there with the best shows I've ever seen. Damn.
19Less Than Jake

I don't know, I should have enjoyed them, but I thought they were pretty forgettable. Too bad.
20Polar Bear Club

They were great musically, but they got a seriously annoying singer. Bailed out a little over half the set.
21The Used

Sunday was definitely much weaker lineup-wise than Saturday. This was another band that was just plain boring.
22Bring Me The Horizon

There weren't any decent alternatives to go see, and a friend wanted to go see them. At least I can now say that I've seen them, when I say they are bad. Well, actually they weren't all that bad, but this was basically a Linkin Park for the youngsters today.
23Flag

So yeah, one of two infamous Black Flag reunion bands, starring Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski and Descendents member Stephen Egerton. And they ruled so goddamn much! I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of the performance. No other hardcore band this weekend came even close. My War, Six Pack, Rise Above, Gimme Gimme Gimme and lots of stuff from their early period - this was basically a greatest hits, but I'm not complaining one bit.
24Bad Religion

They were pretty good, but I was never a big fan of these guys. So there...
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