Just days after the announcement of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest as the first headliners for the XL edition of Graspop Metal Meeting, the festival organisers have dropped another bombshell with a clutch of confirmations for next summer. DEEP PURPLE, DEFTONES, DISTURBED, KORN, MERCYFUL FATE and THE OFFSPRING are just a few of the bands that will pull out all the stops from Thursday – Sunday 18th – 21st June on the festival’s five stages.
Graspop Metal Meeting is the Benelux’ premier hard rock and metal festival and the 2020 edition marks its 25th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion in style the organisers are billing a slew of famous and less well-known metal talent that will rock festival park De Stenehei in Dessel for four days straight. Last week GMM announced two of its four absolute headliners with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and now they’re adding no fewer than 74 names to the list! Some of the biggest eye-catchers include Deep Purple, Deftones, Disturbed, Korn, Mercyful Fate and The Offspring.
DEEP PURPLE hardly need an introduction. In the course of their fifty-year career the legendary hard rock band has racked up a string of world hits and millions of enthusiastic fans still flock to their live shows. For three decades DEFTONES have been alternative metal pioneers in the true sense of the word and their live reputation precedes them. DISTURBED have their work cut out for them if they’re going to repeat last year’s spellbinding performance but they’re up for the challenge.
MERCYFUL FATE have officially reunited after a twenty-year hiatus and will play a set list consisting only of songs from their self-titled maiden EP and their classic first two studio albums, ‘Melissa’ and ‘Don’t Break the Oath’. KORN, the first band ever to be labelled nu-metal, has sold over 35 million albums and their recently released 13th studio album ‘The Nothing’ packs one hell of a punch. American punk rock icons
THE OFFSPRING are making one of the most eagerly awaited GMM debuts this year. Classic hits like ‘Self Esteem’, ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’ and ‘Why Don’t You Get a Job’ are destined to get the crowd moving.
Of course, these are just a few layers of the birthday cake because there’s much more to choose from in Dessel next summer: Airbourne, Alcest, Alestorm, Alter Bridge, Amorphis, Anathema, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, Babymetal, Battle Beast, Beyond The Black, Body Count Ft. Ice-T, Boston Manor, Bury Tomorrow, Chelsea Grin, Creeper, Deep Purple, Deez Nuts, Deftones, Dimmu Borgir, Disillusion, Disturbed, Dog Eat Dog, Dool, Down, Dream State, Dying Fetus, Enter Shikari, Exciter, Fields Of The Nephilim, Foreigner, Fu Manchu, Gaahls Wyrd, Good Riddance, Heathen, Heaven Shall Burn, High On Fire, In Extremo, Kadavar, Killing Joke, Killswitch Engage, Korn, Lagwagon, M.O.D., Mayhem, Me And That Man, Mercyful Fate, Mispyrming, Motionless In White, My Dying Bride, Naglfar, Obituary, Of Mice & Men, Opeth, Our Survival Depends On Us, P.O.D., Paradise Lost, Powerflo, Powerwolf, Sacred Reich, Sepultura, Shvpes, Silverstein, Slapshot, Soen, Steel Panther, The Great Old Ones, The Offspring, The Vintage Caravan, Thunder, Tribulation, Vltimas, Wayward Sons and Wednesday 13.
Many more acts are still to be confirmed – All in all more than 120 bands will play GMM2020.
To make festival-goers as comfortable as possible Graspop Metal Meeting is offering its usual wide variety of accommodations at and near the festival grounds. There will be no shortage of tasty food & drink and fringe events. As always there are a number of locations where guests can spend the night. A novelty this year is the combi plus ticket for those festival-goers staying at Camping Boneyard. Combi plus ticket holders can park in a nearby car park and put up their tent in the front part of Camping Boneyard. What’s more, guests can check in on Wednesday and can immediately collect their festival wristbands. The other campsites, Metal Town and Skullotel, open on Thursday. As in previous years, holiday parks Metal Park and Devil’s Lake will accommodate those Graspop fans who appreciate a little bit of extra comfort.