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Graspop Metal Meeting

Coordinates: 51°13?48.15?N 5°05?2.36?E / 51.2300417°N 5.0839889°E / 51.2300417; 5.0839889

Graspop Metal Meeting
Graspop 2008.JPG
In Flames performs at Graspop 2008
Genre
Dates Usually last weekend in June, since 2015 second last weekend in June
Location(s) Dessel, Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Years active 1996-present
Website www.graspop.be

Graspop Metal Meeting is a Belgian heavy metal festival held in Dessel each year since 1996. Despite the small size of the festival grounds (upholding a perimeter of only ~4 km) the festival draws a large number of international spectators, with a total of 152,000 visitors in the course of the 2015 edition.[1]

History

Graspop was not originally a heavy metal festival; rather, it was conceived as a local family Rock festival, first organised in 1986. In 1995, the headliners billed were Joe Cocker and Simple Minds. However, due to the public being oversaturated with family festivals, the number of visitors had dropped to an all-time low.

Founder Peter Van Geel realized that mainstream rock music held insufficient appeal to festival visitors. Reflecting on the most memorable acts of the preceding years (Motörhead, Ramones, Paradise Lost, and so forth) and on his own musical preferences, he decided in favour of a drastic reorientation.

After discussions with Werchter festival promoter Herman Schueremans, Van Geel contacted Bob Schoenmaekers, the owner of the Biebob concert venue and metal club in nearby Vosselaar. A couple of years earlier, Schoenmaekers had set up his "Midsummer Metal Meeting" in Vosselaar and because of space limits, he was considering an open-air festival. The initial contact soon led to close collaboration. The duo decided to launch a brand-new metal festival under the name of "Graspop Metal Meeting". The date of choice was to be the last weekend of June.

The new direction proved to be a successful one. The festival has seen a continually rising number of visitors over the years, and has been able to attract the most popular international bands in the genre. Since the festival's inception in 1996, Iron Maiden has been the most frequent headliner with 8 appearances. Other bands which have prominently been featured are My Dying Bride (9), Saxon (9), Slayer (8), Epica (8), Moonspell (8), Motörhead (7), Cradle Of Filth (7), Within Temptation (7), Slipknot (6), Arch Enemy (6), Sepultura (6) and Behemoth (6).

The current stages are :

  • Main Stage 1 & 2 : The two main stages, host important bands and headlining acts. Before 2014, there was only one main stage.
  • Marquee : A tent stage, which hosts mostly thrash metal, death metal, black metal or even stoner rock bands.
  • Metal Dome : Host more intimist bands and local acts.
  • Jupiler Stage : First held in 2014, it is a small open air stage, mostly dedicated to metalcore, hardcore and deathcore music.

Location

Graspop Metal Meeting is located in Belgium
Graspop Metal Meeting
Map showing the location of Graspop Metal Meeting within Belgium.

The festival is located in Kastelsedijk, in Dessel and is situated about 60 km away from Antwerp, 99 km from Brussels and 35 km from Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Dessel is a municipality with 9103 inhabitants in the province of Antwerp in Belgium.[2] The 27.03 km ² comprehensive community lies in the Flemish Region, also known as Flanders, this is the officially Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. The distance to the neighboring country, the Netherlands, is less than 10 km. The largest part of the economy of Dessel is determined by different regions of the nuclear power industry. Dessel is the twin town of Hesse-Lichtenau.

Tickets

Combination tickets for the Graspop Metal Meeting include camping from Thursday to Monday, parking for a vehicle and entry to the festival site. Day tickets are available, and before 2013 they did not include camping; camping tickets could be purchased separately. Camping tickets allowed day ticket holders to spend the night on the camping site. A camping ticket was valid on the same day as the festival ticket. From 2013 onwards, a day ticket included admission to the campsite.

In 2009 Graspop Metal Meeting introduced a VIP ticket. The VIP package consists of: parking space in the VIP car park; which is nearer the festival ground, access to the VIP lounge, and separate entrances to the campsite and the festival arena.

Ticket Prices
Year Combi Ticket Day Ticket Camping Ticket

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016







EUR50[3]
EUR65[4]
EUR90[5]
EUR105[6]
EUR108[7]
EUR125[8]
EUR130[9]
EUR135[10]
EUR145[11]
EUR146[12]
EUR150[13]
EUR160[14]
EUR165[15]
EUR189[15]
EUR195







EUR40 (Sat)
EUR35 (Fri) EUR50 (Sat)
EUR35 (Sat) EUR50 (Sat & Sun)
EUR50 (Fri & Sat) EUR55 (Sun)
EUR50 (Fri& Sun) EUR60 (Sat)
EUR69
EUR69 (Fri & Sat) EUR75 (Sun)
EUR69
EUR75
EUR76
EUR80
EUR80
EUR85
EUR89
EUR95








EUR15 (First year)
EUR15
EUR15
EUR15
included in day ticket

Accommodation

Most people who stay at Graspop Metal Meeting will camp in a tent. Campsite accommodation is provided in the cost of a combi ticket but festival-goers must bring their own tents.

