Roadburn 2010 Report Pt. III: All Fun and Games Till Someone Loses an Eye with which They’d Otherwise be Watching Goatsnake

10:32PM: On the Stena Line boat to Hoek van Holland: And at long last, we’re live. Not on the scene, but live, anyway. There is a casino on this boat. Duty-free shopping. A “teenager area,” where I don’t want to know what happens. A 25 Euro dinner buffet restaurant, full bar, and where I am — a kind of cafeteria they’re calling a New York diner. Which is adorable. Almost as adorable as the six foot Curious George they have walking around entertaining kids and making balloon animals, but not quite.

I’ve just eaten a couple croquettes and a plate of pommes frites and, were I not traveling alone, would probably grab a beer, but I know nothing good could come of it, and I’m soon to sleep anyway. Drown my sorrows tomorrow, but I figured I’d check in one more time for the evening because it looks like survival is assured, and that’s something. I spent a long ass time today waiting. Waiting in line at the airport, waiting in another line at the airport, waiting for a taxi, waiting for the taxi to take me to the other side of London, waiting an hour and a half for my train to get to Harwich International (where I’m docked for another 10 minutes or so), then waiting about three hours to get on this boat. Not to mention waiting for the internet connection to work, which is what required me to come down here in the first place, since one floor up, where my room is, is destitute.

I don’t really know how that works.

But hey, just for fun, I thought it might be a nifty exercise to run down the complete list of bands I didn’t get to see today at the 013. Right now Enslaved is on stage, and Goatsnake is next in the main room. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Today I missed:

Kylesa, Ancestors, Oresound Space Collective, Russian Circles, Jarboe, Troubled Horse, The Wounded Kings, Shining, YOB, Bong, Eagle Twin, Earthless, Eyehategod, Mouth of the Architect, Magnus Pelander, Sons of Otis, Enslaved, Monarch!, Night Horse, Monkey3, Goatsnake, Firebird and Samsara Blues Experiment. I missed them all. Because of Icelandic volcanoes. You know, maybe I will have that beer.

We get to Hoek van Holland tomorrow at 7:45AM. I need to find an adapter or that’s about it for communication with the outside world (the gift shop only had UK to Europe), but hopefully that’ll pan out once I’m in more cosmopolitan climes than this, though this ship is nothing if not a continental melting pot. Screw it, I’m going to bed. I’m a dirty, greasy mess, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why I persist in trying to function as a human being. Hope and habit keep us stupid.

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2 Responses to “Roadburn 2010 Report Pt. III: All Fun and Games Till Someone Loses an Eye with which They’d Otherwise be Watching Goatsnake”

  1. Mike says:


    That totally sucks.

    Hope you are able to make up for it over the next three days.

  2. Sorry to hear that you couldn’t make it for Goatsnake, and I’m sure you don’t want to hear that they were totally amazing. Greg Anderson had the filthiest guitar tone ever! I had the pleasure of hanging out a bit with Pete and Greg, plus Ron Holzner of Trouble here in Amsterdam a couple of nights before Roadburn started.

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