Metropolis Festival always offers a free line-up with upcoming names. For its 33rd edition on Sunday July 3 in Zuiderpark Fat Dog, The Lathums, The Vices and They Hate Change are announced. In collaboration with Popunie Live, Metropolis also presents the Rotterdam-based bands Dragonfruit and Tramhaus.
Earlier Everyone You Know, Hang Youth, Horsegirl, Mourning [A] BLKstar and Yumi Zouma also play a show in the Zuiderpark during Metropolis Festival.
New at Metropolis Festival
The British band The Lathums build on the legacy of a number of illustrious predecessors such as The Smiths, The Beatles, Stone Roses, and The Ramones. American rappers Dre and Vonne form They Hate Change, they fuse numerous genres into a unique alternative sound. The Vices come from Groningen and bring a contrasting mix of britpop and surfrock. Fatdog from London has influences from Underworld, Little Big, and The Streets.
Tramhaus is the most talked-about live sensation from Rotterdam these days. Some describe them as the evil cousin of Pixies. Dragonfruit drops names like Canadian producer Kaytranada, J Dilla and Mahalia as touchstones.
The history of the festival
Ever since 1988 Metropolis Festival introduced a large audience to striking new artists. The exciting line-up of international artists who played there in the past includes The XX, The Black Keys, Twenty One Pilots, The xx, The Strokes, The Killers, Interpol, Primus, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Wu-Tang Clan, The Offspring, Motorpsycho, The Roots, and Vince Staples. All in the early days of their career.
Photo: Marco de Swart