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updated July 15, 2021

Rob Berends writes:
Last June I learned that Hans Pieters had said goodbye to life. The times were not on his side.
The farewell-ceremony was earlier this month..
Hans was an impressive human being, and a brilliant bass-player. He was in Poppi Uk, the second band I ever worked for, and the first Dutch band at that. I was Poppi Uk’s booking agent throughout the band’s existence (1981-1992) and I was close with all of them.
I was not the only one who thought Poppi Uk were a brilliant band: John Peel invited them for a Peel-session, Dave Henderson released a compilation-album on his Dead Man’s Curve label, record company Community 3 from New York signed the band, Rock Summer Festival in Estonia invited them to play there during the ‘independence’-edition of 1991 (when Estonia was almost independent from the Soviet-Union), etc.
Poppi Uk covered Tuxedomoon’s song ‘No Tears‘ once. This song was played during the farewell-ceremony. Needless to say that the title did not apply.
Hans will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Festivals:
In many countries. corona restrictions are being lifted or eased, while the vaccination campaigns are progressing. In some countries, restrictions are re-introduced after failed relaxations.
The highly infectious delta-variant from the virus shows that it’s all unpredictable, and we believe that we have already seen that a careless summer will mean another (devastating) lock-down for the live-music bizz in the Autumn, and earlier
Hopefully the delta-variant can be kept in check, and the fantastic artists you find in this link will find their way to your festival!