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Rock Werchter 2018 lineup

The 2018 edition of Belgium’s Rock Werchter festival takes place from July 5th-8th at Festivalpark Werchter, and the stacked lineup was just announced. Headliners include GorillazJack WhiteArctic MonkeysQueens of the Stone AgeNick Cave & The Bad SeedsThe KillersPearl Jam, and London Grammar. Other notable acts appearing at the fest include Nine Inch NailsFleet FoxesAt The Drive InDavid ByrneAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalsMGMTPost MaloneCHVRCHESNoel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsThe BreedersFever RayFirst Aid KitAlbert Hammond Jr., and much more. Tickets are on sale now.

Rock Werchter 2018 lineup

Special news report! The Killers are confirmed for Rock Werchter 2018 – the Las Vegas group will headline the festival on Friday 6 July ! Bursting onto the worldwide music scene in 2004, The Killers were put firmly on the map with their now-classic debut album, ‘Hot Fuss’, released to huge acclaim and success. The band, who have gone on to sell over twenty-five million albums worldwide, released their newest studio album “Wonderful Wonderful” in September 2017, a comeback that has seen them achieve a record-breaking fifth consecutive number 1 album in the UK. Led by their charismatic frontman Brandon Flowers, The Killers are sure to bring something very special to the festival, with a career-spanning headline set picked from an enviable back catalogue that includes Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young, Human and most recent hits, The Man and Run For Cover. Early March, The Killers will play a virtually sold out Sportpaleis in Antwerp. On Friday 6 July they headline Rock Werchter. Having previously played the festival in 2007 and 2009, it’s high time for them to return to Rock Werchter. 

Already confirmed for Rock Werchter 2018 are:

Thursday 5 July: Queens Of The Stone Age, Gorillaz, The Script, Marshmello, Alice In Chains, At The Drive In, The Vaccines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Vince Staples, Anne-Marie
Friday 6 JulyThe Killers, London Grammar, Snow Patrol, Ben Howard, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Angus & Julia Stone, The Kooks, IAMDDB
Saturday 7 July: Pearl Jam, Jack White, Jack Johnson, Fleet Foxes, Khalid, MGMT, Stereophonics, Stone Sour, Petit Biscuit, JP Cooper
Sunday 8 July: Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Eels, David Byrne, George Ezra, Fever Ray, Kaleo, Roméo Elvis x Le Motel, Rone, PVRIS

London Grammar is playing Rock Werchter 2018. And so Friday 6 July –festival day 2- can boast its first particularly beautiful name. London Grammar is all about inspirational electro-indie pop. Of the kind that reaches deep into the soul.

The voice of Hannah Reid is like a balm for the soul which heals, even through the radio. Hannah Reid (vocals), Dan Rotham (guitar) and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major (drums/keyboards) met at the University of Nottingham before deciding to head to London. London Grammar made their debut in December 2010, in a small pub in Camden. After James Blake, Florence + The Machine and The xx, the burgeoning London scene had found itself another great talent. In 2013 ‘Strong’ and ‘Wasting My Young Years’ are responsible for London Grammar’s breakthrough and lead to Rock Werchter and a sold out Forest National. After the lightening start and intense tours the trio returns to the peace of an everyday existence. For album number two they collaborate with a whole host of prestigious producers, including Grammy and Oscar winner Paul Epworth (Florence + The Machine, Adele). ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ (2017) is characterised by its almost cinematic nature. As usual the songs are blood-curdlingly beautiful. London Grammar promptly sells out the Antwerp Lotto Arena twice. Rock Werchter on Friday 6 July is the logical and well deserved next step in their ascension.

Five names are in at present. Queens of The Stone Age and Gorillaz will be there on Thursday 5 July, London Grammar will be performing on Friday 6 July, Pearl Jam on Saturday 7 July, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds on Sunday 8 July.

A musical all-rounder. A massive talent. One of the most legendary artists of the modern generation. Jack White plays Rock Werchter on Saturday 7 July . Often compared to guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. A man who can’t be pigeon-holed. White is a constant surprise. When rock’n’roll lay dead on the slab at the beginning of this century The White Stripes woke the world with just a drum kit and an electric guitar. And ever since, he’s been rolling high. On Boarding House Reach (due for release on 23rd March 2018), his third solo project, the 12-time Grammy© Award winner tosses rock, jazz, country, gospel and electronica into the blender. It’s the music of the future, and he plays it with an equally eclectic band of musicians. White is also passionately involved with Third Man Records: record company, concert hall, studio and vinyl press, and much, much more besides.

Jack White

There are 11 new names to join the bill of Rock Werchter 2018. Ben Howard, James Bay, Alice In Chains, At The Drive In, The Vaccines, Stone Sour, George Ezra, Anne-Marie, PVRIS, IAMDDB and JP Cooper have been added to the line-up.

Rock Werchter Festival takes place from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 July at the Festivalpark in Werchter, which will look the same, yet different, this year. It will be more beautiful than ever with the newly-laid lanes and freshly-planted trees and shrubs. And it’s not just the Festivalpark that’s had a makeover. The festival itself has had its familiar, successful formula refined, with more music on a new stage: The Slope . The multi-functional slope that was introduced in 2017 is to be given an additional role. A stage is to be built beneath the highest point of The Slope. The picnic tables will be moved a little further along. The space created under the colourful flags will become a cosy open-air arena for the young pups, the stars of tomorrow, and the newest discoveries of the festival bookers. Herman Schueremans: ” It’s no secret that we’ve been longing for a fourth stage. There are so many bands – not yet well-known – that we would love to introduce to the Rock Werchter audience. They are internationally known for being very receptive, and artists who go down well are warmly embraced, often forever. We’ve got some treats in store for music lovers.” 

That’s not the only Rock Werchter upgrade this year. The Barn will be getting larger . It’s still just as good as a concert hall, with the best acoustics and great comfort for visitors. From this summer on, up to 20,000 festival-goers will be able to enjoy the concerts in The Barn. At your service!
2018 is a vintage year for Rock Werchter. Queens Of The Stone Age, Gorillaz, The Script, James Bay, Marshmello, Alice In ChainsAt The Drive InThe Vaccines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Vince Staples and Anne-Marie have been confirmed for Thursday 5 July. Friday 6 July’s bill includes London Grammar, Snow Patrol, Ben Howard, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Angus & Julia Stone, The Kooks and IAMDDB. Pearl Jam, Jack White, Jack Johnson, Fleet Foxes, Khalid, MGMT, Stereophonics, Stone Sour, Petit Biscuit and JP Cooper play on Saturday 7 July, while Arctic Monkeys will bring the festival to a close on Sunday 8 July, joined by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Eels, David Byrne, George Ezra, Fever Ray, Kaleo, Roméo Elvis, Rone and PVRIS. More names will be announced soon.

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.

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