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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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They might have left us waiting for longer than we would have liked, but Latitude Festival have just announced one of the best line-ups of the summer.

The festival, which takes place at Suffolk’s Henham Park in July, will be headlined by The Maccabees, The National and New Order – but that’s truly just the tip of the iceberg. Grimes, Chvrches, Christine & The Queens and Father John Misty are also on the bill.

Joining Grimes in headlining the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage are Kurt Vile and Of Monsters And Men, while Frightened Rabbit, MO, Polica, Perfume Genius and Aurora will play the same stage throughout the weekend.

Lower down on the main stage bill, meanwhile, are the likes of Beirut, John Grant, Courtney Barnett, Chet Faker, Daughter and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

There’s also a pretty impressive theatre, poetry and comedy line-up this year, if you can tear yourself away from the musical guests for a moment. The Great British Bake Off presenter and comedian Mel Giedroyc will be starring in a performance of The Importance Of Being Earnest, while spoken word poet Hollie McNish will also perform.

Latitude Festival takes place from 14 to 17 July at Henham Park, Suffolk. See the full musical line-up so far below, and get tickets and more information here.

Latitude Festival 2016 lineup announcement, New Order, National Grimes


Indietracks Festival

Incredibly excited to say that Saint Etienne, The Aislers Set, The Spook School are among the first 22 artists confirmed for this year’s Indietracks (29-31 July 2016). This year is the tenth anniversary of Indietracks, which started in April 2007 as a one-night event.

Saint Etienne are a much-loved British trio made up of Sarah Cracknell, Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley. Their debut album Foxbase Alpha was released in 1991 and since then they have released eight albums, two of which reached the top ten of the UK album charts. Their most recent album Words and Music received numerous glowing reviews, with Pitchfork calling it their “best LP since 1994 masterpiece Tiger Bay” and the NME saying “this record is the soundtrack to your life.”

The Aislers Set are an American indiepop six-piece much loved by the late BBC Radio One DJ John Peel. Their three albums received wide critical acclaim and they have toured with a myriad of bands including Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney and Belle and Sebastian. The band went on hiatus in 2003, reuniting briefly in 2012 and then again 2014 for a handful of shows in America to celebrate the reissue of their albums. They haven’t played the UK for four years and Indietracks will be their only UK show this year.

Around 50 indiepop bands from across the globe will be playing across four stages at Indietracks. The festival will also host a range of art and craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish.

It’s shaping up to be a brilliant 10th anniversary celebration at Indietracks – hope to see you all in July!

Joining them on the bill today are Shopping, Expert Alterations, Flowers, Seazoo, Po!, Chrissy Barnacle, ¡Ay Carmela!, City Yelps, Soda Fountain Rag, Charla Fantasma, Vacaciones, Songs for Walter, Two White Cranes, Falling & Laughing, Maggie8, Lorna, Pete Green, The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy and Prizefighter. Dozens more artists will be added to the bill shortly!

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Tickets are now available at cheaper early bird prices until 9pm on Sunday 15th May from:

It’s shaping up to be a brilliant 10th anniversary celebration at Indietracks – hope to see you all in July!

The bands added today are Haiku Salut, Bearsuit, Gavin Osborn, Alimony Hustle, Sonic The Comic, Honey Joy, Robyn Johnson, DIRTYGIRL, Frankie Machine, Deerful and Robberie. The DJs joining us are: Don’t Falter, GRLTLK, Scared to Dance, and Just Like Honey.

We’ve now listed the day splits for our headline and evening bands, including The Spook School (Friday), Saint Etienne (Saturday) and The Aislers Set (Sunday)

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Gardeners, we are delighted to announce that the mighty Caribou will be headlining the Great Stage this year smile emoticon
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They join the previously announced: Primal Scream, Lissie, Maribou State, Rae Morris, Petite Meller, Rationale, C Duncan, SG Lewis, Stealing Sheep, Sundara Karma, Formation, Molotov Jukebox, Zibra, Pure Bathing Culture, Oscar, Weaves, Kudu Blue and The Age Of L.U.N.A with loads more to be announced soon.

