Whether you want to get lightly beaten up in a mosh or shuffle for 12 hours straight, there’s a festival in Belgium that can make your dreams a reality. Check out the best festivals in Belgium here…
Date published: 2nd Mar 2022
We have so many insane festivals in the UK. R&L, Glastonbury, Download, Creamfields, and Wireless, to name a few. But there are bucket loads of equally mind-blowing festivals across the world. Including in Belgium.
Belgium, the home of Stromae, Gotye, fancy chocolates and beer that tastes a bit too good, has plenty of festivals that are worth checking out. Whether you’re looking for a huge festival or something a bit more intimate, you can find it in Belgium. Here are the best music festivals in Belgium.
The festival brings the best in metal, metalcore, extreme metal, hard rock, nu-metal and everything in between to thousands of passionate fans each year. If checking out the biggest names in metal and discovering your new favourite artists is your idea of fun, you’ll love Graspop Metal Meeting.
Couleur Cafe Festival books multiple genres but focuses on those of African or Caribbean origin. This spirited event goes down in a stunning location surrounded by towering trees, green grass and fresh air. And with fancy dress, drumming groups, and dancers, the vibes stay fresh and welcoming.
Finally, it's clear the team behind Couleur Cafe care about putting on a cracking event. After asking which artists fans of the festival would like to see in 2022, the fest managed to secure at least five. And, you never know, they might just confirm more in the future!
Brussels Summer Festival
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Every August, Brussels Summer Festival kicks off its five-day music adoring extravaganza in the centre of Brussels. The event showcases both international and Belgian artists spanning a range of genres, including electronic, pop, rock, and hip hop, offering a wide range of performances.
BSF takes place across multiple venues in Brussels, usually Mont des Arts, Lad Madeleine and Place des Palais, creating the perfect opportunity to explore the city’s venues and absorb the local atmosphere. A crucial event for music fans in Brussels, BSF is a fantastic choice.
Tomorrowland is the undisputed champion of European electronic music festivals. Whether you’re looking for the Earth-shattering thumping of hardstyle bangers, two-step to house tunes, or ascend to delicious trance music, there’s something for you. Tomorrowland’s lineup always covers just about every genre and sub-genre imaginable in electronic music.
Each edition of Tomorrowland has a different theme with this year’s being “The Reflection of Love”. And with such extravagant stage design and decor, you can’t help but wonder what over the top production the lucky 40,000 attendees will experience in the flesh. As one of the biggest and best music festivals in Belgium, Tomorrowland is definitely worth checking out.
Back in 2022 with a killer lineup is iconic rock, alt rock, indie, metal, hip hop, pop, and electronic music festival, Rock Werchter. Straight off the bat, there are three (Metallica, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers) heavyweight bands in headline slots. And just the thought of Greta Van Fleet’s Highway Tune guitar riff rippling through the air and a crowd of thousands singing Mr Brightside sends shivers down the spine.
With a lineup like that, it’s going to be a hard one to top. And if the stunning lineup wasn’t enough to convince you, this Belgian festival has been praised in the past for great organisation with free earplugs, short queues, and easy access to water.
The crowds at Les Ardentes are always up for a mad one, resulting in highly energetic performances and an electric atmosphere you’ll be sad to leave behind. It’s the festival any hip hop fan should keep an eye on.
Oh look, another five-day bash! Dour Festival is all about great vibes, freedom and love. The full lineup isn’t available yet but with The Blessed Madonna, Honey Dijon, Amelie Lens, and Sleaford Mods, it’s looking amazing already. Another diverse event, Dour has electronic, rock, pop, RnB, punk, hip hop, indie, techno, and even metal.
Dour is the biggest alternative music festival in Belgium with around 225,000 people attending over the five days. The music blares on from midnight all the way up to 5 am, so if you’re struggling with a rough hangover, you can sleep through it and still have plenty of time to check out the music.
Belgium clearly has some of the best festivals. Whether your scene is metal, electronic music, hip hop or something completely different, there’s a Belgian music festival that will be the highlight of your year.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.