Hasselt, Belgium, 17 August 2019
I asked Tim for help, but he told us that festivals are difficult this time.
The first one is next Saturday (June 15th) already. That is next week. We are available and the festival is not very expensive but it’s a long drive and they are on very late. And we have to be fit, for board games with my mum on the Sunday (June 16th). We will be playing the board game “30 seconds“.
The 2nd gig is on the Friday in 2 weeks time (June 21st), not really an option, we don’t have any days off anymore. The 3rd and last Germany gig is on the Sunday in 2 weeks time (June 23rd). It’s nearly 100,- for a ticket but the festival is not to far away and they are on, on a decent time, but my father-in-law is celebrating his birthday that day. I promised I would be there, and it’s important for my daughter and my hubby. We’d better not do this. 😭
I said to Ozzy if we can go to the Germany gig for 100 euro’s then we can also go to “Pukkelpop in Hasselt, Belgium. A day ticket for “Pukkelpop” is also 100 euro’s. Ozzy asked if there were still tickets left. And surprise, surprise…. there were. Just before midnight we bought the tickets.
I woke up at 6:30. I didn’t sleep very well. I had a migraine again. Roos stayed with me last night, she moved a lot and kicked me a lot, Horrific night. I might close my eyes in the car, if Ozzy doesn’t mind.
At 10ish I dropped Roos of at my mums. Roos will stay there until Monday. Then I bought a new rucksack for Mark and a mattress for Ozzy’s bed in his Streets room (our spare bedroom). When I got home, we made Ozzy’s bed with the new mattress, we brushed our teeth and we left at 11:30 towards “Pukkelpop“.
When we finished that, it was only 10 minutes to go, but… we needed to find a parking place. That took us about an hour!! But luckily this wasn’t too far from the festival.
We had to check in first to get our wristband. Then we could go through the entrance.
I texted Wayne that we had arrived.
It was nearly time for De Jeugd van tegenwoordig. They are Dutch, I wanted to see them.
My foot hurts a lot, I have a blister. I decided to go to the first aid to get a plaster. There was a guy, he looked much worse, some big guy jumped on his foot. After I got the plaster it was all good.
In the meantime I got a message from Virina. She asked if I was there yet. I let her know where we were.
We left the tent but we went back inside soon, hiding for the rain.
We were on the other side of the festival, it was quite some walk 🙈 but we found them. Kevin was there as well.
They wanted a waffle, and Wayne wanted ice cream as well. He shared his ice cream with me. Thank you so much!!!
We were watching Gossip. They picked someone from the audience to sing with them. Omg that was so good! That was amazing!!
After a while they left, we got some more food. This time we had pizza. I text Virina, she was enjoying herself. We will see her later. We went to see Chase & Status in the Dance Hall. Also a DJ set. We couldn’t stay too long because we wanted to be up front for The Streets. The Boiler room looked really good. There was a big dance party going on!!
When we got back to the Marquee, Eels was still on. Virina was watching on the left side of the tent, but outside. It was very busy. Ozzy and I did go inside and walked all the way up to the front on the left side of the tent. We got pretty far. Then we walked more to the middle. Little by little, not to bother the other people too much.
When Eels finished we were pretty close to the fence already, we needed to be quick, we weren’t the only one aiming for that spot. We managed to get to the front.
OMG what a performance!! Well done Skinner!! And what a crowd surf!! So proud of you!!!
I got the playlist from a crew member of the festival
After the gig Wayne came over to say goodbye. They are leaving at 3am. And it’s raining outside. They are all going to chill. So nice of him to come and say goodbye. He doesn’t need to. Love you man!! We also got kicked out of the tent. Wayne nearly couldn’t get back inside, backstage but after convincing the crew that he was on stage, just a minute ago, they let him through.
We got dressed for the rain and got something to drink. Then we said goodbye to Virina. Then we visited the toilet and then it was time to leave.
It was quite a walk. My sole of my shoe was loose, it was a struggle to walk. I left the shoes in a bin on the parking. Luckily I had extra shoes with me.
According to google maps we’ll be home in Hillegom around 4am. I fell asleep and woke up when we were nearly home.
I finished my blog, while we had some crisps and Radler. Then it’s time for bed. It’s 6am now.
I woke up at 10:45.
It’s 1pm now, Ozzy is still asleep, obviously he needs some sleep after 2 gigs in a row, but he also has a new mattress, he must be sleeping like a little baby.
Thanks for another amazing gig guys!!! Unfortunately it’s all over (for now). Hopefully see you soon!!!
(The whole gig filmed by Pukkel pop pop pop itself).