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  1. Ken said that current holders of a weekend ticket would get an automatic (read: free) upgrade to a 5 day ticket, if the extension were to happen. So I think we should rather be looking at headliners who could also be a plausible booking in a regular year. Foo Fighters? Metallica? Arctic Monkeys?
  2. Not sure if Foals fits the "grew from a small band" description. They were already a household name by the first time they played RW (even had a 7pm main stage slot at Pukkelpop the year before). Tame Impala first played RW as an early afternoon tent act back in their early days, moving higher with every return.
  3. Is there any way that artists work out deals around these contracts between different venues? For example RW and GMM both being LN festivals, SOAD could be honoring their contract by playing GMM instead? Or even shifting to a Sportpaleis show?
  4. 1-4 July, new acts include Gorillaz, Royal Blood, Jamie XX and Alt-J.
  5. This actually makes me wonder if we'll an exact copy of this year's lineup, or if the returning artists will get their spots adapted to their new status. Jehnny Beth and Phoebe Bridges were announced long before releasing their critically acclaimed albums. Inhaler will finally have their debut out by next year's edition, and Fontaines DC are suddenly being played in high rotation on Stubru. And on the other side, the Tones & I hype will have long died out by the Summer of 2021.
  6. I guess that RW had let IDLES to that other festival (Dour? Leffingeleuren?), only to have them coming back to Werchter in '21 with a new album. Ah well, we win some, we lose some with these lineups being copied to next year (RATM being the prime example). And Ken is right. If they keep touring at the same rate they did with previous albums, IDLES will play Belgium 4-5 times with Ultra Mono.
  7. They should have seen 2 coming, as Boutique had been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
  8. Generally it's the weekend including the first Sunday of July. So the week thereafter, unless they actively decide to move into the Glasto weekend again.
  9. I would love to hear who they had lined up. Bought a day ticket for The Strokes, but so far I was underwhelmed by the announced acts. Rock Werchter will be back without a doubt. Am even expecting a stronger than ever line up if they are able to combine some of the current big names with those rumored for next year's season (Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, RATM, NIN, RHCP, Metallica, The Weeknd, Tame Impala). Other festivals might suffer a worse fate though. We already have several smaller festivals who needed to reinvent their concept after a history of struggles (Ieperfest, Leffingeleuren). Suikerrock was supposed to hold its last edition because the festival wasn't financially viable anymore. We've already heard from several insiders that Pukkelpop is still under financial pressure after some bad years.
  10. Belgian interior minister said this morning that all festivals will be cancelled. It's just a matter of confirmation by the national security council, which will happen either this or next Friday.
  11. Some information mentioned on Festileaks which is also very relevant for the discussion over here: Belgian festivals will only be able to claim insurance funds if their cancellation is mandated by the government. In other words: the financial impact of mass refunds would be a lot bigger if RW decides to pull the plug proactively. In that light, Ken's comments about a scaled down edition in the works make a lot of sense. The festival needs to have a plan B in case they're not legally obligated to cancel. I'm wondering how many artists already pulled out of their Summer tours behind the scenes. There's Haim stating that they're delaying their European tour activity, there's Dutch media reporting that Pearl Jam cancelled their Amsterdam show. Surely there must be more.
  12. This is the same band cancelling their 2016 festival tour over the Paris attacks though. Pearl Jam has been known to be very sensitive when it comes to crowd safety ever since Roskilde.
  13. Gwen Stefani would be far from a strong subheadliner... Then they might as well bring in Royal Blood or Editors.
  14. Gwen Stefani has been mentioned before as possible Barn headliner. Friday is still missing a Barn headliner. You do the math.
  15. Ken said in the Werchter topic that the recent escalation in the Corona situation is causing them to hold back on dropping names.
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