Refections on decolonisation and sauvage curatorship in the current BOZAR exhibition
The sun’s finally out and the weather’s heating up. The bliss of summer days continues long into the late-night hours of what we’ll come to remember as our wildest summer nights. It’s time to soak up those sun rays and get some color in your cheeks while enjoying your favorite bands and artists. To help you map out your perfect summer festival itinerary, we’re here to guide you through 10 Belgian festivals you absolutely can’t miss this summer. Get ready for sun-kissed grooves and blissed out moods!
Text by Silvija Daniunaite
Lead photo by Joris Vanderplaetsen
A new gem in Belgium’s festival scene is kicking off this year’s summer season in Bruges. Curated by young radio enthusiasts of Villa Bota, Belgium’s first ever radio festival Signaal is bringing 4 days of live music and radio, podcasts, talks and workshops to the green oasis of Astridpark. From garage psych-rock, the flow of r&b and hip-hop, to the more exotic fusion of psychedelic and tropical rhythms, there’s something for everyone to indulge in.
Not to be missed: Memo Pimiento, Uma Chine and Chibi Ichigo.
The festival is free for Subbacultcha members
Rock Zerkegem is returning to the lovely meadows of Schooiweg for its 12th edition this summer. With all-round experimental music in the garage/psych/noise scene, the festival features Belgium’s budding talents alongside promising bands from abroad. And let’s not forget the 1 euro pints, alright! That one-of-a-kind festival which just has the right mix of everything.
Not to be missed: The Psychotic Monks, Lewsberg and Vision 3D.
The annual arts and music festival Supervue will once again transform Liège into a sonic and visual playground with an incredible line-up and mesmerizing art installations scattered on the festival grounds. Located on a picturesque site of an old mining hill, Supervue is a delight for both eyes and ears, showcasing musical talents who blur the traditional barriers between different music genres and influences in increasingly innovative ways.
Not to be missed: DJ Marcelle, Musique Chienne and LSDXOXO.
The festival is free for Subbacultcha members with reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org before 26 July
This summer marks the ten-year anniversary of Micro Festival, one of Belgium’s coziest and most magical festivals that keeps on winning the hearts of festival-goers year after year. Its intimate atmosphere and a line-up stacked with the newest and most diverse musical discoveries promises a three-day musical odyssey together with local and international artists.
Not to be missed: Felix Kubin, Shht and Monolithe Noir & Percussive Ensemble.
The festival is free for Subbacultcha members
For its fourth edition, Different Class returns to its nest for an unforgettable summer day at the beautiful DOK-complex. Featuring some of the most cutting-edge musical acts of the moment, Different Class brings along a new generation of upcoming local and international artists who are no doubt shaping the sound of tomorrow across national borders. Captivating personalities and killer line-up with Lauren Auder, Bladee, coucou chloe, FAKA, Erika de Casier and Juan Wauters. Save the date for this one!
Not to be missed: you, you and you.
Over the years, Pukkelpop has evolved into one of the most-loved open-air festivals in Belgium. With an alternative fringe, Pukkelpop features progressive visionary artists alongside already-established legends, spanning a mélange of styles such as rock, electronic and hip-hop, with a lot more served on the musical menu. Having an eye for extraordinary gems in the underground music scene, this year Pukkelpop compiled a line-up no less impressive than any of the previous ones.
Not to be missed: Blu Samu, Yves Tumor & Its Band and Channel Tres.
After its successful debut last year, La Carrière, one of the most intimate festivals in Belgium, is returning to the banks of the Burnot river for its second addition this August. Situated in-between the lovely villages of Bioul and Arbre, La Carrière combines the magical aura of the natural landscape with an exquisite line-up of independent musicians. Reconnect with nature while swaying to the sounds of intimate folk, minimal electro, post-punk, among many others.
Not to be missed: Ricky Hollywood, Bimbo Delice and Judith Kiddo.
No better way to round off the summer season than by escaping into the magical world of the Feeërieën festival. For five enchanting nights, the Brussels’ park transforms into a fairytale-like forest filled with mesmerizing rhythms and spellbinding voices of upcoming musical talents. Cutting across borders and bending traditional genre boundaries, this year’s eclectic line-up is full of wonderful surprises, ranging from hyperkinetic footwork from Chicago to raw and powerful Afro-American poetry, with a lot more on the menu.
Not to be missed: Tenesha The Wordsmith, Lady Lykez and Maurice Louca.
With more than 40 years of history up its sleeve, Leffingeleuren delights us with yet another impressive selection of emerging musical acts to keep up the summer vibe going. The focus on the music of tomorrow remains at the heart of the festival, which features a selection of promising young national talents alongside upcoming international names across different genres.
Not to be missed: Lust for Youth, Yīn Yīn and Crack Cloud.
Last but definitely not least – the lovely arts and music festival Horst. Migrating to a new location this year, Horst settles down at ASIAT, a former military domain along the Zenne river in Vilvoorde-North. Describing itself as a movement rather than just a festival, Horst dedicates its energy to further developing a platform for cutting-edge music artists as well as inventive in-situ art and architecture. With a three-day immersive festival experience, Horst invites you to breathe new life into this urban space by enjoying art installations alongside the best selection of musicians.
Not to be missed: Marcel Dettman, Gesloten Cirkel and Céline Gillain.
Rock Zerkegem, Micro Festival and Different Class
are all free for members. Become a member here.