In three weeks’ time, Belgium’s premier music festival Rock Werchter will open its doors to some 150,000 festivalgoers over the course of four spectacularly filled days. With a slew of headliners as far as the eye can see, this year’s festival has been hailed as the best line-up of 2017 by festival critics the world over. And they aren’t wrong, because this year’s edition boasts no less than six headliners: Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Linkin Park, System of a Down and Foo Fighters. And that’s just the big names! Below we’ve briefly rounded up six musical suggestions which find themselves lower down the bill, and we’re letting the music do the talking.
NOTHING BUT THIEVES
For fans of: stadium-ready alt rock, killer vocals, Radiohead and Muse had they produced a child
WHITNEY For fans of: getting stoned in a field, lilting rhythms, the 1970s
CAGE THE ELEPHANT For fans of: high octane riffs, crowd chaos, getting sweaty
MACHINE GUN KELLY For fans of: hip-hop done right, a punky musical injection, weed
MAGGIE ROGERS For fans of: crying tears of happiness, spine-tingling vocals, sitting on the sofa during winter with a cup of cocoa
DUA LIPA For fans of: perfect pop music, selfies, Snapchat filters