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Intensity in Tent City – Leyendas del Rock 2013

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Last week, my partner Miki and I decided to sample some metal on ‘the other side of the curtain’, by attending the Leyendas del Rock festival in Villena, Spain, as concert-goers rather than as an appearing artist. Some Metal colleagues from Holland, the band PICTURE, were going to be on, ( we are appearing at the Very ‘Eavy Festival in Holland with them in 2014) – and that also gave us a chance to meet up with a mutual friend, Mark Oosterwijk, who had travelled from Holland with the band.

Chatting with Mark before Picture take the stage

Chatting with Mark before Picture take the stage

We arrived ahead of the crowd on the Wednesday night, in The Boomobile , our live-in music & art studio on wheels, and parked up in the middle of the campsite. By the morning, the gathering of metalheads had begun, and we were quickly surrounded by tents, vans, campers, and amazingly creative structures made from tarpaulines!  It was hot and dry, and when the wind was up, I was reminded of Joe Bonamassa’s “Dust Bowl”!

The organization of the whole festival, right down to the logistics of parking, stewarding, amenities and policing was superb. This is an event in it’s eighth year, and it seems to be one welcomed by the town of Villena with good grace, and runs very smoothly.

I managed to catch a few of the Spanish metal bands, some of whom were very good. LEO JIMENEZ were good, and DARKSUN in particular stood out, – I would have missed them if NASHVILLE PUSSY had arrived on time, as Darksun’s spot was brought forward and onto the main stage! DORO came out all guns blazing and seems to be cultivating an amazing young fanbase, there were some real young kids down the front giving it the ‘horns up’!

DORODORO

I was particularly looking forward to TESTAMENT and VENOM, who were headlining the Friday night, and they didn’t disappoint. Testament really gave the crowd a good pounding, and Cronos and his band have aged well, the years adding a gravitas and an ability the early Venom lacked.

cronosCronos of VENOM

PICTURE took the stage early on the Saturday evening, delivering songs from their latest album Warhorse and songs stretching back over their 30 year career, including songs from Eternal Dark, which I particularly liked. It was good to see Mark headbanging to his favourite Dutch countrymen!

Picture of...PICTURE!

Picture of…PICTURE!

The band of the festival for me were ACCEPT. They were simply in a different league to everybody else, in stagecraft, sound and musicianship. “New guy” (relatively speaking) Mark Tornillo looked entirely at home in Udo’s shoes fronting the German metallists, and has something of Brian Johnson about him. The material drawn from their last two albums is very strong indeed. Songs like Teutonic Terror (my personal favourite) Pandemic, Hung, Drawn and Quartered and Stalingrad just grabbed you by the throat, and old favourite Balls to the Wall can’t fail! It seems their resurgence continues apace, there is fire in their bellies and the fun they’re having on stage is clearly apparent, and infectious.

ACCEPT

The whole vibe of Leyendas del Rock was cool, it was fun to hang in Villena for these few days and get some Metal in! Let’s hope the festival runs for at least another eight years!

Kev Moore

August 17, 2013 - Posted by | Metal, Music, Rock, Touring, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Café Crem.

    Comment by kevmoore | August 17, 2013

  2. NICE!!! That bill for this festival was very strong, indeed!!! I’m very glad you and Miki had a grand time! I agree with your Mark Tornillo to Brian Johnson comparison. Venom!!! NWOBHM and Black Metal legends!!! Doro and Testament I’ve seen in the last year and WHOA!!!

    I think it’s fabulous Witch Cross is already lining up for the Metal Festival circuit for 2014! Thanks Kev for sharing this festival experience, (as a fan), along with that pic of you at Stone’s… cause it ALL sure made my Metal day!! \m/\m/

    Comment by Metal Odyssey | August 18, 2013

  3. Always a pleasure Stone! \m/\m/

    Comment by kevmoore | August 18, 2013

  4. Heey Kev great man and it was awesome to meet you
    See you soon brother
    Cheers mate!

    Comment by Mark Oosterwijk | August 19, 2013

  5. Nice Ted Nugent reference! Looks like a great day! I’m especially jealous you saw Venom and you mentioned how much you enjoyed Accept on my blog the other week too. I really need to check out their stuff!

    Comment by Heavy Metal Overload | September 5, 2013

  6. Haha! You picked up on the Ted thing! :-) It was a great line-up, especially when you consider that ‘down our way’ (Southern Spain) Metal is very badly served, so to find a festival with these bands on only a couple of hours away from my door is excellent.

    Comment by kevmoore | September 5, 2013

  7. I bought a Picture cassette (Diamond Dreamer) way back in 1984 in Peru of all places, and proceeded to wear it out. Haven’t known much of them since as they’re not well known in the States. Great to hear they’re still playing, and well too! Also, concur completely with you on the current power of Accept. I’ve seen them twice with Mark Tornillo fronting them over the last few years (2010 in La Paz, Bolivia, and 2013 in Santiago, Chile) and those shows have proven to be some of my best concert experiences ever, let alone in the 2000s. Nice post!

    Comment by Victim of the Fury | October 6, 2013

  8. Thanks man, Keep Rocking! \m/

    Comment by kevmoore | October 7, 2013


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