The Royal Spuds & Heylel

May 22, 2016 - Cab03, Leiden (NL)

A strange, but bold combination. OK, it's quite common that two bands do a co-headliner show on the same evening, but the two bands could not be further away from each other in terms of their music genres. The Royal Spuds are a folk punk band, while Heylel are a progressive rock band with gothic influences. Punk versus prog? Wow, that must be a spectacular combination to watch live! The Cab03 itself is a very cozy, intimate location (I know the people who've been there know what I mean), and the room was slowly filling up with dedicated fans of both bands. The light effects were far from spectacular and the room was very dark, so taking good pics was a bit difficult for me. Luckily the light was only a small minor point, because the rest of the evening was a fabulous performance of both bands.

The Royal Spuds

The Royal Spuds were the first band to play that evening. Several members use a variety of folk rock instruments like banjo, flute and accordion. The band has a lot of humour as well. They played a brand new track that still had to be released. The lyrics were in Breton, very daring and surprising. After a few tracks the audience became more at ease, more enthusiastic, and some even started to dance! The band was very interactive with the audience, and Micky Silver was even dancing along with his accordion in the crowd. They are very energetic, and I'm sure they will use the complete stage when they have more space. I really want to see this band on a bigger stage some day. A superb live band to watch!


This was the first time touring in the Netherlands for the Portuguese band Heylel, and I hope this band will come over more often in the near future because I really enjoyed their performance. Lead vocalist Ana Batista has a wonderful and powerful voice! Narciso Monteiro uses a lot of splendid guitar effects to create a certain atmosphere with the music. They played several songs from their debut album Nebulae (2014, see review) and their EP Flesh (2015, see review), but also surprised the audience with two covers! Their version of King Crimson's I Talk To The Wind, which is also on their debut, was phenomenal. It gave me goosebumps. It was followed by The Sage, a track from Emerson Lake & Palmer, which is also on their debut. It was done with only Narciso on acoustic guitar and Ana singing. All keyboard parts and soundscapes were triggered by a laptop, but it was very nicely done. I do have to say that a keyboardist will be a great asset for the band, so I hope they will find one in the near future!

Text & pictures Iris Hidding (edited by Astrid de Ronde)

Setlist The Royal Spuds:

Randy Dandy Oh
Two More Pints
The Mero
Tri Martolod
Follow Me Up To Carlow
Skipping Stones
The Dying Rebel
Itís A Feckin Freakshow
Silver Linings
Drill, Ya Tarriers, Drill

Setlist Heylel:

Alter Ego
Watcher Of The Light
An Old Manís Tale
I Talk To The Wind (King Crimson Cover)
The Sage (Emerson Lake & Palmer Cover)
The Prophet
Paranoid Hysteria
Embrace The Darkness (Instrumental)

Line up:


(TRS = The Royal Spuds, H = Heylel)

Back row, left to right:
Dave Schrijvers (TRS):
bass guitar
Filipe Braga (H):
Jo„o Amorim (H):
bass guitar
Ana Batista (H):
lead vocals
Milan Boom (TRS):
lead guitar and vocals
Narciso Monteiro (H):
guitars, backing vocals and effects
Edwin Buis: (The Lying Dutchman)
Front Left:
Micky Silver (TRS):
accordion, flute and vocals

Maarten van Vliet (TRS):
lead vocals, banjo and mandolin
Kathy Keller: manager The Royal Spuds & Heylel

Iris Hidding: Background Magazine

Not on this picture:
Mark de Jong (TRS): drums
Robin Janssens (TRS): rhythm guitar and vocals

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