Rock Werchter

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Il Rock Werchter è un celebre festival musicale che si tiene con cadenza annuale a Werchter, in Belgio, nel primo fine settimana della stagione estiva dal 1974. È il maggiore evento musicale in Belgio e uno dei più importanti d'Europa.

Storia[modifica | modifica wikitesto]

Il festival, denominato in origine Rock & Blues, nacque nel 1974 come evento che si svolgeva in una sola giornata, in cui ospitò Big Bill, Kandahar, Banzai e The Bintangs. In origine era un doppio festival di nome Torhout-Werchter che si svolgeva in due diversi siti, a Werchter e a Torhout. Nel 1999 il sito di Torhout fu abbandonato e l'unica sede divenne Werchter. Dal 2003 il Rock Werchter ha durata di quattro giorni e la sua proprietà è passata da Herman Schueremans a Live Nation, anche se il principale organizzatore rimane Schuereman.

Si tiene ogni anno nell'ultimo fine settimana di giugno o nel primo fine settimana di luglio.

Edizioni per anno[modifica | modifica wikitesto]

Anno Date Spettatori per giorno (media) Artisti principali Note
1977 5,000 Philip Catherine, Jan Akkerman, Kayak, Dr. Feelgood
1978 6,000 Talking Heads, Dr. Feelgood, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds & Rockpile
1979 12,000 Raymond van het Groenewoud, Talking Heads, Dire Straits, Rory Gallagher
1980 18,000 Kevin Ayers, Fischer-Z, The Specials, The Kinks
1981 23,500 Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Cure, Robert Palmer, Dire Straits
1982 37,500 Allez Allez, U2, Steve Miller Band, Talking Heads, Jackson Browne
1983 36,000 Eurythmics, Simple Minds, U2, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison
1984 55,000 Chris Rea, John Hiatt, Joe Jackson, Simple Minds, Lou Reed Schueremans and De Meyer created StageCo Staging Company. All audio and video equipments were dismantled at Torhout and transported to Werchter to be built up for the Werchter leg of the festival. This had to be done in 10 hours.
1985 63,000 Ramones, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, U2, Joe Cocker
1986 60,000 Simply Red, Talk Talk, UB40, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Simple Minds Ticket price was 850 Belgian Franks, which is 21 Euro nowadays.
1987 60,000 Iggy Pop, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Pretenders, Eurythmics, Peter Gabriel
1988 60,000 Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, INXS, Bryan Adams, Sting Bryan Adams records Live! Live! Live! while it "rained in torrents."
1989 50,000 Texas, Pixies, Tanita Tikaram, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Robert Cray Band, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Joe Jackson, Lou Reed Elvis Costello is all by himself, yet he manages to overwhelm the crowd
1990 60,000 Mano Negra, De La Soul, The Jeff Healey Band, Lenny Kravitz, Ry Cooder / David Lindley, Wendy and Lisa, Sinéad O'Connor, Midnight Oil, Bob Dylan, The Cure
1991 50,500 The Scene, Dave Stewart, Deee-Lite, Happy Mondays, Bonnie Raitt, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Sting, Paul Simon In Torhout the crowd spontaneously started throwing empty bottles in the air during Sting's song 'Message in a Bottle', soon filling the skies with bottlework. The same happened in Werchter the next day, ending with bottles hitting people's heads and resulting in injuries. This incident marked the beginning of the prohibition of visitors bringing their own drinks to the festival, a decision criticized and alleged to be for mere commercial purposes.
1992 60,000 The Smashing Pumpkins, Crowded House, Lou Reed, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bryan Adams Kiedis shouted at the crowd: "If you love us, throw more mud!" A few seconds later the stage was transformed in a place best described as a mud fight arena.
1993 60,000 Sonic Youth, Faith No More, Neil Young w/ Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Lenny Kravitz, Metallica
1994 50,500 Tool, Clawfinger, Therapy?, Sepultura, Rage Against the Machine, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith A camping festival was held the night before the festival itself. dEUS and Tool performed on this stage.
1995 65,000 Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey, The Offspring, The Cure, The Cranberries, R.E.M. Second stage added.
