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Friday, 23rd October 2015
Cacaofabriek, Helmond, the Netherlands

Article, photos and Video By André de Boer

My first visit to the Cacaofabriek, a multifunctional building with a 500 people venue holding a big stage with good lighting, friendly staff and a fine circular balcony.


It has been a while. Last time for me to see Harvest in Holland was at Progdreams III, de Boerderij April 2014. And discovered the live sound and cohesion of the band back then with fantastic guitar soloing by Jordi Prats, really impressive bass by Toni Munné, the bright and pure voice of Monique van der Kolk and the unnecessary modesty of both drummer Alex Ojea and keyboardist Jordi Amela.


After that, Harvest recorded and released their 3rd album Northern Wind. From which album many songs were played tonight of course. Still, Monique let the audience know that the closing track Stars from their second album Chasing Time maybe was one of the bands favourites because of the personal story and loss behind it; especially playing this heartfelt song life on stage. And the band did make an impressive start with that specific and beautiful song Stars. Up until band members slowly moved towards Jordi Amela at the keys at a certain point in time. He unfortunately encountered some serious technical problems with his gear so they had to stop playing this song.


Monique was quite emotional about it and promised the audience they would redo the song afterwards. In the end it didn't seem possible to do that. I think this was more a shock to the band as to the people in the venue because everyone present absolutely loved the set and performance very much and felt sorry for the band only. So everyone was having a very good time really. Get your feeling of the show by watching the Live Impression video:

After the show many people had a lovely chat with the band members. The Catalan band was looking forward to this Dutch gig because of Monique being from Holland originally and for the atmosphere and love of progressive rock. The next day Harvest would be part of the festival Prog en Beauce in France and a week after that in Olot Spain.

It All Becomes Clearer
This Day
Northern Wind
Sending Signals
Something's Changing
The Spell
Stars (partly)
Under The April Sky
Shadows Behind The Lilacs
No Return

The Machine


A great and extended show, no support band. People feeling sorry for the way Harvest felt about not being able to bring the song that is so important to them. Harvest will be re-visiting Holland March 18 at Parktheater Alphen aan den Rijn though. Be sure to be there for a night of great progressive rock. And I am sure we will be presented a thrilling presentations on their beloved track Stars!

Harvest Official Website



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