Dour festival. Day three.

Dour festival. Day three.

A thick layer of dust has covered the once bright colored tents with a pale shade of grey.  The visitors are waking up as the sun becomes hotter. The lines at the showers and toilets grow steadily, while the coffee machines work overtime to meet the huge demand for caffeine. Dour day three has arrived.

The afternoon has only just begun when a completely drunk girl runs towards the Jupiler X Marquee, where the Recorders are playing. She starts dancing crazily to the glam rock tunes of the Brussels based band. The front man has painted his face with a green stripe across his eyes. The songs are catchy and the sounds are very good. The drummer has this typical eighties drum sound with an extremely loud snare. If you like the Killers, you should check this band out.

Just an hour after their Hedenblij Session, Pale Grey takes the stage at La Petite Maison dans la Praire. Their debut album is only three months old, but they already have gathered quite an audience. Their music is best decribed as indie pop, mixed with a flavour of hip hop. The single ‘Seaside’ is played halfway the set and is greeted with many cheers and whistles. The band members look very grateful and seem to have a good time, as does the audience.

DIIV enchants you with their dreamy pop and takes you on a 45 minute trip to another world. Every song is build to a minute long climax with high pitched guitars bathed with a lot of reverb. The audience flies willingly away with DIIV, partly explained by the immense smell of cannabis that slowly fills the tent. The band finishes with the hit ‘Doused’, walks off the stage (‘Goodbye. Do drugs.’) and then suddenly realizes they have time to do another song. They re-enter the stage under loud cheers from the audience and play one more song that takes the crowd even further out of the real world. After the show is over, hundreds of people walk dazed into the sunny evening.

Old reggae veteran U-Roy turns the only outdoor stage, The Last Arena, into a small paradise of love and happiness. His band is very basic, with only one guitarist, a drummer, a keyboard player and two background singers. U-Roy sings and sort of raps as he’s done for the last 50 years. He treats the crowd with a bright smile and looks very thankful to play at Dour. The crowd rewards him by dancing, cheering and clapping. For one hour Dour lies no longer in Belgium, but has become a province of the rich musical culture from Jamaica.

Hip hop in it’s best form is brought by Jurassic 5. The groove and raps are so catchy that the entire field goes wild. A sea of bouncing arms moves to the brilliant beats. You simply have to move to the music this Californian crew makes. They make political and social statement, get the crowd to jump, wave and dance whenever they want. These rappers show that old school hip hop is still very much alive.

The night is kicked off by the mental rhythms of Venetian Snares. The godfather of breakcore shows once again that he is the king of his genre. Flume attracts a completely different audience. The Australian producer is best known for his radio hits ‘Sleepless’ and ‘Holding on’. The Boombox is absolutely jam packed when he starts his set. There is almost no room left to dance, but that doesn’t stop the crowd from going wild.

Written by Rients van Ganswijk & Liza Krudde.