Nova Rock Festival 2014: Day 2 @ Pannonia Fields, Nickelsdorf, Austria, June 14th 2014

on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:17
Nova Rock 2014 - Day 2 - Epica
Nova Rock 2014 - Day 2 - Epica
Photo credit: Alejandro Jaime


After a long night, backstage drinks with some bands, the second day was very promising. There were many bands to be seen again and some sacrifices to make.

The festival opened at 12 p.m., giving us enough time to charge batteries for the camera and to get ready for more photos and more rock.

For tactical purposes I chose the blue stage. The red stage had the following bands: My first band, K.I.Z., Samy Deluxe, Mono and Nikitaman, Awolnation, Sunrise Avenue, Mando Diao, Seed.

The Red Bull stage had: Cursed by the Fallen, Tuxedo, The Gravelstones, Stu Larsen, Brute, Blitz Kids and The Badpiper.

The first band to play was Emergency Gate, a German band that heated up the blue stage. They were playing really hard, hard enough to make the crowd go insane. The songs were powerful enough and the sound was fantastic. The mood was set up, everything was ready for the Dutch band to come and rock the stage.

Before Epica got on stage, I had the pleasure to share some thoughts and beers with the guys of Emergency Gate, we talked about the upcoming tour they are preparing for the Americas, with the will to go and play in Mexico.

Epica - Nova Rock 2014Epica finally came to the stage; they were ready to rock the festival. The vocalist is a very charming woman. I had the chance to meet her before the festival and she is very funny and down to earth.

They played only 5 songs, but their presence, as usual, was strong enough to continue with a great day of rock.

Their setlist:

"The Second Stone"
"The Essence of Silence"
"Unchain Utopia"
"Sense Without Sanity"
"Victims of Contingency"

Epica's interaction with the crowd was very good. They were also signing autographs after the concert. Epica is a very nice band.

The next group to come was Ghost, the band with the crazy customs; they literally made the crowd go insane with a very nice set up and a lot of punch.

They played the following songs:

"Year Zero"
"Prime Mover"
"Con Clavi Con Dio"
"If You Have Ghosts"
"Monstrance Clock"

Ghost made the crowd sing, jump, cheer, scream, it was finally feeling like a rock festival, though it was too windy, dusty and sunny, the crowd was feeling fine... the best was yet to come.

After Ghost it was time for an American band: Trivium. They played very good and they are new to many European festivals but they are up to the task of rocking the house. Definitely nice to see them again.

They seem to be quite comfortable playing with an eager crowd and they delivered the best of their songs. Seems like Trivium is getting very good and well known in Europe. I am sure we will be hearing more from them in the future. Their music is good and they are very talented.

Their setlist was as follows:

"Brave This Storm"
"Built to Fall"
"Through Blood and Dirt and Bone"
"Anthem (We Are the Fire)"
"Dying in Your Arms"
"Down from the Sky"
"Capsizing The Sea"
"In Waves"

At this point the best was to come, Anthrax, Amon Amarth and the legends Iron Maiden; without forgetting about the "bomb" for Germans and Austrians: "The Hoff", David Hasselhoff.

Anthrax came to stage and played like they always do, like a real rock band, no doubts they still have it and they know how to own the stage.

Anthrax - Nova Rock 2014

They really made the stage go all insane, this is how a band is supposed to play, to make the crowd roar, to make them jump, scream, sing, enjoy the music they play.

Every song just gave more and more fuel to the audience. They even played "T.N.T." to drive the crowd totally insane. This is how a band plays rock.

This is their setlist:

"Caught in a Mosh"
"Got the Time"
"Hymn 1"
"In the End"
"Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't
"I Am the Law"

The closure of the second day was near... It was turn for Amon Amarth to go on stage.

With a powerful and impressive performance, Amon Amarth made people sing as loud as possible, the chants could be heard from far away from the stage... The strong riffs and solos were taking over the blue stage. It was Amon Amarth the band who set up the climax for Iron Maiden.

They were up to the anniversary of Nova Rock, they gave everything they had, it was metal, the sweet sound of metal going all over our ears.

Amon Amarth - Nova Rock 2014It was a very good performance and this is their setlist:

"Father of the Wolf"
"Deceiver of the Gods"
"Cry of the Black Birds"
"Guardians of Asgaard"
"As Loke Falls"
"War of the Gods"
"Victorious March"
"Twilight of the Thunder God"
"The Pursuit of Vikings"

Finally after nearly one hour break it was time to see the legendary Iron Maiden.

With a full stage, Iron Maiden appeared, the image of Eddie lightened the screens. It was time to rock.

During the performance Bruce changed outfit many times, as many as Eddie changed his outfits. It was great, people chanting all the songs of Iron Maiden, like one soul singing together. People shouting, singing, jumping, it was the best ending for a perfect day of rock. The atmosphere was in crescendo, all the songs were perfectly chosen to make the crowd go insane.

Bruce made a small mistake by saying: "How are you Australia?" people didn't seem to notice and during the whole performance it was all about choiring the most famous songs of Iron Maiden. They have a fantastic show where Bruce gets to rock along with Eddie. Whether he was dressed up like a soldier or with normal clothes, Bruce knew how to perform and make the best out of the entire concert.

"Fear of the Dark" was amazing, the sound of every single soul singing the same piece of art is something to remember. The same happened with the rest of the songs, but personally I love "Fear of the Dark".

This is the setlist of Iron Maiden:

"Can I Play with Madness"
"The Prisoner"
"2 Minutes to Midnight"
"The Trooper"
"The Number of the Beast"
"Phantom of the Opera"
"Run to the Hills"
"Wasted Years"
"Seventh Son of a Seventh Son"
"Fear of the Dark"
"Iron Maiden"
"Aces High"
"The Evil That Men Do"

Many people would have thought this was the end, and it should have been, but no, Nova Rock had a different idea. The special late show: David Hasselhoff.

If the stage was full with Iron Maiden, with "The Hoff" there was not even a single spot to walk around. I was impressed by this fact, but I had also seen him in the NYE in Berlin and it was the same.

He seems to be a huge thing in Germany and Austria, nowhere else but there.

David Hasselhoff - Nova Rock 2014The show was set to start at 23:30 but "The Hoff", like any other good Hollywood diva, was late for 20 minutes. Then the show started with Austrians and Germans choiring the songs of "The Hoff".

Amazingly the atmosphere was going insane, people singing, jumping, everyone wanted a piece of him. On stage, the performance was nothing special, some girls dancing around David, same old songs, nothing to talk about. The interesting thing was to ask people what were their thoughts about him, the answer was unanimous, we grew up with his music and tv shows, referring to Baywatch.

This is the setlist:

"Jump in My Car"
"Feeling Good"
"Flying on the Wings of Tenderness"
"Crazy for You"
"Hands Up for Rock'n Roll"
"Baywatch Theme"
"Do the Limbo Dance"
"Hooked on a Feeling"
"Looking for Freedom"
"We Will Rock You"
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"

The day was over.