TOP 10: 2019 Music Festivals in Belgium

TOP 10: 2019 Music Festivals in Belgium


Oh Belgium, where do we start? The global superstar Tomorrowland? The alternative pop king Pukkelpop? Or the new kid on the block VestiVille? But what about the titanic meeting of hip hop and trap that is Les Ardentes?

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 of Belgium's finest that aren not to be missed...


Ronquières


Lineup
: Bigflo & Oli, Lomepal, Eddy de Pretto, 2manydjs, Zazie, Eagle Eye Cherry

Set in the so-called 'sloping docks' of Ronquières in the Walloon (French-speaking) region, this two day festival invites a mainly French and Belgian-based lineup and crowd, though with a usual peppering of international talent. Though the music's ecclectic there's a strong Francophone and electronic and pop feel, this year including Toulousain hip hop outfit Bigflo & Oli, iconic Belgian duo 2manydjs and Swedish singer Eagle Eye Cherry. 

When & where: 3-4 August 2019, Ronquières

Ronquières Festival 2019 Guide / Book Ronquières Festival


VestiVille


Lineup
: The Uprising Roots, Chuck Fenda, Spragga Benz

Making its debut this summer, the new kid on the block VestiVille hopes to make an entrance in style, bringing out the hip hop and trap big guns out with the likes of Future, Cardi B, Migos, A$AP Rocky and more. If that didn't have you convinced, it gets its seal of approval from its backing by the people behind the Amsterdam-based Vestival collective.  

When & where: 28-30 June 2019, Lommel

VestiVille 2019 Festival Guide / Book VestiVille 2019


Couleur Café


Lineup
: Kamasi Washington, Tamino, Rejji Snow, Ms Lauryn Hill, Protoje, Tiken Jah Fakoly

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: 28-30 June 2019, Brussels

Couleur Café 2019 Guide / Book Couleur Café 2019


Dour


Lineup
: AS$P Rocky, Damso, Nina Kraviz, Disclosure [DJ set], Bonobo, Roméo Elvis, Skepta, Apparat

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. Don't be alarmed if you hear massive waves of people shouting of 'DOUREUHH', its a custom of the festival and no doubt you'll be joining in by the end. 

When & where: 10-14 July, Dour

Dour 2019 Festival Guide & Waiting List 


Brussels Summer Festival


Lineup
: Christine and the Queens, Booba, Giorgio Moroder, Lost Frequencies, The Avener [DJ set], Manic Street Preachers, Caballero & JeanJass

As its name makes clear, this annual festival takes over the Belgian capital in the heat of summer with a lineup of top electro, rap, house, indie and pop. Making a home of the majestic Place des Palais and Mont des Arts once more, this summer the festival will celebrate its 18th birthday. 

When & where: 14-18 August 2019, Brussels

Brussels Summer Festival 2019 Guide / Book Brussels Summer Festival 2019


Les Ardentes


Lineup
: Young Thug, Pusha T, Black Eyed Peas, Lil Uzi Vert, Booba, Kodak Black, Nekfeu, Petit Biscuit, Columbine

What was once an electro/rock-based festival, Les Ardentes, or "The Burning" if you translate into French, is now one of the country's leaders when it comes to urban music. Though there's international titans of hip hop and trap (Pusha T, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug etc), you'll also find a good dose of house, techno and IDM to keep the tempo up. 

When & where: 4-7 July 2019, Liège

Les Ardentes 2019 Festival Guide / Book Les Ardentes 2019


Pukkelpop


Lineup
: Tame Impala, The National, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, Billie Eilish, Charli XCX, Eels

A cultural institution since its birth in the mid-1980s, Pukkelpop is one of Belgium's biggest music festivals, with hundreds of thousands flocking from all around the world to experience the quintessential continental pop festival. Though the festival used to have a strong rock appeal, the lineups in recent years have been made up of a vast array of musical styles. A fully immersive experience, Pukkelpop is probably Belgium's closest relation to Glasto.  

When & where: 15-18 August 2019, Hasselt

Pukkelpop 2019 Festival Guide & Waiting List


Rampage Open Air


Lineup
: 12th Planet, Doctor P, Flux Pavillion, Spor, Dirtyphonics [live], Feed Me, DJ Hazard

Not for the faint-hearted, Rampage Open Air is a high-octane drum and bass and dubstep festival in the city of Lommel. Now entering its second decade, the festival is well recognised across Europe as a key meeting place for fans of these genres of dance music. Expect light shows as huge as the sound systems. 

When & where: 26-27 July 2019, Lommel

Rampage Open Air 2019 Festival Guide / Book Rampage Open Air 2019


Rock Werchter


Lineup
: P!nk, The Cure, Tool, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Muse, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kalkbrenner, Bring Me The Horizon

Now a rock giant, Rock Werchter;s 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 Kylie Minogue, The Blaze and Years & Years will this year be making an appearance.  

When & where: 27 - 30 June 2019, Werchter

Rock Werchter 2019 Festival Guide & Waiting List 


Tomorrowland


Lineup
: The Chainsmokers, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Charlotte De Witte, A$AP Rocky

A worldwide 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. This year the festival turns 15, and though it has already sold out, Tomorrowland UNITE brings four major European cities in on the fun, bringing DJ performances and a live satellite connection of Tomorrowland Belgium to Athens, Porto, Malta and Barcelona.

When & where: 19-21 July 2019, Boom

Tomorrowland 2019 Festival Guide / Tickets for Tomorroland 2019 have sold out, however accommodation options are still available

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