The Strokes, Thom Yorke, Rosalia, Vetusta Morla and Suede head the BBK Live | Culture

The Strokes, Thom Yorke, Rosalia, Vetusta Morla and Suede head the BBK Live | Culture

Bilbao BBK Live has given the bell when announcing the world-wide return of The Strokes. It is not the only important name announced by the festival for its 2019 edition. Artists such as Rosalía, Vetusta Morla, Thom Yorke and Suede have also been added, including their new headliners that already had Weezer or John Grant.

Rosalía, the most relevant artist born in our country in many years, will also play in the BBK Live after knowing her participation in the Primavera Sound. Thom Yorke will do so within his project Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, where the leader of Radiohead gives wings to his irrepressible creativity with a Show that is also nourished by the presence of Nigel Godrich (Radiohead's regular producer) and the projections of the video artist Tarik Barri.

Two trends gain ground in the next Bilbao BBK Live. On the one hand, the urban sounds that are chiselling the most current sounds, with the rapper Vince Staples, the basic name of the hip hop in the new century, worshiped by critics and audiences; and Brockhampton, a musical collective led by Kevin Abstract that is turning hip-hop upside down. There will also be Princess Nokia, a new benchmark of independent urban sounds, Nathy Peluso, which absorbs every possible influence of urban and Latin American music and turns it into a personal fusion of trap and its characteristic Sandungueo, Ms Nina, one of the greatest exponents of reggaeton and trap in Spanish, and Mueveloreina, with its live music based on trap, tropical rhythms and lyrics.

On the other, the new batch of bands that is refounding the punk with irreverent blow and direct crushing, like Idles, one of the bands of the year that with its last disc has definitively burst onto the international scene, consolidating itself as the great heiress of the most rabid and authentic British punk; the iconoclastic mix of post-punk and working-class rap by Sleaford Mods; the powerful Slaves duo, with high doses of punk aggressiveness and garage sound; Shame, another of the bands revelation of the season, with a brutal live, like the one of Viagra Boys, the new punk meteorite left from Stockholm.

But there will be much more in Kobetamendi, since the return of John Grant, that since the dissolution of The Czars is still one of the best voices of American indie, to The Voidz, a parallel project by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), which will double in Bilbao BBK Live, going through leading international pop and indie-rock acts such as Cut Copy, Khruangbin or Jonathan Bree, as well as some of the best names on the international scene in different branches of electronics, such as The Blaze, a French duo responsible for one of the albums of the year, in which house, electronics and visuals come together to generate one of the most stimulating projects of the moment; Modeselektor Live, one of the most suggestive and unclassifiable proposals of this poster by the craftsmen of Moderat and Apparat; the great Nils Frahm, whose sound landscapes have once again covered all the best lists of the year with his new album All Melody; Hot Chip, which continues to be one of the essential names of British electronic pop, and other names from around the globe, such as the Ecuadorian production staff Nicola Cruz, the Syrian Omar Souleyman, with its mix of traditional music, Arabic and electronic poetry, or the oriental roots of the fascinating Yaeji and the ineffable Kero Kero Bonito.

Among the list of national and local artists are Pony Bravo, Cala Vento, Uniforms, Serrulla, Olatz Salvador, Era Batera and Belatz.

The festival will be held on July 11, 12 and 13 in Kobetamendi, a natural site in the mountains.


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