So perhaps now is a good time to start an extremely early preview. Nothing official, just another fan wanting to see this and that band on this and that stage. To be quite fair, all I want is to be back in that forest, with those amazing people, listening to some of the greatest bands on this blue globe. At Dunk! life finally makes sense, don't you agree? Well, let's throw some names around and see how right I have been in a few months...
Another one I'd love to see return, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, is Spoiwo. They made a huge impression on the big stage back then, so perhaps in 2020 it would be a good idea to give them the forest stage, right after Eric Quach and his Thisquietarmy project, preferably with full-band. Or how about his other project, Some Became Hollow Tubes, with former Godspeed drummer Aidan. Speaking of Aidans, mister Baker would probably love to occupy one of the stages. Solo, with Nadja, Caudal or, since Eric is already there, with Hypnodrone Ensemble, the possibilities are quite endless.
On Thursday we'll also need a few wake-up calls, I'm afraid. So perhaps some post-hardcore or sludge doom will come in handy. I just reviewed an album by Vesperine from France, which is just one of the many possibilities. You could also just stay in our own country and get Haester back or Sons Of A Wanted Man. Why not go a bit heavier and throw Drawn Into Descent into the mix. A bit of blackened sounds are always welcome, especially after we've finally witnessed the splendor of Alcest this year. So, that's plenty of variation for day one.
We just need a headliner, perhaps a traditional post rock act like God Is An Astronaut, PG Lost or Explosions In The Sky. Or, why not Cult Of Luna? I think that would be a blast for many Dunk! fans. And just for giggles, let's put Ozric Tentacles in the forest. It'll be a party, I can promise you that. With these bands, the festival will definitely kick off in style and appear already quite varied, if you ask me. But we'll need to do even better on Friday and boy, do I have a line-up for you...
Quite often, Friday is the most post-rocky day, but in the past years we saw some neat experiments. Personally, I would love to see Dutch progressive instrumentalists Kong in a quadraphonic set-up invade the big tent. This is one band I will endlessly plug to be on the Dunk! line-up, mainly because I know it will be a blast. The forest would be a perfect setting for some more dark jazz, headlined by Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, for example, or perhaps Yodok III's blast of jazz-intensity? You know what else would be special? Throw in some dark ambient. Have someone like Lustmord haunt the forest.
The Friday headliner has become something special in recent years. Swans, Earth, Efrim Manuel Menuck. Even though these bands have caused different reactions, there is no need to put an end to this tradition. So let's browse through our music folders and see which bands could fill this spot. First one that comes to mind, is Sunn O))). With that in mind. Wouldn't it be cool to throw in some intense doom during the day? Let a band like Evoken or Yob or Conan or Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard hit one of the stages. However, an "experiment" might also be something completely different. Like one of those bands who inspired the whole post rock genre. Slowdive, anyone? And let's just add Tortoise, for honorary reasons.
In the forest, I'd like to see one band return to demolish everything in their path: Telepathy. For me, these guys have been one of the absolute Dunk! highlights. With all this Brexit-shit and everything we might not get the chance to see them again any time soon, so let's give them their spot in the history of blasting Dunk! returns. Something similar could actually be said from Maybeshewill. They already cheated on their "retirement" by playing Robert Smith's festival, so why not reappear where they have always been able to shine?
Right, before I end this mouth watering preview, let's throw in some Belgian bands who really deserve their spot on Dunk! festival. This event has always been pushing fellow countrybands, so let's continue that. I think Maudlin would make an excellent addition to this already amazing line-up. Then there is this band Hamelin, who will release their debut at the end of November. No doubt Hemelbestormer is always welcome in Zottegem and Eleanora will get the post-hardcore freaks on their feet.
And to combine all these elements: Belgian, glorious return, one of the most impressive acts ever at Dunk! festival, there is only one band that can answer to all these demands. It's been a while but I really feel it is time for perhaps the most explosive invasion in Dunk! history. Of course, I am talking about AmenRa. Many signs in the universe seem to lead to another epic performance in the big tent by these post metal monsters. I couldn't think of a better way to end the 2020 edition.
Right, I'll leave it at that. Seeing these bands makes me want to get up, pack my stuff and head to Zottegem right now. But it would probably be best to get my early bird tickets right now. If there is one thing I would recommend, it's this: get your hands on a ticket. Something tells me this edition will sell-out in no time. Regardless of the line-up, dnk22 will be astonishing again. I will certainly be there, even if none of the bands in the preview make the line-up. See you there.
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