Artziniega and Llodio will kick things off by hosting five free concerts on June 9 and 10.
The new Araba ARF Tour programming serves as a teaser for the festival. This initiative is back for the second consecutive year alongside the Provincial Council of Álava to bring us free programming which will carry the spirit of rock and roll and Azkena Rock Festival’s flame to different locations throughout Álava. On Friday, June 9, in Artziniega, in the fronton parking lot, Moonshine Wagon will be playing. This Alava-based band has become a reference in the Basque Country’s heavy-bluegrass scene. Also playing will be Micky and The Buzz, classic rock and roll Bilbao Quintet, with Italian Micky Paiano on vocals. On Saturday, June 10, the programming takes us to the fronton wall in Lamuza de Llodio with the Bilbao-based group Los Brazos. This power trio possesses an unusual strength, unique to those who have played rock and roll since early childhood. Also playing will be the punk-rock band Xuorum, and the local band Doctor Lawson, who promise to offer a great show of live independent music that will leave no one indifferent.
On June 15, 16 and 17, the Azkena Rock Festival will celebrate its 21st edition in Mendizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz, with Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Rancid, Lucinda Williams, Incubus, Melvins, Alter Bridge, and El Drogas, among many other bands. A not-to-miss date with the most all-encompassing versions of rock & roll. In addition, The Phantom Surfers are joining the Trashville lineup instead of Wild Billy Childish & CTMF, who will not be able to attend the festival for health reasons.