Incubate festival (review / report sunday 21 sept 2014 by Linda & friend)

incubateIncubate (review/report sunday 21 sept 2014)
location: Tillywood (aka Tilburg, The Netherlands)
report by: Linda and friend.

Sunday is a special day of the week. Some people go to visit church, some people go to visit family and friends. Other people are sportive and participate in a running contest or go to a museum, city or concert. Well, the Yikis delegation (Linda and friend) seem to have done it all! Minus the running, that festivity we gladly left behind (the famous running event “Dam to Dam loop”; 10 English miles going from AmsterDAM to ZaanDAM).

We hop the train and go towards Tilburg, first grabbing our wristbands and visiting our friend at Gifgrond for a nice brunch. Over hard boiled eggs, yummy marmalade and grapes we discuss our summer holidays and wellbeings of the common friends. Toxix chicken is briefly the matter of the subject too, how he seems to not produce as many eggs as before.. has he lost it, ready to go….. soup chicken?

^ ..meanwhile somewhere in Thailand...

^ ..meanwhile somewhere in Thailand…

Well, we think not because much great efforts are made at Yikis to get naive girls into the underground scene and that’s much appreciated! Still, chicken is missed.

OK, time for Incubate, time for… church!

^^ Time for Church!

^^ church ladies and gentleman.. time for church!

Tilburg is a nice small town so everything is easy to walk. We go to the Pauluskerk where Eugene Chadbourne will start the service with a water droplet sounding banjo sermon, soon to be joined by a lovely singer, to protest against punk nazis and hoping to leave town.

^ Eugene Chadbourne in Pauluskerk

^ Eugene Chadbourne in Pauluskerk

The Incubate sheep love the service and the good deeds on Sunday have been done. Ready to sin now!

^ the very awake looking Incubate sheep

^ the very awake looking Incubate sheep

And so we do, in the Incubate headquarters De NWE Vorst where Container tries to trigger the legs and ears into dancing. Well, I need no trigger! Highlight of Incubate! No time for pictures as the beautiful sounds of noises is mixed nicely with interesting beats and transitions. It must be that the it is the last day of the festival that not everyone goes berserk like me. Unfortunately the set takes only half the time as programmed and I am upright disappointed about that.

Ok, so it all goes so well, the fear of “and now comes the dip when everything is not as heavenly as it looks like” creeps in. We need some planning and orientation but there is too much to chose from. I like to see ‘The Wytches‘ later and fear that will be the time I would be hungry and that it deadly to good spirits. So food first.

Food is good, especially Indonesian food! We sit across ‘Cul the sac‘ where the band Adrift plays their sludge/metal/grindcore set. Not really anything getting me at first row but it is a perfect backdrop for the food and festival atmosphere. The amount of food is on the short side, a real festival meal (high price, small portions) but oh oh sooooo niiiiice.

We make our way to “Paradox‘ where the polish quartet Babaa serves a decent set of jazziness. We have a nice tea and coffee and enjoy the encore, uncommon at a festival as is the bow of the group at the end. I guess I’d be thinking of Polish music firstly at some metal/punk band; the jazz served by Babaa is one that would become a French jazzfest.

^ the magnificent Babaa

^ the magnificent Babaa in Paradox

So now it’s time to head to Dudok (another one of those nice buildings with nice glass windows) for the band I feared they might have been hyped: the Wytches. They sound like new wave Pixies/Nirvana with a touch of the Cure in lyric writing imho if I’d had to describe it (well I should). Their new album got some “streamplay” on the Dutch site 3voor12, so I expected a lot of people and like teenage girl I arrive at the soundcheck. Where the young, fresh guys of The Wytches try to check their sound and the sound guys seem to try to have dinner.

^ admire the beautiful amazing view of these fine windows that the venue is rich off

^ admire the beautiful amazing view of these fine windows that the Dudkok venue is rich off

The performance has the right amount wanting to make a good set but the sound is muddled, even without earplugs, and the audience is tame. As I am totally hyper myself after all that good food and high expectations, I find the tempo of the songs is on the slow side and real headbanging gets different and no, no moshpit. Still, the guys have talent and the songs on their album sound good. For anyone curious: they are on tour and they’ll play the 4th in the OCCII, Amsterdam.

^ The Wytches in Dudok

^ The Wytches in Dudok

Around the corner is a nice bar called ‘Extase’ where we can find ‘the Cave‘ performing in the back. The place is packed and the bar is good but the music is soon rather boring and we move to the front of the place to relax with our wiskey and try our luck on the AC/DC themed pinball machine (yeah!). Too many people passing behind out back and the machine is adjusted a little tricky (still, 5 balls for a credit). Better give it another try another day; for now moving back to Dudok to swing on the African reverse rythems from Bombino, Niger.

^ The good looking Drinks in Extase

^ Wiskey drinks in Extase

The legs won’t make it till the end and we conclude the day in Paradox, once more with a Polish act, Hokei. The couch is empty and quickly confiscated. Incubate is done and we are happy and content. The flower are exhausted and sad to see it all go {08}.

^ Flowers are sad it is over in Paradox

^ Flowers are sad it is over in Paradox

After the chill out we walk back to our poisonous host and make some more pictures of lovely Tilburg by night. It was a very nice day and we sleep nicely with smiled on our faces.

^ Old piano showroom in Tilburg

^ Old piano showroom in Tilburg

^ Old fashioned cheese store in Tilburg

^ Old fashioned cheese store in Tilburg

^ Old fashioned cheese store in Tilburg

^ Old fashioned cheese store in Tilburg

^ Tilburg looks like this

^ Tilburg looks like this

^ Tilburg also looks like this

^ Tilburg also looks like this

^ and like this

^ and like this

Highlight: Container (https://soundcloud.com/gentledefect)
It has been rumored that….. it wasn’t as underground as before and that there was quite a lot of doom/gloom in the programming compared to other years. Well, I wouldn’t know that but I had expected/hoped for a bit more experimental approaches. But let’s face it: I am spoiled with Gifgrond, the coziest real underground party of the Netherlands!!

^ The logo of the best kept toxic secret of Tilburg and beyond: Gifgrond

^ The logo of the best kept toxic secret of Tilburg and beyond: Gifgrond

Next Gifgronds will be 1st of November and 13 of December (with reservations and line up TBA; see www.gifgrond.nl and facebook).

For anyone in Berlin: 17th of October ‘Autumnblips‘ takes place in Panke with some nice 8bit music and the likes (not really lobit or experimental expected). It will be a great party and I’ll try to comment there too 🙂

<Linda & friend>

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One Response to Incubate festival (review / report sunday 21 sept 2014 by Linda & friend)

  1. Linda says:

    This is btw the Soundcloud page of Container: https://soundcloud.com/gentledefect

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