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Gig Report: HRH C.R.O.W.S. - Saturday

This was such a special weekend for me. When I was a kid I was born and bred on country and rock music. I've always had that love for the southern rock tone. The twang of the guitar and drawl of the vocals, it just always sounded so nice to me. For me this is one style of music you can't fake. There has to be sincerity and soul to the music, otherwise you come off as a poser and it just doesn't work. So, when I heard that Hard Rock Hell were putting on a weekend dedicated to outlaw country and southern rock, I immediately knew I was going to be there. I will say, this has to be one of the strongest HRH weekends I've ever been to in terms of performances, there wasn't a weak or boring band all weekend. Every band and artist had their own style and brought their A-game to the show. The crowd was lively and up for a great weekend of music. Unfortunately I couldn't get around to seeing every band, so I apologise if I miss the odd band here and there but I am only o…

Interview with Marcela Bovio

There are some singers that truly catch you off-guard. I have to say when first heard Marcela Bovio, I was captivated. She has such a remarkable voice and her work with the band Stream of Passion is excellent. After they split up in 2016, Marcela has been really busy. From joining up with Anneke van Giersbergen in her projects, The Gentle Storm & Vuur, to releasing her solo album, Unprecedented. It's fair to say that she has kept herself pretty busy. I caught up with Marcela and got an update on what she is currently working on. Her new album, working with MaYaN and keeping in touch with her community of fans. 

What are you working on right now and what are your plans going forward?

I’m working on quite a few things! I’m getting ready to release my second solo album later this year; it’s going to be titled “Through Your Eyes”, and it comprises 11 songs that I wrote all based on stories by different people.

I’m also working with the metal band MaYaN, as we’re also going to release…

Gig Report: HRH C.R.O.W.S. - Sunday

Day two of HRH C.R.O.W.S. was a pretty different day in many ways. For me the day flowed by at a much quicker pace. I think that's because most of the bands had a much more high-energy and looser feel to them. Also I think the crowd was a lot better overall so the general atmosphere was better. Like I said in the last blog there wasn't a weak band all weekend and this Sunday line up was a pure force of nature. Once again, there were a few bands, and artists, that I was already familiar with and also I discovered some incredible acts alongside them as well. This is the true magic of a festival like this. There's so much variety even within this small niche, which makes finding something new, fun and accessible at the same time. Also I had to buy my ticket for next year right there and then, it just felt right especially with the announcement of next year's line up.

I started my day on the "Unplugged" stage, which was a little exclusive performance for the Royal…