Festival Review: Parkway Drive, Asking Alexandria & More @ Paaspop
Stick To Your Guns kicked off their set and halfway through the first track 'Against Them All, frontman Jesse Barnett's microphone gave in, forcing the band to regroup backstage to try again once the difficulties were dealt with. After approximately two minutes, Stick To Your Guns' introduction echoed through the room again and the band members were welcomed back on stage. In an attempt to introduce the band AGAIN (as they already did before the mic broke down), Jesse Barnett couldn't keep a straight face and burst out laughing. Even with a dodgy start, Stick To Your Guns couldn't have been a better way to start the festival in a packed Jack Daniels tent. Many crowd surfers (despite the quite large photo pit dividing the stage and the crowd) floated around the room and the band was just as energetic, if not more.
Stick To Your Guns never fail to deliver a tightly executed, energetic and interactive live set. They were rewarded with a crowd of remarkable size coming out just to see them perform. After the set, we met up with frontman Jesse Barnett to discuss a variety of topics, among which the vegan lifestyle, the relentless touring life and new music. This interview will be with you as soon as possible!
âAfter killing a few hours seeing all sorts of performances, we were back in a bigger tent around approximately 20:15 to witness Asking Alexandria's return to The Netherlands with frontman Danny Worsnop, who stepped down and stepped back up recently. Something we were truly looking forward to! After a ten minute wait, the lights went out and the musicians entered the stage one at a time. The band obviously kicked off their set with 'Welcome', which was quickly followed by 'Dear Insanity'. From moment one onwards, fans in the tent were ecstatic about the band's return to the country and many of the festival goers were even repping the band's merch, making it quite obvious this was the band the fans came here to see. Danny Worsnop was welcomed back with open arms and sung better than he did the last time the band performed in The Netherlands. Slightly off to me was the fact that Worsnop altered the vocals on several tracks a bit, giving it a country feel and not screaming at parts where there is screaming in the studio version. This resulted into denying the fans screaming along some of the iconic lyric parts such as the 'OH. MY. GOD!' in 'The Final Episode', but hey, that's what live music is for.
All aspects combined, Asking Alexandria made a glorious return to The Netherlands. Along with certainly a lot of fans, I am looking forward to the band's return with a club show of their very own. Let's hope it happens sooner rather than later!
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