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3 minutes ago, BenG92 said:

My rough plan so far, obviously clash-permitting but this should be mostly okay

Thursday
Haim (main)
Fontaines D.C. (main)
Cigarettes After Sex (klub)
Pixies (main)
The War on Drugs (main)
Beck (barn)
Pearl Jam (main)

Friday
Turnstile (barn)
Idles (main)
Sam Fender (barn)
Alt-J (barn)
Moderat (barn)
Metallica (main)

Saturday
Nothing But Thieves (main)
Maneskin (main)
Phoebe Bridgers (barn)
Jamie XX (barn)
Bicep (klub)

Sunday
Fever 333 (barn)
Sum 41 (main)
Keane (main)
Modest Mouse (klub)
Michael Miwanuka (barn)
Royal Blood (main)
The Killers (main)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (main)

QOTSA hurts but looking at that list I'm still very happy. 
 

I guess we'll be seeing each other a lot ! 😅

One thing that scares me is the Jamie XX - Bicep situation. I want to see both really badly, but I think a lot of people will feel the same way with the main-stage lineup on that day, and that might mean early "full barn-klub c"

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Lots of names but I expected some more nice names. Even if I have to discover a lot. Very sad QOTSA won't be there... The line-up of Metallica's day is not that great unfortunately. Sad they upgrade boring Greta Van Fleet and didn't find a good other sub. But as the day is already soldout, they didn't really care I guess... or maybe didn't find.

I don't know at all Anne-Marie... The Sunday is really the best day: Red HotThe KillersRoyal BloodKeaneJimmy Eat WorldSum 41Fever 333... Fingers crossed the line-up will stay like that but with a few acts already cancelling their Summer plans (Queens Of The Stone AgeHatebreed, maybe Aerosmith...), it doesn't look great.

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5 minutes ago, lighthouse said:

But how on earth is Polo G headlining the Barn then?

I have no idea. I'll be honest I don't even know him (I'm not his target audience though).

A lot of positive reactions on social media while I really feel like it's below average for RW standards. I'm not asking for the craziness of Mad Cool/Primavera line ups, but after two years without festivals, I was expecting... a lot more.

And that communication around QOTSA and Greta taking their spot is a disaster. I mean we are talking of a sub here.

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I am neither excited nor disappointed by this announcement. There are several names I was hoping for and are not there (Archive, The Smile/Thom Yorke, Madrugada, and many more) but still the line-up is pretty good (especially considering the Covid related chaos caused to everyone's plans) and tbh...at this point I'm just happy to be going back to RW :). 

On Saturday it looks like we'll call it a night early and head back to the camp for a few beers but that's ok. I just hope that Jamie xx and Bicep will not overlap for a nice closure to the day.

 

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6 minutes ago, lighthouse said:

But how on earth is Polo G headlining the Barn then?

I don't think he's "headlining" the Barn, as he's playing after Disclosure who were supposed to be Barn heads in 2020. Perhaps he's closing due to scheduling reasons? Pukkelpop once had Snoop Dogg playing at noon for the same reason.

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Yup pretty disappointing line up. I'm sure I'll have a good time when I'm there but previous versions have had a lot more wow factor than this. 

I think I may just be getting too old for festivals as I feel there are so many bland bands just dialling it in. To be fair there was probably tons of dross when I was younger but I was always too pissed to care. 

Plus I thought it was bad form to try and slip the QOTSA cancellation in unnoticed. 

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The mainstage on saturday might be the worst run of acts I've seen on a line-up (of festivals I'm interested in) in a long time.

Some good stuff on the undercard as always, especially Snail Mail, Big Thief, Sam Fender, Moses Sumney, Michael Kiwanuka, Clairo and Phoebe.

The heads don't do anything for me, but I get why they have been booked, except Greta van Fleet, having them on the top-line is just embarassing.

It's an okay line-up imo, but I think it could have been so much stronger.

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Even though I posted my RW plan I'm actually looking at potentially swapping to Mad Cool. The main thing for me would be losing Pearl Jam but I gain so much in return it seems mad (hehe) not to at least look at the possibility. 

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3 minutes ago, MrTobs said:

The mainstage on saturday might be the worst run of acts I've seen on a line-up (of festivals I'm interested in) in a long time.

Some good stuff on the undercard as always, especially Snail Mail, Big Thief, Sam Fender, Moses Sumney, Michael Kiwanuka, Clairo and Phoebe.

The heads don't do anything for me, but I get why they have been booked, except Greta van Fleet, having them on the top-line is just embarassing.

It's an okay line-up imo, but I think it could have been so much stronger.

I’m finding myself irrationally annoyed by that Saturday. I don’t even think it’s cos I’m old and out of touch, it just looks pathetic. It’s not like this is some pop-up festival or something, this is Rock Werchter, arguably the biggest festival in mainland Europe and its like something a two-bit promoter would have put together. (Appreciate they’ve probably worked quite well in the circumstances to put together any sort of line up at all, and for every person like me that thinks it’s bad there’ll be about 3 people who look at it and think it’s amazing)
 

The other three days are mostly quite well balanced and I probably will actually end up discovering even more on them which results in me having even more clashes. But that Saturday…

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1 minute ago, BenG92 said:

Even though I posted my RW plan I'm actually looking at potentially swapping to Mad Cool. The main thing for me would be losing Pearl Jam but I gain so much in return it seems mad (hehe) not to at least look at the possibility. 

