This was only my second visit to Parkpop since we moved to the Netherlands some
14 years ago which is a great pitty because not only is this festival stunning,
not only was the weather perfect, but it was entirely free.
Sue and I had recently become parents by adoption to a four year old Chinese girl
and this was her first festival. So it was a little experimental and rather than
push her into staying all the way through we arranged that I would arrive at the
beginning and Sue, Yizi, and some friends would arrive later.
However it was perhaps a bit of a test too far for Yizi. She seemed to enjoy being
amongst all the people but after several hours she was demanding to go home. Worse
she was demanding that I go with her, so this meant that I missed the chance to
see and photograph most of the later acts.
But if you missed it here is a quick summary. You missed three large stages plus
one smaller stage for local bands. You missed a childrens festival (the day before)
You missed a large festival market. You missed great weather, mostly sunny but some
clouds. And most importantly you missed a line up that included Moke, The Proclaimers,
Racoon, Sheryl Crow, & loads more. Still even if you did miss all of this around
250,000 people did not.