De organisatie van het metal en hard rock festival Alcatraz Open Air heeft de eerste 49 namen van de editie van 2023 bekendgemaakt en heeft aangegeven dat tickets vanaf nu te koop te zijn. De eerste namen voor het festival zijn: Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, Trivium, Heaven Shall Burn, Biohazard, Blind Guardian, Michael Schenker, Obituary, Gloryhammer, Overkill, Bloodbath, Kataklysm, H.E.A.T, I Am Morbid, Deicide, Belphegor, Agnostic Front, Terror, Grave Digger, Madball, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Elder, Decapitated, Shadow Of Intent, Bleed From Within, Unto Others, Tribulation, Dynazty, Unleashed, Taake, Gatecreeper, Immolation, Riot, Wolves In The Throne Room, Midnight, Gaupa, Vital Remains, Slapshot, Jag Panzer, Gaerea, Mad Sin, Death Before Dishonor, Holy Moses, Yoth Iria, Drain, Slomosa, Eleine en Psychlona.
Naast deze nieuwe namen liet de organisatie weten dat ze werken aan verbeteringen voor deze 15-jarige jubileumeditie:
It’s that time of year again: the trees are shedding their summer coat, mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere and… Alcatraz festival can’t wait to unleash its first clutch of confirmed acts for the upcoming edition. We have no fewer than 49 names for you today, a motley selection from the broad spectrum of screaming guitars and thundering drums. We’ve chosen to continue down the same path as last year: 4 stages with recurring themes, the main purpose of which is to offer a universal line-up across all genre boundaries. This is more important than ever because in 2023 we are organising our 15th anniversary edition. Fully in line with our DNA we want to mark the occasion not only by assembling a stellar line-up but also by continuing our focus on atmosphere and the overall Alcatraz experience. We are also self-critical: headliners that are still delivering the goods at 2 a.m., starting the action before 11 a.m. while many of you are still prying open your crusty eyes… isn’t it all a bit too much? The long hike from the campsite to the festival arena, the loopholes in the ECO coin system, … these are things we are working on for next year. Rest assured that the comfort of our revellers remains our number one priority. We realise next summer is still aeons away but already our anniversary edition is shaping up to be a must-see high mass of heavy music as well as the perfect platform to revisit friendships old and new. Our two last editions have raised the bar considerably but we wouldn’t have it any other way and we are leaving nothing to chance. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding another 50 names to our roster, including a few top acts that’ll knock your socks off. Stay tuned!
Het festival zal plaatsvinden op 11, 12 en 13 augustus 2023 in Kortrijk (BE) en een combi-ticket kost 199 euro. Tickets zijn hier te koop.