36 MUSIC FESTIVALS IN BELGIUM, 2018. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THESE!

From wonderfulwanderings on Feb 10, 2018

Belgium is the land of music festivals. From spring until late summer you can attend a music festival every weekend and even more than one in July and August. Especially Flanders is a bit festival crazy, with even the smallest towns organizing their own festival.

Some of these music festivals in Belgium have been around for years and are now proper music institutions. I’ve put together a list for you with some of the biggest names and a few up-and-coming Belgian festivals.

There are rock, pop, world, electronic music festivals in Belgium and more, so you’re sure to find a festival that suits your taste. There’s no excuse. Summer in Belgium means festivals means fun!

This list was last updated on July 30, 2018. If you see anything that needs to be updated, please let me know!

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN BELGIUM – 2018

BELGIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN MAY 2018

1. EXTREMA OUTDOOR BELGIUM 2018

© Extrema Outdoor Belgium

© Extrema Outdoor Belgium

Extrema Outdoor Belgium is another edm festival in Belgium. But it’s also so much more than that. Visuals play a big role in the Extrema Outdoor experience, with impressive stages and a different overarching theme every year.

This house and techno music festival tries to operate in as much of an ecologically responsible way as possible and pays a lot of attention to the overall festival experience, with different camping options and great food stands. In 2017, about 43,000 people visited the festival.

The Extrema Outdoor line up 2018 includes names such as Joyhauser, Radio Slave, and Joey Daniel.

Extrema Outdoor Belgium
When? May 18-20, 2018
Where? Domain De Plas in Houthalen-Helchteren
Music? Techno and house
Number of stages? 5
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to XO Belgium

It’s not indicated on the official website, but there should be parking at the domain. There’s no train station at walking distance, but you can take the bus from neighboring towns.

 

BELGIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN JUNE 2018

2. GRASPOP METAL MEETING 2018

Source: Flickr – Drunken Monkey

Source: Flickr – Drunken Monkey

If Groezrock didn’t seem rough enough to you, Graspop Metal Meeting might. As the name says, this festival is all about metal, rock, and punk. It’s one of the most bad-ass festivals of Belgium. In 2017 the festival received 155,000 visitors who came to watch the more than 100 bands performing.

The Graspop 2018 line up includes names such as Billy Talent, Kataklysm, and Avatar.

Graspop Metal Meeting
When? June 21-24, 2018
Where? Dessel
Music? Metal
Number of stages? 5
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

Get a cheap bus + train ticket to Graspop

The Belgian railroads has a special ticket for going to Graspop by public transportation. You only pay €10 no matter where in Belgium you’re coming from. That’s a good deal! It’s still unknown whether this deal will be back in 2019.

The train station you need to get to is the one of Mol. There will be free shuttle buses to take you to the festival site.

 

3. GENK ON STAGE 2018

Source: Flickr – Peter Dirix

Source: Flickr – Peter Dirix

Genk on Stage is a pop musical in the city of Genk with a lot of Belgian artists, but also some international names. The big name of last year’s edition was Boy George. 110,000 people attended Genk on Stage in 2017.

The Genk on Stage 2018 line up is not yet fully known.

Genk on Stage(website in Dutch)
When? June 22-24, 2018
Where? Genk
Music? Pop
Number of stages? 8
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? Yes
 

Get a hotel in Genk

Hotel ‘t Hert lies smack in the center of Genk and offers both free WiFi and breakfast included. It’s highly affordable which makes it a great option if you want a shower and a comfortable bed to crash after an active festival day.

Click here for prices and availability
 

How to get to Genk on Stage

Genk on Stage is just a two-minute walk from the train station of Genk. You can check timetables and get your train tickets here.
 

Do this too

If you’re already in Genk anyway, stick around for an extra day and visit some of the sights, like the old mining site C-Mine

 

4. MUDDY ROOTS EUROPE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

The Muddy Roots Music Festival originated in 2010 in the United States and expanded to Europe in 2012. Featuring many genres of music – from country and bluegrass to rock and roll, this popular festival is a great choice for music lovers everywhere.

In 2018, this amazing three-day event is featuring 22 bands. Day passes are available as well as weekend passes that include camping and showers. Get your tickets early, as only 800 will be sold.

The 2018 Muddy Roots Music Festival line-up includes: King Automatic, Dead Bronco, The Calamity Cubes, and The Troubled Three.

Muddy Roots Europe
When? June 22-24 2018
Where? Waardamme
Music? Country, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Rock and Roll
Number of stages? 1
Camping? Yes
Free? No

5. COULEUR CAFÉ 2018

Source: – EU Social

Source: – EU Social

Couleur Café is a Brussels music festival right underneath the famous Atomium. It is the place to be for world music, reggae, hip-hop, dubstep and more. With six stages, you’ll have a hard time deciding which acts to see, and then there are also the small side acts that pop up on the festival terrain.

For the hungry, I can highly recommend the world food market. In 2017, 60,000 people attended the Couleur Café festival. It’s one of the most popular festivals in Brussels.

The Couleur Cafe line up 2018 includes names such as Alborosie, D’Angelo, and Ziggy Marley.

Couleur Café
When? June 29 – July 1, 2018
Where? Ossegempark and Atomium Square, 1020 Brussels
Music? Hip hop, reggae, dubstep, world music
Number of stages? 4
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Couleur Café – take the metro for free!

Brussels has different train stations. The easiest one to get off at is Brussels-Midi, from where you can take metro line 6 in the direction of Koning Boudewijn. Get off at Heizel and you’ll be right at the festival.
To avoid queuing at the train station, get your e-train ticket here.

