- - - - - -

Event Reviews

Concerts & Events

M'era Luna Festival Review

  • Category: Concerts & Events
  • Published: September 02 2013
  • By Angela Infernale
  • Hits: 11060

M'era Luna Festival Review
August 10th & 11th, 2013 Hildesheim, Niedersachsen, Germany


M'era Luna


“Where is Waldo” is usually a pretty difficult game to play, but imagine putting Waldo into a crowd of people where everyone else is dressed in black. That may seem like a rather unlikely scenario, but once a year exactly this happens at M'era Luna in Hildesheim, Germany (minus Waldo). Though not a Metal festival, it offers a good deal of Metal and related genres, along with a variety of electronic styles. This year the festival sold out with about 25,000 visitors, beating its own record of around 24,000 in 2010. Just like in the past years there were not only bands to watch but also numerous of other treats: Fashion shows, club nights, a medieval market/village, readings and signing sessions left nothing to be desired. And once you hear who was headlining this year's fest you'll realize why attendance was obligatory: Nightwish made this their very last show before going into hibernation mode.

Read more: M'era Luna Festival Review

Fantastyval Wouwse Plantage

Fantastyval Wouwse Plantage (Netherland)
Saturday 13 July 2013

If you've never been to a fantasy festival, I only can recommend you to go to one if you have the opportunity, especially something like Fantastyval. The name is chosen very well, and includes elements of all it wants to achieve; Fantasy oriented, with tasty food when staying the whole day and a festival with good music for all on two stages. The music on the small stage (het Boomcafé - The Tree Café) is folk oriented. The Wouw Stage is more symphonic oriented. This is not that strange if you know that Elly Stolk organizes the festival in the tradition of the late Wim Stolk, a fantasy writer and initiator of the band Maryson, which played symphonic rock based on his books Master Magician. I can recommend checking out the albums Master Magician and On Goes the Quest. When I had a chat with Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) the week before, I also found out that SoP played twice at Fantastyval (2009 and 2011).


Read more: Fantastyval Wouwse Plantage

Within Temptation - Nirwana Tuinfeest Lierop

Within Temptation @ Nirwana Tuinfeest Lierop (Netherlands)
Friday 2 August 2013



Nirwana was originally an initiative for the local youth in Lierop, a small village in the South of the Netherlands about 30 minutes from Eindhoven. One of the activities that OJC (Open Youth Center) Nirwana started was a party in the garden of their venue (Dutch: Tuinfeest). This became over the years a tradition and a now for quite some years a real festival. This Tuinfeest was already the 38th edition. Currently it is a three day version with a structure that is reminiscent its origin. Two days paid, Friday and Saturday, with (inter)national bands, and on Sunday a free family day with mostly cover bands and family activities.

Read more: Within Temptation - Nirwana Tuinfeest Lierop

Amaranthe - Live at The Note

Amaranthe - Live at the Note
Westchester, PA 7/18/2013


My absolute joy at the announcement of Amaranthe’s first US tour was promptly deflated at the news that there was no show in the DC area, where I’d be stuck doing my summer internship during the duration of the tour. Thus, I wasn’t planning on attending the next nearest show in Westchester, PA, as the logistics of getting there (taking off work, horrendous rush hour traffic, etc.) was probably not going to be worth it. Obviously I was wrong, but I’ll get to that later.



Read more: Amaranthe - Live at The Note