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LOVELY DAYS FESTIVAL, 17.
August 2008 (Festivalgelände, Wiesen)
(von Thomas Hochwarter)
Bluesman Hans Theessink – a true citizen of the
Lovely Days Festival 2008
Austria’s music lovers felt being sent back
to a nostalgic past last weekend at this year’s Lovely Days festival.
The one-day event which took place in the picturesque Burgenland town of
Wiesen for the first time featured a fantastic line-up which was headlined
by Canadian rock’n’roll veteran Neil Young. The 62-year-old visited Austria
for the second time within a few months to deliver an overwhelming set which
included classics such as “Hey Hey, My My” and “Rockin’ in the Free World”
long into the night.
But it took the Scottish band The Waterboys to deliver the night’s best
performance. Rarely to be seen around these parts, their stirring up-tempo
classic rock with elements of traditional Scottish folk music was the most
successful bid to entertain the crowd of 5,000. Bright sunshine added up,
making it a perfect day out for music boffins of all age groups - our
The Wiesen festival site has a long history. For decades, all kinds of
events have taken place there. However organisers suffered a financial
crisis a few years ago after they had to cancel several concerts due to bad
But it seems these days the site is again becoming the popular spot it was
in the late 1990s when acts like Garbage, Iggy Pop or Marilyn Manson
performed in the Burgenland town. The stories of a less than shy Marilyn
Manson having breakfast in the local café will hardly be forgotten.
Music fans heading to Wiesen were much better off than the masses looking
for a good time at the Frequency in Salzburg country on the same weekend.
Fans at the three-day event at the Salzburgring race track had not only to
bear the cancellation of drug addict Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles - what
a surprise it was - but also with cool, stormy weather which sparked more
than 1,000 fans being in need of medical attention.
Furthermore, the body of a 39-year-old German was found in his tent by
cleaning personnel on Sunday morning. Police confirmed that a combination of
the uncomfortable temperatures, together with excessive consummation of
alcohol and drugs were the cause for the German’s death. Two rapes were also
While the weather-shattered Frequency festival featured only two headline
acts touring in support of a new album (Tricky, R.E.M.), the Lovely Days 350
kilometres further east was a complete contrast.
Apart from The Waterboys and Neil Young, the bill included British hardrock
format Wishbone Ash and US folkie Adam Green. Britishrock.cc spoke to
renowned Dutch Blues guitarist Hans Theessink about his many collaborations
with artists from all over the world, the fear of losing creativity and his
friendship with deceased Austrian singer/songwriter Georg Danzer.
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