I'm not sure how best to describe Within Temptation - Operatic Metal maybe? The lead singer has a great voice and the band are very good on stage. Some of the songs sound a bit samey to me, but they executed them perfectly and interspiced some really good songs which broke up their 'bread and butter' set.
Security was also apparently very lax. Downstairs at The Scala was very crowded so Sarah and I went a-wandering to find if we could find somewhere slightly less packed with even a hint of air conditioning and a chance of seeing the band when they finally came on.
At first I accidently walked into the VIP Bar but the nice security man pointed out my mistake so I cordially departed only to find a very empty balcony overlooking the main floor and stage area. A couple of people were already on it so we joined them. The balcony started filling up over the next half hour but we still had a great view. I found it a bit odd that several people from the downstairs masses kept pointing to the balcony and taking photos. I pointed this out to Sarah as almost everyone at the gig was Dutch and I wondered if the people standing next to us were celebrities in Holland (they kept being greeted by other people on the balcony and were also the centre of attention from the photographers downstairs). She didn't recognise them though.
Anyway, the gig started and people started enjoying themselves as you (hopefully) do at gigs. It was then I realised that everyone on the balcony had special wrist bands on. Partway through the gig the guy next to me (who had been the centre of attention) asked if I could help clear a bit of space on the balcony (originally he asked in Dutch which wasn't very useful:). I wasn't sure what he meant and the band was launching into an intro of another song. Next thing I new the lead singer was on the balcony with saying 'hellos' to various people she obviously new and then switched on her mike and performed most of the song next to us before disappearing to resurface on the stage a few moments later!
So, we managed to get through the whole gig on the VIP balcony it seems. Great view but I still haven't got a clue who the people we were with are! :p
Anyway, it was an enjoyable evening although I'm not sure that I'd go and see them live again. I'll probably pick up an album at some stage though.