Rock Werchter 2016
Rock Werchter 2016
A drumroll and a fanfare! Rock Werchter is laying out its reddest carpet to welcome a very special guest. Paul McCartney, the ultimate in rock aristocracy and a name without which the festival history could never be complete. He will be performing on Thursday 30 June. On stage Paul McCartney continues to amaze audiences around the world with his epic sets packed full of classics and hits. The opportunity of watching Paul and his excellent band is not to be missed! Paul McCartney is a living legend. When The Beatles broke up in 1970 – he had already penned a huge collection of the greatest songs of all time. Since then, the tunes have kept on coming and in a variety of different genres. His very first solo album contains the sensational ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ and just last year he wrote the global hit ‘FourFiveSeconds’ with Rihanna and Kanye West. In the intervening years he’s given the world classics including: ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Band on the Run’, ‘Coming Up’, ‘Say Say Say’, ‘No More Lonely Nights’ and ‘Dance Tonight’ to name a few. McCartney today remains as relevant as ever and is a truly outstanding performer.

The names announced so far for the festival are, in alphabetical order: At The Drive-In, Band of Horses, Bear’s Den, Beirut, Black Box Revelation, Bring Me The Horizon, Courtney Barnett, Daughter, Disclosure, Editors, Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, Gary Clark Jr., Gutterdämmerung, Guy Garvey, Jamie xx, Låpsley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MØ, New Order, Oh Wonder, Parov Stelar, Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul McCartney, PJ Harvey, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richard Hawley, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Savages, Sigma Live, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Offspring, Two Door Cinema Club, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Years & Years. More names will be announced shortly.

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Rock Werchter 2016

Happy New Year! We wish you all the best for the new year. Above all, treat yourself to some good music in 2016.
We’re starting off the new year with some new names. The bill for Rock Werchter 2016 is growing steadily. Five more acts have been confirmed this week: Parov Stelar, PJ Harvey, Richard Hawley, Courtney Barnett and Unknown Mortal Orchestra , bringing the total number of confirmations for this year’s festival to fourteen. Parov Stelar and Richard Hawley will be among the artists performing on Friday 1st July, along with Rammstein, The Offspring and Bring Me The Horizon. PJ Harvey and Courtney Barnett will play the festival on Saturday 2nd July. Already confirmed acts for that day include Editors, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beirut. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is added to the line-up for Sunday 3rd July. It was previously announced that Florence + the Machine, Jamie xx and will also perform on Sunday. Stay tuned for more festival news.
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A handy overview of the artists already confirmed, per festival day:

  • Thursday 30 June: Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Gutterdämmerung, Guy Garvey, New Order, Sigma Live, Years & Years 
  • Friday 1 July: At The Drive-In, Black Box Revelation, Bring Me The Horizon, Daughter, Gary Clark Jr. , Oh Wonder, Parov Stelar, Rammstein, Richard Hawley, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Offspring 
  • Saturday 2 JulyBand of Horses, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Editors, Paul Kalkbrenner, PJ Harvey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Savages, Tame Impala, Two Door Cinema Club
  • Sunday 3 July: Bear’s Den, Florence + the Machine, Jamie xx, Låpsley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, MØ, The Last Shadow Puppets, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Today in 1967 : The first Monterey International Pop festival begins at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. It was the first of major Rock festival, with The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Animals plus many others performing. It was the beginning of the “Summer of Love.”
This video will take you back there. How many bands do you recognize “Monterey” written & performed by Eric Burdon & THE Animals with a slideshow of the Monterey Pop Festival episode…

Held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, over the middle weekend of June, from 16 – 18 June 1967. The Monterey Pop Festival attracted around 200,000 people, although not all at the same time, to what was the first major rock festival in America. It was organised by Lou Adler, John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas and Derek Taylor, the former Beatles publicist, and their ambition was to create an event that was multi-cultural, multi-national and multi-styled in the music that was performed. It was truly a ‘first’ and it can be considered the premier event of the Summer of Love’; one at which everything seemed to work and about which nothing bad has ever been written.

