Sunday, June 28 is the day. The twelfth edition of Parkpop will be a fact. With annually around 400.000 visitors it is the largest, free entrance pop festival in Europe. .

And if the day is safeguarded from pouring rain, it is expected that the music-interested population of the Netherlands will invade the Zuiderpark at The Hague. In previous years some criticism concerned the absence, at least on paper, of one or more favourite artists, however this year, the organiser and programmer John van Vueren has succeeded in contracting at least five artists that could be introduced as such, namely: The Walter Trout Band, Fishbone, The Tragically Hip, Chris Whitley and EMF.
On top of this, this year, more than ever, there is room for the Dutch and Flemish product in the presence of Angela & The Rude, The Scene and The radio's. The surprise has to come from acts that are not very known to the general public, namely: Kingmaker, The Breeders, Yothu Yindi and Tony Joe White.


Veteran Tony Joe White has been in the music business for several years. You cannot really call this American blues-guitar player and songwriter an unknown artist. But it is true to say that it has been very quiet around this artist for several years. Not long ago however, he took up the threads and now tours around the international club-circuit with his band. Recently Tina Turner had a hit with Steamy Windows, a song from his pen.


This year thus a broad and varied programme, with a clear tendency for the more traditional blues, rock and bluesrock. All in all, seven of the twelve bands can be associated, in greater or lesser extend, with this music. Nothing to be concerned about as, throughout the years, experience has proven that especially these music styles almost guarantee the success of well-known open-air festivals. And that is precisely what Parkpop is confirming to be… I would say so!

Roy Bouman
Doen Agenda
June 1992