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Pinkpop Festival
Pinkpop Festival
Genre Rock
hip hop
electronic
indie rock
garage rock
alternative rock
heavy metal
Dates Pentecost weekend
Location(s) Landgraaf, Netherlands
Years active 1970 - present
Founder Jan Smeets
Website http://www.pinkpop.nl/
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Pinkpop Festival or PINKPOP is a large, annual music festival held at Landgraaf, Netherlands founded by Jan Smeets. It is usually held on the Pentecost weekend (Pinksteren in Dutch, hence the name). Starting in 1970, at Burgemeester Damen Sportpark in the town of Geleen, PinkPop is the oldest and longest running annual dedicated pop and rock music festival in the world.[1][2]

Nowadays, Pinkpop is a three-day festival, from Saturday through Monday, with a 60,000 people per day capacity, and with performances on 4 separate stages. During 44 editions, more than 2 million people have attended Pinkpop. Some 700 music acts have played at the festival.[3] From 2006 through 2011, Pinkpop sold out six years in a row.

In 1994 (the 25th edition), it was decided to sell only 60,000 tickets, to prevent overcrowding due to the popularity of the festival. In 1995, it was made into a 2-day festival. Two years later, in 1997, this was further expanded to three days.

2007 saw a spin-off, later in the year, on 11 August, called Pinkpop Classic, for an older rock audience, with bands that previously performed there in past decades. This spin-off was held again in following years, with exception of 2011, in which the organisation was not able to sign enough interesting older bands.

In 2008, Pinkpop was for the first time in its history not held on Pentecost weekend, which fell too early that year for the convenience of fans and performers alike. This was decided following the 2005 edition, in which the Pentecost weekend also fell early and therefore Pinkpop could not convince many great performers to come play at the festival. Sales were disappointing in 2005, so by shifting the 2008 festival, the organisation hoped to solve these problems. Pinkpop 2008 turned out to have had the largest concert attendance to date. The dates for the 2010, 2013 and 2015 edition have been shifted as well, for similar reasons.[4]

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Pinkpop-Festival-logo

Pinkpop Festival logo.

The name consists of two parts. 'Pink' comes from the Dutch word for Pentecost (Pinksteren) and 'pop' comes from pop music (or 'popular music'). But a later creative interpretation for the name combines the English word pink and the Dutch word pop, which means doll, thus forming the origin for the logo, a doll in a pink dress.

The precursor to Pinkpop was held on Pentecost Monday in 1969. It was completely free, and called Pinknick because people were supposed to bring their own food. Only a free pig roast and free apples were provided by the organizers.Inspired by the Monterey festival from 1967, a number of hip local bands were persuaded to come and play unpaid. Almost 10,000 visitors were attracted, ranging from pop music lovers to grandparents and their grandchildren. And families with empty shopping bags, loading up on apples.[5]

EditionsEdit

2007Edit

Pinkpop 2007 was held on May 26, 27 and 28 2007. It was the 20th time the event was held at the Megaland Park. On February 28, most of the line-up was revealed. Pearl Jam was announced to make their 3rd appearance on the Pinkpop stage, but they cancelled, for two of their members would become fathers in the Pentecost weekend.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage BUMA/John Peel Stage
May 26
  • Goose
  • Juliette and the Licks
  • Within Temptation
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Noisettes
  • Wir sind Helden
  • Good Charlotte
  • Viberider
  • Stevie Ann
  • C-mon & Kypski
May 27
  • Gabriel Ríos
  • Razorlight
  • Iggy & The Stooges
  • Snow Patrol
  • Muse
  • Ozark Henry
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Ilse DeLange
  • Lostprophets
  • The Nightwatchman
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Maxïmo Park
  • Krezip
May 28
  • The Fratellis
  • Wolfmother
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Linkin Park
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Stone Sour
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • KoЯn
  • Evanescence
  • Five O'Clock Heroes
  • Maria Mena
  • Macy Gray
  • The Magic Numbers
  • The Kooks
  • Krezip replaced Amy Winehouse, because she had to cancel due to illness. Krezip started their gig playing Amy Winehouse's "Rehab".

