Central Europe is in no short supply of festivals with the likes of Pinkpop and Rock Werchter happening every summer, but the biggest and best of all is Belgium's Pukkelpop, which has been running for over 35 years. This year's edition features their biggest and broadest lineup to date, with big names like The xx, Mumford & Sons and Bastille headlining, but looking further down the lineup it's easy to pick out dozens of other acts vying for the attention of the punters. Here are our picks of the 6 sets we're most excited to see at this year's Pukkelpop.

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PJ Harvey

One of British rock’s biggest, boldest and best pillars, PJ Harvey is always something worth getting excited about. Constantly pushing herself to try new things, evolve her style and work with many different collaborators, she has become a fascinating figure in the modern world of music. The opportunity to see her live is always one that should be grasped firmly in both hands, as she now has such a deep back catalogue, traversing many different styles but without ever losing her guttural and emotional heft, her sets are a true adventure through the history of this great artist. She plays the Marquee on Thursday evening, a perfect herald for the first epic night of the festival.

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Solange

Solange’s star has been steadily rising and moving out of the shadow of her family members for a while now, but with last year’s A Seat At The Table she has truly broken free of any associations and become a headlining star in her own right. She brings her soulful and artistic brilliance to the Main Stage on Thursday night, where she will deservedly and comfortably entertain what will surely be one of the largest crowds of the whole weekend. Those adoring fans may even get some surprise guests come on, if we’re fortunate enough for schedules to work out.

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Interpol performing Turn On The Bright Lights

Now stalwarts of the indie rock scene, New York’s Interpol will be taking us back in time to their defining moment as they play through the entirety of their classic debut album Turn On The Bright Lights. Although a quintessentially NYC album, Turn On The Bright Lights resonated all over the world with people looking for atmosphere and mood in their guitars, and to this day still evokes memories of the early 21st century while still sounding relevant in the modern day. To hear Interpol playing it in full, from the stirring opening chords of ‘Untitled’ to the crushing denouement of ‘Leif Erikson’ will certainly be a mental trip through time and space.

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Mount Kimbie

Set to release their much anticipated third album Love What Survives in just a matter of weeks, the London duo Mount Kimbie are back on the gigging scene, and will be bringing new and old cuts to their Friday evening set at the Castello stage. Their sound straddles the seemingly disparate areas of club-ready bass to artistic indie to grimey hip-hop, and their live performance will mix and muddle these sounds together into a whole that is entirely captivating and engrossing. It’s unlikely that anyone will come out of seeing Mount Kimbie perform and not be salivating at the thought of hearing their new album.

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Sampha

Another artist whose reputation has been gradually swelling over the years saw it absolutely burst at the seams with the release of his stunning debut album Process earlier this year. Sampha will bring his soulful and emotional repertoire to the Club stage on Friday night, and is likely to make the whole venue and the people inside it feel like their floating, as he carries us on his pitch perfect vocal tones. His set will surely soothe any tired muscles and rejuvenate us all for the rest of the festival.

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Talaboman

Amidst the sheer volume of live performances happening across the festival, it shouldn’t escape people that Pukkelpop also has a superb lineup of DJs playing through the weekend, including the likes of Rødhåd, Floating Points and Ben UFO. Perhaps most exciting is the team-up of two expert producers John Talabot and Axel Boman as their Talaboman team-up. Across their 2-hour set you’ll likely hear many cuts from their intoxicating debut album The Night Land as well as dozens of expertly selected cuts that will keep the crowd moving throughout their set and beyond into the final night of the festival.

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Have a look at the full lineup for Pukkelpop over on the official website.