Hidden Gem: Black Peaks at Graspop 2019

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Graspop 2019 will provide an excellent lineup of artists for the fans of metal music. In ‘Hidden Gem’, we draw your attention to an act that you might not know, but that deserves the spotlight. We take a look at Black Peaks and some of the highlights of their career.

Beginnings

Originally, the band was formed under a different name back in 2012. The British group from Brighton was called Shrine back then, and they played under this name until 2014. 

Their self-released EP Closer to the Sun was released that year as well, still having Shrine as the group’s name. Two songs from the three-song EP, ‘Saviour’ and ‘Say You Will’, also appear on Black Peaks’ first album Statues.

Statues

Statueswas released in 2016, and the album was well received and successful. This is due to their music itself: it would be really difficult to pin down their genre. The way they present progressive/alternative rock and hardcore punk with high emphasis on the guitars caught the attention of heavy music enthusiasts. 

As a result, Black Peaks had a really busy touring schedule in 2016 and 2017, supporting acts like Deftones, System of a Down and Mastodon. 

All That Divides

Black Peaks released their second album All That Divides in October 2018. At the beginning of 2019, they supported Enter Shikari on the second leg of the Stop the Clocks tour. 

At Graspop 2019 you can see them on Thursday 20 June from 16:00 to 16:40 at the Jupiler stage. This appearance is special, because they will play their first show ever at the Belgian metal festival, among other first-timers. Apart from Graspop, they will play at various other festivals, including Download, Dijkpop, Boomtown and Into the Grave.

Graspop Metal Meeting 2019

Graspop is a Belgian heavy metal festival held in Dessel every year since 1996. The festival draws a large number of international spectators, reaching over 100,000 in total. Today, Graspop is one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world and known for its great lineup each year.

  • Location: Dessel, Belgium.
  • Date: 21-23 June 2019.
  • Tickets: on sale, from € 210 (3-day ticket combi).
  • For more information, visit our festival page or the official website.
I am a concert and festival enthusiast from Hungary, living in the United Kingdom studying History and International Relations. I've been to various festivals in Europe, and my optimal number of festivals I need to visit a year is 3, but we all know that the more the merrier! My favourite genres are rock and metal, but I am open to all different kinds of music. Favourite bands? Name the sub-genre and I tell you my choice! ;)

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