There’s a reason I haven’t been able to write anything on here recently. Yesterday I came back from 3 days of camping, beer, bad food and something that goes well with all of the above: music. Belgium isn’t known for a lot, but if there’s something I’m proud to live here for, it must be music festivals. Werchter, Dour and Dranouter attract musiclovers all over the globe but there’s one that outshines them all: Pukkelpop.
Pukkelpop is internationally acknowledged as the trendsetter among many others of its kind. Over the past years it has evolved into one of the biggest alternative open air festivals in Europe, with an audience of 130,000 this year.
Having the gift of sourcing the best from the underground scene, Pukkelpop presents over 8 stages of the most progressive, contemporary and alternative music from now and tomorrow.
This is how amazing the lineup looked this year (bands I saw):
The Arcade Fire, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, The Shins, Kaiser Chiefs, Tool, Sonic Youth, Brand New, Spoon, The Hives, Basement Jaxx, Rilo Kiley, Architecture in Helsinki, The Streets, Kings of Leon, LCD Soundsystem, Groove Armada, Badly Drawn Boy, The Go! Team, Iggy Pop, Editors, Hellogoodbye, Funeral for a Friend, Silverchair, Lacuna Coil, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Within Temptation, M.I.A., The Stooges, CocoRosie, UNKLE, The Academy Is…, Ash, Art Brut, The Rakes, From Autumn to Ashes, Dinosaur Jr., Armand van Helden, Felix da Housecat, Low, The Sounds, Soulfly, Patrick Wolf, Tiga, Beatsteaks, Turbonegro, Chris Cornell, Soulwax, Dizzee Rascal, Eagles of Death Metal, Sparta, Gogol Bordello, Justice, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Liars, The Cribs, Mad Caddies, Cassius, Cobra Starship, I’m From Barcelona, Fear Before the March of Flames, Voxtrot, Silversun Pickups, The Black Dahlia Murder, Biffy Clyro, The View, Battles, Tokyo Police Club, Enter Shikari, New Young Pony Club, Bedouin Soundclash, Laurent Garnier, Zombie Nation, Jamie T, Booka Shade, MSTRKRFT, Willy Mason, Just Jack, Uffie, Apparat, Peeping Tom, +44, 2 Many DJ’s, Digitalism, The Whitest Boy Alive, Ignite, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Pigeon Detectives, Alex Gopher, SHITDISCO, Goldie, Two Gallants, My Brightest Diamond, The Rifles, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Juliette & The Licks, Dominik Eulberg, Madball, LO-FI-FNK, Bonde Do Role, SebastiAn, Fridge, Black Strobe, Noisettes, Hanne Hukkelberg, Loney, Dear, Speedy J, Sophia, Woven Hand, Goose, Albert Hammond, Jr., The Enemy, Trentemøller, Tanya Stephens, Hayseed Dixie, The Besnard Lakes, 120 Days, Heavy Heavy Low Low, Henry Rollins, Buscemi, Bromheads Jacket, The Twang, Skream, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Andy C, Absynthe Minded, Balkan Beat Box, The End, DJ Marky, Riton, Richard Swift, Boys Noize, Polytechnic, Patrick Watson, Reverend and The Makers, The Draft, Peter Pan Speedrock, Ozark Henry, Matt And Kim, Dennis Ferrer, Home Video, The Blackout, Milanese, The Glimmers, Flip Kowlier, Deetron, Shameboy, DAAU, Tussle, La Coka Nostra, Apse, The Tellers, The Van Jets, The Jai-Alai Savant, Cajuan, Jack Peñate, Nosfell, Seasick Steve, Fixkes, Von Sudenfed, Tomàn, Hollywood Porn Stars, Nid & Sancy, Mintzkov, Morda, Arbouretum, Larsson, Sharko, Mud Flow, Various productions, El Guapo Stuntteam, White Circle Crime Club, Toman, The Fire, Jerboa, The Academy Is …, Starfucker, Krakow, DJ Feadz, The Bony King of Nowhere, Dez mona, The Blackbox Revelation, Collabs 3000, monica electronica, Rye Jehu, Prima Donkey, DJ 4t4, Arquettes, Gildas & Masaya, Cosy Mozzy, Superdiscount 2, Devendra Banhart, SoapStarter, Baloji, Ed & Kim, Ed&Kim, Matthew Dear’s Big Hands
The Arcade Fire – Old Flame
from the EP “Arcade Fire”
Voxtrot – Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives
from the EP “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives”
The Rifles – She’s Got Standards
from the album “No Love Lost”
Ozark Henry – Rescue
from the album “Birthmarks”
LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
from the self titled album