For such a small country, Belgium is absolutely stacked with a summer full of festivals. There are absolute legends like Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop, which anchor the festival season, along with a jam packed roster of dance festivals. Camping is part of the Belgian festival soul, with most of the fests offering sleeping options under the stars. And of course, the beer is amazing.
Extrema Outdoor Belgium 2020
Born in the Netherlands, The Extrema Outdoor Belgium Festival, usually called the XOBE Festival, is a huge 3-day camping festival. It usually pulls in around 65,000 fans and features over 100 artists playing at 7 stages.
Werchter Boutique 2020
Unlike its wilder older sibling (the legendary Rock Werchter Festival), Werchter Boutique is a breath of relaxing fresh air. Only taking place over a single day, this is a festival for connoisseurs who value quality over quantity -- or who simply need a warmup for the massive four-day festival on the horizon.
Like a rampaging metal monster, Groezrock welcomes the spring with one of the region's best festivals of punk rock, hardcore, and metalcore. And unlike the corporate behemoths of the summer, Groezrock keeps it simple, capping the crowd at just 10,000 fans. Fun fact: groez means grass in the region's dialect, hence the name Groezrock.
Sunrise Festival 2020
The beautiful people of Belgium gather together on the shores of De Lilse Bergen for a weekend of sun, swimming, and dancing. Spend the afternoon lounging at the lake followed by three straight nights of bumping tunes. There's a lot happening here, so dig your toes into the sand and enjoy the music.
Graspop Metal Meeting 2020
When it comes to metal festivals, there's few that can match the worldwide reputation of the famous Graspop Metal Meeting. 150,000 hard core festival fans make their way to Dessel for a weekend of hard rock, punk, metal, and everything else that's loud. The only thing wilder than this four-day festival is the camping. Bring a tent!
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Couleur Cafe 2020
Couleur Cafe transforms the city of Brussels into an urban world festival with more than 60 concerts and DJ sets over three days. This beautiful Belgian fest recently moved to a lush park with double the camping of the previous venue. From funk to free dance classes to reggae to cocktail bars to dub, this cosmopolitan party is sure to have something that appeals to everyone.
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Rock Werchter 2020
For over 40 years, Belgian festies have descended onto tiny town of Werchter for this annual 4-day tribute to rock, pop, and everything loud. If there's a headliner you want to this summer, it's a strong bet they'll be at Rock Werchter which curates one of the best lineups of the summer. The delicious Belgian beer flows like water here, and yes, they do have waffles, along with a massive main stage, two tent stages, and one wild dance arena.
Featured Artists: Bicep, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cigarettes After Sex, City and Colour, Disclosure, Haim, Jimmy Eat World, Kacey Musgraves, Liam Gallagher, Pearl Jam, Pixies, System of a Down, The Streets, The Strokes, Thom Yorke, Twenty One Pilots, Whitney, Wilco
Les Ardentes Festival 2020
Les Ardentes, a boutiqe rock and pop festival in Liege, brings in 75,000 festies along the banks of the Meuse River for a long weekend of music. Recently, the festival has been gaining recognition for its strong international hip-hop lineup.
Paradise City 2020
This Paradise City takes you down to the historic setting of Kasteel de Ribaucourt in Belgium for a weekend of underground electronic beats. The venue, a beautiful 15th century castle in the city of Perk, is located just outside Brussels (and right next door to the international airport!).
Dour Festival 2020
The multi-genre Dour Festival has been tearing up the Belgian countryside since 1989. It may have started as a single day event with a few thousand folks, but now the five day mega-festival sees 225,000 attendees, and hundreds of artists. The mix of music includes everything from mainstream rock to electronic to pop.
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Ostend Beach Festival 2020
Celebrating ten years as one of Belgium's premier electronic festivals, Ostend Beach is set against the coastline with plenty of sandy space for dancing your face off. Nearly 80 acts will compete for your attention over this three day seaside festival.
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One of the top electronic music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland in Belgium should be on the bucket list of every festie. It's known for epic stage production along with its insane fireworks displays, and is one of the few festivals in Europe so popular that they hold two editions over two consecutive weekends.
Featured Artists: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell, Basement Jaxx, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox, Dillon Francis, Don Diablo, Excision, Gorgon City, Jamie Jones, Krewella, Lost Frequencies, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Nervo, Paul Kalkbrenner, R3hab, Rezz, Rudimental, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, W&W
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The Qontinent Festival 2020
Do you crave hardstyle? Because you're going that and more at The Quontinent Festival. Epic sound stages combine with heavy beats in this lakeside fest. The Ravers Resort is where you'll rest up with camping options for all styles of festies.
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Zeebrugge Beach, Belgium
Party on the beach! The Belgian flavored We Can Dance Festival takes place on the sands of sunny Zeebrugge Beach with five mind-blowing stages and electronic heavyweight DJs from around the world. There's a different theme each year and festies are encouraged to dress the part, which may change the atmosphere, but the vibe always remains full dance mode.
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Voltage Festival 2020
Ever wanted to rave at an old, abandoned, industrial power plant? Then it's time to check out the five-year old Voltage Festival which features 50+ artists for a crowd of 6000 festies. Come for the techno, stay for the vibe at this Belgian gem.
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Brussels Summer Festival 2020
The downtown city center of Brussels comes alive every August with 10 full days of concerts and cultural activities. While BSF is focused on Belgian bands, there's more than enough international talent sprinkled through the lineup to make this a hugely entertaining event. It's estimated that more than 100,000 festies attend BSF.
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Fire is Gold Festival 2020
After more than 20 years of being part of Antwerp history, Laundry Day decided it is time for the future. What started as a free event in shopping area Kammenstraat, grew into the biggest multi-genre music festival of Antwerp. It is with great joy that Laundry Day presents Fire is Gold, an urban gathering that aspires to connect in music, fashion, sports and talks
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Cactus Festival 2020
Cactusfestival in Bruges keeps it simple with only a single stage to help fans avoid dreaded schedule conflicts and an intimate experience, only allowing an attendance of 25,000. Focused on rock and alternative music, Cactusfestival has been delivering this intimate vibe since 1982.
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The alternative flavored Pukkelpop is the second largest festival in Belgium boasting crowds of nearly 180,000. Started in 1985 as a simple single day show, Pukkelpop now features hundreds of bands over three days. The fest has changed venues a few times, but currently resides in the tiny village of Hasselt, which is located 45 miles from Brussels. Pukkelpop alumni include Pixies, Björk, The Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Metallica, and The Prodigy. And of course, tradiation Belgian beers can be found everywhere.
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