HISTORIC LIVE MUSIC COLLECTION
With love from EINDHOVEN: DYNAMO CONCERTS to release their HISTORIC LIVE MUSIC COLLECTION – Archive of unheard, cult live recordings will become epic album series!
From the mid-80s until the last decade, Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven, Netherlands was an iconic metal festival and the go-to place for metal maniacs from all over Europe.
It all started in 1981 when André Verhuysen and a friend opened their Hard Rock Café (not the world-spanning franchise you might think of) within the Dynamo Youth Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and before the year was over, the small group of enthusiasts booked RAVEN, the first ever live band to play the venue, who turned in a killer performance for 300 ecstatic fans in a sold-out show.
As time went on, live acts became the norm and in 1986, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of what by then had become hot under the name Dynamo Rock Club, André launched the first ever Dynamo Open Air on the car parking lot outside of the club. Bands such as SATAN, ANGELWITCH and ONSLAUGHT played to an audience estimated at 5.000.
In 1994, Dynamo Open Air entered the Dutch record books by achieving the largest and longest-lasting traffic jam in the history of the Netherlands. At the same time, with a massive 70.000 attendees, it became the largest metal gathering of its time in Europe, possibly in the world! No wonder with acts such as DANZIG, GOREFEST, CLAWFINGER, LIFE OF AGONY, PRONG, SICK OF IT ALL or KYUSS on board. However, that figure got put to shame one year later, counting up to 110.000 metal heads in ‘95.
Trying to find a suitable home for the ever-growing festival, Dynamo Open Air moved its location several times. In 2005 it took place for the last time, featuring top acts such as TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, TRIVIUM and ANTHRAX. Through the course of its impressive twenty-year lifespan, mega-acts such as METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, PANTERA, MARILYN MANSON, SEPULTURA, MONSTER MAGNET, MACHINE HEAD, BIOHAZARD and many more entered the Dynamo stages and helped make it one of if not the most influential metal festivals throughout Europe.
Now, many years after the festival’s last run, Dynamo Concerts opens the secret archives of live recordings and starts releasing the legendary concerts for the first time on CD and vinyl, and selected titles on DVD. With more than 300 recorded shows to review and process, it’s an undertaking that will easily stretch over the next couple of years. In many cases, these remastered, unique and previously unreleased or even unheard recordings will be the perfect vehicle to travel back in time and witness first-hand, how bands that became superstars later gave their debut performances for a European crowd. Metal history channel galore!
Dynamo Open Air 1986 - 2005
As time went on live acts became the norm and in 1986, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Dynamo Club, André put on the first ever Dynamo Open Air ON THE CAR PARK outside the club. Bands such as Satan, Angelwitch and Onslaught played to an audience estimated at 7,000 !
In 1994 Dynamo Open Air entered the Dutch record books by achieving the largest and longest lasting traffic jam in the history of the Netherlands! At the same time, with a massive 70,000 attendees, it became the largest metal gathering in Europe, possibly the world !
Dynamo is also praised for its extreme line-ups. Everything from skate punk to black metal and stoner rock all the way to nu metal played at the Dynamo festival. The enormous anniversary edition of Dynamo Open Air in 1997, with about 120.000 visitors the biggest 3-day festival in Holland ever.
The bands who have played Dynamo are a who’s who of metal From Opeth, In Flames, Metallica, and Slayer to Sepultura, Hammerfall, Testament, Nile and Anthrax, a total of over 400 bands...
Now the time has come to acknowledge the enormous success and reputation of the Dynamo Open Air with the release of the Dynamo Open Air Live Series.
The Dynamo Concerts Collection
The Dynamo Concerts Collection is spanning over 20 years, Preserving the memory of the Dynamo Club and Dynamo Open Air festival from 1985 to 2005
The Dynamo Concerts Collection is brought to you by F.R.E.T. Productions, an independent label founded by metal and rock music veterans including the Dynamo Open Air Festival founders.