The Rock In Opposition Festival took place in a “nature camping site” called Cap Decouverte in the small town
Carmaux is a small town that is a suburb of a slightly larger town named Albi, which is a one hour train ride away from the city of
I took a 9:00 flight on Thursday morning into Heathrow, and Steve met me at the airport. It was about 10:00 in the evening
At that point, I saw the first little glimpse of Steve’s celebrity. When we went through the Security at Gatwick, the female security guard recognized Steve, and thoroughly gushed over his presence. Steve was the 6-time World Snooker Champion, and in the 1980’s in
We spend a quiet 4 hours at the pub drinking “real ale”, and as the terminal grew a bit more crowded, people started to recognize Steve, so I was the victim of spate of “Can you take a photo with me and Steve” requests. But, it was all good-natured fun, and I rather enjoyed my imagined role as Steve’s burly American bodyguard!
The flight to
We were both completely dead on our feet, so we napped for a few hours in our tiny (by American standards) room, and then we made our way over to the Hotel Etap to meet our friends. As we walked, we got caught in the first of many rain showers. In fact, the entire 3 day festival was plagued by constant rain and cold, and of course, I did not bring a single long-sleeved shirt!
At the Hotel Etap, we met our French Magma buddies Fabrice Journo, Francis Lecointe, Maxence Bilsky (Zwenskaia), and Denis (Maahnt). These are some of the same good people that I hung out with at Le Casino de Paris this past February when I went to see Magma play their 40th anniversary shows. Fabrice is one of the official photographers of Magma, and since he got a press pass for the RIO Festival, he was able to spend the entire festival in the first row and backstage taking pictures.
Cap Decouverte was an interesting place. Steve remarked that it looked like an Al-Qaeda training base. There is a family fun area with a skateboard and bicycle park, and during the festival, there was loud rock music blasting from the skateboard park, perhaps to drown out the sounds coming from the RIO Festival. I would have liked to see if the skateboarders could do their tricks to the music of Magma….
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