Rock Werchter: Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed for 2021
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    Rock Werchter: Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed for 2021

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    Belgium’s Rock Werchter music festival continues to set its sights on a successful 2021 edition with the announcement that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join the lineup for Rock Werchter next year.

    The American rock band – who made their first appearance at Werchter nearly 30 years ago – will return to Belgium on Sunday, July 4. With more than 80 million albums sold and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and John Frusciante are currently working on the successor to ‘The Getaway’ (2016).

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers will join previously announced acts including Pearl Jam, Gorillaz, Twenty One Pilots, Pixies, alt-J, Jamie xx, Royal Blood, The Lumineers, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Rag’n’Bone Man, Nothing But Thieves, The Streets, Cigarettes After Sex, Miles Kane, Fontaines D.C., GoGo Penguin, Cavetown, Big Thief, Black Pumas, girl in red, The Dead South and Boy Pablo. The line-up will be completed shortly.

    What If I Had A Ticket for 2020? 

    This building lineup is good news for people who already purchased a ticket for the festival this summer before it was cancelled because of the new coronavirus (Covid-19). Despite a clamour from fans, they did not get their money back, but were given a voucher for 2021 or 2022.

    “Exceptionally and under strict conditions, a credit can be granted instead of a refund. A measure that protects the consumer but also limits the impact of the current crisis on the organisers,” a statement on the festival’s website said. The festival explicitly stated that this arrangement has been discussed with the Federal Minister for Economy and Consumer Affairs, Nathalie Muylle.

    Rock Werchter will be held from Thursday, July 1 until Sunday, July 4. Ticket are already on sale.

    Jules Johnston
    The Brussels Times