What is Ambient Dubstep?

One of the new rising dubstep sounds is ambient dubstep. With many artists like Illenium, Said the Sky and even Zeds Dead incorporating these sounds into their online mixes, this style of music incorporates chill and melodic beats. Although it’s been around for years, in recent years it has gained some popularity due to EDM’s increasing focus on atmospherics and ethereal qualities. This genre can incorporate aspects of all types of music from techno to classical to pop, and most importantly it does not lack bass despite its mellow sound.

How ambient dubstep came about
Zeds Dead


Before dubstep ever had a name, people were experimenting with adding drums to electronic music. From drum ‘n’ bass-inspired beats to house beats, producers took their favorite tracks and chopped them up into samples. As more producers embraced synthesizers and programming, a new movement began – one that continues to thrive today as ambient dubstep. While there are many variations of ambient dubstep, let’s take a look at some of its most distinctive characteristics and most popular musicians. Traveling can be fun and exciting if you plan it properly – but those jags and time zones can really knock you out! Use an ambient dubstep mix like the Zeds Dead one below when traveling.

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How it differs from other genres

You’ve probably heard dubstep before; it’s a genre that brings heavy basslines, deep kicks, and rumbling synths to dance floors around the world. But as of late, one sound has been growing quickly: ambient dubstep. Hailing from artists like Illenium and Said The Sky, ambient dubstep incorporates these elements but adds melodic beats which bring out more of an emotional aspect. In some instances, you can just lose yourself in these grooves.

Signature sound


The sound of ambient dubstep combines epic bass, mellow melodies, and stunning ethereal vocals. The ambient nature of its sounds makes it an apt soundtrack for relaxation, helping you disconnect from life’s hustle and bustle and find peace with your surroundings. The lyrics are reminiscent of those heard in pop music, with songs about love and other emotional concepts. However, these sentiments are delivered in a more relaxed fashion, complementing perfectly what would otherwise be a fast-paced genre. Some might also recognize elements of classical music in ambient dubstep. Similar to how electronic dance music incorporated elements from classical pieces throughout history, some artists use parts of modern orchestral arrangements or melodies to add interest to their tracks.

Producers


As mentioned, ambient dubstep has been popularized by many producers in recent years. One of these artists, Illenium, is a dubstep and electro house producer from Denver. His big hits include tracks like “Free Fall” and “Falling Down” which have over 7 million plays on SoundCloud to date. Other popular ambient dubstep artists include Said The Sky and Brian Eno. Unlike typical EDM genres such as hardstyle or drum & bass where every song sounds similar because it’s supposed to be loud and fast, different types of ambient dubstep songs have varying levels of energy depending on what kind you listen to—if at all. Even within one artist’s repertoire, you can hear a sudden change in energy. A song will start out soft, then gradually get louder and more intense before becoming calm again at its climax.

Said the Sky at Red Rocks

As of recently, ambient dubstep has been on a rapid rise to fame. There have also been many rumors on Zeds Dead adding more ambient tracks to their online mixes, as well as getting their label Deadbeats to put out some artists that use these kinds of beats in their music. Although there isn’t a specific genre for them yet, it is obvious why these ambient sounds are becoming so popular among newer DJs and producers.

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The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In France

Les Plages Eletroniques Festival

France is known around the world for its food, wine, art, and literature. In addition to these French staples, the country also has many excellent music festivals that attract tourists from around the globe each year. Here are the top five music festivals in France that are worth traveling to see at least once in your life!

1) Tomorrowland Winter

The seven-day festival, taking place in March, is held in the beautiful village and mountains of Alpe d’ Huez. The festival features some of today’s top electronic dance music DJs including Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and more. More than 15,000 people attend this music festival each year to enjoy music, skiing, and snowboarding. Tickets are sold out for Tomorrowland Winter every year so make sure you plan ahead!

2) Lollapalooza Paris

Since its debut in 2008, Lollapalooza Paris has steadily increased in popularity. The festival takes place in July each year and features a wide variety of genres such as electronic dance music, rock, hip-hop and reggae. Headliners for 2022 include Malaa, Illenium, Pearl Jam, and Imagine Dragons, to name a few. It’s held at Hippodrome de Longchamp in Paris with an audience capacity of about 90,000 people. Bands typically perform on two or three stages during Lollapalooza Paris. Typically, the event sells out within hours, so make sure you’re up to date on your purchasing opportunities if you’re determined to go!

