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Clercqie's Big Groezrock Adventure

Just came back from Groezrock 2012 and I can happily say it was the best fucking weekend of the year so far. The weather wasn't as bad as I feared it would be, drinks were aplenty and - most of all - I got to see a shitload of awesome bands.

This was the first band on Saturday. I checked them out because of the quite funny name, but they were pretty boring. Standard pop-punk fare. And the singer couldn't shut up for 5 minutes. A slow start of the day to say the least
2Authority Zero

Now this was more like it. Fast and steady, mindless punk rock. Pretty forgettable afterwards but the pit was nice.
3The Menzingers

The first band I really wanted to see and they were great. Too bad the sound mix wasn't really good (the guitars were too quiet, something that plagued a lot of other gigs as well), but the songs were awesome! Nice mix between the fast rockers from Chamberlain Waits and their newer stuff. Cool concert all-in-all
4Royal Republic

These Swedes played no-nonsense hard rock which was really good. Great guitar sound, a cool, charismatic front man and lots of dumb fun. Perfect for an afternoon festival show.

Man, this was really really boring. You know the cliché about punk where all the bands only have 1 song? Well, these guys really made that true.
6The Wonder Years

This was terrific! The style of music they play isn't original at all, but they really made up for that with tons of energy and enthousiasm. They played on the smallest stage and the crowd was amazing: moshing and stage diving the whole time. Really great atmosphere.

This was one of the last shows for the legendary (around these parts at least) Dutch punk band. They played a fun greatest hits show and were awesome as always.

I didn't know their music, but I wanted to check them out because they recently reunited. And I'm glad I did, because this was one the most energetic concerts of the weekend.
9The Dillinger Escape Plan

Utterly batshit insane. It's only a shame the guitars were too quiet. Otherwise it would've been perfect.

Not really a fan of their style of punk rock, but the show itself was pretty decent. But for me, an hour of their stuff was too much.

And I'm a dumbass, because I forgot Gallows began sooner than Lagwagon ended. As such, I missed a great deal of their set. But what I saw was really impressive. Sure, it's not the same anymore as with Carter, but the music is still fantastic. Had I seen the full show, it would've been one of the best of the entire weekend.

I don't know why I never really cared about Rancid, but this concert changed that. Downright fantastic show. They grabbed my attention effortlessly for an hour and a half and it's always nice to see a band so enjoying themselves on stage. Wonderful end of the first day of the festival.
13Red City Radio

This was the first band I saw yesterday and they killed it. Thet were ten times better than on record.

Man, this was annoying. Constantly begging the crowd to mosh or do circle pits and bringing a plastic swimming pool and cocktail bar on stage and a whole lot of other stupid stuff, just to hide the fact their music is rubbish.
15MXPX All-Stars

Good but forgettable punk rock show. Not much else I can say about this.
16The Old Firm Casuals

Another band of the singer of Rancid, and they were - in my humble opinion - better than Rancid themselves. Not that Rancid was bad, on the contrary! But this was a fantastic set of fast paced, old school punk. Refreshing after a day and a half of sometimes standard punk rock, Bad Religion style.
17Hot Water Music

Just ace! Fantastic singer, great lyrics, exciting guitar work and tons and tons of fun.
18Alkaline Trio

I enjoy their music, but the gig itself was pretty lifeless. Forgettable show, and that's a damn shame because this was a band I had high hopes for.
19The Bronx

One of the best "new" hardcore I ever heard. I'll definitely check these guys out in the future.

This was perfect in every sense of the word, except for the fact that 50 minutes of playing time was waaaaaaaay too short.

I appreciate what they're doing, but this is not my thing at all. I'll just say that their little speech about "real" underground punk and hardcore vs. fake bands (namely Refused) was one of the stupidest things I ever heard a man say on stage.
22Gorilla Biscuits

Now this was what a hardcore show should be! Crazy crazy band, and they earned their quasi-legendary status with good reason.
23Reel Big Fish

Just realised I forgot to put Reel Big Fish with the bands I saw on Saturday, which is just dumb of me, because this was probably the biggest party of the entire festival.

And now for the real reason I went to Groez in the first place. And they absolutely killed it! Everyone, for the love of god, go see them if you get the chance, because this was otherworldly! Just don't pay attention to the - admittedly - meticulously rehearsed and fake sounding speeches about how "this is the best show we ever played", yada yada.
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