23:15 - 00:45 North Stage
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Heavy Metal




The road to the top is long and winding and Michael Poulsen knows this better than most. After dabbling in death metal for a decade, he decided it was time to start a new band. Inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Metallica, Volbeat’s music is a fusion of heavy metal, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly. The accessible, feel-good but nevertheless ass-kicking metal on their 2005 debut ‘The Strength/The Sound/The Songs’ set the tone and less than a decade after opening proceedings in the Metal Dome (2007) they headlined GMM for the first time. They continued to perfect their punk/rock/groove/thrash/death ‘n’ roll recipe on ‘Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood’ (2008), cementing their reputation as a versatile rock band with undeniable metal roots. ‘Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie’ (2016) features more classic Volbeat with high-octane riffs, uplifting music and a Michael Poulsen who still knows how to spin an interesting yarn. On their seventh slab ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’ (2019), Volbeat continue their precarious balancing act between Scandinavian metal, their rockabilly vibe and that stadium/rock arena appeal that has taken them to the top of the food chain. In 2019 the overwhelming demand for tickets caused the organisers to move their show from the Lotto Arena to the Antwerp Sports Palace, a venue twice that size. Roll up your sleeves and warm up those vocal chords because the guitar gangsters are coming home to Graspop Metal Meeting! (#GMM22)