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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.
 

Rock Werchter

Dates: 2 - 5 July 2020

Location: Werchter

Headliners: Twenty One Pilots, Pearl Jam, Kendrick Lamar, System of a Dawn

Website: rockwerchter.be

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.

 

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There are regular trains to the festival grounds, and each festival ticket entitles holders to one free and personal e-train ticket for a return journey.

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Couleur Café

Dates: 26 – 28 June 2020

Location: Laeken, Brussels

Headliners: Panda Dub, Ibibi Sound Machine, IAMDDB

Website: couleurcafe.be

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.

Regular trains run to Bruxelles-Midi station. From there, take the underground line 6, direction Roi Baudouin, and alight at Heysel Station.

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Les Ardentes

Dates: 9 - 12 July 2020

Location: Liège

Headliners: DJ Snake, Tyga, Future, Migos, PNL

Website: lesardentes.be

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.

Liege-Guillemins TGV station serves all major towns in Belgium, as well as Paris, Cologne, and Aachen via Thalys trains.

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Gent Jazz Festival

Dates: 8 - 18 July 2020

Location: Gent

Headliners: Wynton Marsalis, Darcy James Argue, YES! Trio, Ibrahim Maalouf, Gary Barts & Maisha, Tigran Hamasyan

Website: gentjazz.com

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.

Gent-Sint-Pieters train station is located 1 km from the festival site. There are busses and trams to the festival grounds, which you can take for free when you have a ticket to the festival.

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Tomorrowland

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

Website: tomorrowland.com

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.

Tomorrowland is easy to reach by train. SNCB/NMBS provides extra trains, including night trains, between the stations of Antwerpen-Centraal and Boom.

Pukkelpop

Dates: 20 - 23 August 2020

Location: Kiewit, Hasselt

Headliners: TBA 

Website: pukkelpop.be

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.

Kiewit train station is within walking distance from the festival grounds, and there will be an increase in train frequency to assist festival goers.

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