Last November, when Pinkpop Festival announced Metallica as the first headliner of the 2014 edition, no one would’ve even considered the possibility that The Rolling Stones would also be making their debut appearance at Europe’s longest running open air festival. On Wednesday 12 March that all changed when, after months of speculation and rumours, the Mick Jagger-fronted group announced that they will headline the first night of the festival, on Saturday 7 June. This announcement didn’t just come out of nowhere, however. Ever since organiser Jan Smeets announced that he was in talks with the legends, the Internet was awash with rumours and talk of what may well be the best ever festival set in Pinkpop history.

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Along with the confirmation of the greatest rock band on the planet, Pinkpop Festival also confirmed a further 22 names today, completing a majority of the line-up at the same time. ALL THINGS LOUD is very excited to be bringing you coverage of the festival this year, so what better way to kick off proceedings with an introduction to the line-up!

As ever, a spate of big names will be appearing at the festival this year. Joining the Rolling Stones at the top of the bill are the previously announced Metallica, as well as one of the biggest bands around right now – Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner and co. will be bringing their new album AM to the fields of Landgraaf on Sunday 8 June, with fellow UK band Editors before them on the main stage. Other big names appearing throughout the weekend include John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Avenged Sevenfold and indie rock legends Arcade Fire, who are headlining the 3fm Stage on the final day.

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As well as this, Pinkpop has been known for diversifying its line-up to reach out to new audiences, something which is very apparent this year. In and amongst the massive rock names, you’ll find a selection of up-and-coming pop acts such as Clean Bandit, John Newman and the magnificent sister-trio of Haim. The former of these three, Clean Bandit, recently scored a number one hit with Rather Be, whereas John Newman broke through thanks to his feature vocal on (also appearing at Pinkpop) Rudimental’s Feel the Love. Haim, who have been making music for almost their whole lives, broke through last year with hits such as Falling and The Wire, making this year’s 3fm Stage set a hotly anticipated one. Twenty One Pilots will also be bringing their summery pop/indie/rap hybrid to the tent on the second day of the festival, whereas The Kooks, Jake Bugg, Portugal. The Man, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Lies and The Boxer Rebellion will also be responsible for a majority of the weekend’s indie rock.

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Alongside the up-and-coming indie rock and well-established rock bands, Pinkpop also always manages to bring a couple of fun, party bands to South Limburg. This year’s biggest parties will most likely be courtesy of Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly. As well as the fun party bands, older classic acts such as Joe Bonamassa, Robert Plant, North Mississippi Allstars and Ed Kowalczyk will also be making appearances, alongside younger acts like Stromae, Paolo Nutini and the returning Bastille & Kodaline. Dutch bands appearing also include Chef’Special, Jett Rebel, competition winners Les Djinns and metal group Epica.

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Metal will be heavily represented at the festival this year, with the Metallica-topped final day being dubbed ‘Metal Monday’. It’s not hard to see why, with heavier music courtesy of Biffy Clyro, Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Ghost and the laughable Limp Bizkit.

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With around 50 acts to choose from (12 of which are yet to be announced), the acts we recommend you should see are the big three headliners – The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Metallica – as well as Arcade Fire, Editors, Haim, Biffy Clyro, Flogging Molly, Jake Bugg, Ghost, Twenty One Pilots and White Lies.

See you in June!

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