2008Edit

Pinkpop 2008 was held in the Landgraaf Megaland Park on 30 May, 31 May and 1 June 2008. On 10 and 17 December there were 3 bands officially announced to headline on each of the three festival days. These headlining bands are the internationally renowned Foo Fighters, Metallica, and the recently reunited Rage Against the Machine. Pinkpop 2008 had the largest audience of concert attendees to date, with an average of just over 60,000 people arriving each of the three days, prompting the festival organizers to announce that 180,000 people had visited the festival. Because the 42,500 available three-day passes sold out completely, the actual number of unique visitors is 94,000.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage GM Next (tent) Stage
May 30
  • Flogging Molly
  • Incubus
  • Metallica
  • Sat2D
  • Animal Alpha
  • Alter Bridge
  • From First to Last
  • Jonathan Davis
  • Porcupine Tree
May 31
  • Moke
  • KT Tunstall
  • Editors
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Foo Fighters
  • Air Traffic
  • Bad Religion
  • Eagles of Death Metal
  • Stereophonics
  • The Verve
  • Blood Red Shoes
  • Voicst
  • Amy MacDonald
  • Justice
  • Groove Armada
June 01
  • Fiction Plane
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Racoon
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • The Wombats
  • Cavalera Conspiracy
  • The Hives
  • Serj Tankian
  • Counting Crows
  • Patrick Watson
  • Kate Nash
  • Pete Murray
  • Saybia
  • Róisín Murphy
  • Animal Alpha replaced Novastar, because they experienced delays in recording their new album.
  • Eagles of Death Metal replaced Chris Cornell, because he had obligations in the studio.

2009Edit

On 4 March 2009, the Pinkpop Board gave a press conference in Paradiso in Amsterdam, to answer questions from the press and announce which artists will be performing on Pinkpop 2009 will be announced.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Tent Stage
May 30
  • Chris Cornell
  • The Killers
  • Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
  • Kings of the Day
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • Elbow
  • Noisettes
  • Just Jack
  • Dr. Lektroluv
May 31
  • Milow
  • Volbeat
  • Madness
  • Krezip
  • Placebo
  • De Staat
  • Rowwen Hèze
  • Maria Mena
  • James Morrison
  • Keane
  • You Me At Six
  • Kyteman's Hiphop Orchestra
  • The Rifles
  • White Lies
  • Pendulum
June 01
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Novastar
  • Amy Macdonald
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Anouk
  • Snow Patrol
  • Shinedown
  • Mando Diao
  • Billy Talent
  • De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig
  • The Kooks
  • The All-American Rejects
  • Hollywood Undead
  • The Script
  • Katy Perry
  • The Ting Tings
  • Krezip replaced Depeche Mode, because lead singer Dave Gahan had to undergo a procedure after a tumor was spotted in his bladder two weeks before Pinkpop. Placebo replaced Depeche Mode as headliner.

2010Edit

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Converse Stage
May 28
  • Epica
  • Kasabian
  • Motörhead
  • Rammstein
  • The Opposites
  • The Temper Trap
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Sungrazer
  • The Black Box Revelation
  • Gossip
May 29
  • Moke & The Metropole Orchestra
  • C-mon & Kypski
  • Mando Diao
  • Editors
  • Green Day
  • Ryan Shaw
  • Destine
  • Biffy Clyro
  • John Mayer
  • Everything Everything
  • Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
  • Caro Emerald
  • 2manydjs
May 30
  • The Maccabees
  • Danko Jones
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Triggerfinger
  • Pixies
  • The Prodigy
  • Jon Allen
  • Kate Nash
  • Slash
  • Mika
  • Pink
  • DeWolff
  • General Fiasco
  • Yeasayer
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Ryan Shaw replaced Wolfmother, because lead singer Andrew Stockdale was too sick to go on tour. Wolfmother was first planned on Sunday, but Triggerfinger covered their spot, so Ryan Shaw could play on Saturday.