In particular Monterey helped launch the careers of many performers, catapulting them from local, or relative obscurity, into the forefront of American and worldwide awareness. Today it’s easy to forget that before Monterey Jimi Hendrix had not had a hit record in America. Neither had The Who managed to get a record into the Billboard Top 20 and only one of their four minor hits had got higher than No.51; nor was Otis Redding very well known among white audiences. Rolling Stone, Brian Jones was there according to one report he was, “In a mind shattering gold lame coat festooned with beads, crystal swastika & lace, looked like a kind of unofficial King of the Festival” Brian Jones was the king of Hippie-chic

The second day of the Monterey International Pop Festival was Sat. June 17, 1967. The bands / artists performing that day were:

Canned Heat
Big Brother and the Holding Company
Country Joe and the Fish
Al Kooper
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Electric Flag
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Steve Miller Band
Moby Grape
Hugh Masekela
The Byrds
Laura Nyro
Jefferson Airplane band
Booker T & The MGs
The Mar-Keys
Otis Redding

At the time of the festival, Big Brother and The Holding Company had a following in the San Francisco area but were not a popular as the others acts playing that day. All of the bands were being filmed but Big Brothers management decided that they didn’t want to be, so no cameras were rolling when they hit the stage. The audience had no clue what they were about to see. Janis Joplin. The band and Janis went over so well that they were brought back the next day. The second time was filmed. So when you see the videos that say Big Brother & Janis from June 17th, you are actually see their performance from Sunday, the 18th.

What an incredible line up. Here is a picture of Janis and Big Brother on stage early on Saturday.

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Otis Redding Live at the Monterey Pop Festival 1967 Press attention from around the world, and particularly the music press alerted fans to what was happening, but it wasn’t until the end of 1968 that people were able to see the documentary made by D.A Pennebaker – for most people this was the first time that they actually saw Jimi Hendrix set fire to his Stratocaster. It has not had the effect of the Woodstock movie, which could be put down to the fact that the commercial precepts were less well developed at this point.

Performances from the Monterey Pop Festival not released on the original documentary by D.A. Pennebaker. Nearly two hours of bonus footage from the Criterion Collection release of Monterey. The Festival that marked the beginning of the summer of love and spurred one of musics most creative and influential era’s. This includes performances by:

The Association- “Along Comes Mary”
Simon and Garfunkel- “Homeward Bound” 3:55 “Sound of Silence” 6:46
Country Joe and the Fish- “Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine” 10:00
Al Kooper- “Wake Me, Shake Me” 15:20
The Butterfield Blues Band- “Driftin’ Blues” 22:50
Quicksilver Messenger Service- “Dino’s Song” 27:34
The Electric Flag- “Wine” 30:51″
The Byrds- “Chimes of Freedom” 33:40 “He Was A Friend of Mine” 37:36 “Hey Joe” 40:30
Laura Nyro- “Poverty Train” 42:55
Jefferson Airplane- “Somebody To Love” 48:24
The Blues Project- “Flute Thing” 52:29
Big Brother and the Holding Co. w/ Janis Joplin “Combination of the Two” 1:03:07
The Buffalo Springfield- “For What It’s Worth” 1:08:57
The Who- “Substitute” 1:12:30 “Summertime Blues” 1:16:19 “A Quick One” 1:19:57
The Mamas and The Papas- “Straight Shooter” 1:28:14 “Somebody Groovy” 1:32:00 “I Call Your Name” 1:34:53
(Hilarious antics of Mama Cass) 1:38:46 “Monday, Monday” 1:40:36
Scott McKenzie- “San Francisco” 1:44:30
The Mamas and The Papas and Scott McKenzie- “Dancin’ in the Street” 1:48:05

Monterey 2

The first American rock festival was held at Mount Tamalpais in California on the weekend of 10/11 June 1967 The week before Montery. Billed as the Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Music Festival it had an eclectic mix of performers ranging from Jefferson Airplane,The Doors, Country Joe & the fish and The Byrds to Dionne Warwick and Smokey Robinson. 15,000 people showed up for what was a non-profit event that cost just $2 to get in with all profits going to a nearby child care center.

While the Fantasy Faire was first Monterey is the festival that everyone remembers. With a line up that read like a who’s who in pop music – as in short for popular. Otis Redding got his first exposure to a rock audience and others on the bill included The Mamas & The Papas, Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and Ravi Shanker. Captured on film it did much to enhance its reputation and the myth.

Monterey – The Epicenter of The Summer of Love


If you’re in or around the Yorkshire area or even farther afield, I feel quite honoured to be asked to play at this very special event on the 27th of June. A certain Must to catch the incredible Blue Rose Code.

There will be special guests and it’ll be a grand ol’ knees up, lots of JM songs performed. Fans, musicians, everyone is invited to come and play and share the big man’s music. Sessions, workshops, all that good stuff. Really can’t wait.