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Paaspop has traditionally opened the 2022 festival season on Friday. Two years after Easter without Paaspop, everyone will be going wild for the next few days. This year there are no Easter eggs in your own garden, but hop into the meadow at Paaspop. Omroep Brabant was there on Friday and assembled a group of fans for a party fest.
Seventeen theaters, 250 artists, three sunny days and visitors who really want to party. The festival is sold out for three days and this year reaches 35,000 visitors per day.
The festival site is open from 3 pm on Friday. At a nearby camp site, the first tents were already fully stocked, with a seat in front of the door and the first beer on hand.
Those wishing to enter the festival site should be patient on Friday afternoon, as entry is not easy. At the peak, you have to queue for at least an hour. But then you have something.
Because as soon as you enter the festival site, you will instantly fall in love: a party takes place in every corner of the site.
Swing in the bathtub, among the bubbles, or karaoke in the middle of the street, or a game of live “Doctor Bibber”, or dance with a DJ: anything is possible.
For those still a little worried about corona, ‘De Wasman’ offers help: washes your hands with his portable sink as you pass by. Rosanna from Belgium loves to use it. She’s in Paaspop for the first time and immediately thinks it’s a great day with this arrival.
He saw Brett, 18, and Natasha, 17, of Heswijk Dinther, Guus Meeuwis, at Apollo. Brett is glad she was finally able to see her live. My mother used to go there, but I was not allowed to go there. You have succeeded now, that is satisfaction! Natasha tells us that she was singing sincerely.
Lars and Sophie (from Breda and Tilburg) at Paaspop for the first time with Elin, Thijn, Lara, Julia and Iris. The mixed family made it a family outing.
“The tension isn’t very long at this age, but there’s a lot to do here. Also for the kids. But it’s getting cold now, so we’ll eat and then go home,” Sophie says.
Patrick from Doetinchem spends the time of his life in Schijndel. He’s a loyal Easter popper and has been traveling south on Easter for years. Last year he suffered from a serious Covid infection and recently underwent knee surgery.
The fact that he’s in a wheelchair now doesn’t stop him. “This is my first festival in years. I really don’t want to miss Paaspop.” He’s backtracking on Friday so he can enjoy AC/NDC Sunday night at Thunderbolt. “I’ll let Chef Special pass me by tonight, I want to be there on Sunday.”
At The Warehouse it is now very busy. A stream of people queuing and willy queue. DJ Paul Elstak follows later in the evening and it won’t be any different then.
Nina (20) of Zijtaart and Marloes (21) of Erp called it today at 9 p.m. Friday. “We’re going to take a nap, we peaked way too early.”
The ladies were already having a drink at the camp site at 1 pm. “In the sun, after all that camping gear pull, they taste so delicious. And after all those years without an Easter doll, we’ve been looking forward to it so much.”
Marloz says phones are empty, and so does her own. So now, take a nap first and then move on to the next party at the campsite. Until six in the morning.
Paaspop is very satisfied with the start. “Beginning dreamed,” a company spokesperson said. “Visitors and artists give 200 percent. And as much as they are happy to do so, they can and are allowed again.”
See all the photos taken on Friday by Omroep Brabant (you can also download them from there).
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