There’s no Euro-crisis in sight when the Euroyeye comes around. Thousands of mod culture and 60’s lovers gather in Gijon every summer, and some of them have already booked flights long before knowing the line-up. It means a great deal to us that after 18 years the fans of this event return year-after-year and have great faith in us to deliver an exciting program.
Thursday was the first live gig, after the presentation of 60’s cult film screenings and the Action Exhibition CCAI and Max Galli’s Midnight to Six at Cleo shop. Onstage DC Fontana performed new songs alongside old favorites. After 30 minutes Don Fardon joined them and performed a dozen of his 60’s anthems including ‘I’m Alive’. This was an amazing start to the weekend in the main square of the city with over 4000 people in attendance, followed by the allnighter at our base for the weekend Discoteca Oasis.
The first official ride out took place on Friday afternoon with a gathering of old scoots at the really cool sports port with a ride-out in the direction of Villaviciosa on a fantastic sunny day. After less than one hour all the scoots were parked at Sidra El Gaitero factory and an expert explained to us all how their special cider is made. Back to Gijón for a light meal at Casa Pepito using a secondary road that everyone loved for its twist and turns, ups and downs, forests and mountains.
For the second allnighter doors opened at 10pm with Los Granadioans a unique Reggae style band presenting their forth LP/CD, Reggalactico. Next up was the turn for quintessential UK Psychedelic band, Kaleidoscope, with Peter Daltrey backed by an American band–an unforgettable experience. The allnighter was wild, with the best mod and 60’s music played by over a dozen DJ’s from Europe.
Saturday afternoon saw the second planned scooter run, using secondary roads again ending with a quick snack (we call ‘vermutin’) and a grand meal in the Royal Golf Club of Gijón, a truly posh and amazing place that we won’t be able to get again (I wonder why?).
No time for coffee, I’m late for the Battle Of The Bands contest by the beach in Gijón’s Monkey club. After watching four bands the winners were Los Wallas. They will record a single at vintage recording specialists, Circo Perrotti Studios, with a release on Saturno Records and a video clip (Producciones Cucas) and it is all for free.
The other three bands were nominated and were given one recording each as well having two of them, Los Chavalas and The Dark Colors, open for The Strypes that night in the allnighter. And what a concert from the Strypes. These kids shut all the bigmouths that dismissed them as ‘Just kids’. What skill and excitement the kids demonstrated, playing covers just like the Stones, Beatles, Yardbirds and The Who when their musical journey began. Everybody was shocked with the performance and they have a big future in front of them .
The allnighter afterwards was frantic and really crazy, ending up at gone 8am with lots of people asking for more… not me.
I raised the white flag on the Sunday but I was told that over 50 brave scoots were still riding towards Luanco and back during the day, and appeared for last night concerts. Any fragile souls will have rocked to the core when garage band Las Aspiradores hit the stage, leading to a visit from the Police–too loud, boys. Last act of the weekend was 60’s cult band, The Sorrows, performing all the hits.
A fantastic restaurant was booked for everyone on Monday to enjoy the local dishes and Sideria before their journey home. The most important people in this festival are not the band members or the DJs but the audience who come and enjoy the allnighters, live concerts, scooter runs and 60’s culture every summer.
Many thanks to all sponsors, Gijón City Council, Merc, Cleo Modern & Vintage Clothing, Upbeat Discos, Delicious Junction, Marychic, UK Look, Upthight65, Carnaby Pontevedra, Monkey Britsyle, all artists, bands, DJs and everybody involved in the organisation or simply everybody that made it to the Yeye in these difficult times, each helping to create the unique atmosphere.
Next stop: The Beat Goes On in Madrid, 6 to 8 December. Don’t miss it!
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