Yeah half my group now want to sell their tickets and we're all wishing we had doen Mad Cool instead, they definitely win the lineup this year by a long shot.

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3 minutes ago, Aech said:

Yeah half my group now want to sell their tickets and we're all wishing we had doen Mad Cool instead, they definitely win the lineup this year by a long shot.

We're already doing Primavera as well so factoring in the bands playing there and the bands I wouldn't lose at MC, if I switched RW for MC, I personally would:

Lose: Pearl Jam (biggest loss), RHCP (seen), possibly Fender, Moderat, Bicep

Gain: Muse, Jack White, potentially get QOTSA back, 1 blank headliner, Kings of Leon, Florence + Machine, Deftones, Placebo, Chvrches, Animal Collective, Editors, Princess Nokia, Frank Carter, Foals, London Grammar, Sigrid, Floating Points, Glass Animals, Stephan Bodzin

That seems crazy not to do now that I think about it. The loss of FNM, The Streets and QOTSA was real kick in the nuts for me

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13 minutes ago, 49Lawson said:

I’m finding myself irrationally annoyed by that Saturday. I don’t even think it’s cos I’m old and out of touch, it just looks pathetic. It’s not like this is some pop-up festival or something, this is Rock Werchter, arguably the biggest festival in mainland Europe and its like something a two-bit promoter would have put together. (Appreciate they’ve probably worked quite well in the circumstances to put together any sort of line up at all, and for every person like me that thinks it’s bad there’ll be about 3 people who look at it and think it’s amazing)
 

The other three days are mostly quite well balanced and I probably will actually end up discovering even more on them which results in me having even more clashes. But that Saturday…

I'm 19 and that sat-mainstage annoys me, it's just super boring and bland. I have to say some of my friends would probably like it, but mostly those of my friends, that don't care too much about music and just listen to everything that's on the radio/is popular, which is obviously okay, but I think they are not exactly the type of people Rock Werchter wants at their festival. Phoebe and Clairo would save the day tho for me and most of my other friends.

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But Mad Cool is now completely sold out right? Even the 3-day tickets? 

They share a lot of headliners, most of them I'm not fussed about, but at least they managed to cover them with a crazy undercard. I don't know whether I'm asking too much but I just feel like RW failed in that regard. Look at the 2019 edition for instance. IIRC the lineup wasn't very well received with that half Thursday and the Sunday main stage (hi Greta), but the tents were just stacked with exciting names. 

I don't know, this year just feels... empty. There are obviously some great names here and there, but something is missing.

Again we're in a COVID era and putting a festival together may not be the easiest thing, but other festivals managed to do so brilliantly.

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18 minutes ago, VCF said:

But Mad Cool is now completely sold out right? Even the 3-day tickets? 

They share a lot of headliners, most of them I'm not fussed about, but at least they managed to cover them with a crazy undercard. I don't know whether I'm asking too much but I just feel like RW failed in that regard. Look at the 2019 edition for instance. IIRC the lineup wasn't very well received with that half Thursday and the Sunday main stage (hi Greta), but the tents were just stacked with exciting names. 

You can buy day tickets, so 300 euros = 57 to switch from RW to 4 days of MC.

AirBnB accommodation in Spain will cost the same as the pre-setup camping I got at RW. 

So yeah, you'd be paying way more than standard for MC but living in Spain for 4 days is going to be cheaper than Belgium for sure - and aside from Pearl Jam that overall lineup is just so much better. They STILL have a headliner to announce! And might actually replace QOTSA with someone I know! 

I'm gonna have a talk with my partner on the way to get the booster soon, already asked Ticketmanager if RW refunds are all okay now we've lost 3 big acts so waiting for that response also

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8 minutes ago, BenG92 said:

You can buy day tickets, so 300 euros (+57) to switch from RW to 4 days of MC.

AirBnB accommodation in Spain will cost the same as the pre-setup camping I got at RW. 

So yeah, you'd be paying way more than standard for MC but living in Spain for 4 days is going to be cheaper than Belgium for sure - and aside from Pearl Jam that overall lineup is just so much better. They STILL have a headliner to announce! And might actually replace QOTSA with someone I know! 

I'm gonna have a talk with my partner on the way to get the booster soon, already asked Ticketmanager if RW refunds are all okay now we've lost 3 big acts so waiting for that response also

I forgot about the day tickets, thanks! That would even be a good alternative to book something like 3 festival days + a day off in Madrid, but when I look at the poster there are always at least 4-5 bands for my taste per day...

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The Saturday is not my favorite day of the festival (the best - for me - is Sunday) but I think it's great they give young bands high spot. So many complained about the too old big acts: MetallicaPearl JamRed Hot or classic stuff like The Killers. That kind of line-up (21PImagine DragonsAnne MarieManeskinYungblud, etc) is more a British thing, Reading likely stage. Greta Van Fleet is also a young act but don't understand their success (like many people don't understand Imagine Dragons success per example) but great they are high on the line-up, just too bad it's not below QOTSA anymore...

I really prefer a duo Twenty One Pilots / Imagine Dragons in 2022 than the duo Mumford And Sons / Florence And The Machine from 2018. Didn't remember so many people complain for that. 

And honestly, I doubt the line-up will stay like this. Too many countries don't give good perpective for festivals right, like Belgium. We'll see in 5 months...

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