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Traveling to the Lokerse Feesten festival in Belgium

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Set in the Lokerse Feesten de Lokeren.


At the beginning of August I missed a few days for Ghent, Lokeren, Antwerp and Geel to give good faith to these three pillars of Belgian culture.

After spending a day exploring Ghent, I took a train to the small train station Lokeren. In about 25 minutes I was going out the door along with just over a dozen young people equipped with backpacks and the occasional sleeping bag.

The station was in the center of town and I only had to walk about five minutes to reach the La Barakka hotel. I left my things there and, after a good shower, I rested a little while watching an epic Olympic Games match between Federer and Del Potro.

At 7 I went to dinner with an English blogger and Nicky, a kid who worked in tourism in Flanders.

We realized dinner while we got to know each other a bit and talked about festivals, trips, Belgium and even the Olympics.

It was almost 9 when they put on the press bracelet that gave us access to the esplanade in front of the stage, bars and the area behind the stage of the Lokerse Feesten.

He Lokerse Feesten It is a festival of varied music that these 10 days of August had groups like Suede, UB40, The Charlatans, Damian Marley -Junior son of the great Bob and winner of 3 Grammies-, Orbital, Bryan Ferry or the tireless Beach boys.

The afternoon was a bit rainy but several thousand people had not dampened by the weather and swirled in front of the big stage that at that time occupied the local pop idol Selah Sue. This singer of only 21 years is the new Belgian sensation and has been sponsored by nothing less than the American Prince. We got into the crowd and Nicky went for the first round of beer for all three.

We listened to Selah's voice and guitar for half an hour and went to meet the organizer of this festival at the bar behind the stage. The little bar was going to burst so, we were standing looking for a place to sit for a drink, when a very kind man left us room in the armchairs occupied by him, his future wife, his brother and another couple.

As in Belgium almost everyone speaks English - almost like in this blessed country - they started asking us where we were from and what we were doing there. The conversation was animated immediately and we spent more than an hour with them. The best thing was when we realized that we were laughing with Selah Sue's father and uncle, the singer we had just discovered on stage.

By the time Selah Sue arrived at the backstage, we were already close to her father.

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