Lowlands Festival

Lowlands Fesitval, NetherlandsLowlands Festival takes place in Walibi World, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands

Lowlands Festival 2012 dates – 17th to 19th August

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Feist, Ane Brun, La Pegatina, Letlive, Blaudzun, Movits!, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The lesson Ramoneurs Menhirs

The History of Lowlands Festival
A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, also known as simply Lowlands, is a music festival, held annually in the Netherlands in August. Lowlands is, together with Pinkpop, one of the biggest and most popular music festivals in the country, with about 60,000 visitors, over 200 acts and more than ten stages every year which are named according to the NATO phonetic alphabet, apart from the Grolsch stage, named after the beer brewer Grolsch, who has been the main sponsor of the festival for the last few years. The majority of stages are inside huge tents – insurance against the Dutch climate – with the main stage’s tent, Alpha, being approximately the size of a premiership football team’s pitch.

The festival is held in Biddinghuizen, very close to the Walibi World amusement park. Besides music (alternative music, pop, rock, dance, hip hop), there is also an indoor and an outdoor cinema, stand-up comedy, street theatre and theatre.

Lowlands began as one of the very first Dutch pop festivals – A Flight to Lowlands Paradise that was organised in November 1967 by the Utrecht based artist and painter Bunk Bessel. This festival took place in the Margriethal of Jaarbeurs Utrecht. The entry fee was 10 guilders (approximately 4.50 euros), including breakfast. This 18-hour-long event had no top-acts but included experimental theatre, dancing, poetry, films, body painting and massage. The Utrecht municipality did not pay up the promised subsidy of 8,000 guilders after the event.

On the 28 December 1968 the festival was held a second time, postponed by a month from its original date of 23 November to try to get Jimi Hendrix to attend the event. This could not be arranged, and other large acts such as Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull were cancelled. However, Pink Floyd remained on the bill. In the end, the show was sold out to its capacity of 18,000 visitors, and for many people it was a cold and disappointing experience as they were unable to get inside. Inevitably, there was unrest and the police had to be involved.

In 1993, organizer Willem Venema began another festival under the name A Camping flight to Lowlands Paradise.

Life of Agony released a CD of their unplugged set from the Lowlands Festival in 1997, entitled Unplugged at the Lowlands Festival ’97

Lowlands Festival Line Up – 2011
Agnes Obél, Âme (live), Anna Calvi, Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra, Aphex Twin, Arctic Monkeys, Beady Eye, Budzillus, Bullet for my Valentine, Butcherettes, Le, Cage The Elephant, Chase & Status, Chef’Special, Computers, The, Crystal Castles, Destroyer, dEUS, DeWolff, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Flogging Molly, Foster The People, Frank Turner, Handsome Poets, Happy Camper, Interpol, James Blake, Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Joan as Police Woman, Jungle by Night, Junip, Karnivool, Kills, The, Lykke Li, Matthew Dear – Live Band, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Miles Kane, Naked And Famous, The, Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest o.l.v. Benjamin Herman, Noah & the Whale, Offspring, The, Omar Souleyman, Paul Kalkbrenner (LIVE), Pearson Sound b2b Ben UFO, Q-tip, Residentie Orkest, Rise Against, Roots, The, Sandwell District, Skrillex, Skunk Anansie, Suuns, Timber Timbre, Trentemøller (live in concert), Twin shadow, Underoath, Vaccines, The, Warpaint, Will And The People, Within Temptation, Wombats


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