Jera On Air has established itself in the last three years as a must-visit festival for hard- and metalcore fans in and around the Netherlands. This year’s lineup includes Enter Shikari, Terror, Defeater, Stray From The Path, A Day To Remember, Counterparts, In Hearts Wake, Caliban, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Chelsea Grin and All Time Low.
The festival starts on Friday evening and A Day To Remember and Terror are set up to be the highlights of the night. First-mentioned was the big spectacle of Jera On Air 2013, closing the festival with a killer performance. This year A Day To Remember has lost a bit of that shine but still gives a fun and energetic show. Terror’s lead singer Scott Vogel couldn’t be there due to health problems so their bass player David Wood had to step in as vocalist. The band deserves a lot of respect for not cancelling their gigs and giving it their absolute all to meet their fans’ expectations. Definitely one of the best bands on Jera On Air this year!
The next day Counterparts is up for an afternoon brawl and does so with a lot of people crowdsurfing. Defeater is up next and brings their unique atmosphere to the festival. Frontman Derek Archambault connects with the audience who can’t help but sing along.
Stray From The Path packs a powerful punch and delivers a big blow to the spectators of their awesome show. The energy is contagious and reminds everyone why they came to the festival and slept in the mud last night: this is the real stuff you want to have witnessed. The show hits a climax with their popular song ‘Badge & A Bullet’. Earlier Enter Shikari spinned records in the DJ Area and now they’re playing at the main stage. These guys are always a good time and tonight is no different. The obligatory ‘Sorry You’re Not A Winner’ hasn’t grown stale yet and still gets the same response as it did more than ten years ago.
All Time Low is this year’s big attraction and seems to not take their show seriously at all. Despite their lax attitude the music comes together effortlessly. As do the juvenile jokes of guitarist Jack Barakat. Lead singer Alex Gaskarth has dyed his hair pine green (to match his shoes) and joins his comrade in the fun of weird sex jokes and locker room humor. The stage gets filled with bras, inflatable balls and one alien doll which loses its innocence to Barakat. As the final notes hit the audience can look back on two days packed with fun and excitement.
Jera On Air was yet again a terrific weekend full of excellent bands and awesome people. ‘Till next year!
Words and photos: Sjoert Bakker