Graspop 2021: an overview of the biggest rumours

Photo: Graspop Press

Summer festivals would not be as exciting without several months to speculate about which artists will take the stage this year. At Festileaks we always keep an eye out for rumours. In this article, we ask ourselves: who will we see at Graspop 2021?

2020 is forcing us to stay home, as festivals around the world are cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In April, the Graspop organisation announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition. But here at Festileaks, we like to look forward and think about when summer festivals will return. As in 2020, the Belgian metal meeting confirmed that Aerosmith will top the bill on Sunday. Who else will headline Graspop 2021?

This is the list of the main rumours (in random order).

Headliners of Graspop 2020

Faith No More
Photo: Jimmy Hubbard

We can safely assume that Graspop’s first priority is to move its 2020 line-up to next year. Therefore, the biggest rumours are the artists who were supposed to headline this year’s edition. Faith No MoreJudas Priest and Korn have all announced rescheduled shows for 2021, so they will almost certainly return.

On the other hand, Iron Maiden have confirmed they will not return to Graspop 2021. The English band have replaced their festival performances with arena and stadium shows.


Photo: Nathan Gallagher

Volbeat and Graspop go very well together. The Danish band has played the Belgian festival six times already. Still, a seventh performance in 2021 is all but clear. Volbeat was originally planned for Rock Werchter 2020, so it’s easier to expect them there next summer. Only if Graspop is really desperate for headliners could we expect a reshuffle.


Photo: Herring

Metallica like to plan ahead. Already in August 2019, rumours started circulating about a European tour in 2021. Almost as usual, it was French radio DJ Francis Zégut who posted about it. Most of the American metal titans’ 2020 shows have now been cancelled or postponed, but next summer still remains open. But to be completely honest, Metallica usually prefers Rock Werchter, so a Graspop debut seems unlikely.

Nine Inch Nails

In an interview from October 2019, Primavera Sound organiser Gaby Ruiz revealed that Nine Inch Nails were booked for the 2020 edition of the festival. However, even before the global coronavirus outbreak, the American band decided to postpone their tour until 2021. Now the question remains: is this still true, and where will we see Nine Inch Nails next summer?

Graspop 2021

Graspop 2019
Photo: Elsie Roymans

Graspop Metal Meeting is one of the largest and most relevant metal festivals in the world. Every year Graspop rocks Dessel with the loudest guitars, the strongest drums and screaming vocals. Headbangers head to the Belgian town from all over the world to enjoy the great atmosphere and six stages filled with the world’s best rock and metal artists.

  • Location: Dessel, Belgium.
  • Date: 18-21 June 2021.
  • Tickets: on sale.
  • For more information, visit the official website.