Good to know: The code on your festival ticket allows you to get a free MIVB Event Pass which you can use to take the metro from anywhere in Brussels to Couleur Café. You can get this pass from any of the MIVB GO ticketing machines in the city. (MIVB is the Brussels public transportation company)
 

Do this too

The Belgian capital has plenty to offer. Stick around after the festival and have a look around.

 

6. PARADISE CITY 2018

© Paradise City

© Paradise City

Paradise City is a green electronic music festival that focuses on innovation and ecology through music. Don’t expect a hippie kinda place. Do expect great foods made with local produce, the finest electronic music, a green camping site and a laid-back vibe.

Paradise City is a new and rather small festival, with 13,000 people attending in 2017.

In 2018, the line up includes artists such as Ketaloco, Laurent Garnier, and OR:LA.

Paradise City
When? June 29-July 1, 2018
Where? Perk
Music? Electronic
Number of stages? 3
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Paradise City

Perk is a tiny town without a train station and so the easiest way to get there is by car. If you do want or need to take public transportation, you’ll have to take the bus. Use route planner of Flemish bus company De Lijn to plan your trip.

 

7. GENT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018

Source: Flickr – Bruno Bollaert (volume12)

Source: Flickr – Bruno Bollaert (volume12)

The Gent Jazz Festival presents both mainstream jazz acts and more avant-garde and fusion jazz. Each year you can find some of the world’s biggest jazz names here, as well as upcoming acts, both Belgian and international. In 2017, more than 34,000 people visited this Ghent music festival.

The Gent Jazz 2018 line up includes names such as Tom Jones, The Roots, and Jef Neve.

Gent Jazz Festival
When? June 29 – July 8, 2018
Where? Bijloke, Ghent
Music? Jazz
Number of stages? 2
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

Spend the night in Ghent

As one of Belgium’s most visited cities, Gent offers a wide range of hotel options.

Budget: Hostel 47
Hostel 47 has both dormitories and rooms for two, three or four people. Bathrooms are shared, but breakfast and WiFi are included. Located just 10-minutes walking from the historical center, it’s a great budget option if you just want a comfi bed during the festival.

Check prices and availability.
 

Boutique: Hotel The Boatel
Want a unique place to stay during Genk on Stage? Hotel The Boatel is a hotel boat right in the center of Ghent. All rooms have a river view, breakfast included and an en-suite bathroom. WiFi is free throughout the boat. There’s an on-site restaurant where you can also relax with a coffee or enjoy an afternoon tea.

Need a break from the festival craze? Then the hotel’s cocktail bar is a great place to take a breather.

Check prices and availability.
 

Luxury: 1898 The Post
5-star hotel 1898 The Post is located in – indeed – a historical former post building. All rooms and suites have city views and include free WiFi and breakfast.

Check prices and availability.
 

Chain: Ghent Marriott
The 4-star Ghent Marriott overlooks the famous Korenlei and the river Lys. It offers free WiFi, breakfast included and has an on-site fitness center as well as an on-site restaurant. All rooms have air conditioning and come equipped with coffee making facilities.

Check prices and availability.
 

How to get to Gent Jazz

The best way to travel to Ghent, is by train. The city has two train stations which are both easily reachable from the rest of Belgium: Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort. It’s best to get off at Gent-Sint-Pieters. From there it’s just 1 kilometer to the festival site De Bijloke.

Alternatively, you can take tram line 2 or 4 from Gent-Sint-Pieters to stop Bijlokehof, which is just 350 meters from the entrance.

Get your train ticket here.

Good to know: your festival ticket allows you to freely take the bus and tram to and from the festival site in Ghent.
 

Do this too

Except on Sunday, the concerts don’t start until late afternoon, so I suggest you come early and spend the day exploring Ghent

 

BELGIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN JULY 2018

8. ROCK WERCHTER 2018

Source: Flickr – zugaldia

Source: Flickr – zugaldia

Rock Werchter is one of the biggest pop and rock festivals in Belgium. It always sells out super fast and is a real institute in the Belgian festival landscape, with three stages. In 2017, the sold-out festival received 88,000 people per day and in March 2017, Rock Werchter won the ILMC Arthur Award for “Best Festival” for the sixth time.

The Rock Werchter 2018 lineup includes artists such as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, and Pearl Jam.

Rock Werchter
When? July 5-8, 2018
Where? Werchter
Music? Pop, rock, dance
Number of stages? 4
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

Get a free bus + train ticket to Rock Werchter

Your Rock Werchter ticket entitles you to a free return train ticket to the train station of Leuven, from where you can get the free shuttle bus to the festival site. The link to download the free ticket at is still unknown for 2019.

 

9. CACTUSFESTIVAL 2018

Source: Flickr – pieter.morlion

Source: Flickr – pieter.morlion

This Bruges music festival welcomed 25,000 visitors last year. The event programs often big national and international pop and rock bands, but it’s also a good place to get to know some new names. The Cactus festival line up 2018 includes names such as Emeli Sandé, Triggerfinger, Arsenal, and Intergalactic lovers.

Cactusfestival
When? July 13-15, 2018
Where? Bruges
Music? Diverse
Number of stages? 1 (to be confirmed)
Camping? Yes
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Cactusfestival

Cactusfestival is just a short walk from the Bruges train station. You can get your train ticket here in advance to avoid queuing at the station.

Alternatively, the large parking lot at the train station is only €3 per 24 hours or so. But you’re not going to drink and drive, are you?
 

