I mentioned earlier that I`m attending at this new music festival, STRAND (means 'beach' in Hungarian) in Zamardi, Hungary - the same place where Balaton Sound is held each year. Well, the 3 day event happened between Sunday and Tuesday (18-20th August) and considering I was there on a Monday, it was a great start for my week.
To avoid public transport, I was roadtripping down to Lake Balaton with my family then they`ve left me there after lunch and I headed to the festival...On the photo above: there is the Main Stage on the left; at that pink thing were some of the food shops; then the VIVA Stage and more food tents - the view to the lake and some DJ tent are left out. It`s quite tiny but you don`t have to run errands to get from one tent to another at last.
First, I went to this board that contained all the performers and their set times for the 3 days. The first band I saw was Indigo Utca. The tent they played at was right next to the lake and since there were only a handful of people, their show was like an afternoon jam with friends. I enjoyed it most of the time. They`ve had a guest appearance by the band`s good friend, Fluor who is a celebrity/rapper sort of person. I`m really not a fan of this guy and his on-stage jokes are rather low-class. Yet some people enjoyed his performance.
Indigo Utca minus Fluor
One of my favourite singers, Odett was opening at the Main Stage. After seeing her performance, I think she`s like Hungary`s version for Juliet Simms: she`s very energetic, her voice and dance moves are full of passion. She also communicates well with the crowd and tries to involve them into the show.
The most theatrical act of the day were clearly Anna and the Barbies. The bassist dressed up as a priest (I can only assume I wasn`t sure about his costume) and leadsinger Anna Pasztor even changed her outfit - from bride to KISS inspired war-paint and clothes - while her brother on guitar showed us his talent of singing as well. This show was one very memorable moment of the festival and also the last one they played for a while: the singer is 7 months pregnant so they are taking a baby/writing/studio break. Her condition didn`t influenced the show though as she was more active than any other future mother could be: climbing on things, going into the crowd, wearing extra high platforms, dancing and perfectly singing. One word: magic.
Anna Pasztor from Anna and the Barbies standing on the speakers.
Anna and her not so girly Barbies (sorry I had to, haha) after the show.
Sometimes, I took a break as well to enjoy the view to the lake and ran into a friend I haven`t seen for years. It was nice to reunite at a place filled with music and good vibes. We checked out bands for a few songs and the rest of the acts on the main stage. I finally wasn`t alone at a festival for a change! Yay for friends with the same music taste.
This was an interactive lounge by one of the sponsors where you could chill out while catching up in the internet or charging your phone. Isn`t the view breathtaking?
Fish! were one of the bands we`ve caught for a few songs. They were great but they way of medleys leaves some questions behind. Apart from that, what I`ve seen and heard was cool.
I was happy to see Heaven Street Seven because the time we arrived to their set, they started to play a huge favourite of mine this summer: their new single 'A konyhamban' is such a banger. The title literally means "in my kitchen" and it`s written about those parties where the biggest fun is always in the kitchen.
Late night view. Tents, lights, the moon and the bungee-jumping tower.
As thunder was on the way, there was a little fear in me that they will cancel the rest of the night but fortunately nothing happened apart from heavy wind and I could throw myself into the crowd for Fall Out Boy!
I can`t express how great feeling it is to see one of my favourite bands on home grounds first time. The kind of musicians I like never or hardly ever come to Hungary but the organizers got FOB for this basically unknow (yet!) new event when everybody wants to get them to play since their reunion. The power of the Transformers, huh? ;) (I`ve heard they asked for unique Transformers figures in their contract...)
I loved every minute of the show but 1 hour 10 minutes was ridiculously short considering the the whole promotion of the festival was built around Fall Out Boy`s name. The guys seemed to enjoy the show + playing to a whole new fanbase [for them] and the audience went nuts. Pete even mentioned how rock and roll we were. There were difficulties with the communication though; the sound work was rubbish (only here. how weird...), you could hardly hear the music or what they said but most of the people also need to gain basic language skills because it doesn`t matter who`s playing, you can`t build up a connection with the band if you just scream like crazy when they are trying to communicate to you from the stage. Also, learn the lyrics if you are seeing your so-called "favourite band ever". The silence at the beginning of 'Sugar we`re going down' which is a typical chanting-together part - also one of their classics - ended up in an awkward silence (more about its reason will come in a separate blog because I don`t want to rant here). Anyway, luckily for the band, the setlist contained a whole bunch of hits played by the radio and the new songs so people knew those at last. I wanted to hear 'What a Catch Donnie' so badly! And 'Young Volcanoes'! They didn`t play those but 'Alone Together' is my actual favourite. I was over the moon while singing along. 'Save Rock and Roll' was beautiful live as well. I want to re-live the entire show, pleeeeeease!
So there was this moment at the end of the show when my friend asked me if I knew where they disappeared because the camera was following someone on the big screen and then a Pete Wentz just popped up in the middle of the crowd few steps away from me. What a cool guy!
I`ve mentioned about The Carbonfools quite a lot on Buzznet but haven`t seen them before. I wouldn`t miss out on them here, since their music is world-class and the leadsinger is my future husband...he just doesn`t know yet, ha! So, they followed FOB on main stage with a fun show and an extremely chilled out Balazs Feher behind the microphone. I`ve never seen such calm and quiet (when it comes to talking) person on stage before but I guess that works for him.
Along with The Carbonfools` show, the day also came to the end and I didn`t want to step out to the real world again and face with the struggles that the Hungarian train system brings to your life early in the morning.
STRAND festival was a success and also the first festival I ever attended in Hungary. I want to highllight that I was impressed by the lack of cameras and mobile phones in the crowd because anywhere I went before in Britain, fans were snapping photos and recording videos the entire time and it`s annoying. Glad to say, that Hungary still knows how to party.
Interesting fact: they have this festival-card system here. You change your money to a plastic card. That`s the only way you can purchase anything on-site and at the end of the day you can switch your card back to the rest of the money left on it. It`s great; you don`t have to stand in line at the bar for hours because no one needs to use cash.
Thank you Strand Festival and performers for the awsome time! See you next year!
PS: Bring Fall Out Boy again!