Caravans and trailer tents are not allowed onto the camp site. However you can book a pitch in addition to the main ticket which allows access to Graspop Metal Town.

Graspop Metal Town

Graspop Metal Town is located at just 1 km from the festival site; and is a veritable open air hotel with its proper sanitary facilities, breakfast tent, bar and reception desk. You can either spend the night in a festihut or you can book a pitch for your motorhome, caravan or tent.

Festihuts

Introduced in 2008 the festihut is a wooden cottage equipped with beds or bunk beds and mattresses.

Festihut details:

  • Four people per festihut, equipped with (bunk) beds and mattresses
  • Dimensions: 3 m x 2.5 m (7.5 m²)
  • Lockable door and insulated roof
  • One window as a minimum
  • Wooden floor at least 10 cm above the ground
  • 1 rechargeable lantern per hut (to be charged at the reception desk)
  • All huts have electricity (max. 300W)
  • Guests must bring their own sheets
  • Smoking inside the festihut is prohibited
Festihut Prices
Year 1 Person 2 People 4 People 6 People

2012[16]
2013[14]

EUR525

EUR550
EUR550

EUR575
EUR600

EUR600

Pitches

Metal Town has space for 250 standard pitches and 50 XL pitches, for people who want to bring a caravan, mobile home, or tent.

Pitch details:

  • 1 pitch = max. 6 persons
  • Pitch standard: 8m x 4m / pitch XL: 12m x 4m
  • Every pitch has electricity (max. 300W). Electricity will be available but you still need to bring your own extension lead with you.
  • (Folding) caravan owners must return their car to the car park after leaving their caravan at the pitch.
  • Each pitch is rented for 4 nights.
  • Owners who leave their vehicle behind will be fined EUR500/vehicle.
  • Cars are not allowed to park next to your festihut or pitch. Guests must return their car to the car park after leaving their belongings in the festihut or at the pitch (except for mobile homes).
Pitch Prices
Year 1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People
Standard/XL Standard/XL Standard/XL Standard/XL Standard/XL Standard/XL

2012[16]
2013[17]

EUR150

EUR175
EUR175/EUR225

EUR200

EUR225
EUR225/EUR275

EUR250

EUR275
EUR275/EUR320

Graspop Metal Meeting 1996

Graspop Metal Meeting 1997

My Dying Bride was announced as headliner in the Marquee but they had to cancel because of the illness of their drummer.

Graspop Metal Meeting 1998

Graspop Metal Meeting 1999

Graspop Metal Meeting 2000

Graspop Metal Meeting 2001

Friday June 22[19]
Marquee 1/Campfest

Action in DC
Nevermore
Rose Tattoo
Destruction
Devin Townsend
Ancient Rites
Metalium

Graspop Metal Meeting 2002

Graspop Metal Meeting 2003

Graspop Metal Meeting 2004

Graspop Metal Meeting 2005

Graspop Metal Meeting 2006

The field of graspop just before the 2008 festival

Graspop Metal Meeting 2007

Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

Graspop Metal Meeting 2009

Graspop Metal Meeting 2010

Friday June 25[26]
Main Stage Marquee I Marquee II Metal Dome

Aerosmith
Motörhead
Stone Temple Pilots
Slayer
Billy Talent
ReVamp

My Dying Bride
Tarja
Therion
Anathema
Krypteria
Ghost Brigade

Saxon
Doro
U.D.O.
The Poodles
Anvil
Raven

Nile
Sepultura
Devin Townsend Project
The Devil's Blood
Bleeding Through
Oceans of Sadness

Saturday June 26
Main Stage Marquee I Marquee II Metal Dome

Soulfly
Channel Zero
Slash
Carcass
Bullet For My Valentine
Sabaton
Killing Machine

Immortal
Paradise Lost
Obituary
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Funeral
Hail of Bullets

Airbourne
Sick of It All
Fear Factory
Walls of Jericho
Death by Stereo
Sylosis

Eluveitie
Tankard
3 Inches of Blood
Spoil Engine
Dear Superstar
Iron Mask

Sunday June 27
Main Stage Marquee I Marquee II Metal Dome

Kiss
Hatebreed
Killswitch Engage
Jon Oliva's Pain
Exodus
Evergrey
Atreyu

Amon Amarth
Bloodbath
Behemoth
Alestorm
Katatonia
Necrophobic

DevilDriver
Unearth
A Day to Remember
As I Lay Dying
Mucky Pup
Job for a Cowboy

Finntroll
Korpiklaani
36 Crazyfists
The Faceless
Deadlock
Between the Buried and Me

Graspop Metal Meeting 2011

Saturday June 25
Main Stage Marquee I Marquee II Metal Dome

Judas Priest
Whitesnake
Channel Zero
Black Label Society
Firewind
Lacuna Coil
Diablo Blvd

