ROCK WERCHTER FESTIVAL – Belgium 29th June- 2nd July 2017

Posted: November 15, 2016 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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Rock Werchter 2017

Announcing the best news of the week by far! Foo Fighters – the premiere rock band of the 21st century – play Rock Werchter on Sunday 2nd July 2017. What a festival closing act! We now have announced four amazing names for the upcoming festival, which takes place in the Festival park in Werchter (Belgium) from 29th June to 2nd July 2017. Radiohead plays on Friday 30 June, Linkin Park and System of A Down on Saturday 1st July and Foo Fighters on Sunday 2nd July. More names to follow soon.

In the 20+ years since the 1995 release of Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear have grown into a world class headliner dominating stadiums, arenas and festivals across the globe. The band’s massive catalogue of gold and platinum albums has won 11 Grammys, four Brit Awards, sold 25+ million records, and is the backbone of marathon shows powered by singalong anthems “Everlong,” “Monkey Wrench,” “My Hero,” “Learn To Fly,” “All My Life,” “Best Of You,” “The Pretender,” “Walk,” “Something From Nothing” and more. In 2015 Foo Fighters were forced to cancel their appearance at Rock Werchter, but they’ve made good on their promise to return and will bring Rock Werchter 2017 to a close on Sunday 2 July.

Rock Werchter 2017

The first name is in for Rock Werchter’s opening day. Arcade Fire will play the festival on Thursday 29 June. Rock Werchter hosts this five-star Canadian band for the second time. They were last here in 2010. Five massive names for Rock Werchter 2017 -which takes place from 29 June to 2 July in the Festival Park in Werchter (Belgium)- are now in: Arcade Fire play on Thursday 29 June, Radiohead on Friday 30 June, Linkin Park and System of A Down on Saturday 1 July and Foo Fighters on Sunday 2 July.

Every one of Arcade Fire’s albums is an artistic and commercial triumph. So, in the style of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die , with a silver lining: their amazing debut album, ‘Funeral’ (2004), is a fierce rallying call for beauty, emotion and absurdity in music. Artful rock with a punky outlook – a major lift in times of chaos and anxiety. ‘Neon Bible’ (2007) establishes the Canadian six-piece as one of the key bands of the 21st century. “It’s like standing beside the ocean at night”, or so its makers tell us. ‘The Suburbs’ (2010), their equivalent of ‘OK Computer’, is a prize winner, which – rightly, if a little unexpectedly – scooped a Grammy for Album of the Year. ‘Reflektor’ (2013) goes off ‘all guns blazing’ and shows what Arcade Fire still have to offer after all these years. Onwards and upwards to album number 5. That line just keeps on rising.

Rock Werchter 2017

Friday 4 o’ clock comes early today…  Another great name just has been added to the Rock Werchter 2017 bill. The British trio alt-J play the Festival Park on Sunday 2 July. These guys are musical wizards. Type alt and J on an Apple keyboard and you get Δ, the Greek letter delta. It’s the symbol used by scientists to mark a change in value. We can be forgiven for saying that the alt-J trio have done something similar with the history of pop. They’ve created their own universe from the highlights of the last 60 years. And they’ve been as expert at this as they’ve been inventive. Alt-J reach their tenth anniversary in 2017.
For Rock Werchter 2017, from 29th June to 2nd July, the first of the big names is in. Radiohead who will perform on Friday 30th June. Few artists combine success with experimentation the way Radiohead do. Their ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool (2016), is yet another hard hitting and inventive artistic statement. It’s going to be great to see this band again. The last time they played Werchter was in 2008.
Another amazing band has been announced for Rock Werchter 2017: LINKIN PARK! A band we’re always mad keen to see. Linkin Park top the wish list at any festival, and online streaming services place the American six-piece among their most-frequently-listened-to artists. The band even has two tracks in Spotify’s Top 10 timeless songs. Yes, with over a hundred million streams between them, ‘In The End’ (# 6) and ‘Numb’ (# 3) sit with the likes of ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Having started as an alternative metal band in the mid-nineties, Linkin Park amassed bigger audiences by incorporating elements of hip hop and electronic music. Two front men give the band a distinct dynamic: Chester Bennington’s intense vocals bouncing off Mike Shinoda’s stellar raps.
Linkin Park will play Rock Werchter on Saturday 1st July.  This will be the band’s second time at Werchter, having first appeared in 2011. Linkin Park is currently recording its 7th studio album.
Rock Werchter 2017

News extra. Because it is allowed. Because Kings of Leon have confirmed they will play the festival on Thursday 29th June . And that’s worth celebrating. The list of massive names for Rock Werchter 2017, which takes place from Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2 July at the Festivalpark in Werchter (Belgium), is gradually growing. As it stands: Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire play on Thursday 29 June, Radiohead on Friday 30 June, Blink-182, Linkin Park and System Of A Down on Saturday 1 July. Foo Fighters close the festival on Sunday 2 July. More to come soon.

 
The Followills are Werchter’s royal family. Brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill, and their cousin Matthew, love to play the Festivalpark. On their seventh album ‘WALLS’ (2016), Kings Of Leon have found the perfect balance between the animated garage band they started out as, and the arena rock that brought world fame. Their story is a parable. The four are raised in the deep and devoutly religious south of the United States. Rock ‘n’ roll is the devil’s music – and their chosen weapon of rebellion. The holy fire leads to evergreens like ‘Sex On Fire’, ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Waste A Moment’. Fame catches hold in Europe and spreads back home to the US: ‘WALLS’ is the band’s first American number 1. The title is the acronym for: We Are Like Love Songs. That’s five syllables, just like the last six albums…
Rock Werchter 2017

This week the Rock Werchter team is delighted to confirm some great new acts for the upcoming edition. Five to be precise: Royal Blood, Bazart, Bonobo (live), White Lies and Agnes Obel. The line-up for Rock Werchter 2017 is slowly taking shape. Take a look:

  • Thursday 29 June: Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Agnes Obel
  • Friday 30 June: Radiohead, James Blake, Oscar And The Wolf, Royal Blood, Bazart, White Lies, Future Islands
  • Saturday 1 July: Linkin Park, System Of A Down, Blink-182, Bonobo (live)
  • Sunday 2 July: Foo Fighters, alt-J, Dropkick Murphys, The Lumineers
Tickets to Rock Werchter 2017 go on sale on Saturday 19 November at 10 am.  Previously announced are Radiohead on Friday 30 June and System of A Down on Saturday 1 July.
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