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Hamo & Tribute 2 Love • Gora Rocka

June 24, 2016

Almost a month passed since the acoustic gig at Špica in Ljubljana and I was in serious need of a good concert. It was the first day of short summer ‘vacation’ and it started early in Ljubljana city centre. First, I needed to get my camera back from the shop, as it required some minor repairs after nasty fall in Koper previous week. Fotospeed camera strap, I blame you!

Second, I finally decided to invest in high quality custom earplugs, so I had to rush to the other side of the city to make a mold for the final product. Funny feeling, when they inject your ears with cold gel-like-thingy. Neuroth employees were really nice and hopefully, I’ll get the earplugs soon. Always being late, the reminder on my phone was getting pretty unpleasant. The band should meet at 9 AM, and luckily the traffic wasn’t as bad as expected – so, for once, I arrived on time.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love band recording a short trailer for the upcoming gig at Urbano Dejanje in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

We filmed (well, I took pictures) a video for the upcoming gig and shortly after, we regrouped in Detroit. As Alex and I arrived, the van was almost packed & ready to go. Day was getting hotter and we had a long drive to Gora Rocka, even longer, as we successfully missed the exit on the freeway. Upon arrival, the procedure was pretty standard. Unpack, prepare for soundcheck, soundcheck, dinner & relax before the show.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love during soundcheck at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

It was the first day of the festival and the visitors were putting up tents, as the first band started playing. I was really excited, when I noticed the guy behind the light. It was Črt Birsa and I  just knew we’re in for a treat tonight.

The lineup for the day was:

  • Super Action Heroes
  • Hamo & Tribute 2 Love
  • Steve ‘N’ Seagulls

I was really impressed with the first group, as they all wore costumes while performing. It was warm outside, even in the shadows with a cold beer in hands, but jumping on a stage in padded plastic clothes – respect. I took some photos, but mainly just to prepare for the next performance – it was highly anticipated gig, not just for me, but also for the band. I wanted to give more than my best, because I knew the guys will do the same. They did, I on the other hand, could do better – Črt saved my ass a couple of times. Thank you!

Lead singer of Super Action Heroes band, performing live on stage during Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

After the concert we watched the “YouTube sensation” Steve ‘N’ Seagulls as they rocked the stage. I’m usually not impressed with bands playing only cover songs, but this guys were really creative and all hats down for them. The amount of instruments and performance itself was a unique experience. Even though I was exhausted after a long day, I took some photographs during the show and they even featured one of them on their Facebook page. Thank you guys. Means a lot!

Steve 'N' Seagulls featuring my photo and page on their Facebook profile.

We returned to Ljubljana the next day and, instead of much needed sleep, it was time to edit the photographs, as I was leaving for Salzburg the same evening. Long exciting weekend ahead!

Črt Birsa and Drago Popovič during Hamo & Tribute 2 Love soundcheck at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Dejan Dornik, tuning the guitar during Hamo & Tribute 2 Love soundcheck at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Črt Birsa during Hamo & Tribute 2 Love soundcheck at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Martin Janežič Buco, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love drummer, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Uroš Škerl Hipi, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love bass guitarist, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Matevž Šalehar Hamo performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Martin Janežič Buco, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love drummer, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Uroš Primožič Spretan, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love guitarist, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Matevž Šalehar Hamo and Denis Horvat Duki performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Uroš Primožič Spretan, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love guitarist, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Uroš Škerl Hipi and Matevž Šalehar Hamo performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Uroš Primožič Spretan seen from the crowd, as Hamo & Tribute 2 Love performs live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Amazing lights in shape of a mountain by Črt Birsa while Matevž Šalehar Hamo, lead singer and guitarist of Hamo & Tribute 2 Love performs live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Matevž Šalehar Hamo performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia in black & white.

Martin Janežič Buco, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love drummer, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia in black & white.

Matevž Šalehar Hamo and Uroš Primožič Spretan performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia in black & white.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Uroš Primožič Spretan and Uroš Škerl Hipi performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

The perspective from the best seat in the house, as Martin Janežič Buco smash on his drum kit during live performance on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Matevž Šalehar Hamo performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, performing live on stage at Gora Rocka festival at Prapretno Brdo, Slovenia.

About the band

Matevž Šalehar – Hamo – vocals, guitar
Denis Horvat – Duki – keyboards, guitar
Uroš Škerl – Hipi – bass guitar
Martin Janežič – Buco – drums
Uroš Primožič – Spretan – guitar, harmonica

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