Brussels Express suggests you its top 5 festivals to have a lovely summer!
Belgium is not only about fries, chocolate, beers and EU institutions. Your home country is indeed very famous all over the World when it comes to festivals during summer time. Let’s discover the most famous ones!
Rock Werther festival is probably the most famous Belgian festival across Europe! Thousands of people from the Old continent and the World are indeed used to popping down at the end of June to attend dozens of concerts. This year, it will be held from 30 June to 3 July. If you go there, you will have the chance to see Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, RadioHead, Linkin Park or the Foo Fighters.
In case you only fancy going there only one day to enjoy your favourite band’s gig, you can buy a one-day ticket. You can find all the information you need here.
Dour Festival is another huge event in Belgium. It also takes place at the beginning of July, only a couple of days after Rock Werther. Dour is a small commune in the Hainaut (Wallonia) and has been hosting a 5-day festival since 1989. Over the five days (from 12 to 16 July), hundreds of gigs will be held…. And Nina Kraviz, Phoenix, Justice and Wax Tailor will perform!
Special buses and shuttles will be at your disposal in case you want to come from Brussels or other cities in Europe.
Please find more information online.
If you are still starving of music and shows, it is not over! Pukkelpop, “the biggest alternative music festival in Belgium” will be held from 16 to 19 August. It is also a Belgian institution, as the first Pukkelpop festival took place in 1985 and it is used to inviting famous bands and singers. In 2017, the Eagles of Death Metal, the Chemical brothers, Rihanna and Martin Solveig will be there! Not bad, right?
De Lijn will set up special coaches from the Hasselt station, so it should not be big deal to go. More information on the website.
Brussels Summer Festival
If you are not in the mood to party over three or four days and if you just prefer enjoying some gigs in the city centre before coming back home, the Brussels Summer Festival will be of interest to you. It is one of the major annual musical events in Brussels. It will be held from 6 to 15 August and many bands will be there.
Good point, BSF is ridiculously cheap. The 10-day pass ticket is only… EUR 58! And you can enjoy Puggy, Mountain Bike or Little Hurricane. The whole programme is available here.
Festival is sometimes not only about music and party, although it takes part of it. Esperanzah is indeed focused on solidarity, sustainable development and initiatives to make the refugees’ life easier. NGOS and foundations will therefore be there to introduce their work and the current challenges the worldwide societies face.
The festival will also (of course) host many gigs and you can party as much as you want there. From 4 to 6 August, you will then have the chance to see IAM, Gregory Porter or Jacques.
More information online.