Resurrection Fest: the Holy Year of metal

Resurrection Fest: the Holy Year of metal

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The first tents are shaping a town in Lugo that will see its usual ecosystem altered over the next few days because of the music. Viveiro is not Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao or Zaragoza. Not even Santiago de Compostela, with its mammoth hotel offer and all the imaginable facilities to simplify the mass movement of visitors. Viveiro is Galicia in a corner of Galicia, and until then it is reached based on devotion, mainly, which is what seems to be left over to the more than 140,000 souls that these days will walk its streets to attend a new edition of the Resurrection Fest.

The limitations of the pandemic years are now a thing of the past and the organization has decided to throw the house out the window so that this year’s edition is the most memorable in a group that, like other great musical events that remain in the time, it accumulates aftertastes that are difficult to forget. It will be five days with its five nights and more than 120 bands spread over the three stages of the venue, a recognizable space through which some of its visitors could move with their eyes closed. Styles for all tastes, good gastronomy, a wide range of merchandising and grass cut to the ground underfoot: so necessary not to overly punish the joints, as well as to sit down and watch life go by without any more trouble than the start of the next show. .

The sweet hostility of the Resurrection Fest will break this Wednesday with the warm-up day, the prelude to the marathon that is to come. Deftones and Bullet for my Valentine lead this tricky appetizer, that first day that usually begins with promises of calm, savings and progressiveness, to end up devastated by madness and the desire contained during long months of waiting. The most veterans, old glories accompanied by young children who will enjoy the experience in their own way, enrolled in the fantasy of ResuKids, that itinerant nursery that navigates between children’s games and the assault on the stages in between of some performances. Because, if the metal family knows how to do something, it is to take care of the quarry, to ensure a more or less orderly relief.

Thursday will be the turn of the legend. Rob Halford and the Judas Priest disembark for the first time in Viveiro ready to commemorate 50 years of their heavy metal. A parish awaits them there that venerates the founding fathers, that respects gray hair and enjoys these reunions with the past in a very special way. They will be accompanied by other big names such as Sepultura, Opeth and Hamlet from Madrid. On Friday it will be the turn of Sabaton, Rise Against, Jinjer or Caliban. And for the weekend, as an end to the party, the performances of Mastodon, Crossfaith, Gojira, Angelus Apatrida, Bring Me The Horizon, Toundra, Korn or the always fun Eskimo Callboy, who debut at the festival, are eagerly awaited. .

Tents of those attending the Resurrection Fest in Viveiro, on Tuesday 28.ELISEO WHEAT (EFE)

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In short, there will be five unforgettable days to confirm the return to normalcy of a festival that has been able to build a relationship with fans —and also with the region— that goes beyond what is strictly commercial. In the middle of the Xacobeo year, the authentic pilgrimage of the metalhead Holy Year begins in Viveiro and will end in a promise: to return next year… Although that will be another story and in resurrected matters, as they say, it is always convenient to go in parts.

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