These 10 artists blew you away at the festivals, and will soon do so again in AB

1. Vuurwerk 

(Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop)

Belgian bands that ascend a number of rungs on their career ladder in just one show? Rock Werchter is just the right place for that to happen. Take VUURWERK for example, that resolutely shot off into the heavens from KluB C.” – De Morgen

Wednesday 25 October 2017 - AB Box

2. J. Bernardt

(Rock Werchter, Lokerse Feeste, Leffingeleuren, Crammerock, Melkrock, Dranouter, Rock Olmen, Borgerwood Festival, Les Ardentes, Couleur Café, ...)

He held KluB C in a choke hold with a courageously simple approach. J. Bernardt presented only six songs, but each one hit the mark. And then there was the charismatic clumsiness with which he ambled across the stage and threw his arms in the air too. You could hardly not love him.” – De Morgen

Friday 6 October 2017 - AB Main Hall

3. Tamino

(Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, Cactus Festival, Lokerse Feesten, Crammerock, Zeverrock, M-idzomer Festival, ...)

We had sworn not to hand out five stars. There’s no such thing as perfection, certainly not at a festival where, on day two, you are already bathing in sweaty armpit fumes, boggy grass and other unseemly odors. What’s more, perfection provides an absurd fervor to a concert that is actually all about fragility and fractures.” – De Morgen

Wednesday 11 October 2017 - AB Main Hall

4. Loyle Carner

(Couleur Café, Dour)

If you make 'first is' rhyme with 'hearses', 'service' and 'rehearse this' - what wonderful sentences, what a manner of expression – and at the same time ensure that the content doesn’t get in the way of the flow (or that an overabundance of flow makes it all unintelligible), then you’re a pretty big performer. For sure.” – Humo (Couleur Café)

Thursday 19 October 2017 - AB Box

5. Mount Kimbie

(Pukkelpop, PITCH Festival)

Mount Kimbie‘s groundbreaking debut album ‘Crooks & Lovers’ resulted in the birth of the post-dubstep genre. Successor ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ was then released on the legendary Warp-label. Earlier in 2017 Mount Kimbie put out the very promising single ‘We Go Home Together’, a collaboration with soulmate James Blake, and now we’re full of anticipation for their third album! 

Saturday 4 November 2017 - AB Main Hall

6. Aldous Harding

(Feeërieën)

It is rare for AB to bring in an, as yet, unknown artist no less than four (!) times in one concert season. That says a lot. We very much – pardon: VERY MUCH – believe in the talent of this chanteuse from New-Zealand: Aldous Harding. Her latest – ironically titled – album ‘Party’ resounds with the echoes of Nico and Scott Walker, as well as Karen Dalton and PJ Harvey.

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - AB Club 

7. Intergalactic Lovers

(Pukkelpop)

"Het is maar dat er even later nog een PJ Harvey op hetzelfde podium zou staan na Lara Chedraoui, anders hadden we onze Frontvrouw van de Dag alweer gehad. We moesten het eerst meemaken om het met zekerheid te kunnen zeggen, maar bij dezen: een Pukkelpop is altijd beter als Intergalactic Lovers uitgenodigd zijn." - Humo

Thursday 2 November 2017 - AB Main Hall

8. Het Zesde Metaal

(Rock Werchter, Lokerse Feesten, Dranouter, Zeverrock, M-idzomer Festival, Cactus Festival, Rock Zottegem, Gladiolen, ...)

Kgoa nie ontgoocheln, kgoa der stoan’, was to be heard in that last song at Rock Werchter. Well: Het Zesde Metaal stood their ground, at their first Werchter.” – De Standaard

Wednesday 29 November 2017 - AB Main Hall

9. Taxiwars

(Cactusfestival, OLT, Les Ardentes)

Remarkably enough, TaxiWars at Cactus Festival were responsible for a sound that tended more toward summer fever than the familiar, sultry darkness of the night. That sound didn’t entirely reach the audience due to a cloudy sky, but at least it demonstrated that this quartet can hold its own both in clubs and on festival stages.” – De Morgen

Saturday 16 December 2017 - AB Main Hall

10. NEON with Charlotte de Witte

(Rock Werchter, Dour, Tomorrowland, Cirque Magique)

The triangle Wakkerzeel-Werchter-Haacht burst at its seams, a few kids got trampled, the KluB C transformed into a seething mass – mission successful, we reckon. Tripping with La Witte is no crude affair, let it be clear.” – Humo

Friday 22 December 2017 - AB Main Hall

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