Pukkelpop 2018 is just around the corner. For some, the festival has already begun, but the real program is starting tomorrow. Here is our top 5 of acts to catch at the Belgian festival.
1. The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs are an American rock band from Philadelphia. Their music is on the spacey side of the rock spectrum, their signature sound being long, amazing guitar riffs. Their album Lost in the Dream presented them to a more mainstream audience, before their latest, A Deeper Understanding, made them even more famous by winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album. Moreover, Adam Granduciel, the lead singer, learned a lot from Kurt Vile, having been in his backing band The Violators. Expect a great show if you like rock but still want to chill.
Thursday 16 August, 21h00-22h30, Main Stage
2. David August
David August is a German-Italian DJ living in Berlin. He started producing and sharing his music in 2009, and has since released many EPs each following year, and his only LP in 2013. He plays progressive techno and is an excellent beginning of your night, his music being loud but also melodic. David August is now a big name in the electro scene. His EP Epikur, released on Innervisions (Dixon, Ame…) might be the place to start discovering his music.
Friday 17 August, 22h40-23h40, Castello
3. Todd Terje
Todd Terje is the face of the Norwegian electronic music scene. You probably know him for his song ‘Inspector Norse’, but he is much more than that. Mixing electro with funk and disco, he will definitely make you dance like crazy. He is also a great follow-up to David August, more lighthearted and wild. Definitely one of the top acts at Pukkelpop this year. It will be the biggest festival he will play this summer, although it is “only” a DJ set.
Friday 17 August, 00h00-02h00, Castello
4. The Blaze
A French electronic duo that will make Pukkelpop attendees go crazy? No, it’s not Justice this time. Although The Blaze definitely have a more chilled set, their music is awesome and they hit “popularity” with their magnificent music videos. Through this support, they earned more views, more fans. ‘Territory’, ‘Virile’, ‘Heaven’… most of their songs have their audio-visual signature. In our opinion, they are the next big French sensation. They will play on the Dancehall Stage… which is also the name of their first LP, out in September. Maybe it’s a sign?
Saturday 18 August, 18h25-19h25, Dancehall
5. Arcade Fire
We usually do not include headliners in this list, as everyone already knows them and most people will go see them anyway. However, if you were not planning on doing so, we will use this opportunity to try to convince you to check out Arcade Fire. Some people liked their last album, and some did not, but most of the fans (and non-fans) can agree on this: the new stuff sounds excellent live. Add to this the songs from their first albums, modified with some electronic hints and glitches (thank you Will), and you got yourself an explosion of instruments, great songs, lyrics, an incredible energy and chemistry on stage. What is most impressive is that they often change instruments, and sometimes you will see Regine joining Jeremy on the drums. They are the perfect follow-up to The War on Drugs.
Thursday 16 August, 23h30-01h00, Main Stage
The 33rd edition of Pukkelpop will be held from 15 to 18 August this summer. Around 200 artists will perform at the ten stages of the Belgian festival. The lineup will cover every possible genre, from hip hop and dance to indie rock and heavy metal. In recent years, headliners included superstars Rihanna, Eminem, Foo Fighters and Metallica.