1996 50,000 David Bowie, The Chemical Brothers, Afghan Wigs, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Björk, Pulp, Massive Attack, Foo Fighters, Neil Young & Crazy Horse First time as a two-day festival. First time ever Radiohead played Paranoid Android.
1997 50,000 David Bowie, Daft Punk, Supergrass, Live, Radiohead, Jamiroquai, The Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, dEUS
1998 20,000 Sonic Youth, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Garbage, Therapy?, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Beastie Boys, Björk
1999 2–4 July 51,500 Pavement, Blur, Marilyn Manson, Placebo, Robbie Williams, Faithless, Lenny Kravitz, R.E.M. First time in Werchter only. First time as a three-day festival (shows started at 5pm on Friday).
2000 30 June – 2 July 55,000 Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Bush, A Perfect Circle, Counting Crows, The Cure, Eels
2001 29 June – 1 July 60,000 Fun Lovin' Criminals, Sting, Beck, Placebo, PJ Harvey, Muse, Sigur Rós, Grandaddy, Faithless, Coldplay, Incubus
2002 28 – 30 June 63,000 Sonic Youth, The White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rammstein, Queens of the Stone Age, Faithless, Coldplay
2003 26 – 29 June 70,000 Radiohead, Björk, Massive Attack, Moby, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, R.E.M., Coldplay First time as a four-day-festival
Arthur award for Best festival in the world
2004 1 – 4 July 70,000 The Cure, Metallica, KoЯn, Lenny Kravitz, Pixies, Muse, 2 Many DJ's, Placebo, Moloko Arthur award for Best festival in the world. Headliner David Bowie cancelled because of a shoulder nerve injury. 2 Many DJ's were flown back from the UEFA Euro 2004 Final in Lisbon to replace him.
2005 30 June – 3 July 80,000 New Order, The Chemical Brothers, Garbage, Green Day, Kraftwerk, Queens of the Stone Age, Snoop Dogg, Faithless, Rammstein, Foo Fighters, R.E.M.
2006 29 June – 2 July 80,000 Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Eyed Peas, The Who, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Placebo, dEUS, Depeche Mode Arthur award for Best festival in the world
2007 28 June – 1 July 80,000 Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, The Chemical Brothers, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Faithless Arthur award for Best festival in the world. Pearl Jam finally played at the festival after cancellations in 1992 (Eddie Vedder's stress collapse) and 2000 (drama at Roskilde).
2008 3 – 6 July 80,000 The Chemical Brothers, R.E.M., Moby, Neil Young, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, dEUS, Beck, Kaiser Chiefs The ILMC (who gives the Arthur Awards) changed her restrictions, a festival which has won 2 years in a row can't enter the next year. This change has been done in favour of the other festivals.
2009 2 – 5 July 80,000 The Killers, Lady Gaga, Placebo, Metallica, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Nine Inch Nails, Limp Bizkit European Festival Award for Best line-up, artist's favourite festival and best promotor
2010 1 – 4 July 80,000 Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Muse, Pink, Rammstein, Faithless, Green Day, Them Crooked Vultures, Editors
2011 30 June – 3 July 82,750 Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Iron Maiden, The Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Robyn, The Black Eyed Peas European Festival Award for Best line-up
2012 28 June – 1 July 85,000 Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Garbage, Skrillex, Justice, Pearl Jam, Deadmau5, Mumford & Sons, Editors, Rise Against, Chase & Status, Snow Patrol Third stage added, Arthur award for Best festival in the world
2013 4 – 7 July 85,000 Depeche Mode, Blur, Rammstein, Green Day, Kings of Leon, The National, Editors, Netsky, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Volbeat
2014 3 – 6 July 88,000 Pearl Jam, Metallica, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, Pixies, The Black Keys, Placebo, Damon Albarn, Skrillex, Biffy Clyro, Chase & Status, Eels, Ellie Goulding, Interpol One of only two festival appearances by Pearl Jam in their exclusive 12-date 2014 European tour.
2015 25–28 June 88,000 The Chemical Brothers, Faith No More, Mumford & Sons, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, The Prodigy, Muse, Kasabian [1]

Note[modifica | modifica wikitesto]

  1. ^ 88.000 mensen beleven vier dagen feest van het jaar, su deredactie.be, VRT Deredactie, 29 luglio 2015. URL consultato il 29 giugno 2015.

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