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Festival Focus

Like the white markings left by pressing fingers on red skin, summer blazes its way through our habitually pasty surrounds and just as quickly ditches us with only a golden glow or a scorched back to remember it by. So no time to waste, because options abound: festivals in the city and in the middle of nowhere, rad kids connecting over pastis on the Ghent docks, sights to see, braincells to simultaneously enhance and ruin. These are the 10 Belgian festivals you can’t miss this Summer.

Vama Veche

30 June – 5 July, Bruges

Did this village on the coast of the Black Sea suddenly relocate to Brugge, die Schone? Or is this a Belgian offshoot of their alternative music festival? Neither, it seems. Rather, it is a week-long party presenting some of Belgium’s finest bands. No matter what genre you’re into, there’s something for everyone on the bill.

Not to be missed: Le Colisée, Milan W. and Borokov Borokov

Fortune Collective Festival

1-2 July, Brussels

the festival is free for Subbacultcha members

Fortune Collective is a gang from Brussels whose sole mission is to put stars in your eyes. With the line-up of their eponymous festival they’ll surely fill your ears with good vibrations. Headliners are Kero Kero Bonito, a London group who smash together J-pop, dancehall and videogame music into hyperactive, futuristic gems, and Palmbomen II. Also on the bill: Kane West, Bad Gyal and DJ Marcelle, Le Colisée, Tape Tum and more.

Not to be missed: Bad Gyal, Kane West and Palmbomen II

Rock Zerkegem

22 July, Zerkegem

the festival is free for Subbacultcha members

Somewhere deep in the West Flanders countryside is located the small town of Zerkegem. On 22 July for its tenth edition, Rock Zerkegem will once more fill the air with a wave of psychedelic, indie-style garage bands and legendary cheap beers. The line-up will deliver yet again a handful of experimental and joyfully messed-up bands.

Not to be missed: The Memories, Le Villejuif Underground and King Dick

Supervue Festival

28-29 July, Liège

the festival is free for Subbacultcha members

Located on a picturesque site in Liège, this festival has an incredible view and an equally amazing line-up. After a successful first edition last year, La Superette (a Liège-based collective) will now expand the festival to three stages during two days.

Not to be missed: Tolouse Low Trax, Bonnie Banane and Ok Lou

Micro Festival

4-5 August, Liège

the festival is free for Subbacultcha members

Micro Festival is all set for its eighth edition. Curated by the Liège-based collective JauneOrange, the key elements of this two-day party remain the same: in green surroundings, right in the heart of Liège, all kind of genres get mixed up, from the primal punk rock of UK’s Bad Breeding to the psych-folk of the Turkish band Altin Gün. A ravishing gathering of tastes!

Not to be missed: Blanck Mass, Uniform and Ulrika Spacek

Feeërien

21-25 August, Brussels

The Feeërieën, one of the most magical festivals of the summer season, once again takes over the Warande Park. Five days of cosy free musical deliciousness in open air, ft. Echo Collective, Mdou Moctar, Aldous Harding and more.

Not to be missed: Principe Label Night ft. DJ Marfox, Nidia Minaj and DJ Nigga Fox

Different Class

26 August, Ghent

the festival is free for Subbacultcha members

From the ashes of Wastelands, the Subba phoenix arises in the form of a newer, louder and sexier festival: Different Class. A crazy merger of creative minds, there’ll be great music, in a great venue, with great drinks and – if we’re lucky – some great summer weather.

Not to be missed: SMIB, Marching Church and GAIKA

Horst

8-9 September, Holsbeek

50% reduction on tickets for Subbacultcha members until 17 July

Horst is an electronic music festival that also serves art as an aside. The quality of the selection is high on both fronts, with in the music corner Helana Hauff, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Young Marco, Shanti Celeste and more.

Not to be missed: Le Motel, Helena Hauff and Shanti Celeste

Meakusma Festival

8-9 September, Eupen

Meakusma presents the second edition of its own festival which promises to gather some of the most groundbreaking artists from today’s experimental and club music scenes.

Not to be missed: DJ Stingray, Lucrecia Dalt and Huerco S.

Leffingeleuren

8-10 September, Leffinge

Celebrate the end of summer holidays in the vicinity of the cute village centre of Leffingeleuren. Since 1977 the organizing committee always conjures up a quality line-up and this year is no different.

Not to be missed: Zwangere Guy, B Boys and Cosmonauts

Fortune Collective Festival, Rock Zerkegem, Supervue Festival, Micro Festival and Different Class are free for Subbacultcha members. Join here.