Update at 12:40 hours on 02/09/2018
Van Morrison is the new headliner of the next Azkena Rock Fest. One of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, in artists such as Bruce Springsteen or Elvis Costello, with mythical albums under his belt such as 'Moondance' and 'Astral Weeks', as legendary as his bad character of the so-called 'lion of Belfast' .
The Irish singer, headliner of the festival, is joined by a new round of rock bands additions: Mott The Hoople -a British R & B group-, Dead Cross -a hardcore group formed by Slayer's ex-drummer, Dave Lombardo, and the restless Mike Patton-, Nuevo Catecismo Católico -punk rock- and The Soul Jacket -rock n'roll with country and southern rock influences-.
Van Morrison has a long career in solo and more than 30 discs published in which he plays with R & B, jazz, blues or folk. He will sing with his unmistakable voice hits as well known as 'Baby please don’t go', 'Brown Eyed Girl' or 'Gloria'.
The groups confirmed for the Azkena Rock Fest 2018 are, for the moment, the following: Van Morrison, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Mott The Hoople, Gluecifer, MC50- 50th Anniversary Tour, Turbonegro, Dead Cross, The Beasts Of Bourbon, Man Or Astro-Man ?, The Dream Syndicate, Nebula, Lords Of Altamont, The James Taylor Quartet, Thee Hypnotics, Nuevo Catecismo Católico, Sol Lagarto, The Soul Jacket, The Allnighters, Tutan Come On and Mamagigi's.
On stage Trashville: The 126.96.36.199's, Reverend Beat-Man Feat. Sister Nicole Izobel Garcia, Dex Romweber Duo, Wolf Wolf, Dead Elvis & His One Man Grave, Hugo Race & Michelangelo Russo, The Sensational Second Cousins and Hombre Lobo International.
Update at 10:44 of 11/22/2017
The Azkena Rock has announced its second round of groups for the next edition of the Vitoria festival (Basque Country, north of Spain). Among the advertised artists highlights the return of the Norwegians Gluecifer after 12 years apart. The other groups announced are: Turbonegro, Man Or Astro-Man?, Thee Hypnotics, Lords Of Altamont and Mamagigi's.
The Norwegian hard rock group, creator of an album as recognized as 'Soaring With The Eagles At Night, To Rise With The Pigs In The Morning', was dissolved in 2005. The group is formed by the singer Biff Malibu, the guitarists Captain Poon and Raldo Useless, and drummer Danny Young. The Azkena Rock will be the only festival to perform in 2018 and will be accompanied by the Scandinavian Turbonegro.
Surf rock will come from Man or Astro-Man ?; the garage, by the hand of Thee Hypnotics and punk-rock, with Lords of Altamont.
In the image published by the festival on its website Ty Segall also appeared although later this poster has been removed, according to the newspaper 'Gasteiz Hoy'.
The response of Azkena Rock to the avalanche of criticism received in its forums and social networks by the fact that no woman stepped on its stages in the 2017 edition could be the confirmation of the mythical Joan Jett & The Blackhearts as its first headliner for the next edition of 2018.
The festival will be held on June 22 and 23, 2018 in the Mendizabal campus of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The presence of Sol Lagarto, The Dream Syndicate, The Allnighters and Tutan Come On groups has also been confirmed. At the end of the last edition, the performance for the 2018 edition of The Beasts of Bourbon band was confirmed.