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.
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.
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.
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!