Fresh Music Festival
Saturday August 1oth saw the return of the Appelsap fresh music festival. One of the premier Hip Hop festivals based in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. The first time I attended the festival was in 2010 while it was still a free event and now 3 years later there is an entry fee of €30. After missing the past few years, I was curious to find out if the new fee would affect the spirit of the festival and I am happy to say it did not. Great food, great music and best of all great people.
The festival has expanded, now covering a larger area of the park and introducing more stages, more food vendors and more musical variation.
Lead by some of Amsterdam’s finest dj’s, DJ’s SP, FS Green, Sir OJ, Vic Crezee, The Flexican & MC Sef, as well as some fine Dutch Hip Hop artists such as Hydroboyz, Adje and The Opposites to name a few. I have to say, one of my favorite moments was hearing The Opposites perform “sukkel voor de liefde” with full back up from the crowd. I may not be a “Dutchie” but that i have to admit was a beautiful moment.
Festival goers were also treated to some fine UK talents in the form of singer Tawaih, dj’s Benji-B, Jackmaster and The US was represented by powerful performances from Brooklyn’s Flatbush Zombies and Atlanta Georgia’s Waka Flocka Flame. As a lot of people saw and reported, Flocka’s performance shut down the main stage, pandemonium is the only word I can use to describe what took place. Hyper fans poured onto the stage while security staff ran round trying to tame overly excited individuals looking for their moment of main stage glory. It took but 5mins for the stage to become overrun by hoards of people, thus signalling my cue to retreat to safety…I’m not that brave!
All in all, it was a lively experience. You truly have to give a round of applause to the creator of the festival Rogier de Reiger and to all that helped put Appelsap together. They truly did an amazing job.
My only regret, showing up late in the day and missing a large chunk of the fun. Lessons learned ey :)
Anyway, enjoy some random shots I managed to take and recover after crushing my SD card by randomly tossing it into my bag…not my smartest moment x__x