3) Les Plages Électroniques

This three-day electronic music festival takes place in mid-July. It is located on an island near Cannes and features many renowned DJs such as The Chainsmokers and Martin Garrix. It started in 2006 as a beach party and grew to be one of Europe’s top festivals for electronic music. The atmosphere at Les Plages Électroniques is colorful, friendly, and high-energy. There are many different stages that host DJs, dance acts, and more. This makes it easy to move around during your visit so you can check out all of your favorite artists. You can also enjoy live art, fashion shows, food vendors, and much more!

4) Main Square Festival

This festival, hosted in Arras, Flanders, attracts more than 65,000 people over its span of three days. The Main Square Festival is a massive pop/rock music festival that brings together some of the most popular bands in Europe and North America. It also hosts top DJs to provide a well-rounded cultural experience. First, it began as an alternative music festival with graffiti workshops and live performances by up-and-coming punk bands from across Western Europe. Today, it has transformed into a major mainstream event showcasing big names like Rihanna and Paul McCartney to name just two.

5) Hellfest Open Air Festival

Founded in 2008, Hellfest is a heavy metal music festival that occurs annually at La Porte du Hainaut, Clisson, France. The first edition of Hellfest included Iron Maiden headlining along with King Diamond and Immortal. The festival has since grown tremendously and now attracts over 100,000 attendees yearly.

Conclusion

The French have a long and storied tradition of fine food, wine, music, and art. With these cultural touchstones comes a vibrant summer festival calendar. France is home to many world-class music festivals that are well worth visiting—and if you’re lucky enough to attend one, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Photos by Hellfest, Les Plages Eletroniques, Lollapalooza Paris, Main Square Festival, Tomorrowland

Krushendo is back with Melodic remix of ILLENIUM’s “Story of My Life”

Krushendo is back with another amazing melodic remix this time for ILLENIUM’s SKIO contest of his tune with Seuco and Trippie Redd entitled,”Story of My Life”. He headlines Cervantes Otherside in Denver, CO on March 3rd, 2022 with Prismatic, NGHT OWL, Jakattak, and DocFunk.

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New Music Releases from Subtronics, Excision, Rezz, and more!

Electronic music has been expanding over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. New artists are coming out all the time, introducing new styles and sounds that are exciting listeners across the globe. Whether you’re an EDM fanatic or just starting to get into it, these new electronic music releases will surely get your adrenaline pumping.

Subtronics – FRACTALS

Fractals is one of those albums that will go down in bass music history.  Every song on here is unique in its own way while being masterfully crafted by Subtronics himself. This debut project goes hard without fail and shows that we may have another legendary artist on our hands here.Subtronics is a rare gem whose talent proves that he’s got what it takes to be a major player in electronic music. ‘Fractals‘ truly showcases his unique sound design style. With an impressive repertoire under his belt and releases on some of EDM’s most coveted labels, we expect nothing but good things for Subtronics in 2022.

Excision – Onyx

Legendary producerExcision has unleashed his newest album Onyx. In case you are not familiar with Excision, he is one of today’s most notable dubstep artists. His new album features a wide range of artists such as Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Kai Wachi, and many others. With 17 songs that span almost 1 hour, there is something for every fan out there. This album is packed with insane drops that are sure to move you. There’s a decent amount of variety on here, too, meaning you can listen to it for longer without getting tired of it. Onyx is an EDM masterpiece that starts off hard and ends off just as hard. If you’re a fan of dubstep, you should definitely give this album a listen.

Rezz – Spiral

Rezz is a renowned EDM artist based out of Canada. Her latest album, Spiral is out now on Mau5trap records. It maintains some of her staple sound design while evolving in an unexpected new direction. There’s no doubt thatRezz is a skilled artist—her mix of horror movie sound effects with hard dance music chops has made her an EDM superstar in no time. If you like her other tracks or are just looking for something moody to chill out to, we highly recommend checking this album out. Her music is chaotic but perfect to listen to while working or doing anything that requires you to focus.Rezz is definitely someone to watch in 2022 as she continues to climb into mainstream EDM. This album is a must-listen for fans of Mau5trap music or dark/brooding electronic music.

