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.


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

San Holo Brings Melody To Mission Ballroom

One of the stars in the melodic dubstep world, San Holo, headlined Mission Ballroom this past weekend. Sander van Dijck, better known by his stage name San Holo, first gained recognition for his remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode.” Which went viral quickly and had him releasing music on the likes Skrillex’s OSWLA record label. Soon after, San Holo quickly ran with his fame and created his own record label Bitbird. Further, his last album, Album 1, held a myriad of staple tracks in the melodic dubstep world. Album 1 reached #7 upon its debut on Billboard 100’s Electronic/Dance chart.

Recently just a few months ago in June, San Holo released his new album bb u okay? Now, he has brought his new album on tour throughout the United States. Those within the melodic dubstep have been patiently awaiting a new album and tour. Certainly, San Holo did not disappoint.

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The Openers

Brought along on the tour, Rome in Silver and Chet Porter began with a slower start. Rome in Silver in particular started the night off with a lot of low-fi sounds mixed with some hipster buildups. It was the perfect intro into Chet Porter’s set who has many notable remixes of other famous EDM artists including Odesza and Whethan. One of the most notable moments from his set came when he played his collab with Alison Wonderland Bummed.” These two chill sets were a perfect introduction for what the night would move into.

However, the standout set of the openers was Swedish native Kasbo. He began his set by running out onto the stage with a burst of colors to play the drums in tune with his music. The shift from the chill hipster vibes, to a more energetic crowd, was apparent as he drummed along to his music in time with the impressive visuals. Many of his visuals had nature and water themes which played along well with melodic drop after melodic drop. At one point, I went almost all the way up to the rail, and I normally like to stay further back in the crowd, and boy am I glad that I did. Kasbo heavily interacted with the crowd in the front. His visuals were perfect up close and his set along with his visuals left the crowd mesmerized and ready for the headliner.

San Holo

Finally, the much-awaited return of San Holo to Denver began. He rushed out onto the stage playing his guitar in tune with his songs. The background visuals were simply bb u okay? in accordance with the promotion of his new album. In addition, he also played many of his crowd-pleasing songs like “Light,” and some of his most popular tracks off Album 1. For anyone new to his music, this set was the perfect mixture of some of his more heavy older tracks and his new album. Most importantly, his stage persona with the crowd stayed on point throughout and he did not miss one guitar solo.

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Overall, Mission Ballroom proved to be the perfect mixture of an intimate inside venue but with the visual capacity for San Holo’s strong mixture of music and visual experience. The audience definitely loved every minute and there were even some tears shed from those around me. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait long for San Holo to return to Denver.

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San Holo’s Euphoric Sounds Are Coming To The Mission Ballroom

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This Thursday, November 11th, San Holo is bringing his bb u ok? tour to Denver, Colorado. In just a few days, the Mission Ballroom will be filled with euphoric, future bass music and thousands of loyal fans.

Light“, “We Rise“, and “lift me from the ground (feat. Sofie Winterson) are just a few of San Holo‘s iconic original tracks. This Dutch musician, producer, and DJ has been releasing music for the past seven years. His first official release was his Cosmos EP in 2014. Soon after, he put out music on various labels including OWSLA and Monstercat. Since then, San Holo has gained worldwide recognition for his unique, electrifying sounds that bridge the gap between different genres.

His debut album, album1, premiered in 2018. In June of this year, he released his second album, titled bb u ok?. San Holo is also the founder of the label bitbird. In addition to self-releasing various tracks on the label, artists including Taska Black and Droeloe have also found success through bitbird.

About The Show

Kasbo, Chet Porter, and Rome In Silver will also be playing on Thursday night. These artists all have a similar sound to San Holo, making them perfect additions to the event’s lineup. Furthermore, these three artists all have a connection to San Holo in one way or another. For example, Rome In Silver’s latest release is out now via bitbird and Chet Porter has a track with San Holo on bb u ok? titled you’ve changed, i’ve changed“.

The Mission Ballroom is located on the North end of the RiNo Art District. This revolutionary venue opened at the end of 2019 and is owned by AEG Presents. One of the most unique aspects of this new venue is the fact that the stage has the ability to be moved in order to adjust the capacity for each show. This way, each show will feel more intimate and engaging. Moreover, there is a large tiered seating/standing area in the back of the venue along with two VIP balconies so that everyone can have a great view of the stage.

If you plan on attending San Holo’s bb u ok? show this Thursday, keep in mind that proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required. The physical vaccination card will be accepted as well as a photo of the card or a digital copy via the MyColorado app.

Get Ready To ↑%

Now, we hope that you’re ready to enter the mesmerizing world of San Holo this Thursday at the Mission Ballroom. His beautiful music accompanied by bright visuals and live instrumentation are sure to make for a memorable night. It’s been a while since San Holo has played in Denver, so the anticipation is high. If you want an insider’s look at how bb u ok? was made before you attend the show, check out his album documentary on Youtube, filmed by Haley Lan.

Click here to secure your tickets for the show. You can also pre-pay for parking if you don’t plan on using rideshare services. Finally, follow the social media links below to keep up with San Holo and, of course, stay vibrant.

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