The Brouwersdam near Renesse in Zealand this week for already the thirteenth time the stage of Concert at Sea (CAS). The annual thuisfeestje of the Zeeuwse band BLØF begins this year on Thursday, June 28, and is therefore greater than ever.
However, the ingredients of the pop festival is still completely unchanged from the first editions. The iconic location on the beach in combination with meebrulmuziek of the BAND complemented with Dutch music of fame such as Guus Meeuwis, Racoon or Kensington and a foreign headliner.
For years see Concert at Sea is that visitors always come back, says organiser Lesley Grieten. “Concert at Sea is not dependent on expensive foreign names. Our audience is actually the headliner. We sell out sometimes before the full program is known. This edition is again sold out.”
Thursday at 17.00 pm kick CAS off the Zeeland Racoon, Danny Vera and the Zeeuws Orchestra together with the BAND. Friday includes Guus Meeuwis, Ronnie Flex, Miss Montreal and Sting on the stage, Saturday is the turn of Alanis Morissette, Brotherly and Of Thick Wood.
“We are programming the aware wide. From Dutch pop to Americana. It is something for everyone. The young people are going to release at Ronnie Flex, the elderly are going to enjoy the Zeeuws Orchestra together with the BAND.”
This thirteenth edition is indeed longer than ever, but certainly not bigger, Grieten. “That is really the location. The stage in the North sea, the public beach at the Brouwersdam. You have really immediately holiday feeling.”
Over the past years, the festival increasingly has become a three-day event. Other than at Pinkpop or Lowlands, there are no special campsites around the festival site. “Still, Concert at Sea is just more and more as a mini-break to develop. We work closely with the campsites and holiday parks in the neighborhood.”
Important advantage of this development is that the traffic is better manageable, because visitors are much more dispersed to Concert at Sea travel. When the first editions hit the roads to the Brouwersdam still clogged. There is now no more. It is not much busier than on a regular beach day, says Grieten.
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