Freddy Todd – Nineteen Ninety

Freddy Todd brings you into his world of electronic music in his newest release titled Nineteen Ninety. Featuring nine tracks that take elements of bass music and combine them with trap-influenced beats,Nineteen Ninety is a standout release that showcasesFreddy Todd‘s technical skill behind the decks. The young producer has managed to skyrocket his way into mainstream recognition with a unique brand of grungy bass music that is equal parts grit and sweetness. This latest album gives us everything we’ve come to love about Todd: glitchy beats, haunting vocals, beautiful melodies, and epic drops.

Bonobo – Fragments

There’s a lot to love about Bonobo.The British musician is one of those artists who can appeal to nearly anyone with his smooth grooves and uplifting sound. His newest release, Fragments, is no exception. This isBonobo’s first release in five years. Following up his critically acclaimed album Migration,Fragments is a twelve-track album that demonstratesBonobo’s ever-growing talent and reminds his fans why they fell in love with his music to begin with. As with mostBonobo albums, each song has its own unique flavor and mood. From calming melodies to energetic dance beats, there’s something for everyone in Fragments.  If you enjoy good vibes and want something new to listen to, give it a listen! It will surely be worth your time.

An Unforgettable Week for Electronic Music

This week in music has been an exciting one. Several big names in the electronic music scene dropped legendary new albums that have already made a big impact in the EDM community. If you haven’t heard of any of these albums yet, we highly recommend you check them out. This was an excellent start to the new year and we are so excited to see what the rest of 2022 has in store for music.

Afro House Is Becoming More And More Popular

Afro House is becoming more and more popular in the EDM world, especially with artists such as DJ Snake, who debuted his own Afro House mix called “Get Low” at Coachella 2018, as well as promoting his mix on his Instagram. Other EDM artists such as Martin Garrix have incorporated this genre into their songs like “Scared to be Lonely” and “In the Name of Love” with Bebe Rexha, which can be found on their official YouTube channel.

What is Afro House?

This genre has a strong foundation in techno, with many artists adding a fusion of house music to their songs. Although it may seem like this genre blends several different genres into one, it actually has clear-cut definitions that separate it from other music. One way to recognize these songs on your favorite radio station is by looking for hard-hitting bass drums or tribal beats. The tempo ranges from 120 BPM to 130 BPM, which makes it slower than most EDM but faster than standard house music tracks. One thing that makes this genre unique among most EDM sub-genres is its usage of instruments such as saxophones and marimbas; whereas most EDM only uses synthesizers for horns.

The rise of Afro House


Although Afro house has been around for quite some time, it was not until recent years that Afro house has started to make waves in America’s music scene. However, with many American DJs now incorporating Afro beats into their playlists there are still a lot of people out there who don’t know what this genre is exactly or how it differs from other genres. For example, if you have never heard of this genre before then you may have listened to wavy beats or songs that sound like deep mix songs but yet feature different styles including Latino beats mixed with trap and pop. If so, these songs were most likely an example of this genre because these wavy beats as they are known come straight from South Africa where they originated and thus represent just one small style within a very wide genre.

Are there any differences between this style and other genres?
DJ Snake


Afro house music has a more mainstream sound than other EDM genres, but it’s still very underground. There are some major labels that have recognized this genre and have started to sign artists in Africa. This bodes well for this genre and also adds to its overall legitimacy in terms of being a true genre of EDM music. The biggest difference between afro house and other genres of EDM is that afro house is often incorporating African drumming into their songs, which gives them a unique feel among all of the different types of EDM. In addition, artists have had much success with creating remixes using American songs such as “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.

Artists with Afro House influence
Tiesto


Tiesto, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake and Major Lazer. Many other EDM artists such as Martin Garrix have incorporated Afro House beats into their music. These Afro-influenced tracks are known as Pony in EDM lingo. Listen to these songs to see how much of an impact this genre has on them! Enjoy!

The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In Denmark

Tinderbox Festival

Denmark is one of the most beautiful and fun countries in Europe, so it’s no surprise that it also boasts some of the best music festivals in the world. With so many amazing festivals to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down which ones you want to attend, but this list will help you decide. Here are the top five music festivals in Denmark!

1) Roskilde Festival

This is a music festival located in Roskilde, Denmark. The festival began in 1971 and has grown over time. It’s one of Europe’s most famous music festivals and every year artists from around the world come to participate. If you love music, there is no better place than Roskilde Festival to see your favorite artists perform. In previous years, artists on the lineup included Vampire Weekend, Eminem, Kygo, and many more.

