The first wave of Dutch acts confirmed for The Netherlands focus at Reeperbahn festival 2016 are De Staat, Rats on Rafts and Afterpartees. Taking place from 21-24 September across Hamburg’s Reeperbahn, the event will host a variety of genre spanning artists who will play in various locations during the prestigious industry event.
Dutch alt-rock quintet De Staat, have played on every major stage in The Netherlands as well as renowned international festivals including Sziget and Glastonbury. Having debuted with an album which bagged them various prizes, they later received a 3FM Award for Best Alternative Act. Their successes kept on coming and four years later in 2013 the band were awarded an Edison, Holland’s most prestigious music prize. With a string of festival slots and huge support shows for the likes of Muse, the band are winning over international audiences and they are not to be missed.
Rotterdam based foursome Rats on Rafts’ fiery post-punk scourge has been compared to celebrated Northern English counterparts and erstwhile bands from Rotterdam’s rich fringe music scene. With their long-awaited and self-produced, recorded and mastered sophomore LP due for release this year, the Rats have finally captured a sound to truly call their own. Having released their deput LP ‚The Moon Is Big‘ to nation-wide critical acclaim, the Rats’ live shows rapidly gained notoriety within and beyond the Dutch borders from the likes of Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Will Sergeant (Echo & The Bunnymen) and punk figurehead John Robb (Louder Than War, The Membranes).
Originating from Horst aan de Maas, Limburg and driven by their love for energetic 70s punk and heartbreaking powerpop, Afterpartees wandered through The Lowlands with Iggy Pop, T-Rex and King Tuff blasting from the van’s crooked speakers. Their debut LP, ‘Glitter Lizard’ is a combination of happy childhood memories and a nihilistic teenage worldview, whilst on stage Afterpartees gamble all their chips, and cross all boundaries, real and imagined. They’ve toured with fellow Dutch musicians traumahelikopter, and played renowned Dutch festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Pinkpop, Into The Great Wide Open and Paaspop.
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