Do this too

Thanks to its fairytalelike old town, Bruges is popular with visitors from all over the world. Come early or stick around after the festival to see its beauty for yourself. Check out my tips for Bruges to plan your trip.

 

10. LES ARDENTES 2018

Source: Flickr – Kmeron

Source: Flickr – Kmeron

Les Ardentes takes place in the center of the city of Liège and combines an outdoor main stage with a smaller outdoor dance stage and two inside performance halls. The line-up is very diverse, with hip-hop, dance, rock and more. In 2016, this Belgian music festival welcomed no less than 80,000 visitors.

The Les Ardentes 2018 line up includes artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Massive Attack, and Damian Marley.

Les Ardentes
When? July 5-8, 2018
Where? Liège
Music? Pop, rock, hip hop, dance, you name it.
Number of stages? 3
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Les Ardentes

If you’re coming by car, you can park at the Liège-Guillemins train station. This costs only €5/24 hours. There’s a free shuttle bus to take you from the parking lot to the festival site. Obviously, you can also take the train there.

Click here to get your train tickets and avoid queueing at the station.

 

11. DOUR 2018

Source: Flickr – floriannisolle

Source: Flickr – floriannisolle

Dour is the biggest festival in French-speaking Belgium, with 7 stages and around 242,000 music lovers attending in 2017. Dour is known as a more alternative music festival, programming genres like dubstep, reggae, house and other less mainstream genres. You’ll find various kinds of music at Dour, but not many you’ll hear on your average radio station.

The Dour 2018 line up includes names such as DJ Premier, Jon Hopkins, and Diplo.

Dour
When? July 11-15, 2018
Where? Dour
Music? World, dance, hip hop and other less mainstream genres
Number of stages? 7
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Dour

Car
Dour has a free parking lot, so coming by car is definitely an option.

Train
Alternatively, you can take the train to the Saint-Ghislain train station, from where a free shuttle bus brings festival goers to the site.

Good to know: The Belgian railroads have a special offer for those traveling to Dour by train. For just €10, you can take bus + train from anywhere in Belgium to the festival site. This special offer goes live here starting June 20, 2018.

Bus
Several bus companies organize bus travel to Dour:

  • Big Green Coach offers a return coach service from Victoria Station in London and Dover straight to Dour.

  • OnTours takes you to Dour from more than 30 cities in France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

  • Maximal Trips drives you to Dour from The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

 

12. GENTSE FEESTEN 2018

Source: Flickr – yoav lerman

Source: Flickr – yoav lerman

During the Gentse Feesten (the “Festivities of Ghent”), the entire city of Ghentturns into one big festival terrain. There are stages around every corner, food stands on almost every street and people everywhere.

The die-hards party ten days long, others go for one evening or a weekend. You can attend some of the many concerts, but there’s also dance, circus, comedy, games, exhibitions and more.

This Ghent festival has taken place since 1843 (!) and has always remained free. In 2017, around 1.29 million (!) people visited the Gentse Feesten during those 10 days.

The Gentse Feesten 2018 line up is yet to be announced.

Gentse Feesten
When? July 13-22, 2018
Where? Ghent city center
Music? Just about everything
Number of stages? 12 (To be confirmed)
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? Yes
 

Spend the night in Ghent

As one of Belgium’s most visited cities, Gent offers a wide range of hotel options.

Budget: Hostel 47
Hostel 47 has both dormitories and rooms for two, three or four people. Bathrooms are shared, but breakfast and WiFi are included. Located just 10-minutes walking from the historical center, it’s a great budget option if you just want a comfi bed during the festival.

Check prices and availability.
 

Boutique: Hotel The Boatel
Want a unique place to stay during Genk on Stage? Hotel The Boatel is a hotel boat right in the center of Ghent. All rooms have a river view, breakfast included and an en-suite bathroom. WiFi is free throughout the boat. There’s an on-site restaurant where you can also relax with a coffee or enjoy an afternoon tea.

Need a break from the festival craze? Then the hotel’s cocktail bar is a great place to take a breather.

Check prices and availability.
 

Luxury: 1898 The Post
5-star hotel 1898 The Post is located in – indeed – a historical former post building. All rooms and suites have city views and include free WiFi and breakfast.

Check prices and availability.
 

Chain: Ghent Marriott
The 4-star Ghent Marriott overlooks the famous Korenlei and the river Lys. It offers free WiFi, breakfast included and has an on-site fitness center as well as an on-site restaurant. All rooms have air conditioning and come equipped with coffee making facilities.

Check prices and availability.
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How to get to Gent Jazz

The best way to travel to Ghent, is by train. The city has two train stations which are both easily reachable from the rest of Belgium: Gent-Sint-Pieters and Gent-Dampoort. It’s best to get off at Gent-Sint-Pieters. From there it’s just 1 kilometer to the festival site De Bijloke.

Alternatively, you can take tram line 2 or 4 from Gent-Sint-Pieters to stop Bijlokehof, which is just 350 meters from the entrance.

Get your train ticket here.

Good to know: your festival ticket allows you to freely take the bus and tram to and from the festival site in Ghent.
 

Do this too

As the Gentse Feesten take place all over Ghent, you can perfectly make a city trip of it and discover some of the other things Ghent has to offer as well.

 

13. LES FRANCOFOLIES DE SPA 2018

Source: Flickr – Kmeron

Source: Flickr – Kmeron

Les Francofolies de Spa is a multi-genre festival with both Belgian and international artists. What’s special is that most of the artist performing here, sing in – indeed – French. In 2017, about 140,000 people attended the festival.

