Festivals in Belgium
Belgium is a strong contender for the European capital of music festivals. Plan it right, and you could pretty much hop from one to another throughout spring and summer. You’ll even find a few gems popping up in the colder months. Here’s a selection of the best festivals in Belgium.
Dates: 2 - 5 July 2020
Headliners: Twenty One Pilots, Pearl Jam, Kendrick Lamar, System of a Dawn
Rock Werchter is one of the biggest rock and pop festivals in Belgium. It has cemented itself as one of the country’s most popular events. This is largely thanks to the electric atmosphere and unbeatable lineup.
Dates: 26 – 28 June 2020
Location: Laeken, Brussels
Headliners: Panda Dub, Ibibi Sound Machine, IAMDDB
There are several festivals in Belgium that cater to fans of reggae, hip hop and world music. But few combine them in a package as effectively as Couleur Café. There are six stages, a food market and a large campsite for overnighters.
Dates: 9 - 12 July 2020
Headliners: DJ Snake, Tyga, Future, Migos, PNL
Les Ardentes is a popular festival in the heart of Liège. The stages host a range of genres, including dance, rock, hip-hop and more. In recent years the festival has attracted upwards of 90,000 revelers.
Gent Jazz Festival
Dates: 8 - 18 July 2020
Headliners: Wynton Marsalis, Darcy James Argue, YES! Trio, Ibrahim Maalouf, Gary Barts & Maisha, Tigran Hamasyan
The Gent Jazz Festival showcases a good selection of mainstream and offbeat acts. They attract some of the biggest names in the industry, but it’s also ideal for discovering new talent yet to burst onto the international scene.
Dates: 17 – 19 July and 24 – 26 July 2020
Location: De Schorre, Boom
Headliners: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Robin Schulz
Tomorrowland is one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals. The high-profile lineup and spectacular light shows attract thousands of fans over two separate weekends.
Dates: 20 - 23 August 2020
Location: Kiewit, Hasselt
Pukkelpop is the largest alternative open-air music festival in the country. Each year they host acts across several genre-specific stages. With previous headliners like Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Eminem, and The Smashing Pumpkins, it’s no wonder this festival sells out months in advance.
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