It’s already a blissful affair on a Friday early evening at the Beekse Bergen event venue in Hilvarenbeck. Woo huh! x Rolling Loud has begun, a three-day festival. Now the site is used to multi-day pop festivals, a few weeks ago Best Kept Secret took place. Also Woo Hah! They pitched its stages and their tents on the water here twice before.
woo ha! This year’s hip-hop festival focuses on new current hip-hop, R&B, and related music. The oldest names from the so-called legacyThe part, which many pop festivals like to take advantage of, is not programmed for this edition. The festival, which has been around since 2014 and has had a few legendary releases at Spoorzone in Tilburg, this year is skipping over veterans like Cypress Hill or Nas. It is possible that the lack of such greats from the 90s is why the audience is young, unlike other festivals. You don’t actually see anyone over 35, but the variety is great and the male and female division is balanced.
The atmosphere is immediately excellent. Everyone is interested. The fact that Swede Young Lin had to cancel at the last minute was cleverly resolved by the organization by having rapper Friesian Jost take to the main stage. With its infamous mix of Fairground music and gabber tunes, it puts everyone in a happy mood.
A beautiful introduction to the two American stars who will appear on Friday. Playboi Carti seems to want to wait until it gets completely dark. When he shows up half an hour late, his usual rapping sound becomes much heavier and harsher. But this atrocity fits perfectly with the metallic sound the guitarist brought with him, making him scream his instrumental to the point of nausea. Equally kind, he also loves the audience who is far away in the field and dig a circle He organizes. Like a bat in the dark, Karti flies across the stage; We only see his white-edged shadow on the screens. Not quite what everyone expects from the grandeur of a ladder, but it sure is fun for a while.
This is the other big job, the guy from Atlanta that everyone comes for on Fridays, given the crowded field, actually not a moment. The future does not deliver more than default. He’s not really lucky with the strongest voice, but on Friday night he is constantly shouted by the provider, who has to keep things running. It looks as if his microphone is off and when there is a moment to recognize the hit and the hit is propagated, you see the entire field shrink after less than half a minute like an air mattress. He no longer takes time for his songs. You may be angry about it, but this deception will not soften the audience, for tomorrow is another day.
And on a warm, sunny festival site, it has a high-quality music cycle. Once again, it is surprising how well the Dutch and Belgian rappers perform. Sevn Alias is in a crowded tent, Ares takes the jungle scene and the Belgians are an added value to the festival with Zwangere Guy and Dikke.
Saturday knows Woo Hah! Crowded main stage. With Baby Keem, who is draped over the field in a bow tie due to his strong musical flows, and Rudy Rich, who has a band with him but basically shines as a hugely successful rapper box† Especially Dave. The British rapper hasn’t had real success here yet, but his show as a Saturday event can be described as a lesson for all pampered Americans. A strong rap, he finishes his sentences and at the same time plays a well-done moby guitar. This is another way to do it.
From a few days ago on Woo Hah! x Rolling Loud I’ve seen American rappers on the main stages score 7 at best, but often not enough, wondering if it’s necessary for Tilburg Festival to work with American Rolling Loud to go. We’ve had enough of good hip-hop here, right?
Sure, but the excitement surrounding the Playboi Carti, Future and Saturday’s Jack Harlow shows wasn’t found anywhere else. Everyone came to Beekse Bergen for Future, and he could only stand here because of the alliance between Woo Hah! and Rolling Loud, the main player on the American hip-hop festival circuit. The fact that the future threw the hat at him did not spoil the fun. We were able to see the future, that’s what matters. Without his name on the bill, many tens of thousands of visitors might have stayed at home.
woo ha! x rolling loudly
1 and 2 July, Bixe-Bergen, Hilvarenbeck.
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