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  1. It seems like The Strokes are the most discussed possible headliner. It's definitely possible, as they are confirmed for Primaverasound a week after BKS. I'm a bit surprised no one is talking about Nick Cave as headliner anymore. He definitely is around and would fit pretty well. My guess is that the third headliner will be a bit smaller than the first two confirmed headliner.
  2. Primaverasound announced it's full lineup last night. Primavera takes place one week before BKS and has 100% of all bands confirmed that are already confirmed for BKS. Most Primavera bands would fit BKS, but some are already confirmed for Down The Rabbit Hole (and won't play both festivals, like Beck, Disclosure, Tyler, The Creator, Kacey Musgraves, Bicep and Jehnny Beth), will most probably be in the USA when BKS takes place (Lana Del Rey, Brittany Howard, King Gizzard, Young Thug) or are exclusive (Pavement). I keep my fingers crossed for: Arthur Verocai, Bauhaus, Bikini Kill, Boy Harsher, Dinosaur Jr., Einstürzende Neubauten, Floating Points, Iggy Pop, Jawbox, Jesus & Mary Chain, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Les Savy Fav, DJ Shadow, Shellac, Squarepusher, Squid, Tropical Fuck Storm, and Yo La Tengo.
  3. Bonnaroo just had it's lineup announcement. As Bonnaroo is at the same weekend in the USA as BKS, acts being confirmed for Bonnaroo most probably won't play at BSK. At least these acts would have fit BKS as well: Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Lizzo, The 1975, Run The Jewels, Glass Animals, Flume, Jason Isbell, King Gizzard, Leon Bridges, Ezra Collective, Larkin Poe, The Regrettes, Primus, Dashboard Confessional, Wallows, Tones And I, Altin Gün, Dermot Kennedy, Denzel Curry, Slowthai, Nilüfer Yanya, Pinegrove, Saint Jhn, Orville Peck, Elderbrook. This 99% eliminates one of the most predicted headliner for BKS: Lana Del Rey.
  4. The vibe is very relaxed. Lot's of friendly people. Easy to meet new people. The average age is a bit higher than on many other festivals (it's more around 30 than 20) and people seem to appreciate good (not always cheap) food, a nice location and decent toilets. It's not really a festival about headliner, but about discovering your new favorite band you never heard about before, the people and the atmosphere. The tickets themselves usually don't sell out fast (if at all), but most bungalows and glamping options do.
  5. On the 7th and 8th of November there is the FifityFiftyLab 2019 festival in Brussels. The ides of the new showcase-festival is that 20 festivals together curate the program of FiftyFiftyLab, to present newcomers they like. Best Kept Secret curate the show of Bristol based Scalping, making them look like a sure shot for next year's BKS.
  6. Based on previous announcements we are getting closer to the first official announcement for the 2020 edition. No bands are confirmed yet, but there are the usual speculations. Most probable headliner right now seem to be Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave. Both do have sold out Amsterdam shows prior to the festival and are around at the time of the next BKS. Nick Cave: 11.06. Rome, 12.06. no show yet, 13.06. no show yet, 14.06. Paris Lana Del Ray: 07.06. We Love Green, Paris, 09.06. Verona, Italy - no confirmed dates afterwards While Nick Cave fits music-wise pretty well, Lana Del Ray is (or was) booked by Friendly Fire who do BKS. Another possible headliner could be the Pixies. They are also booked by Friendly Fire, have headlined BKS before and seem to play festivals next year (08.-11-07. Mad Cool, Madrid) with a new record out. Possible co-headliners could be Caribou, returning and booked by Friendly Fire, who seem to be playing a lot next year and Robyn (05.06. at Northside, Denmark). Not many festivals have confirmed bands so far, but other bands being around on festivals within two weeks before and after BKS are: Franc Moody, Mew, Weezer, Motorpsycho, Rhys Lewis, Twin Atlantic, The 1975, The Hives, Giant Rooks, Aurora, Sofi Tukker, Wolf Alice, Zara Larsson, Post Malone. Bands from Friendly Fires rooster, which might suit could be: Black Pumas, Blanco White, Charlie Cunningham, Dermot Kennedy, Fontaines DC, Freya Ridings, Genghar, Gerry Cinnamon, Hatari, Marika Hackman, Orville Peck, Rachel Sermanni, Ride, Scalping, Snapped Ankles, The Slow Readers Club and The Teskey Brothers.
