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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


In summer, you can attend open air festivals nearly everywhere. In Belgium, some are quite big (think of Tomorrowland, Pukkelpop, Suikerrock). Of course, most of them aren't free. For some festivals you have to pay quite a lot to get an entry ticket.

Not so here in Knokke-Heist. For twenty (thirty?) odd years, the local council organises an open-air festival 'in the pit'. The 'pit' (or 'put' in Flemish) is a square in Heist, facing the sea. It's quite cosy and it was great to have bands bringing live music there. In the course of years we saw The Sweet, Mud, Cockney Rebel, Slade and most of the Belgian bands.

Even in these times, Knokke-Heist wants its festival to be free of charge. For ten days at an end, there are two bands performing night after night. Tonight, one of the biggest bands in Belgian is taking the stage - Clouseau. Formed by two brother, Koen and Kris Wauters, they bring quality songs in Flemish.

The pit will be way too small for the masses this band will draw. I wonder where they'll all find a spot to watch and listen... Anyway, we are attending too and we always manage to get in front of the stage (don't ask how, that's a trade secret!).

Until later!

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