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Last weekend, Dutch safari park Beekse Bergen was transformed into Best Kept Secret 2018. With the weather on their side and a ‘frikandellenvlaai’ in their hands, the festival’s attendants enjoyed the diverse lineup. It was a festive edition, with the focus mainly on the music.
Festileaks was there and asked over 100 festival goers about their opinion on six categories of the festival experience. We present the average grades in the Festival Report. We will do this at several festivals all over Europe this summer. Want to stay updated? Follow Festileaks on Facebook or Instagram.
This was Best Kept Secret 2018 according to the festival’s visitors.
Diversity is key on the festival’s lineup. From Father John Misty to Pietju Bell, and from The Internet to Khruangbin, there was something for everyone. Matthijs (29) from Utrecht enjoyed this massively: “It is great that I was first listening to jangling rock music, and now to an exciting urban act.” Apart from major headliners Arctic Monkeys, The National, and LCD Soundsystem, there were also enough smaller artists. “I really liked the up-and-coming acts such as Blu Samu and Rex Orange County. In this way, people can discover some new things as well”, said Paula (18) from Amsterdam.
Side programme: 5.9
Best Kept Secret is not a festival for non-musical activities. This was immediately noticeable on the festival grounds. Last year’s Tokyo Hill was replaced by the Hang Out, so even karaoke was not an option anymore. “When you’re tired of all the performances, there is just not much else to do”, said Klaas (20) from Beverwijk.
Spontaneous yoga sessions during The National, high fives with strangers and skipping ropes. The audience seemed to enjoy themselves. Even though there was not much to do except from seeing shows, there were very few angry-looking people. “The atmosphere on the festival grounds is the reason why we came back for the third time”, said Anouk (30) from Landsmeer. Paul (37) from Ghent agreed: “This is the best festival where we as adults can go to. You don’t see much adolescent behaviour.”
Location & looks: 8.8
Perhaps you have been to Beekse Bergen when it was not full with tents and stages. Then you can see it is the perfect place for a festival. Jeanin (24) from De Klomp completely agreed: “The location is amazing. Lake, forest and beach! What else can you wish for?” The festival organisation added their own magic in the form of cosy sitting areas between the trees, and at night the forest was enlightened by many colourful Christmas lights. “You could sit between the trees and enjoy the shadow”, said Luna (18) from Amsterdam.
Food & drinks: 8.8
At Best Kept Secret, it is incredibly hard to decide what you are going to get for dinner. The enormous variety included typical festival foods such as chips, pizza and burgers, but also more adventurous options. There were insect burgers, vegetarian pita with gyros and the infamous ‘frikandellenvlaai’. “There were so many veggie and vegan food trucks, that was great!” said Loretta (21) from The Hague. Additionally, you could refill your cup with water near the toilets, which many festival goers did happily.
It is a real journey to reach the campsite from the festival site in the dark. For many festival goers this was a minus: “In the evening, the lights along the path were not always on, and then you really can’t see anything”, said Marco (33) from Dordrecht. Additionally, the lack of sufficient toilets was a thing. “The queues at the campsite in the morning were so long. We waited for at least 20 minutes”, explains Tessa (18) from The Hague.