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Celebrating 40 years of defining European culture, Belgium’s mecca of music Rock Werchter is once again an unmissable fixture of the summer musical scene, with a lineup full of game-changers and undisputed modern icons.
Once a year, super-festival Rock Werchter takes over the otherwise quaint and picturesque Belgian village of Werchter and transforms it into a haven for all music lovers. Known for its stellar lineups that have previously featured The Chemical Brothers, Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode and Biffy Clyro, it’s no surprise that Rock Werchter attracts 85,000 people per day. Taking place over 4 amazing days, the festival spreads its 75-act bill across three phenomenal stages, with landmark festival moments abound at every turn.
Disclosure are a garage-house duo consisting of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence who grew up in south London with an extensive background in music. They took the electronic dance music scene by storm and are equally at home in live arenas or on record. Their 2013 debut album 'Settle' was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards, while the single 'White Noise' featuring Aluna George reached no.2 in the UK singles chart. The guys continue to push dance boundaries with 2015's follow-up album 'Caracal'.
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German pyromaniac nu-metal band with their trademark futuristic garb and a stage show which includes flames, lasers and gimmicks galore.
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Marrying dark angular rock with a sharp pop sense, English band Editors emerged in the early 2000s as part of the post-punk revival that also included contemporaries Interpol, White Lies, and the Cinematics. Following their 2005 debut, The Back Room, they scored a pair of U.K. chart-toppers, including In This Light and on This Evening, which found the band incorporating more synth pop elements. They furthered that digital push on 2015's In Dream, before striking a balance between rock and electronic with 2018's Violence.
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Florence + The Machine
Aka one-woman pop-indie-blues-rock singer Florence Welch, a modern-day Kate Bush with the grit of PJ Harvey. Her debut release, the Brit award-winning 'Lungs', notched up a staggering 65 consecutive weeks in the UK Top 40 album charts, while her follow-up Ceremonials debuted at no.1. She also scored a no.2 hit by teaming up with Dizzee Rascal on her memorable cover of The Source/Candi Staton's 'You Got The Love', re-titled 'You Got The Dirtee Love'!
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Influenced by the likes of D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, London-based producer, singer and songwriter James Blake first gave the world a taste of his quirky, R&B-sampling strain of dubstep in 2009 when his Air & Lack Thereof 12" appeared on the Hemlock label. He released his self-titled debut album in 2011 to critical praise, while the follow-up, 2013's Overgrown, won the prestigious Mercury Prize award. 2019 sees the release of his 4th album; Assume Form. He has also collaborated with artists including Mount Kimbie and Bon Iver, and has contributed production work to artists including Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Vince Staples, and Frank Ocean. Blake has also released remix work under the alias Harmonimix.
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'... an energetic acoustic rock trio blazing their way through the London live scene. Ear-catching songs, original arranging and stunning live performances have made this international line up (English, French and Swedish) one to look out for in the near future'- Arkade.
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Starting as a trumpet player and studying music theory, Kalkbrenner later switched to focus on electronic music which would lead him down the path to become one of the world's most well known DJs.
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Aggressive in-your-face indie/metal band fronted by the inimitable Skin; whose rise to stadium rocksters surprised many pundits but was well deserved. After touring extensively worldwide with a huge variation of bands from U2 to Therapy?, the 'amalgam of heavy metal and black feminist rage' disbanded, with Skin leading a solo career until Skunk Anansie reformed in 2009. Since regrouping after an eight-year hiatus, the band have gone from strength to strength. Their 2010 album, Wonderlustre, saw the band combine their trademark raw rock riffs, deep funk, frenetic drumwork and lush vocals with more confidence and maturity than ever before. They continued to build their sound with 2017's Anarchytecture, and in 2019 celebrate 25 years in the business with the career-spanning live album 25Live@25.
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Years & Years
Years & Years play soulful electronic pop, and are rooted in '90s RnB, citing TLC and and Aaliyah as influences. Crowned as BBC Music's Sound of 2015, Years & Years are a London-based trio consisting of bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen and vocalist Olly Alexander, who joined the band when Mikey heard him singing in the shower after a party at his house. "This trio are making dance music that wears its heart and soul on its sleeve – their countless electro pop anthems will fill many a festival tent next summer." - Alison Howe, Series Producer, Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Music TV
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Parov Stelar aka Marcus Füreder is a musician who lives and works in Linz, Austria. He performs with his band - the Parov Stelar Band - and as a DJ worldwide. The Austrian musician has taken over the global music scene like a phantom in recent years. Through his music the modest but exceptional talent has not only gained an enormous fan base, but has also achieved cult status as a producer. His retroinfluenced music is borne out of an aura of elegance, wickedness and pure energy. Inspired by styles and samples from the most varying of genres (soul, pop, jazz and swing) and combined with modern beats and grooves he creates an incomparable and peerless sound.
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Tame Impala, led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, has gone from playing small clubs to headlining the world's biggest festivals in little over a decade. His 2015 album Currents earned him a second GRAMMY nomination, a BRIT award, RIAA Gold-certification and world–wide critical acclaim. The New York Times labeled it a 'a tour de force' while Pitchfork said 'every song on ‘Currents’ is a revelatory statement of Parker's range and increasing expertise as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist'. In a 5 star review the Guardian said 'Australian musical polymath Kevin Parker's luscious new album takes psychedelic music into unknown territory” while Q magazine called it “Parker's finest achievement yet'. As a writer and producer Parker has collaborated with Travis Scott, SZA, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Kanye West, Kali Uchis, Theophilus London, Miguel, A$AP Rocky and more.
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Producer, remixer and one third of Mercury Music Prize winning band The xx.
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