TWClassic 2012

The bill looked nice, although the Belgium bands were a mystery to me. So as a result we decided to enter the festival around half past three just before the start of Amy MacDonald. So we already missed The Scabs and 't Hof van Commerce.

Amy MacDonald just released her third album this year, and the setlist was a cross section of all three albums. She has a strong voice, and most of the time the songs sounds like the studio versions. It is hard to get her out of her comfort zone, so the hour was filled with an Amy hidden behind guitar and microphone. She even played an acoutic version of the Bruce Springsteen classic Born To Run.

Next on the bill was Kaiser Chiefs. They played an hour of mainly hits, and most of the tracks are from their recently released album Souvenir. Not bad music, a mixture of rock, ska and punk with some references to the Beatles. But it gets boring when their singer has the need to keep yelling "We are the Kaiser Chiefs" between the songs. After a few times the listener knows to whom he is listening. So after awhile, and also because of the loudness of the performance (they were the loudest band on stage) we decided to leave the stage area and wondered to the end of the field, where we put down our blanket and layed down. Just after the end of their performance I fell asleep and woke up when De Kreuners were introduced as being the Iron Maiden of Belgium. Their music is hard rock, but they prefer to sing in Dutch. Their singer Walter Grootaers is, besides being their frontman, also known for his television work. Their biggest hit Ik wil je was played as well of course and in several songs women were allowed to come on stage to dance with the band.

Before Sting came on stage we decide to return to the front of the stage. We weren't disappointed. Sting was in top form and played a nice mixture of solo and The Police songs. 18 songs within one and a half hour with a guitarist and a violist in top form as well. A great band, a good voice and great songs. The highlight of the festival. After this we decided to leacve, and didn't want to wait for Lenny Kravitz. We returned to our hotel in Leuven and ended the day with some good Leffe Brown in the hotel bar.

Amy MacDonald setlist:

Mr Rock & Roll
The Game
Don't Tell That It's Over
I Wish I'd Knew You Before
Slow It Down
This Is The Life
Born To Run (acoustic)
This Pretty Face

Kaiser Chiefs setlist:

Never Miss A Beat
Everyday I Love You Less And Less
Everything Is Average Nowadays
On The Run
Modern way
I Predict A Riot
Kinda Girl You Are
Listen To Your Head
The Angry Mob
Take My Temperture
Oh My God

Sting setlist:

All This Time
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Englishman in New York
Demolition Man
I Hung My Head
Driven To Tears
Fields Of Gold
Message In A Bottle
Heavy Cloud No Rain
Shape Of My Heart
Love Is Stronger Than Justice (the munificent seven)
The Hounds Of Winter
Never Coming Home

Desert Rose
King Of Pain
Every Breath You Take

Next To You


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