Graspop Festival update: W.A.S.P. and Overkill out, Iced Earth and Steak Number Eight in

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Much to our regret both W.A.S.P. and Overkill have been forced to cancel their Graspop show for Saturday 29 June.

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has suffered a broken leg in a car crash. As a result, W.A.S.P. have been forced to cancel their 2013 European summer festival dates, including their GMM show. On the upside, we are pleased to report we have found a suitable replacement in ICED MOTHERFUCKING EARTH! Indeed, the American power metal kings are returning to the Dessel plains. Their epic and emotional performance at GMM2011 was their last Belgian show with vocalist Matt Barlow. This year they’re back with new frontman Stu Block, whose vocal skills are every bit as impressive as those of his predecessor. For the last eighteen months they’ve been touring the globe practically non-stop in support of the Dystopia album. On 29 June this well-oiled metal machine will unleash its ferocious power on the GMM crowd so warm up those neck muscles and prepare to weather the storm!

Official statement: “Blackie Lawless was injured in a vehicle related accident that resulted in him breaking a leg. Complete recovery is expected following surgery. W.A.S.P. apologizes with all sincerity and say to all of our fans that we will be back next year bigger and better than ever. Blackie would also like to thank in advance all of those who wish to make inquiries about his well-being.”

Overkill is being replaced with Steak Number Eight. Ever since they became the youngest ever winners of Humo’s Rockrally in 2008, their career kicked into high gear with three full-length releases, extensive touring across Europe and support slots for Deftones, Torche and Pelican. Their latest album, ‘The Hutch’, garnered rave reviews both in Belgium and abroad. In spite of their youth, Steak Number Eight can already be considered a top act on the European sludge metal scene.

Don’t forget to order your free e-train ticket for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival!
Graspop Metal Meeting, the SNCB/NMBS and De Lijn join forces to carry you in a safe and smooth way to the festival site. Your e-festival ticket for Graspop Metal Meeting entitles you to a free e-train ticket for travelling to the festival.

E-festival tickets give the right to an e-train ticket.
Do you have an e-festival ticket for Graspop and do you take the train to go to the festival? Then you have to order a free e-train ticket! Your e-festival ticket alone does not allow you to travel by train since it is not a valid SNCB/NMBS ticket.

Your e-train ticket allows you to travel one outward journey and one homeward journey in 2nd  class between your Belgian departure station (*) and the station of MOL in the period of Thursday 27/06/2013 as from 10am until Monday 01/07/2013 inclusive. A free of charge shuttle bus is provided between Mol station and the festival park at Dessel. (*)  Travellers who have Brussel-Nationaal-Luchthaven as departure or destination station have to pay the Diabolo fee.

You always have to present your e-train ticket spontaneously and together with your ID-card, as well during the outward journey as during the homeward journey.

How do I order my free e-train tickets for Graspop Metal Meeting?
Each Graspop e-festival ticket contains a unique SNCB code (beginning with the number 0, the lettter i and the number 50). Each SNCB code entitles you to one e-train ticket that is always personal, so it is not transferable, not exchangeable and it cannot be cancelled. Order your e-train ticket only if you are sure about the passenger’s name.

Attention: you can copy the SNCB code and paste it into the field on the internetsite of the SNCB (with a right mouse click or using the actions <Ctrl+C> and <Ctrl+V> of the keyboard).

All info and conditions, and for downloading the e-train tickets :




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