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Raketkanon Announce Split

6th September 2019

Belgian noise-rock band RAKETKANON have announced they will split following a final run of just-announced live dates in February 2020 (see below) and select festival appearances. Further European live dates are TBC.

The band released their critically acclaimed third album RKTKN#3 on Alcopop! Records earlier this year and received praise from BBC 6music, Radio X, Kerrang! Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Heavy Blog Is Heavy, The Quietus and more.

In an official statement on social media, the band said:

“The past ten years have been beyond any expectations we could have dared to even dream.

We found a way of creating something in a way that felt unique to the four of us, with an ever growing group of likeminded fans and friends by our side from all over the world. To those people who went along on our ride—be it in the sweaty and ecstatic crowd of a live show or in a bedroom in front of a laptop—we owe a debt of gratitude.

Assessing that ride we’ve had, we find ourselves arriving at the end.

We’ve made three albums we’re all very proud of, been to the most beautiful places, met the most heartwarming people, and now feel like we have succeeded in artistically expressing ourselves sufficiently in this capacity (which is arguably the primary reason to make music in the first place).

To all the people who showed us their love, worked with us, introduced us to their friends, bought our albums, stole our albums, carried us over their heads, showed us their sincerity. To everyone who helped us out when we were lost—geographically or otherwise—everyone who sang along to our non-existent lyrics, everyone who can acknowledge that there can be no competition in artistic expression; it would not have been the same without you.

You have enriched our lives.

So this is where Raketkanon ends. We will do one more club tour between now and February 2020, and are working on a couple of festivals in 2020 which will be announced as soon as possible.

All four of us will continue making music. We are ending this project in peace and love among and for each other, and wish you nothing but exactly that.

Thank you,


Pieter De Wilde
Lode Vlaeminck
Jef Verbeeck
Pieter-Paul Devos”

The band’s final album RKTKN#3 is out now on Alcopop! Records

RAKETKANON live dates:
13/09/19: Leffingeleuren – Leffinge (B)
29/09/19: Street Mode Festival – Thessaloniki (GR)
05/10/19: A Festival Downtown @ Club Vibes – Rotterdam (NL)
14/11/19: Temple – Athens (GR)
18/11/19: Musikbunker – Aachen (D)
19/11/19: Sonic Ballroom – Köln (D)
28/11/19: Mezz – Breda (NL)
04/12/19: 25 years Toutpartout @ Paradiso – Amsterdam (NL)
08/12/19: Drizzly Grizzly – Gdansk (PL)
10/12/19: Arena – Vienna (A)
12/12/19: Nachtleben – Frankfurt (D)
14/12/19: Freak Valley Xmas Show @ Vortex Surfer – Siegen (D)
01/02/20: Vega – Copenhagen (DK)
21/02/20: Gebr. De Nobel – Leiden (NL)
22/02/20: AB Box – Brussel (B)
27/02/20: Vooruit – Gent (B)

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