Line up

Amon Amarth

Guide our ships, our axes, spears and swords! Do the modern day Swedish vikings of Amon Amarth need any further introduction?!


The British metal icons Saxon are celebrating a forty year milestone in 2017! That will include an extensive world tour which will bring them right here for us at Alcatraz.


Metal queen Doro Pesch will make her third appearance at Alcatraz Festival this year. Performing in Belgium has always been very special to her, as it was here that she started her career with Belgian label Mausoleum, who launched her band Warlock in 1984.

Morbid Angel

With the addition of American death metal band Morbid Angel we welcome a true legend to the stage of Alcatraz this year.

Iced Earth

One of our favorite American metal bands is Iced Earth, with a long successful career. And following a period of inactivity as a result of band leader and main song writer Jon Schaffer requiring cervical fusion surgery, and then time to recover from his back problems.


Moonspell returns to Alcatraz Festival after two years! We just love the gothic laced dark metal of this Portuguese quintet.

Life of Agony

Life of Agony hailing from New York, quite rightfully earned themselves a spot into the history books with their 1993 classic 'River Runs Red'.


Bergen in Norway is not only known for the extravagant number of rainy days a year, but also credited for one of the most prolific and original extreme metal scenes anywhere!

Brant Bjork

When Josh Homme, John Garcia and Brant Bjork formed stoner band Kyuss in 1987, no one could expected the band would reach such a cult status.


The uncrowned kings of thrash metal return once more to our festival, on the heals of their new critically acclaimed “The Brotherhood of the Snake” album, and what a pleasure it will be again!


Classic metal never sounded better in the eighties, with bands like Krokus and with albums that stood the test of time like, “Metal Rendez-Vous", "One Vice At The Time” and “Headhunter”.


The odd one out at Alcatraz Festival this year will undoubtedly be the Swiss band Monkey3. This instrumental quartet plays dreamy, psychedelic stoner rock infused by the sensitive guitar playing of Boris De Piante.


If Udo Dirkschneider’s name doesn’t ring a bell, which we can’t even imagine possible, we’ve got a quick introduction for you. Udo was the main front man and co-founder of Accept.

Sacred Reich

We are very happy to announce another American thrash band, Sacred Reich which started off as true speed demons in the late 80’s with "Ignorance" and "Surf Nicaragua", then switched their emphasis to more groovy and catchy mid-tempo thrash metal on “The American Way” in 1990, and “Independent” in 1993.

Death Angel

Quiz time: Which band has played four times out of ten editions at Alcatraz festival? Death Angel! Old School Metal Thrashers from the very beginning will agree that the albums "The Ultra-Violence" and "Frolic Through The Park” are amoung the very foundations of thrash metal.


The Dutch death metal band Asphyx, founded by drummer Bob Bagchus, landed a contract with the then newly founded record label Century Media in the late eighties, who released their timeless debut 'The Rack' in 1991.


Founded in 1969, UFO is one of the oldest hard rock bands still around! Singer Phil Mogg and drummer Andy Parker are two members of the original lineup, and veteran Paul Raymond on keyboards has been with them since eternity as well.

Dr. Living Dead

In the nordics and Germany ‘The Doc' is a well-known name, however over here in our region the masked crossover thrashers generally evoked nothing more than a “Oh yes, that name rings a bell..?”, though that is soon to be changed forever!

King Hiss

Belgian stoner metal is alive! When H8000 pioneer Joost Noyelle aka Josh Fury, guitarist for straight edge bands Congress and Liar, is done creating music honoring the likes of Slayer, he turns to the stoner rock sound of COC en Fu Manchu.

Paradise Lost

You could make a fascinating film about the history of the British metal band Paradise Lost. Founded in 1988 in Halifax, the band’s first demos created quite an underground buzz.


The talented Carnation represents the future of Belgian death metal at Alcatraz 2017! Their incredible “Cemetery Of The Insane” EP combines the best elements of Swedish and American death metal, to date.


One of the most influential, revered and best-selling death metal bands of all time, OBITUARY formed in the swamplands of South Florida in 1989 after switching their name from Xecutioner. the band signed to Roadracer Records, a now defunct division of Roadrunner, for the recording of their debut album, the immense and immeasurably heavy Slowly We Rot (1989).


The hyperkinetic trio Raven are true veterans of speed and thrash metal.


How excited are we? The German metal institute Rage has returned to the essence of energetic traditional speed and thrash metal, their signature sound in the nineties.


Hell! The English band formed in 1982 was way ahead of its time, due to some tragic events, the band folded in 1987.

Evil Invaders

The talented young guns of Evil Invaders shot to fame with their debut album “Pulses Of Pleasure” in the beginning in 2015, instantly making them the most promising speed / thrash metal band in Belgium.