2008 may be remembered for a lot of things, but it’s the year we decided not to go to Pukkelpop. Instead, we watched it LIVE on our computer and wrote four articles about it. Given that the internet is full of pages trying to grab your attention, it may have been difficult to keep track of those pieces. For a time, my website’s frontpage led you to them, but those links are only there temporarily. So here’s a handy link to the reviews:
Prelude: Pukkelpop 2008 – The Home Edition
“if you look up “Pukkelpop 2008 line-up”, your second hit would be a blog saying this was the worst line-up in years. It is.”
Pukkelpop Unlive (day 1)
The Subways gave me mood swings, Amy MacDonald is overhyped and Mercury Rev raise the bar for the next bands. That and reviews on Die! Die! Die!, Triggerfinger, Santogold, Tricky, Editors, Danko Jones and Stereo MCs.
Pukkelpop Unlive (day 2)
In which we didn’t become fans of Robyn: “What’s the difference between me and thousands of people at the Dance Hall? They seemed to like Robyn, I didn’t. I listened for two and a half songs because I’d told myself I couldn’t dislike them more than ‘Who’s that girl?’. And while that’s technically true, that still doesn’t mean I liked them. Well, the second one was bearable.”
Reviews of State Radio, Dusty Kid, Spearhead, Girls In Hawaii, A Brand, Deadmau5, Foals, Robyn, Miss Kitten and the Hacker, Boys Noize and more than a dozen of video links.
Pukkelpop Unlive (day 3)
Samim & Miguel Toro play percussion, Lykke Li is almost awake, The Black Box Revelation show their potential, The Rones are ynnuf, Black Kids are no Fiery Furnaces, The Wombats are the flavour of the month with an upcoming expiry date, Plain White T’s and Anti-Flag are clones, Girl Talk benefits from the rescheduled line-up, The Dresden Dolls are very good, Bloc Party are good and popular, Étienne de Crécy gives people who like cubes with electric light an erection, plus the jury’s verdict.