2011Edit

Pinkpop 2011 was held on 11, 12 and 13 June, headlined by Coldplay, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Converse Stage
June 11
  • De Staat
  • Lifehouse
  • Elbow
  • Coldplay
  • Manic Street Preachers
  • Simple Plan
  • Alter Bridge
  • Madi
  • Ash
  • Selah Sue
June 12
  • Hurts
  • Tim Knol
  • Wolfmother
  • White Lies
  • Kings of Leon
  • VersaEmerge
  • Justin Nozuka
  • Graffiti6
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • The Garden of Love
  • Hanson
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Laura Jansen
  • The Bloody Beetroots - Death Crew 77
June 13
  • Scouting for Girls
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Go Back to the Zoo
  • Volbeat
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Foo Fighters
  • Plain White T's
  • Beatsteaks
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • The Script
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Dazzled Kid
  • Eliza Doolittle
  • All Time Low
  • Band of Horses
  • deadmau5

2012Edit

Pinkpop 2012 was held on 26, 27, 28 of May.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Converse Stage
May 26
  • Moss
  • Kyuss Lives!
  • Anouk
  • The Cure
  • Major Tom
  • The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  • The Ting Tings
  • Will and The People
  • The Afghan Whigs
  • Ben Howard
May 27
  • Babylon Circus
  • Racoon
  • The Kyteman Orchestra
  • Soundgarden
  • Linkin Park
  • The Bosshoss
  • Mastodon
  • The Wombats
  • Keane
  • Hungry Kids of Hungary
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
  • Chase & Status
May 28
  • Gers Pardoel
  • Seasick Steve
  • The Specials
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
  • Rival Sons
  • Blood Red Shoes
  • Herbert Grönemeyer
  • The Hives
  • James Morrison
  • Serena Pryne & The Mandeviles
  • Jonathan Jeremiah
  • Miike Snow
  • Chef’ Special
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • At first Kasabian would perform as well, but they had to cancel due to private matters. Kyuss Lives! replaced Kasabian's spot, Moss covered Kyuss Lives!'s spot.

2013Edit

Pinkpop 2013 was held on June 14, 15 and 16; the third time that it was not held in the weekend of Pentecost.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Brand Bier Stage
June 14
  • Handsome Poets
  • Paramore
  • The Script
  • The Killers
  • Masters of Reality
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Christopher Green
  • Kodaline
  • Andy Burrows
  • Netsky Live
June 15
  • La Pegatina
  • Passenger
  • The Opposites
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Kings of Leon
  • Douwe Bob
  • Fun.
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Phoenix
  • Palma Violets
  • Graveyard
  • Miles Kane
  • Ellie Goulding
  • C2C
June 16
  • Kensington
  • Will and the People
  • The Vaccines
  • Ben Howard
  • Green Day
  • Tom Odell
  • Trixie Whitley
  • Blaudzun
  • Stereophonics
  • Triggerfinger
  • Puggy
  • Bastille
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Die Antwoord
  • Alt-J

2014Edit

Pinkpop 2014 was held on June 7, 8 and 9.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Brand Bier Stage Stage 4
June 07
  • Ed Kowalczyk
  • Flogging Molly
  • John Mayer
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Haim
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Bastille
  • Les Djinns
  • Thé Lau/The Scene
  • White Lies
  • Epica
  • Paceshifters
  • Afterpartees
  • Gecko
June 08
  • Chef'Special
  • The Kooks
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Editors
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • North Mississippi Allstars
  • Limp Bizkit
  • Rudimental
  • Paolo Nutini
  • Robert Plant and the Sensational Spaceshifters
  • Taymir
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • The Boxer Rebellion
  • John Newman
  • Nina Nesbitt
  • Intergalactic Lovers
  • Brother & Bones
June 09
  • Mastodon
  • Rob Zombie
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Metallica
  • Jett Rebel
  • Kodaline
  • Stromae
  • Jake Bugg
  • Arcade Fire
  • Clean Bandit
  • Ghost
  • Young the Giant
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Birth of Joy
  • Powerman 5000
  • Kraantje Pappie