2) Copenhagen Jazz Festival

The Copenhagen Jazz Festival is an annual three-day event celebrating jazz in Copenhagen and is one of Europe’s biggest jazz festivals. The festival features both internationally and nationally known performers and draws more than 60,000 attendees each year. All ages are welcome at this free festival. Additionally, an all-night shuttle runs from downtown and Nørreport Station throughout all three days of the festival to allow music lovers to see as many performances as possible.

3) Smukfest

This one is known as Denmark’s most famous festival. Smukfest takes place in Skanderborg and attracts over 70,000 people. It started in 1998 and has featured performances by jazz pianist Chick Corea, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, indie rocker Jens Lekman, poet Saul Williams and more. Other big names on previous lineups include Alesso and DJ Snake. Furthermore, one of its most popular events is a series of film screenings that are open to anyone who wants to attend.

4) NorthSide Festival

This popular annual event takes place in Aarhus. It is situated in mid-June and lasts three days. The event was first started in 2011, and it has been a big hit ever since. The festival features various performances by both local and international artists, such as Solange Knowles, The Black Keys, and many more. People come to NorthSide Festival for the music of course, but also for an amazing atmosphere. In fact, visitors have fun on all sorts of rides and activities such as zip-lining.

5) Tinderbox

Tinderbox is a music festival located in Odense, Denmark. It is famous for its electronic, folk and jazz acts. Dating back to 1998, it has continued to produce outstanding performances year after year. For example, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, and The Chainsmokers have all performed in prior years. If you’re looking for live music, Tinderbox can’t be missed!

Conclusion

This country has it all, from music to street fairs. Anyone interested in experiencing a festival in Denmark should definitely add these top five to their list. Whether you want to hear some great music or just dance with a bunch of strangers, you are sure to have a blast at one of these Danish festivals. Definitely take note of these festivals if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience!

Photos by Copenhagen Jazz Festival, NorthSide Festival, Roskilde Festival, Smukfest, Tinderbox

The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In Canada

Canada has some of the greatest music festivals in the world, with amazing and talented artists from around the globe coming to entertain us each year. These five festivals are unique in their own way, and choosing which one to attend comes down to personal preference. Whether you enjoy electronic music, pop, or classic country, there’s something for everyone at these top five Canadian music festivals.

1) WayHome

Taking place in Ontario, WayHome is a three-day music festival. It began in 2015 and has been on track to be one of North America’s best festivals. This festival takes place on a ranch that is owned by members of The Tragically Hip, a Canadian rock band. Artists who have performed at WayHome include Flume, Porter Robinson, Imagine Dragons, and Cage The Elephant.

2) Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival is a four-day event in August held at Shambhala Mountain Centre. It takes place near Nelson and is one of the more popular music festivals in Canada. Acts such as ZHU, Zeds Dead, Boogie T, and SoDown are some of the amazing artists that perform here every year. This festival has won awards for being one of North America’s top ten events. Additionally, it recently was voted one of Western Canadian Magazine’s best summer festivals.

3) Osheaga

Osheaga has something for everyone. From live music to art installations, food trucks, and beer gardens there is no limit to what you can find at Osheaga. This four-day festival was first held in Montreal back in 2006. Since then, it has quickly grown into one of North America’s largest festivals with crowds reaching 90,000 people!

4) Boots & Hearts

Boots & Hearts is a music festival held in Ontario, Canada that brings out a great combination of pop, rock, and country. Some of the artists that performed at Boots & Hearts over its 8-year span include Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many more. Boots & Hearts is one of the best Canadian music festivals to visit with family and friends.

5) M For Montreal

M For Montreal may not be as popular or publicized as some of its other Canadian counterparts. However, it is one of Montreal’s most popular music festivals. The festival takes place in different parts of Montreal during July and August. More than 250 musicians from around the world have performed since 2006 at M For Montreal. If you are a fan of indie rock, punk rock, electronic music, or alternative genres in general, then you will love what M For Montreal has to offer.

Conclusion

To sum up, there are many different music festivals in Canada. From big-name groups to underground bands, you can find music of all genres and styles. Each festival offers unique art and food for people to enjoy while listening to some great music. If you’re looking for a Canadian adventure, add one or more of these festivals to your travel plans.

Photos by Boots & Hearts, M For Montreal, Osheaga, Shambhala Music Festival, WayHome

New Music Releases by Nas, Steve Aoki, And More!

