November 3, 2009

Singer leaves backing tapes in pub

Filed under: Music,Shows by Orangemaster @ 10:59 am

Ah yes, Dutch singer Dries Roelvink does it again, all while teaching everyone else the importance of backing up your work.

According to Dutch TV show RTL Boulevard, he went out to grab a bite with his assistant and realised he forgot his backing tapes. He went back to the bar where he performed and lo and behold, the tapes were gone (shock). However, he did leave his phone number on the tapes (aaah) and hopes to get them back before his next show (stress).

And since back ups are for mere mortals, Dries never made any. What’s today’s lesson, children? Always back up your work, no matter who you are.

UPDATE: Thanks to TV show RTL Boulevard, someone found the tapes and returned them. Dries, back that stuff up now.



October 7, 2007

World’s biggest croquette gets a party

Filed under: Dutch first,Food & Drink by Orangemaster @ 6:37 pm

Croquette company Van Dobben has announced that it is going to make the world’s biggest croquette. The snack producer has also asked fans what they wanted as filling in it on their site The 1,3-meter-long croquette weighs almost 250 kilos and has a circumference of more than 1,5 metres. It will be unveiled on Saturday 27 October, on the Thorbeckeplein in Amsterdam. Guess who will be giving a special performance for the occasion? Dries Roelvink of course!

Have a look at the making of as well.


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September 2, 2007

Dutch singer’s dream in danger

Filed under: Music by Orangemaster @ 2:42 pm

First, Dries Roelvink worked like a madman for decades to finally get his first Top 10 hit, which gave him the opportunity to play at the huge Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam, the symbol of having made it in the Dutch music business. Problem is, ticket sales are not going well. Dries won’t play if the place is half full, which is understandible. He needs to sell 10,000 tickets and so far only 2,200 have been sold. On 15 September, Dries will appear on the Paul de Leeuw show (another successful singer, actor and prominent gay figure) and if need be, he’ll sing in his bathing suit. The Ahoy concert is scheduled for 28 January 2008.

Dries, maybe you should check out this tribute to the Costa Del Sol from Duo Starla, which I saw live last night and had the entire crowd doing their dance moves. It’s original and it’s in Dutch. Watch the video, it’ll cheer you up.

(Link and photo:

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August 11, 2007

Better late than never for Dutch singer

Filed under: Dutch first,Music by Orangemaster @ 12:51 pm

After 23 years of professional singing and a few adverts on TV this year alone, 48-year-old singer Dries Roelvink has finally got his first Top 10 hit, with the single “Op weg naar de zon (Route du soleil)” (roughly, “Following the sun (Route du soleil)”, the highway that leads to the South of France). It went from the 25th spot to the 8th. For Dries, who has nine albums and 34 singles, it is a dream come true. “My career has had ups and down, but this is unbelievable”.

This also means that the Dutch wikipedia article on Roelvink is happily out of date : Dries Roelvink