The ultimate guide to music events and festivals in Belgium this summer
As the summer sun shines brightly over Belgium, music enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the return of music events and festivals.
From electronic beats to rock melodies and everything in between, this summer promises to be a paradise for music lovers. Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of live music, stunning venues, and unforgettable moments. Here's our comprehensive guide to the must-attend music events and festivals happening in Belgium this summer.
1. Beleuvenissen Date: 7, 14 and 21 July Location: Leuven (Flanders)
Taking place on Friday evenings during July and August, Beleuvenissen showcases a diverse range of musical genres. The city's historic squares and streets serve as atmospheric venues for both established and emerging artists, attracting large crowds of music lovers. With its lively ambiance, Beleuvenissen offers an exceptional opportunity to experience the city's rich cultural scene while enjoying performances in a charming setting.
2. PARK festival
Date: 9 July
Location: Leuven (Flanders)
On Sunday 9 July, Abdij van Park and the city of Leuven are organizing 'PARK', a festival that introduces visitors to music from around the world. The programme consists of soft listening music, upbeat festive music and unique creations. Held in the enchanting surroundings of the Park Abbey, a centuries-old abbey with lush greenery and serene gardens, the festival offers a beautiful atmosphere.
3. Dour Festival
Date: 12-16 July
Location: Dour (Wallonia)
If you're searching for an alternative and underground music experience, look no further than the Dour Festival. Set in the picturesque village of Dour, this festival boasts an impressive lineup of electronic, hip-hop, and experimental artists. From
intimate DJ sets to high-energy live shows, Dour Festival has something for every taste.
4. Gentse Feesten
Date: 14-23 July
Location: Ghent (Flanders)
While not exclusively a music festival, this 10-day cultural festival in Gent transforms the city into a lively hub of music, dance, theater, and art. The festival attracts both locals and tourists who come together to enjoy a diverse range of performances, street parties, parades, and culinary delights, creating eventful days that showcase the city's rich cultural heritage.
Date: 21-23 July and 28-30 July
Location: Boom (Flanders)
Regarded as one of the world's premier electronic music festivals, Tomorrowland needs no introduction. Spanning two weekends of mind-blowing shows, Tomorrowland boasts an awe-inspiring stage design, top-tier artists, and an unmatched atmosphere. Dance the night away to the pulsating beats of renowned DJs and immerse yourself in the festival's enchanting theme.
6. Suikerrock Date: 4-6 August
Location: Tienen (Flanders)
This annual music event has a history spanning over three decades. The festival has a reputation for hosting both national and international music acts across various genres, and this year will be no different. Thousands of music lovers will once again flock to Tienen to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, energetic performances, and a diverse lineup of artists.
Date: 17-20 August
Location: Kiewit (Flanders)
Pukkelpop is synonymous with eclectic lineups and an electric atmosphere. This multi-genre festival showcases a diverse range of artists, spanning from rock and pop to electronic and hip-hop. With a reputation for discovering new talent and hosting energetic performances, Pukkelpop guarantees an extraordinary experience for music enthusiasts.
8. Boterhammen in het Park
Date: 28 August - 1 September
This popular free music festival takes place every summer in Belgium’s capital. Held in the beautiful Warandepark, the event brings together music lovers of all ages to enjoy live performances by renowned Belgian and international artists. The festival's unique concept revolves around the traditional Belgian lunch of boterhammen (sandwiches), allowing attendees to relax on the grass while indulging in delicious sandwiches and great music.
Belgium's music events and festivals are set to create a summer of unforgettable moments. Whether you're into electronic beats, rock anthems, or diverse world music, Belgium has a festival to match your tastes. Embrace the energy, connect with fellow music lovers, and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends, and get ready for an incredible summer of music in Belgium.
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