Obscene Extreme Festival Comments On World Tour, Upcoming Czech Republic Show
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This year marks 15 years of Obscene Extreme and to celebrate the occasion the organizers of the festival decided to go all out in extreme style by hosting an additional three festivals in three additional continents.
Over the last few months Obscene Extreme has appeared in Mexico City - Mexico, Jakarta - Indonesia, and Melbourne - Australia. There has been much success but also some failures and after some time at home to reflect on the adventure the man behind the whole idea, Curby, has spoken about the experience on the run up to the final Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic this July:
"Hello freaks!!! This is Curby/obscene... I believe that you our loyal OEF fans have followed us on our tour so you probably know what happened but for those who haven't I would like to sum up our first ever OEF World tour. When I was pondering over our plans for the World tour I was really full of enthusiasm (and actually I still am). I hoped for something new but our first world volume was a really tough game, not only financially but also emotionally. It's very difficult to understand how big differences are between Europe, Mexico and Indonesia... I knew it would be different, but so much? What can you do if you pay everything in advance as in Mexico and people don't work at all? Not much... when you read my statements for every continent, you`ll understand me...
"I really don`t want to cry, I just want to share this experience with all of you, and to be honest I'm very proud about our first OEF World tour. Everywhere the sound, the stages, etc. were good, the running order was kept properly and to be honest that was almost a miracle in those manana countries [laughs]!
"If you ask me now to do it again knowing the results of those festivals, I would always say YES!!! I can't help myself! The whole world tour was a 100% life experience. Now I know I can't change things in countries like Mexico or Indonesia... mission impossible!!!
"The absolute best experience was watching all the bands playing OEF. There were so many great bands all around the globe with a huge DIY attitude and the respect for the scene and OEF! I had so much fun watching all the bands from different countries. It was the first time for me to see bands from Vietnam, Phillipines, Costa Rica, New Caledonia, Korea... and all the bands that played those OEF's had exactly the same attitude like we have in Europe. You could feel so much passion for extreme music! This made me really happy and really helped me deal with all the money we lost. The South and North American bands could meet at a single point in Mexico and it was great! The same in Asia with the Asian bands! In Australia we didn't have that many foreign bands but all in all it was the best Aussie grindcore meeting anyway!
"I want to thank all the bands one ore time that played at OEF this year, all the real supporters and everyone involved in helping OEF!!! THANK YOU!
"Right now we are heading towards the 15th anniversary show in our hometown Trutnov and our lovely festival area Battlefield. I can recollect the small underground festival that was born in 1999 on a truck trailer instead of on a real stage. It has slowly changed into one of the leading underground festivals but with the same ideals and vibe like in the year it was born and it's something I'm very proud of. I hope we'll always continue to support the music we die for!!!
"OEF won't exist if there's no one like you supporting us in good and bad times. The OEF Nº1 sponsors are the fans!!! Thank you for your support, we need you this year more than ever. See you all in Trutnov at the biggest OEF party ever! It's number 15, be there!"
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