The godfather of Pinkpop, Jan Smeets (73), initiator of the plans for the fiftieth edition, next year. “I have many ideas, too many ideas even. It’s going to be good!”
More concrete than that he did not make. “Perhaps a lot of larger acts wanting to get involved ever with us, have played and now ‘huge’. Maybe one day it will take longer.. but there you need a permit for.” However, he continues also in an edition faithful to the principles of the Pinkpop festival: “It’s about the music, that is all we need.”
The next edition of the Pinkpop festival offers a wide line-up. The headliners were already announced: Pearl Jam (Friday), Foo Fighters (Saturday) and Bruno Mars (Sunday), but Wednesday were in the Paradiso in Amsterdam and the rest of the acts announced. On the first day of the festival the audience can enjoy the BAND, The Offspring, Lil’Kleine, Oliver Heldens, Blaudzun and back again – Snow Patrol.
Saturday is the turn of Sevn Alias, Miss Montreal, The Licks, The Script, and Noel Gallagher (last year joined his brother Liam is already on). The last day, Sunday, the stages are manned by Editors, the Belgian eye-catching Oscar and the Wolf, Sigrid, Don Diablo, Milky Chance, Triggerfinger, Jessie J, Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience and The Kooks.
The program offers more rock and pop than the edition of 2017. Last year seemed like a turn to be played with artists such as Justin Bieber and Martin Garrix, but that picked up happen to be so, said Smeets when all. He promised the rock that will not to deny it.
The 49th edition of the Pinkpop festival from 15 to 17 June at the event venue Megaland in Landgraaf. The ticket sales starts this Saturday at 10.00 am. The tickets address, incidentally, is more expensive than last year: the tickets costs 100 euro (+5), the weekendkaarten 220 euro (+20). According to Smeets, because the bands have become more expensive.
The grieperige ‘Mr. Pinkpop’ was given during the presentation of a ‘lifetime achievement award’ awarded by the Association of Dutch pop venues and Festivals (VNPF), that “as a pioneer at the outset of the indispensable Pinkpop, but it is also very versatile festivallandschap that the Netherlands now is rich”, it was a tribute. Asked for a response could Smeets is not longer than ’functions functions’.