Belgium’s largest rock festival comes to a smashing end

7th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Some 80,000 festival goers turned upon the fourth and final day of the rock festival where they enjoyed performances by Beck, The Kook and dEUS.

7 July 2008

BELGIUM – Belgium's biggest summer rock festival, Rock Werchter, ended on Sunday with some 80,000 spectators who came for concerts by Kaiser Chiefs, Beck, The Kook and the grand finale played by  dEUS.

Day four of Rock Werchter started slowly, but gained momentum during the day.
The festival goers were off to a somewhat slow, lethargic start on the fourth and final day of Belgium's biggest summer rock festival.

Kicking off in the morning are the Australian John Butler Trio, and the American group Panic At The Disco who fail to get festival goers moving.

But during the course of the day, festival goers started warming to performances by Tim Vanhamel ("The Elvis Presley of Flanders"), Anouk of the Netherlands and others.

The British band The Kooks did their best to get the crowd into the mood, and it worked. The group has two albums out this year; at Werchter they played beautiful long versions of 'Do you wanna make love to me', 'Ooh la' and 'She moves in her own way'.

More highlights of the day were provided by The Raconteurs, the side project of White Stripes Singer Jack White, Grinderman (alias Nick Cave) and the controversial French electro group Justice.

'Catchy and energetic' is the best way to describe the sound of the British Kaiser Chiefs (photo). The live version is seldom disappointing, and Sunday's Werchter performance was no exception.

Singer Ricky Wilson was in the groove. Hits such as 'Ruby' and 'Everyday I love you less and less' had the desired effect as the audience sang along loudly. "The crowd is on fire," said presenter Tomas De Soete.

After Beck, the Belgian rock band dEUS had the closing honours. Singer Tom Barman had two wishes before his performance: 1) that it would not rain and 2) that the performance would be even better than last year.

The Antwerp group opened in total darkness with 'Slow', a number from their recent album "Vantage point". Barman teased the audience saying, "We're not tired, are we?"

And the audience was not tired, as dEUS played 'Is a robot', 'The architect' and 'Nothing really ends'. During 'Popular culture' the children's choir joined dEUS for a classic close with 'Suds and soda'.

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