2015Edit

Pinkpop 2015 was held on June 12, 13 and 14; the fourth time that it will not be held in the weekend of Pentecost.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Brand Bier Stage Stage 4 Garden of Love
June 12
  • Body Count
  • George Ezra
  • Elbow
  • Muse
  • Shaka Ponk
  • Faith No More
  • Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
  • Jick Munro & The Amazing Laserbeams
  • Gavin James
  • Paloma Faith
  • Above & Beyond
  • Coasts
  • Aurora
  • Pop Evil
  • DJs Waxfiend & Prime + Jebroer & Adje
  • Anna Rune
June 13
  • The Wombats
  • Dotan
  • Anouk
  • The Script
  • Robbie Williams
  • The Last Internationale
  • Jonathan Jeremiah
  • Selah Sue
  • Kensington
  • Avicii
  • Gaz Coombes
  • Magic!
  • John Coffey
  • Sheppard
  • Eagles of Death Metal
  • Causes
  • Twin Atlantic
  • East Cameron Folklore
  • Lonely the Brave
  • Joost van Bellen
  • Judy Blank
June 14
  • Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
  • Triggerfinger
  • OneRepublic
  • De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
  • Typhoon
  • Rise Against
  • Counting Crows
  • Placebo
  • Urbanus & De Fanfaar
  • Nick Mulvey
  • Oscar and the Wolf
  • Kovacs
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Pierce Brothers
  • The Deaf
  • Peace
  • Ewert and The Two Dragons
  • Willie Wartaal & Doppelgang
  • Polly Anna
  • At first Sam Smith would perform as well, but he had to cancel due to voice problems. Placebo replaced Sam Smith's spot.
  • Originally the Foo Fighters would serve as the festivals headliner but had to cancel their performance due to a broken leg by frontman Dave Grohl two days earlier. Pharrell Williams became headliner instead and the Flemish trio Triggerfinger was added as a last-minute addition to the line-up.

2016Edit

Pinkpop 2016 will be held on June 10, 11 and 12.

Dates Mainstage 3FM Stage Brand Bier Stage Stage 4 Garden of Love
June 10
  • The Common Linnets
  • Bastille
  • James Bay
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Years & Years
  • Major Lazer
  • Storsky
  • Lukas Graham
  • Bear's Den
  • De Staat
  • The Struts
  • Sara Hartman
  • ONE OK ROCK
  • Skip&Die (dj-set) & Friends
  • Clean Pete
June 11
  • Walk of the Earth
  • James Morrison
  • Lianne la Havas
  • Doe Maar
  • Rammstein
  • Imelda May
  • Halestorm
  • Skillet
  • De Staat
  • Puscifer
  • Miamigo
  • Lucas Hamming
  • Matt Simons
  • Nothing But Thieves
  • Robin Schulz
  • The Sore Losers
  • Parquet Courts
  • Lucky Fonz III
  • Bazart
  • Noisia
  • Madi Hermens
June 12
  • Douwe Bob
  • John Newman
  • Kygo
  • Lionel Richie
  • Paul McCartney
  • Jungle By Night
  • Vintage Trouble
  • All Time Low
  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Harts
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • Jamie Lawson
  • Tom Odell
  • Balthazar
  • Walking On Cars
  • Slaves
  • The London Souls
  • Graveyard
  • Sevn Alias/Broederliefde
  • Midas

ONE OK ROCK at Pinkpop Festival 2016Edit

In February 2016, ONE OK ROCK announced that they will perform at Pinkpop Festival.[6] Their performance there also became a part of their European 2016 tour.[7] In June 10, they went to Landgraaf, Netherlands to perform at Pinkpop Festival and assigned to play at Stage 4, the same stage The Struts, Sara Hartman, and Skip&Die (dj-set) & Friends performed that day.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gammon, John (17 June 2011)."Six In A Row For Pinkpop". London, U.K.: Pollstar
  2. "Pinkpop is langstlopende popfestival ter wereld" (Pinkpop is longest running pop festival in the world). http://geschiedenis.vpro.nl/ (in Dutch). VPRO independent Dutch public broadcaster.
  3. http://www.pinkpop.nl/history/pinkpop-abc/
  4. Pinkpop 2015
  5. "De beginjaren van Pinkpop" (The early years of Pinkpop). www.geschiedenis24.nl (in Dutch)
  6. https://twitter.com/ONEOKROCK_japan/status/700062610872381440
  7. https://twitter.com/ONEOKROCK_japan/status/704825179591933952
  8. http://www.pinkpop.nl/2016/en/line-up/

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