The Les Francofolies de Spa 2018 line up includes Typh Barrow, Lost Frequencies, and The Human League.

Les Francofolies de Spa (site only in French)
When? July 19-22, 2018
Where? Spa
Music? All genres, a lot in French
Number of stages? 5
Camping? Yes
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Les Francofolies de Spa

Les Francofolies de Spa takes place just a short walk from the train station of Spa.
Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.

 

14. TOMORROWLAND 2019

Source: Flickr – scamelot

Source: Flickr – scamelot

After the first edition of 2005, Tomorrowland has grown to be the biggest DJ festival in the world and the best-known music festival in Belgium. Each year, people are glued to their laptops hoping to secure a ticket. Because of this, the electronic festival took place twice for the first time in 2017, with the same line-up performing two different weekends.

Aside from the big names in the line-up, Tomorrowland is also known for creating a completely different universe, with incredible stages and light shows. In 2017, 400,000 people attended. The 2018 edition was as good as sold out in a few hours.

The Tomorrowland 2018 line up included names such as Carl Cox, Joris Voorn, and Netsky.

GOOD TO KNOW: tickets for Tomorrowland 2019 will go on sale January 27 and February 3, 2019

Tomorrowland
When? July 20-22 and July 2019
Where? domain De Schorre in Boom
Music? Dance, electronic
Number of stages? 15
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Tomorrowland

You can drive to Tomorrowland and park at one of the festival parking lots, or come by public transportation. De Lijn bus line 500 from Antwerp stops at the main entrance of De Schorre.

Alternatively, you can take the train to the train station of Boom.
Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.

 

15. SFINKS MIXED 2018

Source: Flickr – Han Soete

Source: Flickr – Han Soete

Sfinks is a world music festival in Boechout that focuses on bringing culture together. The program is diverse, with a concert stage, a DJ stage, a club stage and “different” stage (that’s actually what it’s called!) and there are also plenty of things to do besides watching the performances, such as going to the multicultural market, watching the parades and acrobats or listening to stories from artists from all over the world.

Good to know for families: Sfinks is a kid-friendly festival, with workshops, storytelling, and performances aimed at children. In 2017, about 96,000 people attended the festival.

The Sfinks Mixed line up 2018 includes artists such as Merdan Taplak, Cincity, and Cham.

Sfinks Mixed
When? July 26-29, 2018
Where? Boechout
Music? World
Number of stages? 4
Camping? Yes
Free? The festival is free, the camping is not
 

How to get to Sfinks Mixed

Elaborate information on the different ways to get to Sfinks Mixed can be found on the official website. It’s currently only available in Dutch but you can use Google Translate.

 

16. SUIKERROCK 2018

Source:   Flickr   – WaCCo Photography

Source: Flickr – WaCCo Photography

Suikerrock or “Sugar Rock” is a mainstream music festival that got its name from the large sugar factory in the city of Tienen, where the festival takes place. While there are free things happening around the city during Suikerrock, you have to buy a ticket to get to the Main Stage where the artists perform.

In 2017, more than 100,000 people visited Suikerrock.

The Suikerrock 2018 line up includes names such as Alanis Morissette, Lost Frequencies, and Cool & The Gang.

Suikerrock
When? July 27-29, 2018
Where? city center of Tienen
Music? Mostly pop, rock and dance
Number of stages? 1 mainstage with side animation in the city center
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? Mainstage is not free

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

Spend the night in Tienen

Tienen is a rather small city, but these two hotels are located right in the center:

Hotel Kronacker
The 3-star Hotel Kronacker has a fitness garden, a restaurant, a spa area, a bar and private parking. In other words: it’s the perfect place to relax for a day after your festival adventures. Every room is equipped with air conditioning and WiFi is free. Breakfast comes at an additional cost

Check prices and availability.
 

Alpha Hotel
Alpha Hotel is another 3-star hotel in Tienen, just a 5-minute walk from the train station. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and free toiletries. WiFi is free, but breakfast comes at an additional cost.

Check prices and availability.
 

How to get to Suikerrock

As the festival takes place in the city center, you can take the train to Tienen train station, which is just 800 meters away from the main stage. Just make sure to check what time the last train leaves if you’re not staying at a hotel.

Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.

If you’d rather come by car, the train station also has a parking lot with 1,600 spaces.

 

BELGIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN AUGUST 2018

17. REGGAE GEEL 2018

Source: Flickr – anviss

Source: Flickr – anviss

Each summer, fans of reggae, dancehall and dubstep come party and hang at this summer reggae festival. The vibe at this festival is very relaxed, although the visitor numbers have really grown the past few years. In 2017, about 50,000 people came to jam in Geel.

Some come to see the big artists at the reggae mainstage, others to dance in the dancehall tent and yet others prefer to spend their time in the “dub forest” where there’s like a little dubstep music festival going on.

The Reggae Geel 2018 line-up includes Shabba Ranks, Lee Scartch Perry, and Anthony B.

Reggae Geel
When? August 3-4, 2018
Where? Geel
Music? Reggae, dancehall and dubstep
Number of stages? 3 (To be confirmed)
Camping? Yes
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Reggae Geel

The easiest way to get to Reggae Geel us by car. There are parking lots by the festival site. Information on public transportation will be shared at a later date.

 

18. LINKERWOOFER 2018

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Linkerwoofer is a family-friendly festival on Antwerp’s left bank. The line-up consists of Belgian and other artists and aside from listening to music you can also hang around at the market, take the kids to one of the children’s activities or stuff yourself at one of the many food stands.

