Graspop Metal Meeting 2011

Spread the metal:

Day 3

our goodbye

After another hot bacon and eggs breakfast, we set off to the festival area one last time. Arriving early to guarantee a good spot for PAGAN’S MIND we were greeted by an almost pristine festival ground – there had been a major clean up leaving no trace of the litter which covered every inch of the ground the night before.

After so much rain, the ground was also oddly dry; at least we didn’t have to wade through mud to get to the stage.



While watching the band set up, I was surprised at how early the singer emerged from the dressing room, walking around videoing everyone, meanwhile another band member was updating the band’s Facebook page announcing the live stream of the show.

How to guarantee front row for the band you like, finish your make up in the front row

Graspop crew 2011. Thanks metalheads!


Last day at Graspop and we decided to stay longer than we had planned after finding out that Norway’s PAGAN’S MIND was put on the bill only weeks before. Their new release “Heavenly Ecstasy” is a must buy for any metal head. Singer Nils K Rue led the way with his strong vocals and the band seem to enjoy the big stage playing songs from their “God’s Equation” and “Enigmatic” albums. The crowd really got into the songs and wanted more after their set.


Songs performed included Intermission, Celestial Calling, Dimensions of Fire, the instrumental Eyes of Fire and Through Osiris Eyes.

The three Aussie-goes – Brat, Ray and (the very clever T-shirt redesigner) Mel


After the PAGAN’S MIND set, I handed in my locker key and signed off for the festival leaving behind a day of some cool metal bands, including Kreator, Rob Zombie, Soilwork, Amorphis and Moonsorrow, but all of which I had already seen.



Favourite band: Whitesnake

Best discovery: Firewind and Toby Jepson

Highlight: Journey and bacon and eggs

Biggest disappointment: Missing Pain because of Ozzy Fuckwit Osbourne– cue: ‘Oh! The pain!’

Most interesting/valuable item purchased: Amon Amarth Surtur Rising with limited edition figurine

Last comment: The perfect festival.


Favourite band: Foreigner (great set and performance)

Best discovery: Hot shower at a festival!

Highlight: FM

Biggest disappointment: Judas Priest

Most interesting/valuable item purchased: Old style Journey tour shirt

Last comment: I must say that Graspop is well-organised and well-run, with easy access to most things. A must if you haven’t been to it! 

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