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Fiddler's Green, Bud Spencer Rock Explosion - Some folk in an intimate setting works pretty well
Many people know folkbands like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and many others, but Fiddler’s Green is quite well-known in Europe as well. Therefore, it surprised me that this band would play in the smallest venue of Tivoli: De Helling. The band brought Dutch band Bud Spencer Rock Explosion along to warm up the crowd.

When the lights went out and the music stopped, everybody became very excited for the first band to begin. After a short awkward silence on stage the band appeared and started playing, which was after somebody had already screamed "duurt lang", a typical Dutch saying which means that things are taking way too long. When the band began the crowd became silent within a few seconds, because the first impression of this band was rather good! They sounded like a teenage surf/skate band with quite some experience and a very big influence by Weird Al Yankovic, although they didn’t look like a skate/surf band at all. This meant that the music was good to listen to, but that it also had quite some humorous influences. Although the band didn’t hit every note spot on, they played quite some interesting songs. While playing a waltz there was some movement in the crowd for the first time, as people swayed along to the music. Especially during this song the influence of Weird Al Yankovic was more obvious than before, because of the combination of the music and the humorous lyrics.One of their best songs was followed by the question "do you want a serious song about the problems in the world, or do you want a song about mobile homes?". Of course everyone voted for the last option, the band kept on playing the song for a very long time, and everybody had a huge laugh. It was an awesome opening act and the crowd became even more excited for the headliner of the evening. The two best parts of this band were a question and a statement. The question was: “Did anybody bring their kazoo along?”. Of course, nobody did, and the band said “It’s a pity nobody brought it along, but we did!”. The statement was:  "We’ve got some t-shirts and CD's for sale, but the CD's are sold out... Basically because we never made them."

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came on stage with a superb small, entertaining show. Their roadie was dressed as a wolf and everyone except the singer appeared on stage with huge flashlights. It was quite stunning and intriguing as well. When the lead vocalist entered the stage, the first song began immediately. Although the sound wasn't fine-tuned yet, the first moshpit already started and the band played very well. After the vocalist changed his instrument four times, in other words: three songs later, the band played one of the songs they have made a music video for, called ‘We Don't Care’. After about half an hour of playing, every band member left the stage, except the violin player. He brought us his version of our national anthem, followed by a short intermezzo with a few band members, which was super awesome. After this quite stunning intermezzo, the rest of the members came back and brought a smile to everyone's face again with the song ‘No More Porn’.  Before ‘Never Hide’ started, the entire band disappeared from the stage during the set to walk around the venue, but of course the band kept playing yet another song. This included the drummer, who had a portable snare drum. This was another example of the band wanting to get in touch with this evening’s crowd. Of course they played 'Victor And His Demon' a little later in the set, and because the crowd was already warmed up fantastically, quite a big moshpit was commenced. When the band wanted people to sing the right spoken words halfway during the song, they had to ask about three or four people until someone had it right. Afterwards, the band played a bit more of the song and everybody was asked to sit down and clap along. Furthermore, we had to scream “hey, hey, hey” and jump up again before the band could finally finish the song. The band wanted a "wall of folk" for their encore, which is like a wall of death "with a little sexual intercourse if you want to, it can get a little dirty!".

With the wall of folk and a second encore, this evening came to an end. The band visited their merchandise stand after their set to greet some of the people and sign some autographs. It was a great evening with even better music.