Graspop Metal Meeting 2016 is shaping up nicely with 10 new additions to next year’s bill. Punk heroes Anti-Flag and Bad Religion, occult metal flagbearers Ghost, the devil’s cohorts from Behemoth, Belgian sludge masters Steak Number Eight, energy bombs Skindred and metalcore stalwarts Architects have been confirmed, as well as three GMM newcomers: Monster Truck, Halestorm and Sikth.
Click here for the day splits of the bands that have been confirmed so far.
A decent night’s rest is key if you’re going to survive three days of heavy metal festival violence. Eager to please, Graspop offers the following options:
The festival campsite is located next to the Metal Plaza and the festival arena is accessible between 2pm on Thursday 16th June and noon on Monday 20th June. All festival ticket holders have access to the campsite, where you can spend the night in your own tent. If you don’t feel like lugging around a tent and an air mattress, you can always rent a tent on-site. Full details on the festival campsite here.
You want to catch every minute of the festival but you’re also hell-bent on a good night’s sleep? In that case Metal Town might be just the ticket for you with its Festicabins and Festihuts, or you can also rent your own slot for your campervan, caravan or tent. Located just under a kilometre from the festival arena, Metal Town offers a host of amenities: an extensive breakfast buffet, mains power at every slot, toilets, free showers and those who don’t fancy the short hike to the arena can use the free shuttle service. Full details on Metal Town here.
If comfortable accommodations are a priority for you, you’ll be pleased to learn Graspop Metal Meeting is introducing a unique formula in collaboration with holiday park Kempense Meren. Situated at 15 km from the festival grounds in a relaxing natural setting, Kempense Meren has holiday cottages for rent. A fun GMM welcome package is waiting for you and our free shuttle service will take you to the festival site. Of course, you can also take a dip in the subtropical aqua paradise in between gigs. A word to the wise: there are just a few cottages left for rent so book yours today! Full details on Kempense Meren here.
Graspop Metal Meeting, the Belgian national railway company SNCB/NMBS and public transport company De Lijn are teaming up again to whisk you to the festival, fast and easy and at minimal cost. The train will take you to Mol train station for a mere pittance. From there, a shuttle service organised by De Lijn will take you to the festival site. Eliminate traffic stress and enjoy a relaxing trip to Dessel with your friends!
Cheap e-train ticket: just 10 euros for a round trip
Last year, the SNCB/NMBS launched an extensive summer campaign aimed specifically at festivals. This year, the Belgian national railway company is again scheduling a large number of extra trains to take festivalgoers to their destination, and this also includes a renewed collaboration with Graspop Metal Meeting. For just 10 euros, festivalgoers can buy an Graspop Metal Meeting e-train ticket. This ticket covers the outward and return journey by train in 2nd class between any Belgian departure station and MOL train station. The outward and return journey must be made in the period from Thursday 16th through Monday 20th June 2016.
The Graspop Metal Meeting e-train ticket will be available as of Wednesday 25th May 2016, exclusively online at www.sncb.be/graspop. In addition, you also stand a chance of winning one of a host of Graspop Experience packages. They include a signing fast lane ticket that takes you directly to the front of the queue at the signing stand, an exclusive backstage tour and a skydeck pass to watch your favourite band perform from the front of house platform.
The NMBS is scheduling extra capacity to take festivalgoers to their destination as seamlessly as possible. It’s important to note there are no night trains: if you want to go home at the end of your festival day please keep in mind that the last train leaves Mol station around 10pm. Every festival ticket includes access to our campsite so if you’re planning on leaving the next morning, you can spend the night there.
Shuttle service for all festivalgoers
De Lijn is organising a shuttle service between Mol station and the festival site, as well as between the festival site and the K&R zone in the centre of Dessel (with an intermediate stop at the entrance to Metal Town). Festival ticket holders can use this service free of charge.
We thought we’d end the year with a bang by announcing 22 new names for GMM2016. And not just any 22 names either: Nightwish, Apocalyptica and Slayer will be just a few of the top acts to tame the masses on the Stenehei in Dessel next year. With 73-odd bands confirmed so far and some 40 left to go, our 2016 line-up is really starting to take shape.
Our 22 new additions in alphabetical order: Amaranthe, Anthrax, Apocalyptica, Atreyu, Devil You Know, Gojira, Heaven Shall Burn, In the Woods, Moonsorrow, Nightwish, Raven, Saxon, Shinedown, Skillet, Slayer, The Amity Affliction, The Raven Age, The Wild Lies, Tremonti, Turnstile, Windhand and Zakk Wylde.
More good news: the day splits are also available. Click here to check when your favourite bands are playing. Masters of ceremony on Friday 17 June are Black Sabbath and King Diamond. Volbeat and Nightwish are headlining Main Stages 1 & 2 on Saturday 18 June, Iron Maiden and Twisted Sister have the honour of closing GMM 2016 on Sunday 19 June.
Naar aanleiding van de Warmste Week van Studio Brussel, verkoopt Intro Events unieke festivalgadgets. Oude festival t-shirts worden gerecycleerd tot tasjes, kussenslopen, sjaaltjes, … Het zijn allemaal unieke stukken met veel liefde gemaakt.
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Next year’s line-up is starting to take shape with the addition of Megadeth, Disturbed, Dropkick Murphys, Foreigner, Down, Killswitch Engage, Sixx:A.M., Pennywise, Powerwolf, Obituary, Paradise Lost, Eisbrecher, Firewind, Shining (se), Tesseract, Thy Art Is Murder, God Dethroned and Norma Jean. These 18 new acts take the total number of confirmed bands to 51.
Have been confirmed so far (in alphabetical order): Abbath, Amon Amarth, Arcturus, August Burns Red, Black Sabbath, Borknagar, Bullet for My Valentine, Bury Tomorrow, Dark Funeral, Delain, Dirkschneider, Disturbed, Down, Dropkick Murphys, Eisbrecher, Firewind, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Foreigner, God Dethroned, Grand Magus, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, King Diamond, La Muerte, Legion of the Damned, Loudness, Megadeth, Monuments, Moonspell, Myrkur, Norma Jean, Obituary, Oomph!, Overkill, Paradise Lost, Pennywise, Powerwolf, Sacred Reich, Satyricon, Shining (SE), Sixx:A.M., Slaves, Testament, Tesseract, The Algorithm, The Midnight Ghost Train, Thy Art Is Murder, Trivium, Twisted sister, Virgin Steele, Volbeat.
New: festicabins and bungalows
There’s a new kid in Metal Town: as of now we’re also letting festicabins. These highly compact modern duo pods are equipped with all basic amenities including a covered terrace, a USB charger and a double bed for all you lovebirds.
Another novelty are the bungalows in holiday village Sunparks Kempense Meren, at approx. 15 km from the festival site. Amongst others, this offer includes a fun welcome package and use of a free shuttle bus to and from the festival site. Naturally you can also go for a dip in the park’s subtropical Aquafun water paradise.
More details on our accommodations: www.graspop.be/info