Despite being only 988 acres (4 km) wide, the Graspop Metal Meeting Festival brought in 152,000 visitors for 2015’s show, and has been a major metal festival ever since its inaugural sixteen-band lineup back in 1996. Back as the headliner since that first show, Graspop 2018 marks Iron Maiden’s ninth appearance on the grounds of Dessel, Belgium, where international fans camp out for the four day metal festival in June.
This year, Iron Maiden is accompanied by a massive lineup of bands, with Guns N’ Roses, Volbeat, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest, A Perfect Circle, Marilyn Manson, Ghost, Parkway Drive, Hollywood Vampires, Limp Bizkit, Megadeath, Rise Against, Jonathan Davis, Ayreon, Body Count (feat. Ice-T), Bullet for My Valentine, Kreator, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Powerwolf, Accept, Skillet, P.O.D., Meshuggah, Tremonti, Baroness, Shinedown, Hollywood Undead, Seether, The Bloody Beetroots, Neurosis, Dead Cross, Watain, Eisbrecher, Bloodbath, Black Stone Cherry, Asking Alexandria, At the Gates, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Darkness, Iced Earth, Underoath, Exodus, Sons of Apollo, Doro Pesch Voice of Warlock, Perturbator, Wolves in the Throne Room, L7, Amaranthe, Stick to Your Guns, Thy Art is Murder, Powerfield, Emmure, Marduk, Madball, Corrosion of Conformity, Bury Tomorrow, Miss May I, Crossfaith, Stray from the Patch, Lacuna Coil, Vader, Septic Flesh, Skindred, Tesseract, Kadavar, Vixen, In This Moment, Carach Angren, Shining, Tyr, Arkona, Dool, Carnivore A.D., Pist*On, Planet of Zeus, The Vintage Caravan, Modern Life is War, Knocked Loose, Blessthefall, Asphyx, Zeal & Ardor, Diablo Blvd, Batushka, Akercocke, Silverstein, The Pink Slips, Monuments, Mantar, Ego Kill Talent, Bölzer, Boston Manor, Employed to Serve, Follow the Cipher, Culture Abuse, Savage Messiah, Stone Broken and Galactic Empire set to play as well.
Graspop 2018 takes place on June 21-24, 2018, and tickets are available via the Graspop website here, priced at €205 for all four days, €245 for the deluxe XL package, €89 for single-day Thursday and €99 for single-day Friday, Saturday or Sunday. VIP four day and VIP XL have already sold out, but are still on sale for €169 VIP per single-day passes. Tickets include access to the festival and campground, as well as free parking and shuttle bus to Dessel from the Mol train station. VIP benefits add on the VIP car park and the special VIP Corner. Bungalow and Motor Home parking at “Metal Town” and “Metal Park” have already sold out, but pitch tent camping is still available on their grounds at the “Boneyard.” Check out the official website for day-to-day lineups and more here, and view the festival poster for Graspop Metal Meeting 2018 below.
UPDATE (3/19): Graspop has announced its full lineup. The entirety of this hard-rocking festival can be seen below in the flyer: