It’s been 11 years since THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN released their first album, but now they are back with new material that you can experience live for the first time in Denmark at Heartland 2019. THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN is a decisive super band, composed of Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, former The Verve Guitarist Simon Tong, bassist from legendary The Clash, Paul Simonon, and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who for a number of years played with Afrobeat icon Hide Kuti.
The band is a unique musical project with shattering alternative rock as the focal point and with clear references to garrison and people. On November 16, the group released his second album Merrie Land, produced by Tony Visconti, who also stood behind David Bowie’s masterpiece of salvation, Blackstar. It will be undoubtedly and with the bag in the bag that we welcome them to Heartland next summer.
Since the 1984 debut, CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG has built a totally unbeatable resume as a singer and actor. From Lars von Trier to Daft Punk and Paul McCartney: She has worked with everyone, winning a lot of prizes – including a prize as best actress in Cannes for Antichrist – and at the same time managed to develop a deep personal expression as a musician. Her unmistakably French take on new wave-inspired electropop is embarrassed by melancholy, sex and sadness.
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG’S latest album, Rest from 2017, was thus featured as one of the best albums in the year with leading magazines and newspapers such as Pitchfork, The Guardian and The Independent.
Detroit rapper DANNY BROWN has one of the most distinctive voices in modern hip hop. His bright, almost raggy rap is spicy with sour and fun stories about ladies and fabrics.
After a short flirt with 50 Cents crew G-Unit in 2010, DANNY BROWN has established himself with a number of strong releases, including along with Black Milk, another super talent from Detroit, and with guest appearances on posthumous releases with the accomplished producer J-Dilla. DANNY BROWN’s latest album, with the Joy Division-inspired title Atrocity Exhibition, appeared in English in 2016 on English Warp Records, which also includes Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin and Brian Eno.
In addition to his sharp lyrics, DANNY BROWN is known for concerts with speed over the field, which we hopefully will notice on Heartland 2019.
Few genres evolve as fast as jazz does right now. Along with his former bandmate Thundercat, the saxophonist KAMASI WASHINGTON is one of the absolute banner leaders for a revival that has led Jazzen back as the central creative driving force in modern music.
KAMASI WASHINGTON’s CV reflects the excitement: From co-productions with Kendrick Lamar and future beatsmed Flying Lotuys to straightforward fusion jazz with Stanley Clarke and experimental indie with Broken Bells. Kamasi Washington does it all and is a worthy heir to a genre with very proud traditions.
The Manchester band ELBOW has been firm fixtures on the English charts since 2008, where the band really broke through the album The Seldom Seen Kid. The band’s sound – in addition to the very proud rock traditions in Manchester – draws on an unmistakably British and very melancholy nerve with references to both Radiohead, Genesis and Talk Talk. It is delicate and poetic rock that embraces love.
The heat will be felt when the band visits Heartland 2019.
INTERPOL is one of the names that defined New York Indie-scene in the early 00’s with a post-punk-inspired sound that draws direct threads to giants like Joy Division and The Smiths. Together with bands like The Strokes, they strongly contributed to the rock returning to both radio and charts. The crew of the group has changed over the years, but the band has remarkably managed to keep the level of their honorable debut – while developing their sound towards a more intimate and raw expression. INTERPOL’s sixth album, Marauder, was released in August 2018 and will undoubtedly be live at Heartland 2019, along with hits.
The legendary KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is one of the world’s most iconic country singers. Since he landed a helicopter in Johnny Cash’s front door (true story) to draw the attention of the latter to Kristofferson’s demo band in 1965, the American singer might have more than any other encapsulated sound of raw undeveloped country and western music.
As a songwriter, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is behind some of the genre’s most distinctive songs, including Me & Bobby McGeesom Kristofferson’s then girlfriend Janis Joplin recorded a few days before her death in 1970.
At Heartland Festival in 2019 he will bring with him the legendary Merle Hagaard’s band, The Strangers.