Euro Yeye 2017 Review

Euro Yeye 2017 Review

Now in its 23rd year, Euro Yeye 2017 proved once again why it’s at the top of the tree for 60s/Mod events in Europe.

To earn the attendance of so many regulars and newcomers, some of whom weren’t even born when the first weekender was held, is something really special. This was my second time in Gijon, having first visited in 2015, and my first time being invited to DJ by Felix and Rob and I couldn’t wait to return for the all-nighters, the amazing music, the friendly people and the Asturian cuisine.

First of day events was in El Bello Verano, seaside bar with DJs and one of the exhibits of the weekend, by Catalan artist David Cobo.
There was also a film festival organized that started on Monday with a really good response. 8 films, one (or two) each day. Thursday was the day to introduce it to YeYe fans coming from all over, with Merli Marlowe and Felix talking about the films, all of them very rare, all of them 60’s and all of them related to humor, this was the link. Also time for introducing Joaquin Viña’s Pop Art amazing exhibit and “las maravillosas aventuras of Mr Soul” graphic novel by Andreu Conill.

First band of the weekend was California act, The Allah-Las performing in the traditional Plaza Mayor outdoor concert. Their sun-drenched psychedelic mid-tempo sounds were the perfect start to events in the early evening heat, and they thrilled their attending fans and new converts alike.

Things, for me, got off to a shaky start, I lost my luggage en route from Scotland, and managed to badly injure my ankle as soon as I arrived at Acapulco, but I wasn’t going to let these setbacks ruin the weekend! Thursday’s all-nighter got off to a flying start (the legendary Sala Acapulco Gin & Tonics helping me with anesthetic), with the mix of black and white sounds from the DJs including Rob and I from the UK and Juanito Volumen from the Spanish Inquisition team as well as a fantastic show from Spanish band Melange. Both styles of music R&B/soul and garage/psych in one room really pulls everyone together and in the hands of the skillful DJs the crossovers were seamless and kept the dancefloor going until the early hours of the morning.

Friday daytime saw a few sore heads, but a beautiful sunny day to get out and explore Gijon, enjoy the beach, as well as all-day mod sounds at El Patio de la Favorita with Kitty B Shake and Jokin Misterklin on the decks, as well as the first of two mass scooter runs around the city. Right before all this Jim McCarthy was interviewed thru skype to present his last 2 graphic novels: “Living for Kicks” and “The Life and Death of Keith Moon”. The club “Toma3” was packed… and there was also a show cooking experience with French food.
For the lucky few, a couple  more hours sleep and then onto the 2nd Allnighter, again the stellar DJ line-up and two of the most exciting bands on the circuit as well, in the shape of Les Darlings from France and homegrown Spanish psych favourites Fogbound setting things up for another night of fantastic music and gathering of friends old and new. Les Darlings delivered infectious beat and rhythm sounds with loads of style, while Fogbound’s have gone from strength to strength with their sweeping psychedelic/prog/popsike sound, that went down a storm.

For the lucky few, a couple  more hours sleep and then onto the 2nd Allnighter, again the stellar DJ line-up and two of the most exciting bands on the circuit as well, in the shape of Les Darlings from France and homegrown Spanish psych favourites Fogbound setting things up for another night of fantastic music and gathering of friends old and new. Les Darlings delivered infectious beat and rhythm sounds with loads of style, while Fogbound’s have gone from strength to strength with their sweeping psychedelic/prog/popsike sound, that went down a real storm.

There was no let up the next day with plenty of people braving the hangovers and the overcast weather to head to the 7 hour pool party at Camping Deva… record and clothes stalls, food, drinks, scooters and a packed line-up of DJs playing the best of 60s sounds across the genres. The Scootercruzada had their trophies given there as well, furthest traveller being a young fellow from Germany (2000+ kms. on his Lambretta to the event). There was also a bunch of British mod scooterists + the usual Spanish and local crowd enjoying the roads and the party.
A final push for the 3rd all-nighter, and this was going to be something special with the eagerly awaited annual Mr & Mrs Yeye contest saw Gerry German from Switzerland and Marian Choya Martin crowned this year’s winners. Live performances from Las Munjitas Del Fuzz from the Vatican with their primitive fuzzed up garage sounds and crazy live show and the eagerly awaited show from Spain’s Tito Ramirez.

The debut Tito Ramirez single ‘Lonely Man’ became an instant classic at R&B/mod nights around Europe and the live performance shows he has so much more to come, the band were bursting with infectious energy and had the whole room in the palm of their hands with their own signature take on classic r&b and popcorn sounds, delivered with loads of character, swagger, and humor.

After Tito the DJ team of Miguel, Imanol, Luis, Felix, Juanito, Rob and I took the night through to dawn with a wholesome mix of 60s styles, blending old favorites with sure to be future classics and, most importantly, keeping the dancers grooving and spinning till the sun came up.

Sunday – out o the official program – was the time for the “necropoli yeyé” a party for all the “leftovers-yeyes” from everywhere that had the strongest dancing in the old town club “TNT” up to 7am!

It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to play as part of the DJ team, and to be welcomed by the locals and friends from across Europe to this very special event in the mod calendar. As I said even injuries and lost suitcases couldn’t hold me back. Here’s to next year  (2 to 5 august!)

Take a look at the images from EURO YEYE 2017 here  
- Arriba, abajo, al centro y adentro, Salud! Craig Reece


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Felix EuroYeYe

Organizador de weekends mods y 60's como el Euroyeyé y el Beat Goes On. In Gijon, Spain.

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September 19, 2017 By : Category : Bands,DJs,Europe,Front Page,Music,Reviews,Scene Tags:, ,
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