Knight Area DVD Release Party Hyperlive, Boerderij Zoetermeer, 6 September 2015

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Knight Area are a Dutch symphonic rock band and founded by keyboardist/main composer Gerben Klazinga back in 2004. Through the years the band has released five albums and they planning to release their first live DVD called Hyperlive (named after their latest album Hyperdrive) in November 2015. There was a special ‘DVD release party’ organized for the fans who contributed to the crowdfunding for the production of the DVD on September 6th in the Boerderij, Zoetermeer. I had the honour to be there to interview the band (you can listen to the interview here), take some pictures and to make this concert review.

After I interviewed the band I watched the sound check, and it sounded very promising! The band also ‘rehearsed’ on how they would enter the stage before the performance. After the sound check the venue slowly started to fill up with fans and friends. Before the band came on stage they showed a ‘thank you video clip’ on the screen.How the band entered the stage was hilarious! They made a small video (which they showed on the screen at the back of the stage) with Peter Vink, entering the backstage entrance of the Boerderij with a rollator trolley and acting like an old man who could barely walk. Not much later the band came on stage, including Peter with the rollator.

The sound in the venue during the gig was very good. The band had fun on stage, all the members were really enthusiastic while playing, especially Gerben. Mark Smit, the singer, has a very good voice live on stage. Peter Vink was very present with his bass guitar and it boomed briskly, which I really like. The guitarist Mark Bogert knows how to bring his guitar solos (and got in the spotlights as well) and Pieter van Hoorn is a great drummer (and I really like the colour of the drumkit as well). The audience was a bit tame in my opinion but I’m sure they really enjoyed the experience.

The band played almost all tracks from their latest album Hyperdrive. During the track Running Away the band members put on a bracelet that contained flickering lights. I didn’t know why they did that only for that track. A few days after the gig I talked with Gerben on Facebook and I asked him about the bracelets with the flickering lights and the question why they only wore those bracelets during the track Running Away. Gerben told me it was a gimmick to ‘thicken’ the important message of the lyrics from that track. It’s about escaping from hectic situations such as stress or a big city that’s too crowded.

They also played a compilation/medley of tracks from their previous albums.  That was a very cool idea, but I actually hoped they would play some tracks from their previous albums, especially from Realm Of Shadows, which is my favourite album. After the medley the band played two brand new tracks from their upcoming album, and they sounded very promising!

The band only played for 1,5 hours, which is way too short for such a great band! After the band finished their performance they asked the owner of the Boerderij (Arie Verstegen) to enter the stage.  They thanked him for making this gig possible. Arie announced that the band would be headliner on the first day of Progdreams V Festival on April the 1st, 2016! That is just awesome! I can’t wait to see the band live again during Progdreams V!

 

Setlist:

  1. Afraid Of The Dark
  2. The Lost World
  3. Bubble
  4. Crimson Skies
  5. Avenue Of Broken Dreams
  6. Living In Confusion
  7. Stepping Out
  8. Running Away
  9. Songs From The Past
  10. Hypnotized
  11. Medley
  12. Unbroken
  13. Mortal Brow

http://knightarea.com/

You can also read my concert review on Background Magazine:

http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl/Gigreviews/20150906KnightAreaDVD.html

All photos made by me. An extra bonus, these pictures below are edited by Sam Holt! Thank you very much Sam!

 

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