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Line up overview

Triggerfinger

The Darkness

RED FANG

Orange Goblin

Nashville Pussy

Death Do Us Part Danger Show

Imperial State Electric

LORDS OF ALTAMONT

Big Business

La Muerte

KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS

Fifty Foot Combo

The Urban Voodoo Machine

The Rock ‘n Roll Wrestling Bash

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown

Birth of Joy

Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave

Tigre Blanco

Mambo Kurt

Dead Lord

Cunning Stunts Cabaret

Komatsu

Duel

Monomyth

Captain Catastrophy

Bob Slayer

Bramedy

Dennis & Denvis

Jeroen Leenders

Lucy Hopkins

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Line up


Triggerfinger


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A Belgian powerhouse packing tons of skills and experience. Three aces groove through the fine ages of rock and crank up contemporary yet timeless songs. Triggerfinger entered the Dutch festival circuit in full swing eight years ago at Speedfest. Since then they’ve become a massive attraction, so it’s an honour to welcome them back to the Klokgebouw.

The Darkness


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They came out swinging in 2003 with a multi-million-selling debut album and the smash hit I Believe In A Thing Called Love. The Darkness propelled glam and classic rock back in the limelight with the flamboyance of 70s icons. Nowadays frontman Justin Hawkins still cuts a lean figure and his vocal range stays 10 on the Gillan-Mercury scale. Equally vital are the euphonic force of guitar brother Dan Hawkins and bass badass Frankie Poullain on his Gibson Thunderbird. This rad company cannonades rock anthems from the stage with twinkle-eyed showmanship.

RED FANG


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Their music is dead serious, their video’s are hilarious, their live shows are intense. An American band pouring melody over grooves the size of Grand Canyon. Those who like to have their beers and bongs in the vast wasteland between Kyuss and High On Fire, can sink their teeth into the blue-ribbon riffarama of Red Fang.

Orange Goblin


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A rock & roll metal brew for a bitches’ Sabbath with all the riffs and vigor for one helluva fast-track stoner blast. Metal Hammer hailed Orange Goblin as “the best band to get drunk to.” Cheers to that! Moreover there’s the beast, the Goliath and the best Ward since Bill: frontman Ben Ward, the greatest Cro-Magnon headbanger from the zero years onward. British rock has come full circle. And hard.

Nashville Pussy


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Ruyter Suys is the female Angus and Blaine Cartwright is a redneck overlord. This couple of sleazemongers has been the backbone of Nashville Pussy for 20 years and counting. The band has recently been touring with longtime compadres Zeke and then went Down Under to play AC/DC Lane, so you can be damn sure the foursome is tight as a row of fucks when they come to Helldorado. Get some low-brow rock & roll to get you high as hell.

Death Do Us Part Danger Show


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“Who needs CGI when you can see real danger?!” Charlie and Rachel Atlas aren’t boasting, this husband and wife couple perform vaudeville antics on the razor’s edge. Knife-wielding Charlie has the looks of a butcher from The Devil’s Rejects. His better half places a huge amount of trust in him, as Charlie throws knives and shoots guns at her. But Rachel doesn’t flinch easily: she’s a maleficent sword-swallowing vamp for whom double penetration means two swords down her throat. Till death do us part, danger makes us feel alive.

Imperial State Electric


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Uh huh, The Hellacopters have lift-off again, but that doesn’t mean Nicke Andersson pulled the plug on his seductive Honk Machine, better known as Imperial State Electric, also featuring The Datsuns bass champ Dolf de Borst. They take their suburban Stockholm soul Anywhere Loud from The Byrds to the Buzzcocks, jam-packed with tasty licks and double leads while infectious hooks and harmonies pop up all over the rock. Reptile Brain Music for Electric Legions that you can’t shake of your mind.

LORDS OF ALTAMONT


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Mark your calendars for a slab of psyched-out rock from the SoCal sleaze garage: on October 6th The Wild Sounds Of Lords Of Altamont sees the light of day. If the Lords’ new single Going Downtown is anything to go by, the album title nails it. But this global underground phenomenon has to be seen live to become a true believer of badassery. That’s when frontman Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere comes across as the son of Lux, while he gives his Farfisa organ a severe whippin’. Lords Forever, Forever Lords.

