I think we all get the deal by now: two acts you’re looking forward to are playing at the exact same time during a festival, and you don’t know what to do. Either you do the classic half-half and run around, or you focus on just one set and try to push the other one to the back of your mind. One thing you can also do is read articles like this, for which the sole purpose is to clear up the struggles you face when filling in your Clashfinder. Down the Rabbit Hole finally takes place this weekend, and we’ve selected the three toughest clashes in the hope of helping you get your shit together when you arrive in Beuningen.
MODERAT vs SLAVES (FRIDAY, 22:45) The first tough clash of the weekend comes at the end of Down the Rabbit Hole’s first day, when Scandinavian electronic trio Moderat top the Hotot stage just as Kent manics Slaves appear on the intimate Fuzzy Lop stage. Let’s get one thing straight: Slaves aren’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon, whereas Moderat sets of this size and stature are few and far between. Our choice? Moderat.
FLEET FOXES vs NICOLAS JAAR (SATURDAY, 22:45) This one is probably the toughest, even if it isn’t a full-on clash. Hotot headliners Fleet Foxes, drafted in late on to replace Massive Attack, are probably one of MOJO’s best festival catches this summer if you consider the fact that the band haven’t appeared on Dutch soil since 2011. Nicolas Jaar, on the other hand, is guaranteed to start a party on the Teddy Widder stage with his transient mixes and grooves. He comes round more often though, and there probably won’t be much else more picturesque this weekend than a packed tent for Fleet Foxes. Our choice? Fleet Foxes.
HO99O9 vs OSCAR & THE WOLF (SUNDAY, 21:30) The third and final clash on this list concerns two acts who likely couldn’t be more different from one another. On one hand you’ve got Hotot headliners Oscar & the Wolf, who will more likely than not bring a massive production to Beuningen for a packed crowd, and on the other you’ve got the hip hop-meets-punk hellraisers Ho99o9, who tend to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of ultimate crowd chaos. The decision is ultimately down to taste, but why not end your weekend on some unforgettable carnage? Our choice? Ho99o9.
Down the Rabbit Hole takes place in Beuningen between 23 and 25 June, and you can get your tickets here.