In 2017, around 18,000 people visited this Antwerp music festival.

The Linkerwoofer 2018 line up includes, Absynthe Minded, Admiral Freebee, and Magnus.

Linkerwoofer
When? August 3-4, 2018
Where? Middenvijver at Linkeroever, Antwerp (same location as Laundry Day)
Music? Pop and rock
Number of stages? To be announced
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? No, the €12 entrance fee can only be paid on-site at the cash register
 

Spend the night near Linkerwoofer

There aren’t really any hotels at Linkeroever, but crossing the water takes you straight to Antwerp’s historical center where you’ll find plenty of places to stay. A few options:

Budget: Kabas Hostel
Kabas Hostel offers both dormitories and double rooms. All come equipped with a tv, a kettle, and a computer. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, a barbecue and a garden with chickens. WiFi is free throughout the property and breakfast is included.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

Boutique: B&B Suites@FEEK
B&B Suites@FEEK boasts renovated design suites with spa baths and flatscreen TVs. Guests can use the in-room Nespresso machine and enjoy an included room service breakfast. Located right by the famous MAS, this B&B is also the perfect place to stay when you attend Linkerwoofer.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

Chain: Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen
The Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen is located right by Antwerp’s Central Station. It has its own spa and fitness center and offers a shuttle service from and to Brussels Airport. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a Nespresso machine, free toiletries and a desk. WiFi is free and breakfast is included.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

Luxury: U Eat & Sleep Antwerp
U Eat & Sleep Antwerp is a 4-start design hotel by the famous MAS museum in the North of the city. Rooms feature a rain shower, a Bluetooth music station, and a designer sink. Guests can make use of the bathrooms, quality linen, and free WiFi. Breakfast is incldued depending on the room type.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

How to get to Linkerwoofer

Detailed information on getting to Linkerwoofer has yet to be released, but you can always take the train to Antwerp Central Station and from there the tram to Linkeroever, where Linkerwoofer takes place.
Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.

Do this too

I spent a year studying in Antwerp and still have so much left to explore. It’s a vibrant city full of fashion, art, and tasty hotspots. So don’t just come for the festival but pay the rest of Antwerp a visit as well.

 

19. DRANOUTER 2018

Source: Flickr – Albert Freeman

Source: Flickr – Albert Freeman

Dranouter has different stages dedicated to folk music, but the last few years the line-up also included some bigger, more popular names to attract more visitors. In 2017, more than 45,000 people attended Dranouter.

The Dranouter line up 2018 includes Angèle, Passenger, and Zap Mama.

Dranouter(site only in Dutch)
When? August 3-5, 2018
Where? Dranouter
Music? World
Number of stages? 6
Camping? Yes
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to Dranouter

Dranouter encourages people to travel “low-impact” but does provide a parking lot for €7. If you’re coming with public transportation, you can take the train to the train station of Ieper and from there the bus by De Lijn to Dranouter.

Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.

 

20. CIRQUE MAGIQUE 2018

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Simply put, Cirque Magique is an experience like none other. This three-day electronic music festival is so incredibly magical, it must be seen to be believed. Enjoy some of the top names in the musical world – Techno, house, and more – in an environment vibrant with color, beauty, and wonderous sights and sounds.

More than forty bands will be on hand to perform on four magical stages for this three-day event, but that is only the beginning. Participants are encouraged to dress up and to express themselves – becoming part of the creative process, too. Show off your special skills – whether you juggle, dance, or simply love to tell jokes. At Cirque Magique, you are encouraged to show the world who you really are.

The magic extends to the camping area, too. And on Sunday, there’s even special time set aside just for kids ages 5 to 12, where they are encouraged to dance and play, too.

Tickets sell fast for Cirque Magique, so hurry and grab them while you can. With amazing acts like Amare, Lebawski, DJ Ghost, and Miss Kittin, you don’t want to miss even one magical moment.

Cirque Magique
When? August 3-5, 2018
Where? Ledegem
Music? Electronic, Techno, House, Retro
Number of Stages? 4
Camping? Yes
Free? No
 

21. LOKERSE FEESTEN 2018

Source: Flickr – Jago Pauwels

Source: Flickr – Jago Pauwels

With a capacity of 15,000 people a day, the Lokerse Feesten is a smaller festival when it comes to numbers, but not when it comes to names. The line-up always consists of the bigger Belgian and international artists, the genres performed are mostly pop and rock. In 2017, 140,000 people visited the festival.

The 2018 Lokerse Feesten line up includes Bad Religion, Single Minds, and Dropkick Murphys.

Lokerse Feesten
When? August 3-12, 2018
Where? Grote Kaai, Lokeren
Music? Mainstream – mix of Belgian and international artists
Number of stages? 2
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? No

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Spend the night in Lokeren

The 4-star B&B Vienna offers on-site parking while also being located right by the train station of Lokeren. Rooms feature air conditioning and WiFi is free of charge. Breakfast is included as well.

Check here for reviews, prices, and availability.
 

How to get to the Lokerse Feesten

The Lokerse Feesten take place just a five-minute walk from the Lokeren train station. Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.

If you’re staying in a town nearby, there are also night buses by De Lijn that leave from that train station at 2.45 a.m.

Lastly, if you want to come by car, you’ll need to park at the designated parking lots away from the center and take a shuttle bus from there. Information on these parking lots is yet to be released.

 

22. ANTILLIAANSE FEESTEN 2018

Source: Flickr – pieterbass

Source: Flickr – pieterbass

The Antilliaanse Feesten make you forget you’re in Belgium for a while, with a line-up full of Caribbean music and a world food market. In 2017, around 35,000 people visited the festival.