Big Business


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Big Business is the gold standard for two-piece-bands. No wonder, since the culprits behind this massive low end attack are bassist Jared Warren of The Tight Bros From Way Back When and drummer Coady Willis of Murder City Devils. Furthermore, the both of ‘em are part of the everlasting Melvins rotation. The duo blasted through Europe with Whores earlier this year, dropping jaws everywhere they went, from Roadburn to Droneburg Festival. Bombast to lambast, they mean business.

La Muerte


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After psychtrashers La Muerte recorded a Peel Session in 1986, they were invited to the UK as support for The Jesus and Mary Chain. No other Belgian act can claim the same. The band called it quits in 1994 and in the subsequent years their cult status grew to almost mythical proportions.

In 2015 founding members Marc du Marais and Dee-J gave La Muerte a new leash of life with fresh blood from Belgian heavyweights Channel Zero and Length of Time. The first ritual of this line-up was for a sold out Ancienne Belgique in hometown ‘Bruxhell’, immortalized on the state-of-the-art live album Evil. To this day they remain “the missing link between Salvador Dali and The Stooges.”

KID CONGO AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS


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Kid Congo Powers has been part of The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, to name a few giants. With his high-flying band The Pink Monkey Birds he throws the essentials of these legends in his Bobo Boogaloo Magic Machine and out come his very own charms for a garage rock & roll bonanza. Their latest album – and finest to date – is called La Araña Es La Vida, which is Spanish for ‘the spider is the life’. It only takes one spin to get you entangled in Kid Congo’s web of stay sick gems.

Fifty Foot Combo


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The masters and mistress of the Monstrophonic sound are still marching to the beat of their own drums, embracing voodoo percussion, grinding Hammond bliss, Big Muff bass, guitar fuzzadelica and the theremin’s eerie witchery. While the bulk of the songs are ‘instrumonumental’ in style – soul surfing through garage, big beat and beyond – the sextet also deal out a few vocal stabs. Fifty Foot Combo are still in a league of their own when it comes to Tikified rock & roll.

The Urban Voodoo Machine


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Whether they take on Eastern European folk music with a punk attitude or stick the fun in funeral jazz, it’s all splendid when this rowdy assembly gets in gypsy gear. Their wide-ranging instrumentation evokes resonating visions of mariachi Pogues with Clash cabaret on a bourbon bash of The Dead Brothers and The Blues Brothers. Revelry guaranteed.

The Rock ‘n Roll Wrestling Bash


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The most striking portrayal of the almighty Lemmy is 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son Of A Bitch. In that vein The Rock’n’Roll Wrestling Bash is 49% freak show, 51% rock freaks. This rumble jumble of Mexican wrestling and metal-up-yer-ass rocking is a perfect fit for Helldorado. While the Galactic Trash Wrestling Alliance bash some heads in the front-stage ring, The Wrestling Bash Orchestra crank up ironclad rock songs with the heaviest of riffs. Berserk to the next level.

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown


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Starting with a guest spot on AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ World Tour, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown have continued to share events and stages with some of rock’s most legendary names, including Guns N’ Roses, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and ZZ Top. Now these Nashvillans with attitude are on a roll on their own, ready to shake it loose and bring the house down. And yes, that’s the son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford on guitar.

Birth of Joy


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Make headway steeped in tradition – a paradox which could be the maxim for Birth Of Joy. They seemingly kicked in some Doors and tapped into an adrenalin stash laced with acid from half a century ago. On a bare-bones set-up of drums, organ and guitar, this triad has an MC5-minded intensity. Their live ritual oozes Keith Moonshine as a Piper At The Gates of Dawn.

Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave


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Even a dead Elvis is better than most. This fact of life is verified time and again by the self-proclaimed “most amazing monstrosity of all time”, Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave. The boogieman is trashing the gospel of Zombie Rock & Roll around the world in a Vegas-styled Elvis suit and a rockabilly Crimson Ghost mask. It goes to show: primitive is the new precise.

Tigre Blanco


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Like the white tiger is an anomaly in nature, Tigre Blanco deviates from the tonal scenery in the Lowlands. Their style has been expressed as “Tarantino music with a gypsy soul.” The group’s wide-ranging sounds are well-suited for both an Andalusian nightclub and a juke joint in Calexico, or even for a theater in Helmond (note: Helmond is Dutch for hell’s mouth). Enough of all that, in the words of frontman Quintijn Lohman: “Music brings us together, let the music speak.” Amen.

