Cactus Festival director remembers Gavin Friday show


Patrick Keersebilck, director of the Cactus Festival in Bruges is asked to pick the highlights of his 30-year old festival. One of them was Gavin Friday’s headlining performance in 1996.

One of the most beautiful concerts at Cactus, if you ask me. In a way Gavin Friday’s performance personified the identity of our festival. The possibilities at Cactus are endless: we are a very eclectic festival, and we don’t fear the cabaretesque escapades of Gavin Friday. Maybe it’s not the most obivous coice for a headlining act, but it was the right decision. I remember standing in the audience watching his fragile show – I was afraid some dufus would yell something and kill the atmosphere. But the atmosphere held. Fantastic.