The hardcorefestival Ieperfest expect the coming weekend to 7,500 hardcorefans. That gave programmator Bruno Vandevyvere, shortly after the doors open at 12.00 pm today. Ieperfest remains in the genre, one of the largest festivals in Europe.
Stood the Corner last week with Dranouter Festival is still completely in the character of folk, but the region take place next weekend for the better guitar work, heavy pushing and shoving and brutal screams. Ieperfest is now on its 26th edition in Ypres and remains a nichefestival, also a draw to the event, nearly 8,000 hardcorefans to that of Europe.
“Even though it is hardcore what on his way back, the scene and the supporters know little rejuvenation and renewal. At the end of the nineties knew of the genre in West-Flanders a great success with the entourage H8000, with bands like Liar and Congress, known to the world was”, says Bruno Vandevyvere. Due to the limited renewal there was also a third stage, for widening. “Of course we remain more or less in the genre, but there is more room for sludge, grindcore and doom metal. Exit do we do with Converge. An established value that has a large following know within our audience.”
The early bird tickets went swiftly out the door, but the advance continued which hang. “Perhaps by the beautiful weather. We hear a lot of other festivals is the same story.” Still, Ieperfest, a household name with the audience and bands. Big names such as Shelter and High on Fire to interrupt their tour for an exclusive gig in Ieper with a lot of bands. “The genre is small, but the bands and the audience are one big family. A lot of bands build their tour around this festival,” says Vandevyvere.
In addition to the somewhat separate genre, the festival is primarily known for its durability. Ieperfest hijacked already numerous awards for the countless efforts and plays a pioneering role. “Think of the droogtoiletten. It looks strange, so on a large boiler, but the sawdust makes sure that there is no reukje, not even in very hot weather. Larger festivals came to take a look here to apply on a large scale, and with success,” says Vandevyvere. But also the kauwgombomen, the large peukenhouders and the wetland on the site that wastewater recycles is here and there already applied. “We keep what is good and improve that. We also serve only vegan dishes, and if possible, with fruit and vegetables from the neighborhood. We do this out of ethical consideration, and complaints we have never had before,” says Vandevyvere.
Today close the opening day with Shelter, Sunday ends the festival with Converge.