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The Barbwires, Messer Chups and The Phantom Four headlining annual surf festival.
On Saturday September 26th the fifth edition of the North Sea Surf Festival, the biggest festival in Northwestern Europe dedicated to instrumental surf music, will be held. The surffrenzy, organised annually by Dutch surf veterans The Phantom Four will once again take place at Melkweg in Amsterdam. Presale has started this Monday.
The festival, which main goal is to promote surf music to a wide variety of music lovers, has contracted a number of bands that have never played in The Netherlands before. This year the Dutch audience can see Swedish bands The Barbwires and The Illuminators, Spanish Els A-Phonics, Italy's Watang! and Los Fantasticos from the UK live for the very first time. Besides hosts The Phantom Four and Russian cult legends Messer Chups the Belgian surf scene is represented by The Scrammers and Humanga Danga, two bands that already blew the crowds of Pacific Parc away during one of the returning North Sea Surf Nights.
On top of the nine bands playing at the venue there will be surf films at the cinema that will be announced at a later stage. In the theater of Melkweg there will be a surf market with collectable surf records. All bands will be doing a signing session at the market after their show. At Melkweg café renowned international DJ's will be spinning 50's and 60's vinyl; DJ Zombierella from Russia (bass player of Messer Chups), DJ Kike Louie from Spain and DJ's Groove Motions and Mz. Siren from the UK.
NORTH SEA SURF FESTIVAL 2015
LIVE: THE BARBWIRES (SWEDEN) / MESSER CHUPS (RUSSIA) / THE PHANTOM FOUR (NL) / ELS A-PHONICS (SPAIN) / LOS FANTASTICOS (UK) / WATANG! (ITALY) / THE SCRAMMERS (BELGIUM) / THE ILLUMINATORS (SWEDEN) / HUMANGA DANGA (BELGIUM)
Saturday September 26th, Melkweg Amsterdam
Today the four movies that will be shown at the North Sea Surf Festival on September 14th have been announced. Besides the Dutch film premiere of the spectacular documentaries Storm Surfers and Surfing & Sharks the surf classics Morning Of The Earth (1972) and Crystal Voyager (1972) will be shown at the cinema during the festival.
Storm Surfers is an epic adventure documentary following two best friends on their quest to track and chase giant storms across the Great Southern Ocean in order to ride the biggest and most dangerous waves in the world. Surfing & Sharks tells the story of three friends from a poor neighbourhood in South Africa still surfing in the most dangerous
surfing area in the world, even after having lost four friends and a family member to attacks by white sharks.
Morning Of The Earth (1971) tells about a group of surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own surfboards and hunting down the best waves in Australia, Bali and Hawaii. Crystal Voyager (1972) is one of the most successful Australian surf movies and is about surfer George Greenough´s quest for uncrowded waves in California. The final sequence is a 23 minute long journey filmed from a surfers perspective with Echoes by Pink Floyd as soundtrack.
The cinema program will be opened by a Hawaiian solo set by Phantom Frank, mastermind behind The Treble Spankers and The Phantom Four. El Blanco of the legendary Finnish surf revival band The Charades will also give two short performances in between the movies.
The North Sea Surf Festival is the biggest festival in Northwestern Europe fully dedicated to
instrumental surf music. The festival will feature 9 bands and this year proudly presents Lost Acapulco (Mexico), Bambi Molesters (Croatia) and Los Coronas (Spain) as part of the line up, for their first performances on Dutch soil. The festival will be opened by the winner of the Live XS North Sea Surf Battle that will be held on August 25th.
The total program of the North Sea Surf Festival is now as follows:
Crystal Voyager (1972)
Morning Of The Earth (1972)
Storm Surfers (Dutch premiere) www.surfingandsharks.com
Surfing & Sharks (Dutch premiere) www.stormsurfers.com.au
El Blanco (The Charades,Finland)
Phantom Frank (The Phantom Four, The Treble Spankers)
Lost Acapulco (Mexico)
The Bambi Molesters (Kroatië)
Los Coronas (Spanje)
The Phantom Four (NL)
The Good The Bad (Denemarken)
Bang! Mustang! (Duitsland)
Pirato Ketchup (België)
Bevel Emboss (NL)
Winner North Sea SurfBattle (tba)
Club Rockula DJ´s
Naald & Kraak DJ´s
Amsterdam Beatclub DJ´s
Lost Acapulco, The Phantom Four, Bang! Mustang! and The Good The Bad added to the line up.
Today the final names have been announced for the North Sea Surf Festival, the first festival in The Netherlands dedicated to instrumental surf music. Lost Acapulco from Mexico City will be headlining this year´s edition of the festival and will be performing in The Netherlands for the very first time. Furthermore Danish band The Good The Bad and Bang! Mustang! from Leipzig have been added to the line up. The Phantom Four will be performing as well, celebrating the release of their new instrumental album “Murakkam”. Together with The Bambi Molesters, Los Coronas, Pirato Ketchup and Bevel Emboss the line up for the North Sea Surf Festival on September 14th inAmsterdam is now complete.
Several dj´s from widely acclaimed underground parties like Amsterdam Beatclub, Naald & Kraak and Club Rockula will be spinning the best vinyl from the 50´s and 60´s, adding some beat, garage, rock ´n´ roll, ska and Northern soul to the mix. Melkweg Cinema will be showing surf movies that will be announced at a later stage. Together with the presence of a cocktailbar and a record store with collectable surf vinyl and cd´s this will make for a unique surf experience. All in all the festival offers a very divers program and with the coming of Lost Acapulco, The Bambi Molesters, Los Coronas and Bang! Mustang! the North Sea Surf Festival will be host to four renowned surf bands that have never played in The Netherlands before.
On Saturday September 14th the third installment will take place of the North Sea Surf Festival, the first festival in The Netherlands dedicated to instrumental surf music. The festival will be held at the legendary venue De Melkweg in the heart of Amsterdam. The festival will feature 8 bands and this year proudly presents Bambi Molesters and Los Coronas as part of the line up, two of the most popular European surf bands. Besides live shows there will be classic surf movies at the Melkweg Cinema and a record store with collectable surf vinyl and cd’s.
The pre-sale for the festival will start coming Saturday and the first four bands to attend the festival have just been made public. Bambi Molesters from Croatia and Los Coronas from Spain will be playing The Netherlands for the very first time. From Belgium Pirato Ketchup will be playing the festival and the upcoming Amsterdam band Bevel Emboss will be there following impressive radio airplay around the world. In the coming months the other bands will be made public as well as the program for the cinema.