It’s been one of the goals of our Kolín festival to provide a platform for blues, blues rock and Southern rock musicians to meet and, in a sense, confront their peers from other bands dealing in our beloved aforementioned genres.
Above all, however, the event is to be enjoyed by the large community of fans. In contrast to last year’s 10th anniversary festival focusing mostly on Southern rock, this year’s visitors were able to relish various forms of the blues. Skinny Molly was to have played the role of the event’s essential Southern rock outfit but, as the American band had cancelled their entire European tour, the hard rock SoundtrucK combo of Greece claimed that mantle instead.
Without a doubt, the festival found its brightest star in the Dutch Leif De Leeuw Band. The troupe got quite literally the entire Kolín audience up on their feet with both their original songs and covers (mostly by The Allman Brothers Band) performed in their own arrangements featuring moments of sweet surprise. They did all of this with professional technical ability, effortless ease, and the joy of a job well done. Just a blast!