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August 7, 2008
Taking place August 15-17, the 2008 Lowlands Festival promises to be a thoroughly entertaining weekend. The festival takes place outside the town of Biddinghuizen, an hour Northeast of Amsterdam, and is centered around seven large campsites, each complete with "toilets, hot showers and running water, supermarkets, a police station, a camping store, a First Aid stand, cash registers, lockers and a 24-hour pub." Hot showers and round-the-clock Jšgerbombs should be enough to offset an on-site cop shop.

With its awkward full name of "A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise," the three-day event is touted as a "progressive outdoor festival that focuses on alternative music," but organizers are quick to point out that the program schedule also includes stand-up comedy, film screenings, visual arts displays (a giant carrot rocket, anyone?), literature readings and theatre performances. As organizers rhetorically put it: "Listening to the hottest bands while enjoying an even spicier Indian curry? Receiving a much-needed brain massage after still not understanding the plot to that great movie you just saw? Having your hairy fashion statement trimmed while knowing you're about to dance the night away?" Priceless.

Like any festival there are a few lame ducks (Steve Aoki and The Presidents of the USA to name two), but music lovers will be treated to doses of Black Kids, Diplo, the potentially volatile Sex Pistols, Simian Mobile Disco, The National, Tunng, N*E*R*D, The Flaming Lips, Sigur Růs, a Henry Rollins spoken word performance, MGMT, The Roots, The Breeders, Ane Brun, Iron & Wine, Los Campesinos!, Santogold, Tricky, Hercules And Love Affair, No Age, and the NSFW acts Holy Fuck, Fuck Buttons, and Fucked Up, along with dozens of others.

Tickets for the 2008 festival, which hopes to capitalize on the momentum of previous years featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Grandaddy and others, are officially sold out, but with plenty of warm Dutch smiles and the bales of hydroponic chronic that are sure to be in circulation the vibe may be relaxed enough for stragglers to slip through quietly tucked away in a crate of glow sticks and hackey-sacks, or at least score an ticket outside the gates. And with ticketholders offered the potential for "your own little hobbit-house built from weatherproof plywood all ready and furnished for your arrival," how could anything go wrong?

SEE ALSO: www.lowlands.nl

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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