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3 minutes ago, TomButler said:

Cheers mate. Got a hotel sorted in Hasselt. More on the pricey side but me and camping don’t agree anymore haha. I saw on the website you get drink and food vouchers is that how it works or is it cash as well?

You can buy 20 vouchers (1 voucher equals half a pint of beer and up to 3-4 vouchers for food) for 53 Euros, or 5 vouchers for 15 euros at the festival. you swap your printed off voucher in exchange for tokens which you then present at the bar for your drinks. Works really well and keeps the queues down. There are food stalls outside the festival site for cheaper bites to eat (cash)

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1 hour ago, DDave said:

You can buy 20 vouchers (1 voucher equals half a pint of beer and up to 3-4 vouchers for food) for 53 Euros, or 5 vouchers for 15 euros at the festival. you swap your printed off voucher in exchange for tokens which you then present at the bar for your drinks. Works really well and keeps the queues down. There are food stalls outside the festival site for cheaper bites to eat (cash)

I unfortunately never made last year, was the food wood still there. Found it to be good value for those who are camping and can't be bothered going back and forth to Hasselt all the time.

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1 minute ago, Salva said:

Yip, food wood was still there next to the Club. Even more foodtrucks than in 2017.

Nice i just found a site map from last year, looks like they changed the system for wristbanding on one side of the road and turning round to join the queue at the other. Literally the only bad part of the festival as I was always arriving at peak times after getting up at 4am and flying then travelling to site.

Did they make it so once wristbanded you could head straight into chill? would be a class idea if so.

Excited to making it back to PKP after a year off festivals to focus on work, easily the best festival i have been to.

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2 hours ago, DDave said:

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First poster graphic.

Interesting to see: in the second block, Martin Solveig is slightly bigger than the other names. The other names are also ranked by alphabet. I hope this means we will get a couple of sub-sized names.

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It's not a biggie but Avalon Emerson will be playing the Booth. Think that's a great setting for her as she'll no doubt play late, hopefully a couple of hours between 12 - 4am. Probably the DJ I'm most looking forward to seeing at the moment, which is saying something as there's loads of quality on the line up. Great thing is we've still got more to come!

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18 minutes ago, DDave said:

Post Malone confirmed. Urggh

I tried to listen to Post Malone. Didn't care for him. No matter, there's plenty to see elsewhere for me.

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11 minutes ago, TheNewUnion said:

I tried to listen to Post Malone. Didn't care for him. No matter, there's plenty to see elsewhere for me.

I need to start the campaign to put Idles up against him and not at the same time as Anderson Paak, assuming he subs. 

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Quick question ...does the shuttle run back to hasselt all through the night? Just booked an apartment there 

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8 minutes ago, pryce said:

Quick question ...does the shuttle run back to hasselt all through the night? Just booked an apartment there 

Yes mate. 

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Interestingly none of the releases state Post Malone as a headliner. Might be reading too much into it. 

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1 hour ago, DDave said:

Interestingly none of the releases state Post Malone as a headliner. Might be reading too much into it. 

No one has been stated as headliner so far I think, except The National for the Marquee. 

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19 minutes ago, Death By Sexy said:

No one has been stated as headliner so far I think, except The National for the Marquee. 

Tame Impala and 21 Pilots were too

https://m.focus.knack.be/entertainment/muziek/tame-impala-en-twenty-one-pilots-zijn-eerste-headliners-voor-pukkelpop/article-normal-1428015.html

Still only 4 of the 9 Sub / Headliner / Closer slots filled so far I think, unless they're counting Franz Ferdinand, Eels and Prophets of Rage as subs. Think FF and Eels may play the Marquee and think POR may play the slot before the sub. 

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Eels played high up the last time, stepped up to headline (I think) when Neil Young cancelled. I hope they play Marquee, but won't be surprised if they play at the top end of the Main. 

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Are we all in agreement that the Foos were available but they decided not to book them? If the result of that decision is they can spread the budget more evenly around the rest of the bill then it's a strategy I'm more than happy with.

Obviously all festivals are measured to a certain extent by the size of their headliners but PKP has, at least in my time, always been more about the breadth of music on offer and the strength in depth across a whole range of genres. I'll always be in favour of this approach as it's definitely detrimental to the quality of the whole bill when they spunk loads of money on a couple of 'big' names. The line up is looking like it will be of a similar strength to 2017 (or maybe even better?) when they avoided expensive acts in favour of The xx, Editors, Bastille etc. They've done well to appease both the youth (Post, 21P) and us old gits (The National, Tame Impala) without breaking the bank and there's similar bands all the way down the bill to keep both camps happy.

Think there's a good chance if the next couple of announcements have a few biggish names alongside some niche curve-balls it could sell out this year.

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Foo Fighters are too expensive for Pukkelpop. They were a serious option, but in the end they couldn't agree with the fee. 

They had some bad years financially. 

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14 minutes ago, Ken19 said:

Foo Fighters are too expensive for Pukkelpop. They were a serious option, but in the end they couldn't agree with the fee. 

They had some bad years financially. 

Sad to hear. I think the tell tale signs were 2015 by looking at the headliners they were booking and 2016 can't have been a big seller judging by the crowds at Noel G and LCD Soundsystem. Forking out for Rihanna (ugh) didn't help matters. As Semprini said though, I'd rather have less expensive headliners and a stronger depth of undercard than a massive band with a load of day trippers turning up just for that one big band. Give me 2016,17 & 18's line ups over 2009,2010 & 2013's (the last 3 years I went over the first 3 years) any day

That said, with the history the Foos have with the festival and looking at their other dates they're doing I'm still surprised a deal wasn't done. I guess money really does talk. 

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28 minutes ago, Ken19 said:

Foo Fighters are too expensive for Pukkelpop. They were a serious option, but in the end they couldn't agree with the fee. 

They had some bad years financially. 

Thanks for the info Ken. I'm with Dave and Semprini, I'd much rather see a better overall line up than one huge headliner that takes a big chunk of the budget.

You aware of the rest of the line up? Any gems (big or small) we can look forward to, if so? 

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1 hour ago, Ken19 said:

They had some bad years financially. 

Many of us here - despite how we might moan about the line up from one year to the next - have an affiliation with the festival and want to see it do well. Guess it's a bit like football teams - when you've got yours you're stuck with them through thick and thin whether you like it or not! We don't want to see PKP go through difficult times but if that happens and the upshot is them re-assessing their values and goals to make it a better festival then that surely can only be a good thing?

This is a business they're running, and in a very competitive and crowded market, so if they don't deliver the goods people will vote with their feet. They essentially re-invented the festival after the storm and these past few, 'difficult' years may well have been the catalyst for that to happen again, which seems to be what is happening now.

We're half way through the line up and there's already more than enough there to keep me busy for the best part of four days! Sometimes the addition of more bands/DJs I like can just cause stressful clashes and more difficult choices to make but it's rare I have any down time over the weekend so can't see this year being any different.

Feels like they've gone back to basics, listened to what their crowd want while still being true to the original ethics the festival was built on. Think we all accept they have to move with the times and draw in youngsters who will be the next generation of 'old gits' when we're not fit to push our Zimmer frames round the site but the balance seems to be so much better this year.

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