It’s that time of year again. In two days (well, technically tomorrow), Biddinghuizen opens its doors to some 60,000 revellers for yet another sold-out edition of A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, Lowlands for short. The multi-disciplinary weekender serves as the final important weekend in the Dutch festival calendar, boasting a line-up which places just as much emphasis on big names as it does on upcoming bands and the most enthralling arts, culture, science and, well, sex. Today we commence our series of Lowlands previews by looking at the seven artists who we think are sure to make your weekend in Biddinghuizen unforgettable.
When The Growlers play a show, you watch it. There is no other way around it, because Brooks Nielsen and his band are the modern day connoisseurs of fine-tuned surf funk. Friday, 14:50, Heineken
Reclusive Londoners and BRIT School alumni black midi have proven to be one of 2019’s most anticipated bands, blending frenetic post punk with obscure song constructions and wild live shows. Sunday, 20:20, X Ray
Without doing the band any disservice, Jungle are what we like to call an ultimate party band. The London collective are known for blending sweet soulful harmonies with tight grooves, and the result is nothing short of mouthwatering. Friday, 16:30, Bravo
An IDLES live show isn’t just a live show. It’s a visceral, mind boggling experience, and that’s all you need to know. Saturday, 18:30, India
Four years ago, Kevin Parker and his Tame Impala bandmates treated Lowlands to one of the most enthralling shows the festival has ever experienced. Now they’re back, bigger and better than ever before. Sunday, 21:30, Alpha
There hasn’t been as much representation of the punk and hardcore scenes at Lowlands in recent years, but bands like Turnstile are well and truly keeping the flag flying high for heavy music. Don’t miss out on this high octane outfit, because they’ll be gone before you know it. Sunday, 15:30, X Ray
All aboard the hype train! Fontaines D.C. are one of the biggest success stories in recent memory, and it doesn’t take much to see why. Friday, India, 17:45