The Netherlands: An Intimate Concert With Waylon In The Vondelpark

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Dutch singer Waylon, who together with Ilse DeLange represented The Netherlands during this years’ Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen as The Common Linnets, is scheduled to give an intimate concert in Amsterdam.

After the Eurovision Song Contest and the success of their Eurovision-entry, Calm After The Stormsingers Ilse DeLange and Waylon decided to go separate ways: Ilse is promoting her The Common Linnets-project across Europe and planning a subsequent tour, while Waylon focuses on his solo-projects and the release of his third album, Heaven After Midnight, in September 2014.

Meanwhile, Waylon is also performing in his home country. A very special concert will take place on Saturday the 14th of June in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Waylon will be the closing act of the Vondelpark Festival, which is being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Voldelpark, the large park in Amsterdam-South named after the 17th century Dutch poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel. At the statue of Van den Vondel, under the watchful eye of the poet, Waylon will pay a musical homage to the park and its name-giver, called Een Saluut aan Vondel (A Salute to Vondel).

Waylon will take visitors on a “musical journey”, performing old and new songs, including his own new single Finally Home, but also a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s song The Sound Of Silence: a tribute to these artists who performed in the Vondelpark in 1981 with eleven musicians, in front of some 500.000 spectators.

Waylon will give an intimate performance with five fellow band members and although he doesn’t think quite as many people will come to see his show as there were at Simon & Garfunkel’s performance back in 1981, he is still very proud to be part of the festival: I strive after that same vibe. I heard that, according to Lonely Planet, the Vondelpark is listed in the top 3 of the worlds’ nicest parks, after Central Park and Hyde Park. It’s beautiful that we can achieve that as a small country. I feel the same pride as when we came second with The Common Linnets at the Song Contest.

The Vondelpark is visited by some 12 million people every year. The Vondelpark Festival 2014 is being organized in celebration of the establishment of the park, 150 years ago, and will be held in the weekend of the 14th and 15th of June. If the festival is a success, it will become an annual event. Highlight and closing act will be Waylon’s performance, which will start at 23.oo CET until midnight, at the stage next to the statue of Van den Vondel in the park.

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