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Issue 47 - May/June 2012



The Summer of Love – Part 2

Matt Smith - Flying Pig

I want to begin a campaign to rename the summer of 1968 - the Summer of Love, Part 1. It seems unfair that one particular group of people who happened to be alive then, get to claim that time as THE Summer of Love. I was not consulted on this and cannot endorse the moniker. I will not stand for their monopoly on Love.

I also can’t understand the incandescent rage that some people seem to have toward hippies. I think the only fallacy of the hippies was that they pinned all their hopes and dreams on copious amounts of hallucinogenics. It’s easy to see in retrospect. These mind alterers gave them answers to questions they hadn’t even thought to ask. They sparked the movement, but it was up to them to keep the momentum. When this supply ceased providing new answers, the revolution ran out of steam, or rather flower-power I suppose.

They had been turned on to a new way of looking at the world, and even if their methods weren’t the most effective, at the heart of it was the question - can’t we all just run around, play, be naked, enjoy peace and throw flowers at each other, instead of … not. It had a childlike idealism that it seems, to me at least, the world could really take a lesson from. Maybe some don’t agree with that, but I’m very surprised when it evokes anger. There are plenty of things that anger me, but peace, sunshine, colours, music, love, sex and breasts are not among them. I digress.

Summer of love

Here we are poised at the dawn of a new summer. There’s no reason 2012 can’t be the Summer of Love Part 2, or the Summer of Love 2.0 as sequels tend to be denoted in the modern technological age. Even if the world doesn’t get on board with this idea, you can still have one yourself, on a personal and individual level. Surround yourself with people and environments that put a smile on your face and a warmth in your cockles. With that in mind, Amsterdam makes a strong case as the perfect backdrop for this in 2012.

If you find yourself awaking groggily in the Venice of the North this summer, do not ask questions. Be thankful. Grab your emergency kit full of body paint and LEDs, and head to one of the following events for a healthy dose of good vibes. With so much love circulating around Amsterdam this summer, the city seems to be asking - can’t we all just run around, play, get sweaty, dance, eat and laugh?

Yes, Amsterdam. Yes we can.

Sundeck Festival – July 31, 2012
7 HillsThere will be two ships docked at the NDSM wharf, set to be transformed from mere vessels of transportation into pulsating vessels of dance liberation. The festival will have a stage, pier, and four sundecks pumping music in the stylings of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Deep-House. Shed some clothing, soak up the sun and enjoy the tunes.

Amsterdam Gay Pride – August 3 to 5, 2012
7 HillsAmsterdam holds a marathon of pride events that stretch over the course of not a few hours, but a few days. Visitors and Friends-of-Dorothy in attendance, number in the hundreds of thousands each year, making it one of the largest pride events in the world. There are street parties all week long, club circuit parties and of course the infamous parade - done Amsterdam-style on boats in the canals.

Sunglasses will be a necessity to prevent retina burn from the multitudes of technicolor rainbows and glorious glitter. My god the glitter. With some luck you should be able to scrub it all away by winter.


Loveland Festival - August 11, 2012
20110814 LovelandFestivalAfter 0031-®DennisBoumanFew things evoke images of the Summer of Love like an outdoor music festival. It’s even right there in the name. This particular event attracts up to 20,000 beautiful souls and some of the world’s best talent. The Sloterpark venue also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and forest area for your gallivanting pleasure.


Other opportunities to culture your ignorant self this summer:

7 HillsJulidans: An international contemporary dance festival held at various locations including Stadsschouwburg, Paradiso, Theater Bellevue, Melkweg, Bijlmer Parktheater and the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre. A great way to appreciate the elegance of the human body!

The Over het IJ Festival: An 11-day, lively and unusual theatre festival, on the other side of the River IJ, at the NDSM quay in Overhoeks.

Comedytrain International Festival: For six-weeks of the summer, the Dutch host the best English speaking comedians from across the globe, at Toomler on Breitnerstraat 2.

Robeco Summer Concerts: Great musical events dedicated to diversity from the classical realm and beyond. Performed at the beautiful Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

De Parade: Yes it translates as: “The Parade” but it’s more of a travelling carnival of theater, magic, dance, colour, music, and rides.


- Matt Smith



Music Reviews From The Flying Pig

Amanda OlfersThis E-zine's Top Album Suggestions

Amanda Olfers from the Flying Pig listens to Tales of the Forgotten Melodies from Wax Tailor, The Fool by Warpaint and Smoking in Heaven by Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. Find out what Amanda made of these fresh new sounds and summer soundtracks. 

Band: Wax Tailor Album: Tales of the Forgotten Melodies

Band: Wax Tailor
Album: Tales of the Forgotten Melodies

It was released in 2005, so I'm sure you've already heard about this French Hip Hop artist, but just in case you haven't, check it out! Wax tailor a.k.a. JC le saout, began as a radio host, continued in a French rap band and created his own label in 1998. The wax tailor project started in 2001. The album is a mixture of genres such as Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Electro and Lounge. The album claimed international success and became one of the best electronic releases in 2005. One of the success factors could be wax's combination of multiple genres and adding samples of movies, and songs from back in the day. The best has to be the sample of Doris Day's Que Sera Sera. The album also includes perfect Sunday morning songs such as How I Feel and my favorite - Ungodly Fruit.

youtube Doris Day's Que Sera Sera youtube How I Feel   youtube Ungodly Fruit.