Th Antilliaanse Feesten 2018 line up includes Ce’cile, Eddy Kenzo, and Grupo Niche.

Antilliaanse Feesten
When? August 10-11, 2017
Where? Blauwbossen, Hoogstraten
Music? Caribbean
Number of stages? 3 on the festival terrain and 1 on the camping
Camping? Yes
Free? No

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How to get to the Antilliaanse Feesten

The Antilliaanse Feesten provides a free parking lot right at the festival site and taking the car really is the easiest way to get there.

Alternatively, you can take bus line 600, 602, 605 or 620 from the Rooseveltplaats in Antwerp to Hoogstraten and then the free shuttle bus to the festival. The Rooseveltplaats is a short walk from Antwerp Central Station. If you need to take the train to Antwerp first, get your tickets here to avoid queueing at the station.

 

23. ALCATRAZ HARD ROCK AND METAL FESTIVAL 2018

Rocking hard since 2008, the annual Alcatraz Hard Rock and Metal Festival gets bigger and better every year. Starting out with only seven bands in 2008, the 2018 line-up for Alcatraz features 44 bands.

Growing in popularity every year, last year the three-day, two-stage event was attended by over 20,000 people. With a 2018 line up including acts like Limp Bizkit, Pumpkins United, Status Quo, and Dee Snider, there is something here for everyone – from young metalheads to old school rockers.

Alcatraz 
When? August 10-12, 2018
Where? Kortrijk
Music? Hard Rock, Metal
Number of stages? 2
Camping? Yes
Free? No

 

24. WE CAN DANCE 2018

© Leyla Hesna

© Leyla Hesna

We Can Dance is a multi-genre music festival right on the beach of Zeebrugge that doesn’t just cater to all kinds of music tastes, but food tastes as well. The festival is known for working with renowned Belgian chefs and restaurants to create an unseen festival food experience.

Visitors taking a break from the concerts can enjoy a wide range of side activities, such as getting a temporary tattoo, sipping from a cocktail or having a piece of clothing custom made. In 2017, 30,000 people attended a sold-out We Can Dance.

The We Can Dance 2018 line up includes Black Mamba, Fur Coat, and TLP.

We Can Dance
When? August 11-12, 2018
Where? Zeebrugge Beach
Music? House, slowdance, techno, hip hop and more
Number of stages? 5
Camping? No
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

How to get to We Can Dance

While there are parking spots near the festival site, the organization warns that they’re limited. A less stressful way to get there might be to take the train zo Zeebrugge train station, which is close to the festival site. You can get your tickets here.

 

25. BRUSSELS SUMMER FESTIVAL 2018

Source: Flickr – Blue Tattoo

Source: Flickr – Blue Tattoo

Brussels always has a lot to offer in terms of concerts, but during Brussels Summer Festival, performances in venues throughout the city are bundled into one massive Brussels festival. Concerts and DJ sets are accompanied by drama and street art. In 2017, more than 116,000 people visited this festival in Brussels.

The Brussels Summer Festival 2018 line up includes Arsenal, Shaka Ponk, and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Brussels Summer Festival
When? August 14-18, 2018
Where? Brussels
Music? Pop, rock and electronic
Number of stages? 4 (To be confirmed)
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

Spend the night in Brussels

Brussels Summer Festival takes place in the historical center of Brussels, so why don’t you spend a night (or two, three…) there and explore the city while you’re at it? At one of these places, for example:

Budget: Sleep Well Youth Hostel
The Sleep Well Youth Hostel offers both dormitories as well as double and triple room options that all hold a desk and a wardrobe. Bathrooms are en-suite and guests can make use of the on-site table tennis facilities, bar, terrace, and library. It’s also possible to rent bikes here.

Check prices and availability.
 

Boutique: Art de Séjour B&B
The Art de Séjour B&B is located in a 19th-century townhouse in the historical center of Brussels, just 500 meters from the Grand Place. All rooms include a computer, air conditioning, a work desk and coffee facilities aside from the aforementioned including breakfast and free WiFi.

Check prices and availability here.
 

Chain: NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon
The NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon lies on the historic Grand Sablon Square, just a short walk from the Magritte Museum and the Central Station. Rooms are equipped with a minibar, free WiFi, and free toiletries. In the mornings, guests enjoy an included American-style breakfast.

Click here for prices and availability here.
 

Luxury: Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo
This 5-star hotel lies on the corner of the magnificent Grand Place. It has its own gym and an award-winning restaurant and offers valet parking and concierge service. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable tv, and a work desk. Both WiFi and breakfast are included.

Click here for prices and availability.
 

How to get to Brussels

You do not want to drive to or in Brussels. Trust me. Just take the train to Brussels Central Station, walk for a few minutes and you’re at the festival site. You can buy your train ticket here.
 

Do this too

If you’re visiting the city anyway, take the opportunity to see a bit of Brussels before or after the festival.

 

26. PUKKELPOP 2018

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rock festival belgium

Pukkelpop in Hasselt is a popular music festival as it has something for everyone. This festival has a dancehall, club tents, smaller stages and the main stage, each with a specific line-up, making Pukkelpop a very diverse festival. In 2017, around 100,000 unique visitors attended the festival, with a total of 243,000 people attending.

The Pukkelpop 2018 line up includes names such as Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, and Martin Solveig.

Pukkelpop
When? August 15-18, 2018
Where? Kiewit, Hasselt
Music? Just about everything
Number of stages? 8 (To be confirmed)
Camping? Yes
Free? No

GET YOUR TICKET HERE.