  7. Best Kept Secret Festival 2020 12.-14.06.2020 Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
  8. We had a great time at the festival. Perfect weather and overall the right amount of visitors (especially on Sunday and Friday). My afterthoughts: my biggest loss is the end of the former Stage Three. Me and my friends were very unpleased when BKS changed the semi-open air stage to the ugly tent, a couple of years ago, but at least there was live music. People seemed to have appreciate the new Stage Three, but it's like another stage four and on BKS I want to see live music and don't need more than one open air stage dedicated to DJs playing mainly electronic music. Most of the lineup of the former Stage Three and Stage Five are now combined at the new Stage Five. While the accoustics of the new tent is better than that of the old tent, the new tent seems to be even smaller - resulting pretty often in people not getting in, even in the early afternoon (Whispering Sons, for example). Also, especially on Saturday night, the toilet smell was really terrible. Stage Seven was nice, but a bit claustrophobic. I wish some of the acts playing there would have played a bigger stage, because either you couldn't get in or were cramped into the too small room (for example, at the show of the totally amazing Shht). The overall booking was amazing as always (great mix of brand new bands and legacy acts), but the scheduling was really strange and for me personally sometimes hard to follow. I love bands like Phosphorence, Guided by Voices and Spiritualized, but all of them would have worked much better in an indoor location. I have no idea why they were placed on Stage One - most of the time very empty in front of stage and as I already wrote, I personally think those band would have worked much better on Stage Two. Obviously the most controversial and much discussed booking was Carly Rae Jepsen. Thinking the gig was totally boring and redundant might be subjective, but it was totally empty (I'd say perhaps 1.500 people in front of the stage and some more scathered around the whole area - which is way to less for the co-headline spot and a such hyped YouTube and Spotify act. A last thing that made me really sad was that there were no cups anymore with the full lineup of this year. We collected these cups since the first edition and I think they were a really great reminder of the festival.
  9. They announced some changes to the setting of the stages. I'm pretty sure stage one and two will stay on the same spots and probably four, five and The Casbah as well. Stage three will probably be closer to the lake and no one know yet where stage seven will be - except that it will be floating on the water. In previous years the biggest distance was between stage two and stage five. I's say it can take up to 10 minutes to get there (depending on how determined you are to get there fast ). Stage one and two are pretty close to each other (a couple of minutes). Stage three was between stage one and stage five. To get a good spot it's usually enough to be there 10 minutes before the show starts. Last year's map:
  10. Yes, I definitely won't make it all. But it tells me how strong the Friday and Saturday lineup is for me.
  11. Friday: Shht -> John Grant -> Blue Lab Beats -> Primal Scream -> Stereolab -> Psychedelic Porn Crumpets -> Spiritualized -> Priests -> Charlotte Gainsbourg -> Jambinai -> Crack Cloud -> Shame -> BCUC -> Ditz Saturday: The Nude Party -> Helena Deland -> Sports Team -> Wallows -> Yves Tumor -> Mildlife -> Phosphorescent -> Fat White Family -> Niels Broos -> Guided By Voices -> Feng Suave -> Death Grips -> Mac DeMarco -> Ex Hex -> Ron Gallo -> Kraftwerk -> Sophie -> Viagra Boys -> Life -> Toro Y Moi Sunday: Julia Holter -> Juke Ross -> Romperayo -> Whispering Sons -> Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks -> Caroline Rose -> Liz Phair -> Georgia Anne Muldrow -> Kurt Vile & The Violators -> The Raconteurs Definitely too many acts on Friday and Saturday and in the end I'll go with the flow anyway.
  12. BTW: I'm wondering if there is any meaning to the mysterious "TBC", with a three hour set on stage Four on Sunday, being listed on the lineup page as headliner...
  13. I don't know. The idea sounds very intriguing, but I always assumed that Seven would be an additional stage for really left of center acts and not "replacing" Three. (Especially in the evening) Stage Two is usually overcrowded and a lot of people want to see live acts, instead of DJs. They put more acts on Five than before, but Stage Five and a 250 people sized Seven will not cover for everyone who wants to see live bands.
  14. As I already wrote somewhere else: I’m wondering if BKS really needs another DJ-stage (Stage Three). Right now about 40% of the acts are DJs. The other thing that really worries me a little is that it was announced that Seven will have a capacity of around 300 people (if I remember correctly). Seven hosts a lot of the acts that usually would have played Three. Feels very much like downsizing. Also Five has a several acts that doesn’t seem to fit the previous concept of Stage Five (especially on Sunday). No idea why Seven on Sunday will host only four ambient acts in the afternoon. Friday and Saturday will be great. The Sunday will be mostly over (for me) at about 20:00h.
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