Discover Benelux, Issue 27, March 2016

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Discover Benelux | Culture | Benelux Event Guide

Haringrock is hosted by Dennis Weening

With 63,000 inhabitants, Katwijk is a relatively small town, but it has a very lively music scene. “In Katwijk there are many old fishing sheds and empty green houses, so there is the possibility for bands to form and the space for them to practise. And of course having a festival like this also adds to it,” says Frissen. The festival is organised by 45 volunteers and sponsored by 17 local and 12 national and international companies. Frissen is very pleased that their hard work and contributions can keep this festival free for visi-

DO NOT MISS: John Diva & The Rockets of Love: This ‘hair metal’ band takes you back to the height of the ‘80s classic rock. The charismatic frontman Diva earned his stripes as a coach, manager and songwriter for rock ‘n’ roll legends such as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, KISS, Van Halen and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Catapult Tribute: For the first time in 40 years, the hits by ‘70s band Catapult will once

Organiser Ton Frissen

tors. “I am very proud of our team of volunteers. Aside that, we also work closely together with the Stichting Visserijdagen Katwijk who host the Fishery Days.” Haringrock supports Dorcas Regio West, part of Dorcas Nederland, a Christian charity that aims to improve the living conditions of people in developing countries. It backs projects that offer medical aid, hygiene education and solutions for clean drinking water.

again be performed live on stage, headed by veteran Cees Bergman but with a band formation called Van Beukenstein. Catapult was the Dutch answer to English glam rock bands such as Mud, The Sweet and Slade. Les Zazous: This four-man guitar band from Katwijk plays catchy, ‘60s inspired pop songs. With various indie hits over the last 30 years, Les Zazous have reunited to prove to Haringrock they can still get the crowd dancing and singing along.

Het Feestteam: ‘Feest’ stands for party, something this duo knows all about. Specialising in Dutch cover music with strong beats, they are experts at lifting their hands up in the air, putting smiles on people’s faces and getting everyone in the mood to party. These and many more bands can be found on the website. The 30th edition of Haringrock will be held on 24 and 25 June in Katwijk, admission is free.

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