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Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

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Best Kept Secret Festival 2018

08.-10.06.2018

Beekse Bergen, 5081 NJ Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands

To start the discussion:

possible and fitting headliners could be...

- The National (strong rumour for Primavera Sound (30.05.-03.06.2018)) 

- The The (first two shows confirmed for 01.06. and 05.06.2018 in Denmark and London).

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LCD would be awesome. Also like to see war on drugs.Everything Everything Glass animals. Does anyone know why BKS is so early this year ?. 

 

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11 minutes ago, spudling said:

Does anyone know why BKS is so early this year ?. 

 

There might be several reasons. I'd say the most probable are

1.) to get a couple of weeks between BKS and Down The Rabbit Hole, which is BKS' biggest competitor for the same kind of bands and audience in the Netherlands (what might help to get a better booking),

2.) Pinkpop changed their timeslot to the "usual" BKS weekend (even though both festivals aim at a different audience there might be some overlapping)

3.) to get closer to the two Primavera Sound festivals and Field Day to share more bands than before and

4.) they already booked a special headliner who is only available at this weekend.

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Don't expect The The headling, more likely that they get a nice spot in the Two like most of the bands that have come back after a long absence. Going to see LCD tonight at Paradiso, really looking forward to it. 

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QotSA could also be subbing at Pinkpop, but I guess the National is pretty much a done deal at the moment. Foals and LCD for the other headlining spots would be my guess. 

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The National seem very probable to me. But if there is one thing I learned from all the guessing and speculation around this year's edition, it's that the BKS booking is very unpredictable. Beside of the two headliner (Run The Jewels were definitely below regular headliner level) most expected and at the time touring acts were not (or couldn't be) booked.

I personally would prefer headliner smaller than Radiohead, if the co-heads and the rest of the program would be stronger (and better) than this year's lineup.

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I agree I would much prefer a better undercard than spending all the budget on huge headliners. Their biggest competitor Down the rabbit hole had a better undercard this year. I will keep my options open for next year . There also seems to be a distinct lack of available hotels in Tilburg for the festival weekend.

 

 

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I know, it's incredibly improbable, but Roger Waters will perform in Cologne (less than two hours away from BKS) on the Monday after the festival.

He would surely be a dream headliner fitting the festival perfectly, but definitely even more expensive than Radiohead. It is announced that he will play in the Netherlands, but there is no Dutch show confirmed yet.

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2 hours ago, mellowmaniac said:

I know, it's incredibly improbable, but Roger Waters will perform in Cologne (less than two hours away from BKS) on the Monday after the festival.

He would surely be a dream headliner fitting the festival perfectly, but definitely even more expensive than Radiohead. It is announced that he will play in the Netherlands, but there is no Dutch show confirmed yet.

I'd be amazed if he was announced. As for dream headliner, I'm not so sure. He'd increase the average age of the BKS audience by about 20 years!

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42 minutes ago, mellowmaniac said:

Another major rumour for June/July: Pearl Jam might do a European tour that time. But most probably also too big for BKS.

http://www.alternativenation.net/major-pearl-jam-summer-2018-tour-rumors-revealed/

You could have said that about Radiohead. But yeah, can't see them being at BKS at all tbh.

Kraftwerk announced some Feb 2018 dates. Would be a great booking for BKS

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Booking Pearl Jam would be very atypical of BKS, it's looking like that they will finally return to Pinkpop after 18 years.

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Nick Cave is coming back to the Netherlands next year, now that would be an amazing headliner. Should be around in june because of Primavera, hopefully he won’t be booked for Down The Rabbit Hole.

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Nick Cave would be the kind of perfect headliner for me. Fingers crossed. He seems to have history with Lowlands, but in case he'll be on european festival tour in June chances for BKS might be realistic.

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My bloody Valentine have announced the reissue of there 2 classic lps and a possibility of new material so hopefully so if they tour would make great booking!!

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BKS has updated their site. With the National playing in Amsterdam on wednesday and thursday, I think we might see them confirmed on friday. 

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