You’ve probably heard at least one of the top music releases over the past few days, whether it wasNas’s Magic album or Freddy Todd’s newest single. With so many new songs out there to enjoy, however, it can be difficult to keep up with all of the best new music that comes out every week – but we’re here to help! Here are five tracks you haven’t heard yet that were released over the past week that you need to check out right now!

Nas Releases New Album ‘Magic’

Nas has released his newest album Magic. Magic is definitely one of his best albums to date. The beats are very chill and help to tell a narrative throughout each track. Throughout the Album, Nas discusses politics and current events as well as societal issues. This is easily a five-star album for Hip Hop fans.

Alok & Steve Aoki Release New Single ‘Typical’ ft. Lars Martin

Don’t miss out on Typical featuring Lars Martin, produced by Alok and Steve Aoki. The track was released on Steve Aoki‘s Dim Mak record label, which features other renowned house producers, including Kyle Walker. This song is an upbeat dance track that you’re sure to fall in love with. The heavy-hitting bass and uplifting vocals will get you moving no matter what time of day it is. It’s got a great mix of sounds from new and old, making it very up-to-date while still retaining its originality. This will be a hit at parties and clubs everywhere! What are you waiting for? Buy or streamTypical on iTunes or Spotify now!

Ed Sheeran & Fireboy DML Release New Single ‘Peru’

This week in music, Ed Sheeran and Fireboy dropped a new collaboration that is sure to be an instant hit. Ed Sheeran often collaborates with artists from all spectrums of music. In the past, he collaborated with Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Hoodie Allen. Now, he is back with Fireboy DML to release their new hit single, Peru. Both Sheeran and Fireboy have been major players in their respective genres for quite some time, with numerous number one songs each. The combination of these two powerhouses has led many to wonder if they will eclipse any prior collaborations between artists from different genres. What does seem certain is that both artists are likely to gain new fans as a result of their combined star power.

Lights Releases New Single ‘Real Thing’ ft. Elohim

On their new single Real Thing, Lights and Elohim create a beautiful electronic ballad with haunting vocals that you won’t be able to stop humming. The single is a perfect combination of vibrant yet subdued electro-pop production. It features the mesmerizing sounds of Elohim, whose production is featured on tracks by popular EDM artists such as Ookay. The song is about finding what it means to be yourself in love, and how sometimes we have to chase our own real thing before it finds us.

Freddy Todd Releases New Single Senataur

Overwhelmed, vibrant, and soaked in sound, Freddy Todd’s new track, Senataur, is one to keep an eye on. Beginning with clunky drums and a resounding bass line, Freddy Todd hypnotizes his listeners while they are taken on a ride through building synths and warbling vocals that fall gracefully down upon them. The single gives us a glimpse into Freddy Todd‘s upcoming album, Nineteen Ninety, which is going to drop next week! A breath of fresh air among all of today’s current genres,Senataur isn’t just music; it’s art.

A Week Filled with Amazing New Music

No matter what you like listening to, there is always new music coming out that will blow your mind. These five new music releases are among some of our favorites over the past week. If you’re looking for something fresh, we definitely recommend giving them a listen.

Dubstep – One of The Most Popular EDM Genres

One of the most popular electronic dance music genres is dubstep, which features deep basslines and heavy use of drums and synthesizers to create an intense experience for its listeners. Those in the dubstep genre include Excision and Zeds Dead. These artists bring in tens of thousands of fans to their shows worldwide, making it one of the most popular EDM genres around. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about dubstep so that you can be part of this great scene too!


What is dubstep?

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. The term was coined in 2002 to describe an offshoot of UK garage which had gained popularity at the sound system parties and underground scenes as a darker, more drum and bass/techno-influenced style. Dubstep producers have been responsible for pioneering new sounds within electronic dance music over recent years. Most notably these artists include Excision, Flux Pavillion, and Skrillex.

Excision

How did it become so popular?

First off, it’s one of the most diverse genres in electronic music, allowing artists to create a variety of subgenres based on their own musical tastes. Next, there’s a wide audience for dubstep. After all, if you don’t like moving your body while dancing (and when do you ever not?), why would you listen to or create EDM? And if you do like your dance music with lots of bass—say hi to dubstep!

Zeds Dead

What does ‘dub’ mean?

