New names for Pukkelpop

Mother Nature is having a bit of an identity crisis, so some meteorological duties have been reassigned to us. Get ready for some sunshine after the rain and new names for Pukkelpop.

Added on Friday, Aug. 16: Canadian doom rap queen Backxwash, rising country star Dasha, currently making waves with her break-up anthem “Austin”, Dutchman DJ St. Paul plays what he wants averse to genres while newbee EMILIJA goes full-on for progressive house, trance, and bass-heavy electro. Lip Critic aims for something heavier: dance punk. Next, Flavour Drop, the young all-rounder with a passion for hip-hop, dancehall, and future beats, the post-nudism rave of Lander & Adriaan, and for cutting edge pop-soul please go see  British Lola Young. Bells, whistles, and congratulations are in order for the 20-year career of STAKE. The visionary queer artist Stanislawa mixes a passion for 90s techno and dreamy trance, and the hilarious hocus pocus of Siegfried & Joy will also magically appear on a stage in Kiewit.

On Saturday, the band Crackups, a solid chunk of Belgian punk, joins the line-up. Spinning records during work hours sounds like a side gig for Eppo Janssen & Friends. For an eclectic music tapestry woven with UK bass, garage, and jungle, DJ Shoplifter has been appointed, while Jeroen Delodder specializes in floorfillers and digital hardcore and Otis, the label boss of Slagwerk, also takes the decks. Show Me The Body brings post-hardcore from America; STIKSTOF are our Brussels hip-hop bro’s; The Reytons describe themselves as British indierock, and Wisp represents the new generation of shoegaze.

Faisal takes over the torch from resident DJ Michael Midnight, Odymel seems to be an alternative abbreviation for retro-nostalgic trancy Italo hard techno. No abbrevs or detours for Stijn Van de Voorde & Thibault Christiaensen, they spin straightforward rock 'n roll records, and dj UNOS is an esoteric music butterfly.

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