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How to get to Pukkelpop

If you have a ticket for the Pukkelpop festival, the Belgian railroads offer you a free return train ticket to Kiewit. You can download it here starting July 25, 2018.
 

Do this too

Pukkelpop takes place outside the center of Hasselt, a smaller Belgian city known for shopping and tasty things. Go check it out if you have some extra time.

 

27. W-FESTIVAL 2018

W-Festival is a new wave and synth pop festival with a stage dedicated to each genre. It’s a young festival, only taking place for the third time in 2018. And yet it has a link with history as it takes place in Amougies, the Belgian town that hosted the European Woodstock in 1969.

In 2017, 16,000 people attended W-Fest.

The W Festival 2018 lineup includes artists such as The Devil & The Universe, Heaven 17, and Vive la Fête.

W Festival
When? August 16-19, 2018
Where? Amougies
Music? Mainstream
Number of stages? 2
Camping? Yes
Free? No

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How to get to Amougies

The festival takes place at Rue Couture d’Orroir, 7750 Amougies, Belgium (Mont-de-l’Enclus/Kluisbergen, next to the church). The easiest way to get there is by car.

 

28. VOLTAGE FESTIVAL 2018

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Since 2015, the Voltage Festival in Zwevegem has been one of the best events in the world of electronic music. Held in an abandoned electricity plant, this amazing music festival is a spectacle in every way. From underground DJs to over forty acts performing on three indoor and outdoor stages, this two-day event is one big party.

With so many acts, it’s no surprise when you see someone familiar. But the Voltage Festival is also a great opportunity to discover up-and-coming artists that you’ve never heard before. One thing is certain, though – if you love electronic and techno music, you really don’t want to miss this! Over 19,000 people attended the Voltage Festival in 2017 and even more are expected in 2018!

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The 2018 line-up is made up of 44 incredible acts, including Inigo Kennedy, Rrose, Chris Liebing, Cellini, and 999999999 (Live).

Voltage Festival
When? August 18 and 19, 2018
Where? Zwevegem
Music? Electronic, Techno
Number of Stages? 3
Camping? Yes
Free? No

29. MAANROCK 2018

Source: Flickr – HansVdb

Source: Flickr – HansVdb

Maanrock or “Moon Rock” is one of the big free festivals of Belgium. It takes place in the city center of Mechelen and offers a variety of musical genres on four stages. One stage is dedicated to classical music, a second to party music, a third to “special” music and on the main stage, you can find the bigger names in dance, pop, and rock, which are often but not always Belgian artists.

In 2017, around 120,000 people attended the festival.

The Maanrock 2018 line up includes names such as Abba Gold, Rob De Nijs, and Laura Tesoro.

Maanrock
When? August 24-26, 2018
Where? Mechelen city center
Music? Mainstream
Number of stages? 4 (To be confirmed)
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? Yes
 

Spend the night in Mechelen

Boutique: Lunatree
Lunatree is a B&B situated in an Art Nouveau building in Mechelen’s historical center. It has high-ceiling rooms with private bathrooms and rooftop views of the city. WiFi is included, breakfast is included and it’s possible to get local bread, beer, and coffee. You can also rent a bike here.

Click here for reviews, rates and availability.
 

Chain: Mercure Mechelen Vé
The 4-star Mercure Mechelen Vé is located in an old factory in the city center. There’s a wellness center, a fitness and a bike rental. Guests can enjoy the free WiFi. Breakfast comes at an additional cost.

Click here for reviews, rates and availability.
 

Luxury: Martin’s Patershof
The 4-star Martin’s Patershof offers a unique place to stay in a former church, combining original features of the building with modern design. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar while using the free WiFi. Breakfast costs extra.

Click here for reviews, rates and availability.
 

How to get to Maanrock

Maanrock takes place in the city center of Mechelen, at walking distance from the Mechelen train station. It’s recommended to come by train as some streets will be locked off. Buy your train ticket in advance to avoid any hassle at the station.
 

Do this too

If you’d like to combine Maanrock with a day out in the city, I’ve put together a list of fun things to do in Mechelen.

 

30. CRAMMEROCK 2018

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Source: Flickr, Flaming lips

Like several of the Belgian festivals mentioned above that have “rock” in their name, Crammerock is more than just a Belgian rock festival. Aside from rock music, festivalgoers can also enjoy pop and dance music.

The word “Cramme” refers to the name of the local youth house as the festival was founded when the youth house celebrated its 10th birthday in 1991. In 2017, more than 32,000 people visited Crammerock.

The Crammerock line up 2018 is yet to be announced.

Crammerock
When? August 31-September 2, 2018
Where? Stekene
Music? Pop, dance, rock
Number of stages? To be announced
Camping? To be announced
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

BELGIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN SEPTEMBER 2018

31. LAUNDRY DAY 2018

Source: Flickr – Gents Wild

Source: Flickr – Gents Wild

Laundry Day in Antwerp is a party festival. The artists you see here are all DJs trying to get the audience to move their feet. With ten stages, you’re sure to find your kind of festival music, although I must say electronic music is more present here than other genres.

In 2017, more than 25,000 people visited the Belgian dance festival Laundry Day.

The Laundry Day line up 2018 includes artists such as Stikstof, Murdock, and Faisal.

Laundry Day
When? September 1, 2018
Where? Middenvijver at Linkeroever, Antwerp (same location as Linkerwoofer)
Music? Electronic, hip hop
Number of stages? To be announced
Camping? No, but you can book accommodation in the city
Free? No

SOLD OUT? CHECK TICKETSWAP!
 

