It seemed like the 9th of September would be a good place to regroup and restart the daily blogging. It so happens I was saying a final goodbye to the summer in the Trièves, a rural/mountainous region of France, not too far from Grenoble. it's an incredible place - people move there from across France to make the most of the chilled out, creative, eco friendly vibe. My friend Laurie lives there and is part of an org that puts on a festival every year so we decided to check it out. Started the day with a hike up to a nice viewpoint, picked up Robin (an old school friend I hadn't seen in 15 years!) and headed over to the festival - good music, great vibes, tasty food and organic beer! Daniel & Sandrine pitched up from Provence in the evening with their little Zafir.
Imagine Festival started today. 10 Belgian finalists took to the stage to fight it out for two spots in the International final tomorrow. A much busier and entertaining day - nice to see all the young musicians again - really sweet, full of energy and excitement. I was sad they couldn't all make it through but I think it was a fair win for Lunar Rays and Ziggy (my bet from the off!). Crawled home around 1230.
Dropped Lucy off at Marie's because I had to go and shoot the last Imagine Festival date - the francophone final at Flagey's Studio 4. Since I followed all the preselection rounds, I have my secret favorites now which is partly down to the music they play and partly down to how likeable they are :). It's always good fun though and there was a good crowd. I'm mostly backstage observing the nerves mounting... and the cans of coke draining. Suarez (popular Belgian band - although not so Belgian, three brothers from Madagascar and one Belgo-Italo-Spaniard) opened up as 'surprise guests' (photo of Suarez since I'm keeping Imagine under wraps for now). Drink at Belga and dinner at L'Amour Fou (classique combo).
In Schoten (near Antwerp) today to shoot one the Flemish preselection rounds for the Imagine festival. Some great talent, although my favorite band didn't make it through to the finals sadly. Noemi's bro Giuliano as well as Mirna and Rico were in town so met up with them, Arthur, the Maries, Luc and baby Melodi at La Maison du Peuple for drinks. Marie and Luc introduced us to the best eat-in pizza I've had in Brussels - Posto al Sole (blog I'm linking it does it better justice!) - definitely the tip of the week.