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TOP 10: Music Festivals in Belgium

TOP 10: Music Festivals in Belgium


Oh Belgium, where do we start? The global superstar Tomorrowland? The alternative king Pukkelpop? Or the adequately named I Love Techno? But what about the best reggae festival outside of Jamaica, or the jazz queen? 

In truth, it could be any of those, because despite a population of just 11 million, Belgium takes its music festivals very seriously indeed, filling the boots of every genre imaginable.

Here are ten definitely worth checking out...


#10 Gent Jazz

Headliners: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gregory Porter

An international jazz festival held annually in Ghent, some of the best jazz performers the world has to offer come together for a week dedicated solely to the genre, before those from the world of soul and electronic music jet in for its second week. 

When & where: 10 - 18 July 2015, Ghent


#9 Reggae Geel

Headliners: The Uprising Roots, Chuck Fenda, Spragga Benz

Regarded as the most Jamaican-like festival outside of the Caribbean country, Reggae Geel is the oldest reggae festival in Europe and is known for its relaxed, non-commercial atmosphere with the sole focus being on the artists. 

When & where: 31 July - 1 August 2015, Geel

 

#8 Couleur Café

Headliners: Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Milky Chance

Urban mixer Couleur Café blends together an enriching cocktail of the coolest sounds around with global cuisine, dance workshops, marching bands, cocktail bars, an art exhibition at the 'Cool Art Café', and a 'Solidarity Village' with talks from NGOs.

When & where: 3 - 5 July 2015, Brussels

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#7 Dour

Headliners: Snoop Dogg, Seth Troxler, Young Fathers

We like to go by the mantra "if it's fresh, it's Dour", and that's because festival-goers can expect the best new sounds coming out of everything from electronic and hip-hop to punk and hardcore. 

When & where: 15 - 19 July, Dour

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#6 Extrema Outdoor Belgium

Headliners: Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Tale of Us

Set beside the stunning lake Kelchterhoef, an incredible lineup of house and techno will blare out from Extrema's unique tank-esque stage before we all flock to the infamous camping afterparties. 

When & where: 22 - 24 May 2015, Houthalen-Helchteren

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#5 Les Ardentes

Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Pop

Electro-rock, in its most broad sense, is the order of the day at Les Ardentes, or "The Burning" if you translate into French. In fact, Les Ardentes runs from drum 'n' bass through to folk in its four days of urban/rural landscape mixed with sure headliners and curious discoveries. 

When & where: 9 - 12 July 2015, Liège

 

#4 Pukkelpop

Headliners: Tame Impala, Rudimental, Four Tet

Curating a lineup voted for by fans, Pukkelpop is built upon an alternative foundation that's always striving for a progressive and contemporary feel, with over 200 musical stars and visionary artists coming together for a weekend that splashes pure pop, pounds to pulsating house and jumps to scorching metal. 

When & where: 20 - 22 August 2015, Hasselt

 

#3 I Love Techno

Headliners: 2015's Lineup is TBA, but 2014's included Paul Kalkbrenner, Jamie Jones and Boys Noize

You may be forgiven for thinking it was all about techno at I Love Techno, and the truth is, it once was. Nowadays however, its techno roots blossom to encompass all bases of the electronic scene, with its four huge rooms filled with everything from laidback grooves to ferocous beats.

When & where: November, TBA


#2 Rock Werchter

Headliners: Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams, Muse

Now a rock giant, Rock Werchter illustrious 30 year history has seen royalty such as the Arctic Monkeys and Metallica grace its stage in front of 150,000 punters. That said, the festival isn't all rock, rock, rock, but is also peppered with a hint of electronic, hip-hop and pop - artists such as Pharrell Williams, The Chemical Brothers and Sam Smith will this year be making an appearance.  

When & where: 25 - 28 June 2015, Werchter

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#1 Tomorrowland

Headliners: Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell

Now a festival legend, Tomorrowland needs no introduction. Showcasing the cream of EDM year on year, the world of fantasy has become a mecca for electronic music fans who flock from all over the globe to experience the likes of Hardwell, David Guetta and co. alongside over-sized flowers, active volcanoes, giant disco balls, explosive butterflies, smoke cannons, confetti and all kinds of surprising wonder. 

When & where: 24 - 26 July 2015, Boom

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