Alt-Fest is very pleased to announce that the legendary Peter Hook will be joining the line-up of the debut festival in 2014. His band Peter Hook and The Light will perform seminal album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ in its entirety as part of his set. In keeping with the ethos of Alt-Fest, Hook has agreed to open the remainder up to Alt-Fest fans who will be able to decide which tracks he’ll play for the rest of his set. Fans will be able to vote from a selection of Joy Division tracks online via facebook.com/AlternativeFest, with the top six making Hook’s final playlist.
Hook commented: “Having played some 200 gigs with The Light now, I’ve found that the fans all have their own particular favourite tracks which they want to hear live. It’s a great idea to throw some of the set list over to the people at Alt-Fest to see what they most want to hear us play. It will be interesting to see what they come back with”.
Dominic Void, Alt-Fest Festival Director said: “This is perfect for us! Inviting the people that have paid to come to the festival to have their input in what songs they want to hear is exactly what we’re all about and we’re very grateful to Peter Hook for agreeing to this. We want everyone to have their say on Facebook and urge as many people as possible to get involved!”.
Also added to Alt-Fest’s speaker-blowing line-up are Killing Joke. The post-punk outfit has been back in business for just over 10 years now and is enjoying some of the biggest successes of its careers. Having pioneered a genre, Killing Joke not only boast an ardent fanbase that will travel across the globe to catch a glimpse of their heroes but also a plethora of contemporary alternative bands who cite them as an influence.
In a UK festival exclusive, melodic death metal six-piece Arch Enemy will join the rapidly expanding line-up. The Nordic band, which was formed from the remains of bands including Carnage, Armageddon and Spiritual Beggars, are guaranteed to receive a rapturous response appropriate for their lineage at next summer’s Alt-Fest.
A raft of further line-up additions, including electronic trio Attrition, Goth metallers 13 Candles, punk Goths Cold in Berlin, New Wave act Christine Plays Viola and rockers New Device, span an array of ‘alt’ genres and will appear across one of Alt-Fest’s seven bespoke areas.
Super early-bird tickets start from £70 for an adult weekend ticket and can be purchased from alt-fest.com.
Alt-Fest has already caught the attention of both the UK alternative scene and the media through a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. The event, a five-day, multiple stage festival covering Alternative, Industrial, Metal, Goth and Steampunk music, lifestyle and more not only reached its target of £30,000 but went on to double the target, receiving over £61,000 from fans via the Kickstarter UK platform. 130 acts across the metal, rock, goth, industrial, steampunk and more genres are now booked with headliners to be revealed soon. Most importantly Alt-Fest, which is operating a strict policy of ‘run by the fans, for the fans’, is engaging their audience in every aspect of the planning process making Alt-Fest not just crowd-funded but also crowd-led.