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Pinkpop Festival
Location(s) Landgraaf, Netherlands
Years active 1970 - present
Date(s) Pentecost weekend
Genre Rock, Hip Hop, Electro, Indie, Garage

Pinkpop Festival, or Pinkpop for short, is an annual music festival held at Landgraaf, Netherlands. It is usually held 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 there in past decades. This spin-off was held again in following years, with exception of 2011, in which the organisation was not able to sign enough interesting older bands.

In 2008, Pinkpop was for the first time in its history not held on Pentecost weekend, which fell too early that year for the convenience of fans and performers alike. This was decided following the 2005 edition, in which the Pentecost weekend also fell early and therefore Pinkpop could not convince many great performers to come play at the festival. Sales were disappointing in 2005, so by shifting the 2008 festival, the organisation hoped to solve these problems. Pinkpop 2008 turned out to have had the largest audience of concert attendees to date. The dates for the 2010 and 2013 edition were, for similar reasons, shifted as well.

The name consists of two parts. 'Pink' comes from the Dutch word for Pentecost ('Pinksteren') and 'pop' comes from pop music (or 'popular music'). But a later creative interpretation for the name, is a combination of the English word pink and the Dutch word 'pop', which means doll, which is the origin for the logo, a doll in a pink dress.

The precursor to Pinkpop, which was held in 1969, was called Pinknick because people were supposed to bring their own food. But no evidence to support the claim have ever surfaced. The claim arose only after Oregon Country Fair claimed to be the oldest annual festival in the world.

Pinkpop 2007

Pinkpop 2007 was held on May 26, 27 and 28 2007. It was the 20th time the event was held at the Megaland Park. On February 28, most of the line-up was revealed. Pearl Jam was announced to make their 3rd appearance on the Pinkpop stage, but they cancelled, for two of their members would become fathers in the Pentecost weekend.

Mainstage 3FM Stage BUMA/John Peel Stage
Saturday 26 May - Goose
- Juliette and the Licks
- Within Temptation
- Marilyn Manson
- Noisettes
- Wir sind Helden
- Good Charlotte
- Viberider
- Stevie Ann
- C-mon & Kypski
Sunday 27 May - Gabriel Ríos
- Razorlight
- Iggy & The Stooges
- Snow Patrol
- Muse
- Ozark Henry
- Gogol Bordello
- Ilse DeLange
- Lostprophets
- The Nightwatchman
- Paolo Nutini
- Maxïmo Park
- Krezip [A]
Monday 28 May - The Fratellis
- Wolfmother
- Scissor Sisters
- Arctic Monkeys
- Linkin Park
- The Smashing Pumpkins
- 30 Seconds to Mars
- Stone Sour
- Dave Matthews Band
- KoЯn
- Evanescence
- Five O'Clock Heroes
- Maria Mena
- Macy Gray
- The Magic Numbers
- The Kooks
A Krezip replaced Amy Winehouse, because she had to cancel due to illness. Krezip started their gig playing Amy Winehouse's "Rehab".

Pinkpop 2008

Pinkpop 2008 was held in the Landgraaf Megaland Park on 30 May, 31 May and 1 June 2008. On 10 and 17 December there were 3 bands officially announced to headline on each of the three festival days. These headlining bands are the internationally renowned Foo Fighters, Metallica, and the recently reunited Rage Against the Machine. Pinkpop 2008 had the largest audience of concert attendees to date, with an average of just over 60,000 people arriving each of the three days, prompting the festival organizers to announce that 180,000 people had visited the festival. Because the 42,500 available three-day passes sold out completely, the actual number of unique visitors is 94,000.

Mainstage 3FM Stage GM Next (tent) Stage
Friday 30 May - Flogging Molly
- Incubus
- Metallica
- Sat2D
- Animal Alpha [B]
- Alter Bridge
- From First to Last
- Jonathan Davis
- Porcupine Tree
Saturday 31 May - Moke
- KT Tunstall
- Editors
- Kaiser Chiefs
- Foo Fighters
- Air Traffic
- Bad Religion
- Eagles of Death Metal [C]
- Stereophonics
- The Verve
- Blood Red Shoes
- Voicst
- Amy MacDonald
- Justice
- Groove Armada
Sunday 1 June - Fiction Plane
- Gavin DeGraw
- Racoon
- Alanis Morissette
- Queens of the Stone Age
- Rage Against The Machine
- The Wombats
- Cavalera Conspiracy
- The Hives
- Serj Tankian
- Counting Crows
- Patrick Watson
- Kate Nash
- Pete Murray
- Saybia
- Róisín Murphy
B Animal Alpha replaced Novastar, because they experienced delays in recording their new album.
C Eagles of Death Metal replaced Chris Cornell, because he had obligations in the studio.

Pinkpop 2009

On 4 March 2009, the Pinkpop Board gave a press conference in Paradiso in Amsterdam, to answer questions from the press and announce which artists will be performing on Pinkpop 2009 will be announced.

