Krezip replaces Depeche Mode at Pinkpop

Dutch outfit Krezip replaced Depeche Mode at Pinkpop earlier tonight (Sunday 31 May).

Krezip made it big in the Benelux with over a decade of activity and are due to split up in June. Despite the performance being one of their last, the absence of Depeche Mode supposedly angered many Pinkpop punters.

Frontman Dave Galhan is still recovering from surgery after a malignant tumor was removed from his bladder.

With the rekindling of their tour set for June 8, the band were unable to attend Holland's Pinkpop with The Prodigy and Oasis tipped to replace them by organisers.

In the end though, it was Krezip who took to the stage, with Placebo snapping up the top spot – Director Jan Smeets citing the booking of a foreign replacement as implausible.

Certain Krezip members were allegedly on holiday but still managed to make it back for the Dutch festival-season opener to delight of some and dismay of others. Stay posted for developments.

In addition to a slew of stadium and arena appearences, taking in cities like Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen, Depeche Mode are set to headline the following weekenders: 

June 20  – TW Classic Festival 2009, Werchter (BE)
July 3  – Arvika Festival 2009, Arvika (SE)
July 6  – Festival des deux Cités, Carcassonne (FR)
July 9  – Bilbao BBK Live Festival 2009, Bilbao (ES)
July 11  – Super Bock Super Rock Festival 2009, Porto (PT)