Let’s start! Gorillaz are the first Open’er 2018 headliner!
Since their first release in 2001, Gorillaz have proven to be one of the most unique and iconic pop acts around. A truly global phenomenon, they have achieved success in ways entirely ground-breaking in popular music. Their eponymous debut album sold some 6 million copies following its release in 2001, with hit singles ‘Clint Eastwood’ and ’19-2000’. 2005’s Demon Days was more successful still, properly breaking the band on a global level, with singles ‘DARE (feat Shaun Ryder), ‘Dirty Harry’ and the Grammy Award-winning smash ‘Feel Good Inc.’ becoming hits across Europe, America and beyond. It gave Gorillaz their first UK No 1 song with ‘DARE’ and was heralded as one of the year’s greatest records.
In 2010, Gorillaz returned with Plastic Beach. A 16-track tour through pop, rap, dub, soul, and electronica, from East to West and a whole lot more, it featured a roster of contributors so diverse it numbers not just Lou Reed, Snoop Dogg, Mark E Smith, De La Soul, Mos Def and Bobby Womack, but The Syrian National Orchestra Of Arabic Music and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a Chicago-based nine-piece jazz/hip-hop group. Also appearing were Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, playing together for the first time since The Clash.
Now comes HUMANZ, Gorillaz’ first album in 7 years, and their most immediate, rich, and panoramic record to date - cycling through hip hop and R’n’B, pop and reggaeton, soul and rock and roll. On HUMANZ Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D are - as always - joined by an impressive line-up of featured artists including Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis - and sees Gorillaz pushing boundaries once again. We are pushing the boundaries along with the band and we are pleased to announce that Gorillaz are the first headliner of next year’s Open’er. See you on July 6th in Gdynia!