Mainstage 3FM Stage Tent Stage
Saturday 30 May - Chris Cornell
- The Killers
- Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
- Kings of the Day
- Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
- Elbow
- Noisettes
- Just Jack
- Dr. Lektroluv
Sunday 31 May - Milow
- Volbeat
- Madness
- Krezip [D]
- Placebo
- De Staat
- Rowwen Hèze
- Maria Mena
- James Morrison
- Keane
- You Me At Six
- Kyteman's Hiphop Orchestra
- The Rifles
- White Lies
- Pendulum
Monday 1 June - The Gaslight Anthem
- Novastar
- Amy Macdonald
- Franz Ferdinand
- Anouk
- Snow Patrol
- Shinedown
- Mando Diao
- Billy Talent
- De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig
- The Kooks
- The All-American Rejects
- Hollywood Undead
- The Script
- Katy Perry
- The Ting Tings
D Krezip replaced Depeche Mode, because lead singer Dave Gahan had to undergo a procedure after a tumor was spotted in his bladder two weeks before Pinkpop. Placebo replaced Depeche Mode as headliner.

Pinkpop 2010

Mainstage 3FM Stage Converse Stage
Friday 28 May - Epica
- Kasabian
- Motörhead
- Rammstein
- The Opposites
- The Temper Trap
- Paolo Nutini
- Sungrazer
- The Black Box Revelation
- Gossip
Saturday 29 May - Moke & The Metropole Orchestra
- C-mon & Kypski
- Mando Diao
- Editors
- Green Day
- Ryan Shaw [E]
- Destine
- Biffy Clyro
- John Mayer
- Everything Everything
- Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
- Caro Emerald
- 2manydjs
Sunday 30 May - The Maccabees
- Danko Jones
- Skunk Anansie
- Triggerfinger
- Pixies
- The Prodigy
- Jon Allen
- Kate Nash
- Slash
- Mika
- Pink
- DeWolff
- General Fiasco
- Yeasayer
- Florence + The Machine
- Gogol Bordello
E Ryan Shaw replaced Wolfmother, because lead singer Andrew Stockdale was too sick to go on tour. Wolfmother was first planned on Sunday, but Triggerfinger covered their spot, so Ryan Shaw could play on Saturday.

Pinkpop 2011

Pinkpop 2011 was held on 11, 12 and 13 June, headlined by Coldplay, Kings of Leon and Foo Fighters on Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively.

Mainstage 3FM Stage Converse Stage
Saturday 11 June - De Staat
- Lifehouse
- Elbow
- Coldplay
- Manic Street Preachers
- Simple Plan
- Alter Bridge
- Madi
- Ash
- Selah Sue
Sunday 12 June - Hurts
- Tim Knol
- Wolfmother
- White Lies
- Kings of Leon
- VersaEmerge
- Justin Nozuka
- Graffiti6
- Avenged Sevenfold
- The Garden of Love
- Hanson
- Cage the Elephant
- Laura Jansen
- The Bloody Beetroots - Death Crew 77
Monday 13 June - Scouting for Girls
- Two Door Cinema Club
- Go Back to the Zoo
- Volbeat
- Kaiser Chiefs
- Foo Fighters
- Plain White T's
- Beatsteaks
- The Gaslight Anthem
- The Script
- 30 Seconds to Mars
- Dazzled Kid
- Eliza Doolittle
- All Time Low
- Band of Horses
- deadmau5

Pinkpop 2012

Pinkpop 2012 was held on 26, 27, 28 of May.

Mainstage 3FM Stage Converse Stage
Saturday 26 May - Moss
- Kyuss Lives! [F]
- Anouk
- The Cure
- Major Tom
- The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
- The Ting Tings
- Will and The People
- The Afghan Whigs
- Ben Howard
Sunday 27 May - Babylon Circus
- Racoon
- The Kyteman Orchestra
- Soundgarden
- Linkin Park
- The Bosshoss
- Mastodon
- The Wombats
- Keane
- Hungry Kids of Hungary
- Bombay Bicycle Club
- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
- Chase & Status
Monday 28 May - Gers Pardoel
- Seasick Steve
- The Specials
- Mumford and Sons
- Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
- Rival Sons
- Blood Red Shoes
- Herbert Grönemeyer
- The Hives
- James Morrison
- Serena Pryne & The Mandeviles
- Johnathan Jeremiah
- Miike Snow
- Chef’ Special
- Paul Kalkbrenner
F At first Kasabian would perform as well, but they had to cancel due to private matters. Kyuss Lives! replaced Kasabian's spot, Moss covered Kyuss Lives!'s spot.

Pinkpop 2013

Pinkpop 2013 was held on June 14, 15 and 16; the third time that it was not held in the weekend of Pentecost.

Mainstage 3FM Stage Brand Bier Stage
Friday 14 June - Handsome Poets
- Paramore
- The Script
- The Killers
- Masters of Reality
- Jimmy Eat World
- Queens of the Stone Age
- Christopher Green
- Kodaline
- Andy Burrows
- Netsky Live
Saturday 15 June - La Pegatina
- Passenger
- The Opposites
- 30 Seconds to Mars
- Kings of Leon
- Douwe Bob
- Fun.
- The Gaslight Anthem
- Phoenix
- Palma Violets
- Graveyard
- Miles Kane
- Ellie Goulding
- C2C
Sunday 16 June - Triggerfinger
- Kensington
- Will and the People
- The Vaccines
- Ben Howard
- Green Day
- Tom Odell
- Trixie Whitley
- Blaudzun
- Stereophonics
- Puggy
- Bastille
- Lianne La Havas
- Die Antwoord
- Alt-J


External links

  • Official site (English)
  • Myspace page for Pinkpop - myspace site (Dutch)
  • 3Voor12 Articles, Audio, Video and more about Pinkpop 2007

Coordinates: 50°52′50″N 6°1′23″E / 50.88056°N 6.02306°E / 50.88056; 6.02306

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