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Is rock music making a comeback in 2021?


All Millenials remember the years of rock mania. Rock music was the king of the 2000s. We listened to pop-rock, punk rock, alt-rock, Green Day, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, and many, many more. Suddenly, it all disappeared. Rock music was no longer mainstream.

The era of rock culture, muddy festivals, black converse with colorful shoelaces, and calluses on feet caused by dr. Martens shoes were gone along with not very clean black nails and very bad eyeliner.

    Avril Lavigne in 2000s


I would never think that I could write something like that but Eurovision 2021 brought rock back from the dead. THE Eurovision. The European music contest started with a noble idea of uniting all European countries (spoiler alert: they adopted few random nations from outside of the continent as well) together. The idea is great because what connects people more than music?

However, over the last years, Eurovision showed us that it is a competition of kitsch on every possible level.

This film is a summary of the quality level of Eurovision.

In the past, it seemed like the organisers and participants had one thing in common – a lack of good taste. Starting from very bad music choices to officially represent countries, through terrible visuals on the stage and dance choreography, finishing at uber weird fashion creations.

Usually, competitions all look the same – there is a group of the best artists and they are chosen to be in the final or to represent a country because of their great talent. The Eurovision finalists left me with the opposite impression.


How shocked I was when during the final 2021 Eurovision not only I heard few music pearls but also my favourite one won.

I guess in the past there were also a few bands or singers that had great talent but they didn’t win Eurovision because almost every year the winner had to be someone super controversial. Do you remember Lordi – the weird, ugly monsters from Norway that won in 2009 or Netta? Or Conchita Wurst? These are only the most remarkable examples.


 via Maneskin Instagram

This year’s winner is a rock’n’roll band from Italy called Måneskin. They are the quintessence of rock! Their fashion style and the nonchalance together with the electrifying music are truly awesome. Måneskin is singing rock in Italian but damn…! It sounds so good. Apart from Måneskin, in the finals of Eurovision, there was another rock band who also had a big chance of winning the contest – Blind Channel from Finland. It’s all very surprising as many of the other participants sang sweet pop or pretended to be either Lady Gaga or Billy Eilish. Does it mean that we are experiencing a big comeback of rock music? Måneskin’s victory as the choice of international mass media competition proves that a powerful music genre is coming back. What the leader of the band has said after receiving the award? 

“Rock ‘n’ roll never dies!’

 via Maneskin Instagram

Hanna Kantor

Hanna Kantor

Founder of OpenCall Magazine. Fashion and commercial photographer. A graduate of Journalism and Photography at the University of Warsaw and Universita degli Studi di Milano. Sleeps long, works even longer.

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