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ALESTORM: The craziest pirates ever!

Alestorm captured their crowd from the moment they entered the stage with the strangest backdrop ever. After this short ‘What the fuck?’-moment Alestorm started playing and got the crowd’s full attention. The Caribbean temperatures fit perfectly with ...

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METAL DOME: Saturday Stoner, Alternative and Sludge Day!

The day started off with Toseland who, after a sinister intro, played a no-nonsense hardrock set. They weren’t able to fill up the Metal Dome, but they did attract a lot of devil’s horns! Next on was Baroness . They usually live up to everyone’s ex...

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DEEP PURPLE: Smoke on the moor in Dessel…

Deep Purple performed tonight for the first time ever on our Graspop Main Stage. Their 72 year old lead singer, Ian Gillan, surprised his fans with his still impressive vocals. With ‘Time For Bedlam’ the living legends kicked off with a song of their ...

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In Flames: back to the basics!

In Flames isn’t a stranger on Graspop Metal Meeting. They deliver quality performances again and again, so it wasn’t a surprise they were asked to perform as headliner on the Main Stage. Seemingly effortless they brought their show to a new level usin...

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JUPILER STAGE: Saturday metalcore day!

All bands playing on the Jupiler Stage on saturday can be described by the genre hardcore or metalcore. ...

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Graspop welcomes the future: both sons of Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson on the Jupiler Stage!

It looks like an Iron Maiden reunion at GMM this year. We welcomed both sons of lead singer Bruce Dickinson for the first time in Dessel with their new bands. Both sons even opened on the Jupiler Stage of Friday and Saturday.
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Gojira: Godzilla on stage!

Gojira is the (original) Japanese name for Godzilla, the gigantic lizard which was (de)generated due to nuclear pollution. That this French band with their big concern for the environment named themselves after this monster is not a coincidence: whe...

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Mayhem: As threatening as ever!

When black metal was taking its first steps in Norway, the name Mayhem was enough to cause a tremble of fear in everyday society. Everyone is familiar with the tales of arson, suicide and murder which encircled them. However, anno 2017 Mayhem is mai...

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Danko Jones: defender of Rock-‘n-Roll

If the words ‘rock-‘n-roll” turn up in almost half of your songs, you know where Danko Jones stands for. The Canadian singer of the eponymous band asked the graspop crowd to direct their attention to pure rock-‘n-roll as a genre between all the metal ...

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Avatar: “Smells Like A Freakshow”

The Swedish metal circus adepts from Avatar opened the second day of Graspop Metal Meeting at exactly at 11:30 on the Main Stage. From the moment they started ‘Hail The Apocalypse’ the atmosphere was right. Even the sun peeked through the clouds to...

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Emperor: An exclusive show that will be remembered by all!

Emperor isn’t a well-known band, but for true metalheads who know a thing or two about the black metal scene, Emperor is worthy of his name. They rarely play at festivals anymore, so this was a special occasion. GMM invited Emperor to celebrate with u...

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Rammstein: An explosive headliner!

After years and years of hoping and wishing out loud that someday Rammstein would be headliner on everyone’s most favorite Metalfestival, their patience was finally rewarded. Friday tickets were all sold out in no time. With a spectacular show filled ...

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