The Lowlands Festival (full name: A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise, happening August 19-21) is a hard thing to get away from on the Dutch festival calender. With some 55.000 paying visitors, and over 200 acts on more than 10 stages, you could say it’s the highpoint of the festival season. For some, it’s the closest you can come to the garden of Eden. BAMM.tv will be out in force to give you ample insight into and coverage of this monumental 3-day event. In order to get the party started, below is day-to-day list of acts to watch. We will also be shooting some footage for a very special documentary project the BAMMsterdam crew have been working on, more of which we’ll share early september (so watch this space!)
The first day starts off strong with British goth-punk garage kids The Horrors at the India stage, an indie-dominated tent. From what I’ve heared, their third album Skying might really give these guys wings. Canadian songwizard Destroyer is another must-see at the small open air stage Lima. His 9th album Kaputt is a slick piece of 80’s jazz-pop-rock magic. I’ll definitely be hanging out there for the performance from Jungle By Night. Withouth doubt the revelation of this summer. Nine kids from Amsterdam, teenagers for the most part, playing insanely groovy afrobeat gems. Enough to put a smile on any Nigerian’s face. Furthermore, James Blake and Fleet Foxes are not to be missed for obvious reasons. They’re just the best at what they do, dub-pop and pastoral folk-rock respectively.
It’s also worth checking out Belgium’s top rockband dEUS playing the main tentstage Alpha (cap. +/- 20.000). Their newly released single Constant Now hasn’t really settled in yet, but their live show is second to none. Expect it to be loud, groovy and deeply melancholic for the most part. For some nighttime entertainment, LA’s very own The Gaslamp Killer is our break-psych-rock-step-hop maniac of choice. The Netherlands and mr. Killer have certainly hit it off recently, resulting in a string of his characteric anarchistic DJ-sets in recent months.
We’re starting early today with BAMM.tv staff favorite Palmbomen in X-Ray, the place to be for fresh bass sounds and awesome weirdness. Now Berlin-based Dutch producer Kai Hugo is hoping for the sun to draw the crowd out of their tents early. He’ll have some appropriately sunny chillwave/italo tracks ready for them in his spaced-out LED timemachine. BAMM.tv is hoping to hear some new tracks of his to-be released debut full-length. To learn more about Palmbomen, check out THIS INTERVIEW BAMM.tv had with Hugo in March. We’ll stick around there for Canadian psych-rockers Suuns, as well. Their wild, left-field alternative drones and fuzz is a more than ample way to clean out your ears for the second half of the festival.
Another top-favorite is Berlin producer/prodigy Sacha Ring AKA Apparat. While his regular MO is as a dj and laptop act, today he’ll be taking to the stage in a band formation, giving way to his more indie and ambient tendencies. Belgian sirene Selah Sue is also not to be missed on Alpha stage. Fusing soul and singer-songwriter with hiphop and dubstep, this talented young superstar has been catching soaring reviews and ecstatic audiences. The live program at Alpha stage finishes in style with Elbow. These venerable grandmasters of soft-spoken indie melancholy will bring a touch of subtlety and civilisation to this hedonistic event.
So we’re two days in, soar and hungover and perhaps a tad muddy (even though the predictions for the weather are very good, you can never count on it down here!). What’s the best way to get us going on this final day? Perhaps some tail-shaking to Antwerp Gypsy Sky is your remedy, or you take it slow with Montréal’s dub-minimalist Deadbeat. Our choice is Little Dragon. The quartet from Göteborg, Sweden were already hitting the scene pretty hard in the past couple of years, but their recent album Ritual Union should be their big break. What better way to wake up than dancing to some really smart 80’s electrofunk tunes. Don’t ask us!inflatable water pool
Choices are a part of festival life, and we’ve got a few to make. Rock out with dutch pride De Staat and hiphop legends The Roots, or go deep with Trentemøller’s atmospheric electronic orchestra? Perhaps the latter, as we’ll be getting plenty of guitars from The Kills and Warpaint later on. Both bands have a pretty sweet pairing of lush female vocals and gritty guitarwork. And let’s not forget Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa’s heavy grooves! We’ll get our share of hipster vibes from the likes of Twin Shadow and Jamie Woon, but those might be easily forgotten if and when mr. Richard D. James is having a good day. The main man behind legendary Aphex Twin and WARP label is notoriously unpredictable in his performances. Will he go all conceptual artistic on us, take to the skies or get down and dirty? Check out at own risk!