Spend the night near Laundry Day

There aren’t really any hotels at Linkeroever, but crossing the water takes you straight to Antwerp’s historical center where you’ll find plenty of places to stay. A few options:

Budget: Kabas Hostel
Kabas Hostel offers both dormitories and double rooms. All come equipped with a tv, a kettle, and a computer. There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, a barbecue and a garden with chickens. WiFi is free throughout the property and breakfast is included.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

Boutique: B&B Suites@FEEK
B&B Suites@FEEK boasts renovated design suites with spa baths and flatscreen TVs. Guests can use the in-room Nespresso machine and enjoy an included room service breakfast. Located right by the famous MAS, this B&B is also the perfect place to stay when you attend the festival.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

Chain: Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen
The Park Inn by Radisson Antwerpen is located right by Antwerp’s Central Station. It has its own spa and fitness center and offers a shuttle service from and to Brussels Airport. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a Nespresso machine, free toiletries and a desk. WiFi is free and breakfast is included.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

Luxury: U Eat & Sleep Antwerp
U Eat & Sleep Antwerp is a 4-start design hotel by the famous MAS museum in the North of the city. Rooms feature a rain shower, a Bluetooth music station, and a designer sink. Guests can make use of the bathrooms, quality linen, and free WiFi. Breakfast is incldued depending on the room type.

Check prices, reviews, and availability.
 

How to get to Laundry Day

Detailed information on getting to Laundry Day has yet to be released, but you can always take the train to Antwerp Central Station and from there the tram to Linkeroever, where Laundry Day takes place.
Get your train tickets in advance to avoid queueing at the station.
 

Do this too

Want to spend some extra time in Antwerp before or after the festival? Good idea! I’ve got a list of things to do in Antwerp to help you plan.

32. MEAKUSMA FESTIVAL 2018

The goal of the Meakusma Festival is to “celebrate the unclassifiable through music, installations, and lectures”. At Meakusma, you are invited to enjoy music in all its various forms, rhythms, and expressions. Experience the sounds of over 80 musical acts and attend special events designed to bring the musical experience home to you on a whole new level. There are interesting workshops, a public soundwalk, and so many more interesting things to hear and experience, three days might not feel like quite enough time.

Over 4,000 attended the Meakusma Festival in 2017. The 2018 line-up includes Shackleton, The Transcendence Orchestra, Marc Hollander, and Ben UFO.

Meakusma Festival
When? September 7-9, 2018
Where? Eupen
Music? Electronic, Trance, Dubstep, Industrial
Number of Stages? 8
Camping? Yes
Free? No
 

33. DEEP IN THE WOODS 2018

Deep In the Woods is a truly special Grass Roots music festival. Taking place in the beautiful Heer-Sur-Meuse, this music festival welcomes music lovers from any generation, encouraging people to come together in an atmosphere that encourages artistic expression and ecological awareness.

In addition to the sounds of fourteen talented musical artists, attendants can enjoy many forms of visual art, as well, including photography and film. Over 5,000 guests attended in 2017.

The lineup of musical artists for 2018 include Zoe McPherson, Yallah Bye, Yuko, and Fenster.

Deep In the Woods
When? September 7-9, 2018
Where? Heer
Music? Grass Roots
Number of Stages 1
Camping? Yes
Free? No
 

BELGIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER 2018

34. BRUSSELS ELECTRONIC MARATHON 2018

The Brussels Electronic Marathon is an amazing three-day urban music festival which takes place in multiple venues all across the city of Brussels. There are over 200 artists, plus a multitude of special events lined up for 2018. Experience everything from wonderful musical artists to workshops, lectures, art installations, parties, and other activities for both adults and children. Far more than a concert, the Brussels Electronic Marathon is a multi-level musical experience, showing off some of the best that the city of Brussels has to offer.

Over 13,000 people attended this amazing musical marathon in 2017.

Brussels Electronic Marathon 2018
When? October 12-14, 2018
Where? Brussels
Music? Electronic, Techno, Ambient, Glitch-Hop
Number of Stages? N/A
Camping? No
Free? No
 

BELGIAN FESTIVALS WITH DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

35. GROEZROCK 2018

Source: Flickr – Sylvain Stricanne

Source: Flickr – Sylvain Stricanne

This Belgian punk / emo / ska / rock festival grew from a small event in the town of Meerhout (province of Antwerp) to an international Belgian rock festival that welcomed 33,000 visitors in 2016. If you’re into the harder stuff, this is where you need to go.

In 2018, Groezrock is taking a little break because of changes in the organization (Groezrock is organized entirely by volunteers!) to come back as we know it in 2019. There will, however, be an indoor version of the festival in the fall of 2018. More information will follow later.

Groezrock
When? Fall 2018 – exact dates to be announced
Where? Meerhout
Music? Punk, emo, ska and rock in all its variations.
Number of stages? To be announced
Camping? To be announced
Free? To be announced
 

36. SUMMERFESTIVAL 2018

© Summerfestival – Philippe Wuyts Photography

© Summerfestival – Philippe Wuyts Photography

Summerfestival in Antwerp is a Belgian electronic music festival that was growing steadily until a change of direction in 2017. Last year, only 35,000 people attended this Antwerp festival (vs 47,000 the year before). This made the organization decide to take a sabbatical and come back with an improved version of Summerfestival in 2019.

Summerfestival
When? Summer 2019
Where? Antwerp
Music? Electronic
Number of stages? To be announced
Camping? To be announced
Free? To be announced

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