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An arm full of festival bands: "Some people think it stinks"

2019-08-16T11:01:24.503Z

For some festival visitors, the wristband is more than a memento that disappears in a drawer. The festival band becomes a piece of jewelry that says a lot about their personality, taste and passion. NU.nl speaks to three collectors of the bands, who always carry the festivals they visit.


For some festival visitors, the wristband is more than a memento that disappears in a drawer. The festival band becomes a piece of jewelry that says a lot about their personality, taste and passion. NU.nl speaks to three collectors of the bands, who always carry the festivals they visit.

Frank Verspaget (48) from Helmond

When did you get your first festival band?
"To be honest, I can no longer remember that. I have only just started wearing the wristbands for five years. I now have around thirty straps and about seven are added annually."

Why are you wearing them?
"Certainly not to brag, because I do it purely for myself. Every time I look at it, I come back into the festival flow. I have so many great memories on my wrist."

"I only wear fabric straps, which are made of plastic after the festival immediately off my wrist" Frank Verspaget

Do they ever go off?
"No, because they are jammed and I will keep it that way. I only wear fabric straps. Some festivals have straps made of plastic, but they go off my wrist immediately after the weekend."

Do you often receive comments?
"Certainly. Some people think it's unhygienic, but that's nonsense. I shower twice a day and then all the bands are washed too. In Germany, where I visit a lot of rock festivals, it is quite normal and you don't notice it at all. Most reactions are positive, by the way. Sometimes people even want to take a picture with me. "

Which band is dearest to you?
"They are all special because they represent a unique experience. But Turock Open Air in Germany is the most special. That is a free festival, where you can buy a wristband to support the organization. I do that too every year."

Frank Verspaget collected his countless bands at rock festivals. (Photo: Patrick Spruytenburg)

Roosmarijn Manintveld (36) from Hilversum

When did you get your first festival band?
"Lowlands 1998. I was fifteen years old and went with a friend and had no idea where I ended up. I had never seen drunk people and I only knew Beastie Boys. But I thought it was great and I immediately met my parents afterwards said: "Plan the vacation at a different time, I'm going again next year."

"Wearing a band creates a band" Roosmarijn Manintveld

Why are you wearing them?
"It just came into existence after Lowlands for the first time. I didn't take the band off and new ones were added every year. It also creates a band with other festival-goers. You are a weekend in another world and when you come home and you in the 'normal' world someone with a band from the festival also sees where you have been, it still gives a kind of connection. "

Do they ever go off?
"No, only if they fall off due to wear and tear. I no longer have the first Lowlands band on my wrist for that reason. The oldest I wear is from 2008 and I have also been wearing all editions since then plus twice Rock Werchter and the Black Cross. "

Do you often receive comments?
"Some people think it stinks, but I wash them in the shower every day. If you are a dishwasher now and your hands are in dirty water all day, I still understand that reaction."

Which band is dearest to you?
"The one from Lowlands 2010. My brother was in the band The Upsessions at the time and they played there for the first time. My parents have also been and could immediately see why I find festivals so cool."

Roosmarijn Manintveld's passion for collecting came into being after her first Lowlands. (Photo: Private collection)

Roger 'Crazy Festival Dude' van Loon (59) from Weelde (Belgium)

When did you get your first festival band?
"Torhout-Werchter in 1996. My daughters already went to festivals and told me to come along. It was an unforgettable experience, certainly because Neil Young performed there."

"I wear around 150 bands, they are also on my legs" Roger van Loon, festival goer

Why are you wearing them?
"After my first festival, I turned the switch, from just working to having more fun in my life. I was in a dip, uncertain and noticed that the bands around my arm caused others to get attention. Then I used to continue to wear. I now have around 150 on both arms and even on my legs. "

Do they ever go off?
"No, only if they fall off.

Do you often receive comments?
"Yes, very often. Both positive and negative. Some people want to hear the stories behind the tapes and I really take the time to do that. But there is also jealousy. There are even two hate pages on Facebook about me. Then I think really: do you have nothing better to do in your life? "

Which band is dearest to you?
"They all have a story, but the one from Sziget 2010 is very special. It was the first time I really went to a festival alone and I really enjoyed it. You can go your own way and meet more nice people. "

'Crazy Festival Dude' Roger van Loon continues to wear his bands despite the hate pages on Facebook . (Photo: Inge Peeters)

Source: nunl

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