Band: Warpaint Album: The FoolBand: Warpaint
Album: The Fool

Released in 2010, Warpaint's debut album The Fool received critical acclaim. The group made the BBC's most promising artists list and independent music magazine Pitchfork proclaimed the album to be a nine-song séance. This is a perfect description of the album, which consists of hypnotic, intimate and beautiful songs, such as Baby. It can be a bit melancholic at times because of the bass lines from guitarist Jenny Lee and the group harmonies that make you feel like you're in the ultimate music trance. The song Billy Holiday (one of my favourites) is a perfect example. Based in Los Angeles, the group has gone through a number of line up transformations and their music is mostly acknowledged in the underground Indie scene. Songs like Undertow and Elephants are the most popular and have often been used in TV shows, and commercials. If you're intrigued by the album, definitely try to see them live. Their chemistry makes their songs even more beautiful to listen to, and besides that, who doesn't want to see four gorgeous girls armed with guitars rocking it out on stage?

My Favourite tracks include:

youtube Baby youtube Billy Holiday youtube Undertow youtube Elephants


Band: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Album: Smoking in HeavenBand: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Album: Smoking in Heaven

Released in May 2011, this album surprised many - mostly because the grown up Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock sound comes from three young siblings - aged between 18 and 22. It received critical acclaim such as: “A gift to those of us who still believe in magic” from the Observer and: “A wonderful album: passionate exuberant and fun” from The Guardian. Despite their young age, the group knows exactly how to bring back the sound of the 50s, the 60s, Blues and Country. Influenced by artists from the past such as Muddy Waters and Elvis, the siblings blast out a retro style in both clothing and music. However, don’t compare their skills to the greats of the past just yet. The album isn’t perfect, but it is getting there. My favorite songs are Going Up the County and Don’t Make a Fool Out of Me.

youtube Going Up the County  youtube Don't Make a Fool Out of Me


- Amanda Olfers



News From the Beach

Piggy Pop 2 at Flying Pig Beach Hostel Noordwijk: August 10 to 12, 2012

After the success of last year's festival we're back and bigger than ever this year. We have so much stuff going on at our Piggy Stage with live music from various bands and DJs, and all kinds of other cool stuff too!

Maybe you just want to chill? Well that's been taken care of too so join us for a BBQ and cocktails in the funky jungle or come along and spend some time in our Smokey Forest!

We'll also have beach games, workshops, a super cool Pigãta and a few new additions to surprise you, so come and join us for fun times in August, and enjoy a different kind of festival experience!

Check out our Facebook PIGGY POP 2 to keep up to date on all the band info' and festival details.

We still have a few beds available, so reserve yours today!

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Lisbon City Guide - 10 Things To Do

7 Hills7 Hills 7 Amazing Views
Lisboa is made up of 7 hills and scattered at the top of each many amazing views await you. While the hills can be quite punishing on foot there are many funiculars (ascensors) and trams that connect them. The Miradouro de Santa Catarina (right next door) , or known locally as Adamas- tor, is a must for its views of the river and diversity of patrons (can look quite sketchy but actually is very safe and a favortie among locals of all backgrounds). The statue Adamastor in the centre of the square refers to the sea giant that Luis de Camoes imagined when writing The Lusiads. Another favourite is the Mira- douro da Graça (with cafe) nestled above the Castelo and Alfama districts. Probably the most thigh-punishing but considered one of the best places to see the entire city is the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. The 28 Tram will get you close to all three, it is quite a fun ride and an interesting way to check out the city.


7 HillsMuseu Do Fado
Before hitting one of the many Fado clubs in Bairro Alto or Alfama a trip to the Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa is a good place for a quick study of Fado's history. Its well put together audiovisual displays allow the visitor to get lost in the sights and sounds of these bluesy melancholic chants of Portugal. The tour ends in a virtual performance that with the right kind of eyes and ears can be quite moving. Be sure to check out the ever changing exhibitions. While the Alfama district is the home and birthplace of Fado, many of the venues are quite touristy and can be expensive. For an alternative try Bairro Alto for some good Fado venues.


7 HillsThieves Market
Beside the Igreja de Sao Vincente de Fora materialises one of the best flea markets in Lisboa. Browse through old wrist watches, religious paraphernalia, cheap clothes, second hand vinyl, and unimaginable arrays of intriguing junk at this entertaining and funky extravaganza. There are also some pretty solid antique shops and stalls. Take a break from foraging at the recently opened Clara Clara Cafe.


7 HillsChapito
VISIT THE CLOWN SCHOOL (SCHOOL FOR PERFORMING ARTS) This funky all purpose rendezvous point occupies the sloping premises of what was built in the 17th century as a women's prison and that functions today a state funded school for circus entertainers. It lies in the Castelo district and its patio has spectacular views of Lisboa and the river. It is good for drinks, food or just exploring. There are many indoor and outdoor spots in which to make yourself comfortable as well as live shows. To check the agenda visit This is a nice place to have a drink after an afternoon in the Castelo neighbourhood.


7 HillsWalk Alfama
For a snapshot of Lisboa's Moorish past spend some time navigating the labyrinth like district of Alfama. This neighbourhood spanning from the Castelo to the river was once an upper class Moorish residential neighbourhood. Now it is home to a working class population where Fado was invented and the grilling sardines perfected. The best time to visit is during the Festa de Santo António around the 12th and 13th of June. During this festival the streets explode in pastel coloured streamers and amazingly grilled food. For a suggested route check the Alfama walking map in this guide.


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