Cradle of Filth
Arch Enemy
Moonspell
Triptykon
Suicide Silence
Kvelertak

Bullet for My Valentine
Monster Magnet
Times of Grace
Bleed from Within
Kylesa
Adept

Pain
Electric Wizard
Spiritual Beggars
Ghost
Black Spiders
After the Burial

Sunday June 26
Main Stage Marquee I Marquee II Metal Dome

Slipknot
Rob Zombie
Avenged Sevenfold
Mastodon
Kreator
Anvil
Pagan's Mind

Cavalera Conspiracy
Opeth
Legion of the Damned
Moonsorrow
Amorphis
Baptized in Blood

Bring Me the Horizon
Dublin Death Patrol
Terror
Pro pain
D.R.I.
Rise to Remain

Soilwork
Escape the Fate
Architects
Gwar
While She Sleeps
Steak Number Eight [27]

Graspop Metal Meeting 2012

Graspop Metal Meeting 2013

Graspop Metal Meeting 2014

Megadeth had to cancel their show. They used to be the headliner on Mainstage 2 on Sunday.

Friday June 27[33]
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage

Avenged Sevenfold
Slayer
Steel Panther
Ghost
Seether
Jeff Scott Soto

Sabaton
Behemoth
Sepultura
Doro
Annihilator
Lynch Mob
Alestorm

Opeth
Watain
Triptykon
Candlemass
Napalm Death
Solstafir
Novembers Doom

Graveyard
Unida
Orange Goblin
Walking Papers
Of Mice & Men
Miss May I
Suicidal Angels
The Treatment
High Voltage

Emmure
Buckcherry
Blessthefall
Huntress
Battlecross

Saturday June 28
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage

Volbeat
Alter Bridge
Mastodon
Gamma Ray
Skillet
Prime Circle
Civil War

Limp Bizkit
Trivium
WASP
Gojira
Powerwolf
Dagoba

Carcass
Neurosis
Satyricon
Eluveitie
Legion of the Damned
Nile
Necrophobic
In Solitude

Dark Tranquility
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Cult of Luna
Amplifier
Enslaved
Amenra
Nails
Carach Angren
Stahlzeit

Kylesa
Pro Pain
Walls of Jericho
Protest the Hero
Skyharbor

Sunday June 29
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage

Black Sabbath
Soundgarden
Alice in Chains
Anthrax
Black Label Society
The Black Dahlia Murder

"Diablo Radio" (covers by Diablo Blvd)
Rob Zombie
Hatebreed
Bring Me the Horizon
Suicide Silence
Comeback Kid
Powerman 5000

Meshuggah
Paradise Lost
Death: DTA
Tiamat
The Church of Pungent Stench
Cynic
Glorior Belli

Metal Church
Sebastian Bach
Vandenberg's Moonkings
Rhapsody of Fire
Gloryhammer
Scorpion Child
Collibus

Architects
We Came as Romans
Thy Art Is Murder
letlive
Crossfaith

Graspop Metal Meeting 2015

Thursday June 18
Marquee Jupiler Stage Metal Dome

Present Danger
Up the Irons
The Art of Pantera
Diolegacy

Wolves Scream
Age of Torment
Powerstroke

Bliksem
Oceans of Sadness
Your Highness
Hell City

Friday June 19
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage

KISS
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Cavalera Conspiracy
Epica
Thunder
H.E.A.T

Marilyn Manson
In Flames
Body Count
Life of Agony
Asking Alexandria
Butcher Babies
The Dead Daisies

My Dying Bride
Marduk
Cannibal Corpse
God Seed
Sigh
Aborted
Der Weg Einer Freiheit

Ihsahn
Samael
Evergrey
Sarke
Ne Obliviscaris
Blues Pills
Avatarium
King Hiss

Stray from the Path
Heidevolk
Set Things Right
Snot
In Hearts Wake

Sunday June 21
Main Stage 01 Main Stage 02 Marquee Metal Dome Jupiler Stage

Scorpions
Motörhead
Airbourne
Black Stone Cherry
Tremonti
Pop Evil

Faith No More
Within Temptation
Lamb of God
Papa Roach
Parkway Drive
Betraying the Martyrs
Like a Storm

Cradle of Filth
Children of Bodom
Amorphis
Septicflesh
Sylosis
Winterfylleth
Den Saakaldte

DragonForce
FM
Equilibrium
Devilment
Evil Invaders
Battle Beast
Kobra and the Lotus

Terror
Texas in July
Counterparts
Motionless in White
The Charm The Fury

Graspop Metal Meeting 2016

Thursday June 16
Marquee Jupiler Stage Metal Dome

Dirkschneider
Primal Fear
Trivium

Eurostars Wrestling
Spoil Engine
Killer
Fleddy Melculy
Reject the Sickness

Your Highness
Bark
Knives to a Gunfight

Graspop Metal Meeting 2017

Graspop Metal Meeting 2018

In 2018 the Festival will have 4 full days and was completely sold out for the first time in its existence. [34]

(*) Replacing P.O.D.

External links

Non official French website

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