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Opeth at Getaway Rock Festival

Mikael Åkerfeldt

Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth

Opeth was brilliant as always at the Getaway Rock Festival. Unfortunately, Mikael spoke all in Swedish (of course, since the festival took place in Gävle, Sweden–less than a couple hours north of Stockholm), which meant that while everyone else was laughing at his between-song comments, I couldn’t understand a word. Apparently he is as funny in Swedish as he is in English.

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Opeth at the Getaway Rock Festival 2011

The setlist was:
The Grand Conjuration
Face of Melinda
The Lotus Eater
In My Time Of Need
Master’s Apprentices
The Drapery Falls
Hex Omega

I thought it was a bit short considering they were headlining. Also, Hex Omega seemed like a strange choice to end the evening (morning actually as it was almost 2 a.m. when they finished). It would have been great had they come back out for Deliverance and/or Demon of the Fall, both of which would have ended things more nicely. I’m also sad to see that they no longer play Baying of the Hounds. I don’t think I have heard it the last three times I’ve seen them now.

Of course, I could never say they played too long or even just enough. Two or three hours of Opeth would be fantastic.

Martin Mendez and Martin Axenrot

Martin Mendez (bass) and Martin Axenrot (drums)

Fredrik Åkesson

Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

Joakim Svalberg

Joakim Svalberg (new keyboardist)

The new keyboardist sounded fine. I always enjoyed Per Wiberg’s headbanging.

This far north, the night never gets fully dark in early July. The sun sort of sets (just before midnight), some orange moves along the horizon (for an hour or so), and then the sun begins to rise before 2 a.m. This last photo was taken at 1:30 a.m., and it only got lighter from this moment on. I could actually see the sun by the time I got back to my hotel just after 2 a.m.

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Opeth plays through the sunrise

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