Rock Werchter 2015: More names: Damien Rice and The War On Drugs

  Tom V    5 december 2014

The first names are now in for Saturday 27 June. Damien Rice and The War On Drugs will be playing their exceptionally beautiful and intense music on day 3 of Rock Werchter. This brings the festival counter to seven. Earlier we announced that Foo Fighters, Muse, Pharrell Williams, alt-J and Florence + The Machine will be coming to Rock Werchter in 2015. Festival tickets are already on sale and in barely a week 45,000 have gone. They are selling faster than for the 2014 edition, which sold out in record time. More festival news to follow soon.

About Damien Rice:
On the arm of new kid on the block, Ed Sheeran, is tattooed the name of Damien Rice. It is a copy of the autograph he got from the Irish singer/songwriter as an eleven year-old boy. That was in 2002, the year of Rice's debut album ‘O’. Back then he had been travelling Europe as a street musician to build up his repertoire. ‘O’ was supposed to stay small. He was afraid that too much attention and too much promotion would damage his songs. But music is a primal force. If it's good, there's no holding it back. After the hit ‘9 Crimes’ (2006), however, Damien Rice fell silent. We've had a long eight-year wait for his third album, ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ (2014). Rice, as he says himself, fell out of love with music. Top producer Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer) got him back to his feet. And what happened? Now he's flying again.

About The War On Drugs:
The War On Drugs does the impossible on ‘Lost In The Dream’. The American band's third album sounds like a molten blend of Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Chris Rea and Bruce Springsteen. Just about everyone agrees that this is the rock album of 2014: ‘…it has all the ingredients of a modern classic…’ (Humo) or ‘… it’s water you want to go skinny dipping in…’ (Le Soir) or ‘… it runs 80’s arena rock into something more intriguing…’ (The Guardian). It is also the album on which the band's driving force Adam Granduciel – real name Granofsky - somehow harnesses the chaos in his mind and the sadness in his heart to create a thing of beauty. The recordings were made over a two-year period, most of the songs were countlessly reworked and all kinds of people were involved in the process. Only then did it become good. Really good.

Rock Werchter 2015 runs from Thursday 25 June to Sunday 28 June. Tickets are on sale via Detailed ticket information is available at