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The Pukkelpop does the Viagra trick again

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The world is bad. Forced to cancel his European tour for health reasons, Limp Bizkit was not in Hasselt this Saturday, as initially announced. No need to be sorry, it’s been a long time since Fred Durst and his little playmates lost all appeal. The provocative dirty kid side and a nothing remained being, moreover, less and less in phase with the evolutions of our society, where “benevolence” and “inclusiveness” come up more often in the common vocabulary than “Boobs”, “vomit” and “fight”.

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But we don’t get rid of the vestiges of Nu Metal as easily as that. At 12:25 p.m., on the Main Stage, the festival does us the immense honor of opening its day with Bizkit Park, a cover band for the said metalheads, and other old glories of the nineties. “fashion faux pas” as Cristina Cordula would say in her “Queens of shopping”, which will be practically the only one of the day, as the poster of the day is of quality.

The Pukkelpop does the Viagra trick again
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Al-Quasar reappropriates the codes of oriental music to turn it into a kind of original and beautifully effective Arabic rock’n’roll, and attracts its small world at the very beginning of the afternoon. The Clockworks are on the brink of parodying the Arctic Monkeys as they take up their gimmicks, and Kill Birds then Shame brilliantly celebrate the great return of gleaming guitars. This is followed, in no particular order, by Yard Act, Mdou Moctar, Wet Leg, Job Jobse and Little Simz, all highly recommended. We no longer know where to turn.

The Pukkelpop does the Viagra trick again
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We choose… Not to choose and to go see Marc Rebillet. The Franco-American musician is crazy, completely crazy, and just as unmissable on stage. Generally decked out in everything and everything in a dressing gown, Rebillet made a name for himself thanks to small video capsules shot in his apartment, where he improvises compositions on the piano and on the turntables according to requests made live by the internet users. On stage, the principle is the same. Always dressed in a silk dressing gown and underpants, the musician with incredible charisma and completely offbeat humor moves in all directions, asks the public to choose the rhythm and the sounds to the applause meter, and throws himself regularly on the first ranks. As unbelievable as it sounds, Rebillet fills the Marquee stage…by not doing much. The result is a kind of one man show as surprising and refreshing as it is brilliant.

The Pukkelpop does the Viagra trick again
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The end of the day is just one big party. Ten minutes leaves us just enough time to rush to the Dance Hall to celebrate late 80s techno with Underworld. The set is square, expected, without surprises, but Karl Hyde is the perfect person to recover from Marc Rebillet whose madness he shares. Same thing for Viagra Boys elsewhere. Tattooed from head to toe, his body honestly built, Sebastian Murphy transforms the “Club” into a cauldron without the slightest worry. The restless but fun mix of garage rock and post punk offered by the Swedes is a treat live. We don’t know how the Pukkelpop programmers did it, but this Saturday evening, everything was successful, almost supernatural, the best festival day of the summer.

The Pukkelpop does the Viagra trick again
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