Dubstep is a fusion genre that evolved from UK garage, drum and bass, and grime. It was popularized by Excision and Zeds Dead who helped shape and develop a subgenre called Bass House. Dubstep is primarily instrumental music but also features samples from pop songs at times as well. Drum and bass elements are prevalent in dubstep often resulting in aggressive sounds creating an intense listening experience. The word ‘dub’ originates from Jamaican slang meaning to ‘add vocals’ or ‘to make better/improve on something. This is why vocals are almost nonexistent in dubstep while they are widely present in other electronic dance music genres such as house or trance. Instrumental tracks provide listeners with euphoric experiences where vocal-led tracks produce more upbeat bangers.

Who are some big-name producers in the industry?

Excision, Doctor P, Skrillex, Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion, Bro Safari, Zomboy, and Subtronics. Some artists choose to record songs digitally while others produce their tracks using old-school analog equipment, but it seems to be a preference on their part as they are both equally well received by fans.

Skrillex

Famous artists and biggest festival

A big reason dubstep is so popular is that, as its name suggests, it’s a fusion genre. Dub and drum & bass have had widespread popularity for years. Now that artists like Excision and Zeds Dead are breaking through with their own labels Subsidia and Deadbeats, the genre is expanding even more. Not only does dubstep incorporate other genres, but it also has one of the most diverse audiences in all of EDM. No matter your age or gender, you can find a song you love in dubstep. The biggest festival for dubstep lovers is Excision’s Lost Lands festival.

Lost Lands Music Festival

Where do you go to listen to it?

Many people listen to dubstep on SoundCloud, which is a site for listening to music. However, some people like to get their music from YouTube. Some dubstep artists have channels on YouTube and a lot of their music is free to listen to there. Other people also go on YouTube just to watch remixes and live covers done by other YouTubers. Depending on what you are interested in you could check out any or all of these websites. All three are popular sites that everyone has access to and I know you will be able to find something you want. The best way to experience dubstep is through live music, so be sure to follow Party Guru for updates on all things live music!

Photos by Party Guru Press, EDM.com, and Lost Lands Music Festival


The Top 5 Music Festivals To Attend In Belgium

The music festival scene in Belgium has never been better, with many large and small festivals taking place throughout the country all year round, including some of the best-known music festivals in Europe to travel to. Here are the top five music festivals in Belgium based on variety, performances, and atmosphere.

1) Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is one of Europe’s biggest festivals. It takes place on a piece of land called De Schorre. This festival attracts 350,000 people every year, with attendees from over 170 countries. Artists that have performed at Tomorrowland include San Holo, Tchami, Alison Wonderland, and Excision.

2) Groezrock

Groezrock is a Belgian rock festival taking place annually. Launched in 1999, it was traditionally held on Pentecost weekend at Spoor Noord in Meerhout (Limburg). In 2013 and 2014, Groezrock was also held on Pentecost weekend at Antwerp Sportpaleis. The festival has seven stages and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year.

3) Pukkelpop

Pukkelpop began in 1985 and is now one of Europe’s premier festivals. It attracts over 70,000 people each year. The festival lasts for three days, and it has more than 200 bands performing each year. Each day of Pukkelpop features a different genre of music, which makes attending all three days an important part of anyone’s first experience. Examples of artists that have performed in past years include JAUZ, Deadmau5, and Bonobo.

4) Rock Werchter

Held annually during the month of July, Rock Werchter is held near Werchter, a town roughly 40 kilometers from Brussels. Since 1974, it has hosted over 800 bands and 400,000 attendees. It is now one of Europe’s most famous music festivals, hosting acts such as Coldplay and The Cure. However, there are several other well-known artists who have also performed at Rock Werchter such as U2, Depeche Mode, and AC/DC among others.

5) Dour Festival

Dour Festival is an annual rock music festival that takes place in July. It has performances from bands such as Tool, Deftones, and The Smashing Pumpkins. It is located in Dour which is a small village near Liege, Belgium. This festival is perfect if you want to hear some of your favorite classic rock bands from back in the day or even see some new groups you may have never heard of before.

Conclusion

So that’s our list! These five festivals in Belgium will provide any music lover with endless entertainment. They range from rock to pop to electronic, so no matter what you like, there’s a festival for you. If you haven’t attended one of these before, we highly recommend it. They are guaranteed to create some of your favorite memories!

Photos by Dour Festival, Groezrock, Pukkelpop, Rock Werchter, Tomorrowland