Mambo Kurt


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The undisputed King of Heimorgel shall rattle your organs with his organ. Mambo Kurt takes camp to the next level, whether he plays ABBA, Slayer, Lady Gaga or Motörhead. Der Terminator unter den Alleinunterhaltern, jawohl! Einz zwei drei …

Dead Lord


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“We are a Swedish rock band. We shall rock you with our rock.” Damn, if that ain’t the tongue-in-cheek understatement of the year. Dead Lord will definitely rock you over until you’re rocked six ways from Sunday. Their Thin Lizzy-lovin’ nuggets provide ultimate rockage to get yer juices going. Unless you don’t give a rock. In that case, just rock off!

Cunning Stunts Cabaret


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The UK’s only father-daughter circus side show double act. Baldini and Eve Elle co-host Cunning Stunts Cabaret with a wide variety of guest performers. Baldini is a freak show veteran who was part of the infamous Bifta Brothers. The ravishing Eve started learning traditional circus skills at the age of five. In later years fire and side show became her chosen specialities. Nowadays when daddy lies down, Eve flips over a bed of nails, puts it on top of him and then steampunks herself on top of it all. Cunning Stunts indeed.

Komatsu


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From the ashes of Repomen and GodsChosenDealer a super-massive rock machine has arisen. Its music can crawl at the pace of continental drift, but also fire on all cylinders like a diesel-powered Komatsu truck hauling six-hundred tons of stoner and sludge. In a live setting it becomes a stratospheric colossus of sound.

Duel


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Heavy psychedelic stoner metal from Austin, Texas. Duel is hugely influenced by the darker sounds of early 70’s porto-metal and features two former Scorpion Child members. Being total purists, their tunes cut right to the bone with a deep groove and blistering tone. Tough and loud, hard rock as it should be.

Monomyth


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Hawkwind might have won the space race for rock, but Monomyth master the art of stratospheric soundscapes. When this high five-piece band starts carpet bombing sonic angel piss, it’s the most wonderful drone strike a cosmic stoner kraut could wish for. Get carried away with eyes shut, or stare into the blinding light. Either way you’ll arrive in the right state of mind.

Captain Catastrophy


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Burned, bruised, smashed and bashed – it’s all in a day’s work for Captain Catastrophy, a.k.a ‘The International Man Of Danger’. In his early infernal years with rock & roll juggernaut El Guapo Stuntteam the Captain would set himself on fire from head to toe on stage. Nowadays he’s a bona fide stunt man in his own right, although by no means less insane.

Bob Slayer


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“I’m a multi-minor-award-winning comedian”, says Bob Slayer, but then again, this maverick is only joking. He’s incited hilarity at festivals, pubs and breweries around the world. In recent years Bob caused quite a stir with The BlundaBus, a pop-up comedy theater & bar on a converted double-decker bus. At Helldorado he’ll perform in our cozy little comedy chapel. Bring enough beer and Bob’s yer uncle.

Bramedy


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Far too many blokes are named Bram Martens, but there’s only one damn Bramedy. This Eindhoven resident adds some color to the daily grind with tattoos and humor, just like a lot of us do. The difference between Bram and a lot of us: we’ve got more tattoos, he’s got more humor. Be there and be Bramned.

Dennis & Denvis


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These two scoundrels go way back. Denvis is a jack-of-all-trades in film and theatre, but in the decade he was frontman of The Spades the big guy pulled off many pranks with Peter Pan Speedrock’s notorious band mascot, known throughout the rock & roll world as Dikke Dennis, a.k.a. Fat Dennis. When they paired up for a Trash TV item, this is what happened. Since then they might have kicked their mooning and dick swinging drug habits, but they’re still equal parts obnoxious and ludicrous.

Jeroen Leenders


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Before Jeroen Leenders made his first comedy splash in 2007, he was a cab driver in his hometown of Ghent. Possibly it was that life experience which gave this mothermocking Fleming such an absurd view of people and the world they live in, because the extraordinary way he interprets the ordinary, stirs up sidesplitting laughter.

Lucy Hopkins

Lucy Hopkins


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A comedy goddes from across the North Sea to make your grimming go south and your grin broad. She’s part electro-ritual, part theremin-experiment, part light-fantastic. Lucy Hopkins will show you what powerful women are about. Come as you are. Leave transformed.