Festival Focus

Metropolis Festival

The free festival has long served as a springboard for upcoming bands that go on to make a big splash (Wu Tang Clan, for example, and The Strokes). This year’s line-up features a diverse mix of new and established Dutch and international acts, with a particular penchant for garage rock, indie pop and dance music.


06 July – Zuiderpark, Rotterdam


Jagwar Ma

This danceable indie-rock trio from Australia follows in the footsteps of Cut Copy but is sonically more indebted to Madchester-era bands like the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.





This Swedish MC/producer’s bass heavy, dubstep- and reggae-influenced take on synth pop and ex-model good looks have nabbed her collabs with Diplo and Skrillex and comparisons to M.I.A. and MØ.




Blank Realm

Like labelmates Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, this Aussie quartet makes fuzzy, surprisingly addictive pop destined to blare out the speakers of clunky old cars as they hit the highway this summer.




New Build

Featuring members and collaborators of electro-pop visionaries like Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem and Planningtorock, this British trio starts synth-pop parties enjoyed by nerds and normies alike.




Woman’s Hour

Seamlessly fusing ethereal female vocals with buzzing synths and delicately funky beats, this London-based art-pop band evokes Beach House and fellow Kendal hometown heroes Wild Beasts.





These fresh-faced fellas from Limburg cook up juicy slabs of bratty garage pop that smacks of a less-greasy version of bands like King Tuff, Hunx and His Punx and The Strokes.




For more information, go to www.metropolisfestival.nl