Various venues in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Friday - E.ON Electriciteitsfabriek
Being a gen-X codger who fondly remembers the on-site location gigs of industrial bands like Test Dept. in the mid-'80s, the electricity factory location for the shows of Herman Kolgen & Bl!ndman (Friday) and Tatu Rönkkö + Efterklang (Saturday) felt weird. There was something incongruous about the rawness of the factory setting on the one hand, and the non-confrontational music and, quite frankly, a-bit-too-civilised-for-the-location audience on the other. Bl!ndman's prologue of polite metal-banging was an attempt to banish this jarring incongruity, but it was to no avail. Herman Kolgen's visuals were not abstract enough: the commuter-mundaneness of Dutch passenger trains and Amsterdam skylines not only dwarfed the stage in size, but filled the set with a sense of everyday familiarity that you'd think the choice of location would be trying to avoid. …