Pukkelpop launches a new festival for indie lovers

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Pukkelpop, one of Belgium’s flagship festivals, has planned a new one-day event for fans of indie and alternative music.

Hear hear! will take place in the Kiewit Festival Arena in Hasselt, Belgium on Sunday, August 14.

Editors, Pixies, Liam Gallagher, Future Islands, Wolf Alice and Anna Calvi are among the artists booked for the inaugural event.

“Pukkelpop focuses on what’s happening among young people, and in recent years it’s been mostly hip-hop,” said spokesperson Frederik Luyten. “As a result, rock and indie have taken a back seat. We’ve been thinking for a few years about giving a bit more attention to those genres. It’s the perfect time for that, especially because you see young bands revive the guitar.

Squid, Porridge Radio, Balthazar, Battles and Bill Nomates are also scheduled to perform on one of the festival’s four stages.

“We have been thinking for a few years about giving a little more attention to these genres”

Hear hear! is scheduled the week before Pukkelpop, which also takes place in the Kiewit festival arena.

The 66,000-cap. the flagship festival is set to take place for the first time in two years due to pandemic-related cancellations.

Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, Slipknot and Bring Me The Horizon are scheduled to perform throughout the four-day event, August 18-21.

In the past, Pukkelpop has tried several times to launch an additional festival in addition to its flagship event.

Previous events organized by Pukkelpop include Polsslag, Rimpelrock and the Summer Swing family festival.

Since 2018, Pukkelpop has also organized the techno and house festival Garnizoen.


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