Pinkpop Music Festival
Pinkpop Music Festival Landgraaf Reviews
Rock until you drop Jan 29, 2009
This year in my hometown of Landgraaf is the 40th edition of the oldest popfestival in the world PINKPOP. This year it's held the 30th, 31th of may and 1st of june 2009. It starts in on the saterday afternoon and ends on Monday evening. Big Headliner this year is Bruce Springsteen with a 3 hour show on the Saterday. Last year's headliner was Metallica.Other bands this year are Placebo and Depeche mode.
Pinkpop Festival, or Pinkpop for short, is an annual rock festival held at Landgraaf, Netherlands. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it is the oldest annual festival in the world. It is held annually on the Pentecost weekend (Pinksteren in Dutch, hence the name). In 1970, the first festival took place in Geleen, now part of municipality Sittard-Geleen and was held on the Monday following that weekend.
Today, Pinkpop is a 3 day festival, from Saturday to Monday, and visited by approximately 60,000 people a day with performances on 3 separate stages. In 35 years, 1.5 million people have attended Pinkpop. More than 500 musical acts have played at the festival.
In 1994 (the 25th edition), it was decided to sell only 60,000 tickets, to prevent overcrowding due to the popularity of the festival. In 1995, it was made into a 2-day festival. Two years later, in 1997, this was further expanded to three days.
2007 saw a spin-off, later in the year, on 11 August, called Pinkpop Classic, for an older rock audience, with bands that previously performed on Pinkpop. In 2008 Pinkpop has, for the first time in its history, not been held in the Pentecost weekend which fell(too) early that year.
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