One of the essential post-punk bands will be holding their first European concert in Vitoria-Gasteiz for the 40th anniversary of their legendary album ‘Entertainment!’   

Gang of Four are one of the most important bands in the history of post-punk, since the release of their legendary début album ‘Entertainment!’ in 1979, chosen by the magazine Rolling Stone as one of the 5 most important post-punk bands (also featuring in their list of the best 500 records in the history of music), and by Pitchfork as the 8th best record of the 70s. After playing at festivals such as Primavera Sound, FIB or Azkena Rock over a decade ago, Gang of Four return to Vitoria-Gasteiz to play at the ARF, for what will be their first European concert playing their legendary album ‘Entertainment!’ in full, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release on a very historic occasion. 

Having formed in Leeds (UK) in 1976, Gang of Four played for the first time in 1977. All of the great bands that followed them, Red Hot Chili Peppers, INXS, Massive Attack, Alice in Chains, Faith no More, Rage Against the Machine, R.E.M. or U2 have recognised their debt to Gang of Four; even in recent years the band’s influence has become almost universal, with the appearance of formations influenced by post-punk such as The Rapture, Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, or Bloc Party. 

“Occasionally there are bands that are defined as being before their time’. Often it means nothing, simple hyperbole used to describe the latest batch of young wannabes. In the case of Gang Of Four, it’s an empirical fact, the Ice Cold Truth”. The Independent. 

The British band joins the festival line-up following the cancellation of Melvins a few days ago due to the poor health of Dale Crover, which has forced him to cancel his entire European tour. The Azkena Rock Festival will be held between 21 and 22 June in Mendizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Press kit  with photos and line-up 

AZKENA ROCK FESTIVAL
21 and 22 June 2019
Mendizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz  

Friday 21
Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
13:30h TAMI NEILSON (Free) 

Mendizabala
17:00h Doors open 

 God
17:30 MICKY & THE BUZZ
19:15  THE LIVING END
21:45  STRAY CATS
00:40  THE B-52S 

Respect
18:20  SURFBORT
20:35  DEADLAND RITUAL
23:20  BLACKBERRY SMOKE
02:00  GLASSJAW 

Love
18:00  GIANTE
19:15  INGLORIOUS
20:45  LUCERO
23:15  TROPICAL FUCK STORM
02:00 THE HILLBILLY MOON EXPLOSION 

Trashville- Trash a go-go!
19:00  DOLLAR BILL & HIS ONE MAN BAND
21:00  THE CHEATING HEARTS
23:00  LOS DUQUES DE MONTERREY
01:00  BLIND RAGE & VIOLENCE
02:30  DJ BOP HOP
04:30  CRISTINA SANDALIA   

Trashville– Rat Hole
18:30 LUCHA EXTREMA MEXICANA
20:30 LUCHA EXTREMA MEXICANA
23:30 LUCHA EXTREMA MEXICANA
02:15  LAURA PREMINGER
04:15 DJ SEÑOR LOBO 

Saturday 22 

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
13:30h DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD (Free)  

Mendizabala
17:00h Doors open 

God
17:30  OUTGRAVITY
19:15  TESLA
21:45  WILCO
00:35  THE CULT ‘A SONIC TEMPLE’ 

Respect
18:20  MT. JOY.
20:35  NEKO CASE
23:20  GANG OF FOUR
02:10 PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS 

Love
18:00  GARBAYO
19:15  MEAT PUPPETS
20:45  CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
23:15  MORGAN
02:10  STARCRAWLER 

Trashville– Trash a Go-Go!
19:00  THE COURETTES
21:00  DEADBEATZ 
23:00  LOS TORONTOS
01:00  PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS
02:30  DEBORAH DEVOBOT
04:30  WOLF-A DJ  

Trashville– Rat Hole
18:30  LUCHA EXTREMA MEXICANA
20:30  LUCHA EXTREMA MEXICANA
23:30  LUCHA EXTREMA MEXICANA
02:15  DJ ARBIS vs DJ GAUTXOS
04:15 HOLY CUERVO DJS 

Pass: €120
Pass + Camping: €130 
Day tickets: €65 

Sales: www.azkenarockfestival.com