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Since 1976 Belgium has hosted a festival which has won the Arthur award for best festival in the world an impressive seven times. That festival is Rock Werchter.

This year from the 25th to the 28th of June the four day festival will play host to various acts spanning many genres and nationalities. Unfortunately due to Dave Grohl’s untimely injury in Sweden, the much acclaimed Foo Fighters have had to pull out, this will likely mean that Florence + The Machine or The Chemical Brothers will have to fill in the bearded void; which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Elsewhere, the headliners are Mumford and Sons, The Prodigy and Muse. Here are some more of the bands and artists that will be looking to leave a lasting impression on the crowd.

FIDLAR

Formed in Los Angeles FIDLAR which stands for ‘Fuck it dog, life’s a risk’ are definitely a punk band,  and although they may not make music that you can grow old with, for the here and now their music is exciting and fresh. Their self-titled debut album is full of fast scuzzy tracks which are all about being broke, drunk and not worrying too much about the future. There are lots of influences in their music, including The Velvet Underground and Blink-182 which give them a platform to build. In terms of live performances it’s no doubt that FIDLAR will be full of energy on stage which will provide exciting viewing for the crowd. FIDLAR will play the main stage at 13:15 on Saturday the 27th of June.

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Marmozets

After releasing their debut album ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’ in 2014 Marmozets have gone from strength to strength. They recently supported Muse on their UK tour and their popularity has grown significantly. Their live performances are extremely chaotic as vocalist Becca Macintyre runs around the stage like a headless chicken regularly telling the audience to get involved with the music. The five-piece alternative rock band were nominated in 2013 for Kerrang’s best newcomer award and with songs full of heavy riffs but with catchy choruses, they will no doubt put on a great show. Marmozets will open the main stage at 14:00 on Thursday the 25th of June.

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James Bay

Artists who win the Critics’ Choice award at the Brit awards always seem to explode into the public eye. With his predecessors including Adele, Sam Smith, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine there is no pressure on Hertfordshire-born James Bay. Bay is a singer-songwriter whose debut album ‘The Chaos and The Calm’ reached number one in the UK album charts and entered the top 10 in various other European countries. He will bring a calming feel to Rock Werchter. His songs are very atmospheric and subtle at the same time and lead single ‘Hold Back The River’ has a chorus which will get the Werchter crowd singing along. Bay will appear on The Barn Stage at 17:15 on Thursday 25th of June.

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Royal Blood

Since Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders sported a t-shirt with the name Royal Blood across it at Glastonbury 2013 it has been all go for the duo from Worthing. It started when they released their debut single ‘Out of the Black’ in 2013, and then they supported Arctic Monkeys at two massive outdoor concerts at Finsbury Park in London. This all came before the release of their debut album which did happen in August 2014. The album is full of big riffs and bone-shaking drum beats more than enough to make you start jumping around. The duo have also won two Brit awards at the ceremony in 2015 and have announced that they are writing their second album. So there might be a few surprises in their set. Be sure to head to catch a glimpse of them, as their UK tour in 2014 sold out in just two minutes. Royal Blood are on the main stage at 14:35 on Saturday the 27th of June.

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Florence and the Machine

After a brief break, Florence and the Machine are back with a brand new album and Florence still has the same prowess she always had in her live performances. The sheer power of her voice is enough to make any audience stand and admire but the singer-songwriter from London can also throw in a brilliant pop-song with the same power. Tracks like ‘Kiss With a Fist’ and ‘Shake It Out’ will provide colour to performance and with a new album entitled ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ to show off, Florence will be as exquisite as ever. With a full band behind her voice, she will send the audience into a frenzy and something they will remember. Florence and the Machine are on the main stage at 19:00 on Thursday 25th June.

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Rock Werchter runs from 25th-28th June.

About The Author

I’m Tom, a student studying music journalism in Southampton. I host a weekly radio show on the student station and regularly contribute to the student publication magazine and website. I’m an avid indie rock and alternative rock fan, my favourite bands include The Smiths, Palma Violets, The Wytches, Stone Roses and Eagulls. Twitter: @What_Tom_Said_