Hoorn Rock and Roll Sunday: the final Big Bang!

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 21 - 20171,749 views

I was a teenager in 1986 when I first visited Hoorn Rock and Roll Sunday (NL) by train to get blown away by the whole city breathing rock and roll music. A big fifties market, carshows, live music coming out of almost every bar. My best friend and me were walking in rock and roll paradise. After a few years the festival ended.

But in 2007 I was so happy to hear that a new organisation (Anneke Knip, Maartje Brandt, Michel Koppies, Miriam Bosman and many more) picked up the pieces and this amazing festival was back on its feet! Read the interview with Anneke: http://www.rockabilly-online.com/?p=6241

The town square is the center of the whole festival, but bars all over town are filled with live rock and roll bands. Every year they got more bands. Since Desperados became the main sponsor, more than 20 Dutch and international bands are present. This year Mike Sanchez (UK), Louis King (AU), The Lustre Kings (USA) and Marcel Riesco (USA) are brought from overseas to shake up the city. A photobooth in an old VW is ready to take your picture, you can watch the dance demonstration from Jump Up Boogie Woogie, men get their quiffs greased up by Sleezy Tiki Barbershop and DeeJay Thomas will take care of the after party. 

The bad news is, this 10th edition on May 28th, 2017 will be the last one. No more Rock and Roll Sundays in Hoorn? Maybe for a few years. Maybe a new bunch of Rock and roll enthousiasts will pick up the pieces. Maybe wait another twenty years, who knows. It happened before right? Rock and roll will never die, that’s for sure. 

A big thank you for the organisers who did an amazing job these past 10 years!



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