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03 February 2024 ~ Comments Off on Friends First Fests

Friends First Fests

FRIENDS FIRST FEST #7 was a worthy way to end 2023 with our friends, Lodyne, Bellyacher, Third Ego and Sing Along Riot at De Onderbroek! Jay at Moonboy Films made an after movie; check yourself or check what you missed!

Don’t wanna miss FFF 2024? Tickets are already available via our web store. Heads up: this year’s edition will happen on Dec 14 (not between X-mas and NYE!). RSVP via the FB event.

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05 November 2023 ~ Comments Off on NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2023: What’s left for 2023

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2023: What’s left for 2023

Our TOGETHER fall run was truly incredible; warm welcomes at all the shows and people singing along to the new songs! 2023 is almost over, but we still have some cool stuff coming, and we’ll unveil our first 2024 plans…

Together Italy dates


One of the first countries we ever toured is Italy. Over the last decades we met many people that we still call friends to this day. After not visiting for a couple of years, we now finally get to go back! All shows with LineOut:

Nov 09 IT Rho (Milano), Rock ‘n’ Roll
Nov 10 IT Cantu (Como), Arci Terra E Liberta
Nov 11 IT Livorno, Surfer Joe
Nov 12 IT Carmagnola (Torino), Margot Club

After Italy we get to do three more shows in 2023 and we’ll spoil a couple of 2024 dates:
Nov 18 NL Arnhem, Skeerfest/Seawatch benefit show
Dec 01 DE Köln, Sonic Ballroom
Dec 29 NL Nijmegen, Friends First Fest
Jan 19 NL Eindhoven, The Jack
Mar 29 UK Manchester, Manchester Punk Fest

Info and tickets for all shows (incl FFF!) via our site. Wanna book us? Get in touch!

Early days package

Early days package

We’re very excited that a lot of people get to know us through our new album TOGETHER! But we have some older releases as well… For everyone interested in our early days we created 25 special discounted bundles containing our first 4 albums. We only have 25 of these packages available, simply because we don’t have more copies of our debut album Silencing Civilization left. The holidays are coming, so don’t miss out! Available in our web store.

Packages include *:

  • SILENCING CIVILIZATION – 2005 – White vinyl / Jewel case CD
  • TESTIMONY – 2008 – Gray vinyl / Jewel case CD
  • START FROM SCRATCH! – 2010 – Green vinyl / digipack CD
  • PERSPECTIVES & OBJECTIVES – 2013 – White vinyl in gatefold sleeve(!) / digipack CD

4 CD package: 35 euro – 4 LP package: 45 euro
* cat/band member not included!


France – Spain – Portugal

TOGETHER was released together with labels from many countries. A lot of help and positive feedback came especially from France, Spain and Portugal. So there was only one thing to do: book a tour! More shows and details are coming, but here’s a newsletter exclusive preview of the upcoming dates:

March 06 FR Paris
March 07 FR Lyon
March 08 FR Montpellier
March 09 ES Girona, ATV
March 10 ES Barcelona, La Deskomunal
March 11 ES
March 12 ES Madrid, Wurlitzer Ballroom
March 13 PT Lisboa
March 14 PT Porto
March 15 ES A Coruña, Mardi Gras
March 16 ES Oviedo, Lata de Zinc
March 17 ES
March 18 FR Bordeaux
March 19 FR Nantes

That’s it for now, thanks for reading our newsletter! Don’t be shy, hit reply; we love hearing from you… In the next episode you will find the full lineup for Friends First Fest and details for the FR/ES/PT tour, and maybe some more nice plans for 2024?

Take care, Ben, Riekus & Willem

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30 November 2022 ~ Comments Off on NEWSLETTER NOV 2022: Friends First Fest tickets

NEWSLETTER NOV 2022: Friends First Fest tickets

As the year is coming to a close, it’s time for our end-of-the-year tradition: Friends First Fest! While we’re at it we’ll also spoil some more news about the upcoming album, including a single before releasing the full record. Lastly you’ll find upcoming shows and a free shipping code at the bottom of this newsletter!

Friends First Fest poster

Friends First Fest

All bands have been announced and tickets are on sale starting now! If you wanna join us at De Onderbroek in Nijmegen on Thursday December 29, make sure to get a ticket in presale, as it will probably sell out like previous editions. We’re doing flexible rates and kids get in for free, hoping that everyone can join the fun. Keep an eye on the FB event for surprise updates and check our album Start From Scratch, which we’ll play front-to-back!

Together album artwork

New album

We’re working hard on the release of our new record. We can’t wait to share it with the world, but we’ll have to wait until the vinyl is ready. Yet, we wanted to show our loyal newsletter readers the beautiful artwork by Thomas at Dark Roast and present the title: TOGETHER! If you come to a show, you can hear a new song live: From City To City. We’re crowdsourcing footage for the music video, so feel free to film us playing it and send it over! And if you’re a label interested in releasing/distributing, please reply to this email!

Tour poster - dates below

Upcoming Shows

Because of the new album, we’re taking it easy with shows in the first months of the new year. But we’ve got sweet stuff planned around the spring release! Wanna book us?

Free shipping for albums

With a new album coming we need to make some room and get some extra funding, therefore we’re doing free shipping on all album orders! Mention AHOYAHOY in the order comment and we’ll ship it to you for gratis!

That’s it for now, next time we hope to have a new single and album pre-order for you!
Thanks for reading, till next time; Ben, Riekus & Willem

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06 November 2022 ~ Comments Off on Start From Scratch at Friends First Fest #6 2022!

Start From Scratch at Friends First Fest #6 2022!

START FROM SCRATCH is turning 12 years old this week! To celebrate we announce that we’ll play it front to back at Friends First Fest at De Onderbroek in Nijmegen on Thursday December 29. More details like bands, times, tickets coming soon. After cancellations in 2020 and 2021 we keep our fingers crossed for FFF #6 in 2022! See you there?

Friends First Fest Facebook event
All songs from Start From Scratch, lyrics, liner notes and more

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05 November 2021 ~ Comments Off on Friends First Fest 2021!

Friends First Fest 2021!

It’s time to unveil the Friends First Fest plans we’ve been hinting at! Are you ready?!

We’re very excited that we can do FFF with the current Covid measures in our favorite venue: De Onderbroek! Happening on Wednesday December 29, check the FB event to RSVP. The setlist will consist of our 11 old: START FROM SCRATCH! We’ll play it from left to right, from front to back. Tom Nieuwenhuis will join us on bass for this one, he recorded the album with us, and rehearsing the songs has been amazing!

Unfortunately, we still have to take into account that future anti-Covid measures might make FFF 2021 impossible. That’s why we will wait with ticket sales and line-up announcements. To be continued!

So, fingers crossed for now, and either way we will do our best to throw the best FRIENDS FIRST FEST ever in 2021!
(Painting by Willem’s mom!)

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