This morning HAVEN Festival announced the first 12 names for its return in 2018 and confirmed that the second edition of the Festival will return to Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 10th & 11th.
Immediately our eyes were drawn to the announcement that Indie gods Arcade Fire would be headlining next years event. The Canadian rockers are no stranger to headlining some of the worlds biggest stages such as Glastonbury and Coachella, we can't wait to see them bring their latest album 'Everything Now' to Copenhagen. we described their recent tour as 'Truly beautiful' and 'full of classic anthems'
Of course just like last year, the event encompasses a broad range of genres, a key performance of the weekend will surely come from BROCKHAMPTON the American rap group are one of the most critically acclaimed rap groups of the year and 2018 is only looking brighter for them.
Fans of psychedelic Lo-Fi will be in for a treat when Unkown Mortal Orchestra take to the stage, You'll also get a chance to see some of this year's best albums performed live with the inclusion of singer-songwriter Ariel Pink, critically adored indie rock band Big Thief and modern jazz star Kamasi Washington.
Of course, local Scandinavian artists get a big push once again with the inclusion of the pioneering punk Einstürzende Neubauten, Swedish rockstar Thåström and supergroup Cancer.
Big upcoming artists such as Lo-Fi singer-songwriter Kevin Morby and American-Ghanian new soul singer Moses Sumney conclude the list.
However, the festival organizers have also promised a very special role for The Royal Danish Orchestra, who at 550 years old is the worlds oldest orchestra.
Speaking of this year's line up festival partner and The National guitarist Aaron Dessner had this to say;
“We are excited to announce the first acts anchored by our friends Arcade Fire. We will again focus on cross disciplinary collaboration across a diverse mix of artists with plenty of surprises in store. We are also thrilled to be able to feature some of the truly great new artists of our generation along with established legends like Einstürzende Neubauten, and influential jazz musician Kamasi Washington. We'll have much more to announce over the coming months and can't wait to share HAVEN with you again in August.”
When it comes to the festival itself it seems that the organizers have really taken notice of how to improve this year's fantastic event and it seems the eccentric spirit of the festival will not just remain but be wilder than ever, speaking about next year, spokesman for HAVEN Sigurd Hartkorn Plaetner had this to say;
We used the first year to get to know ourselves, the site and our guests, and it was our clear impression that the visitors went along with the kinky, strange and challenging festival. Now that we know the setting, we wish to take the artistic experiments, constellations and collaboration one step further in order to challenge ourselves and our guests.
Finally, you can read on to find out our thoughts on this year and why I think in 2018 you should visit one of the most exciting and innovative festivals Europe has to offer...
Only a couple of months ago I flew to Copenhagen for the very first HAVEN Festival. Arranged by Claus Meyer, Mikkel Borg-Bjergsø an Aaron + Bryce Dessner from The National. They had an ambition of creating more than just a music event, mixing together over 110 different types of beer (some of which was brewed and marketed especially for HAVEN) as well as flying in world-renowned chefs to create outstanding dishes in front of guests very own eyes. All of this was more than just a selling point, it was as pivotal to the weekend as the music was. The result was a high-end festival environment like I've never experienced before.
The most impressive part of all though was the music, featuring some of the best performances I've witnessed this year that truly couldn't have been experienced anywhere else. Such as when the festivals very own partners The National took to the stage on the final night to deliver an exclusive showcase of their latest album 'Sleep Well Beast' a performance which we called a 'High energy, highly emotional finale to this years event' and of course who could forget Bon Iver who we described as 'magical and mesmerising'. We also got to talk to some amazing local artists such as Nelson Can who described it as the 'Danish festival with the best line-up of the year'.