There’s no place like Belgium in terms of festival-filled fun. In and around Leuven alone you can attend the well-known international festivals Tomorrowland
and Rock Werchter
, guaranteed to fill you with that festive festival feeling. Or you can get a mix of international superstars and fringe artists at Suikkerrock
, proving that you can get into the true festival spirit while in the city centre. Whether you’re looking for the biggest international stars in music or the best local artists, Leuven has got you covered. These four festivals can be reached easily with excellent transport links, along with many of the city’s other attractions.
If you’re one of those who are ready to rock, Rock Werchter is ready to salute you. Since its opening in 1974 as a one day event, this Belgium festival has grown into a four day music extravaganza. Each year it brings some of the biggest names in rock and pop to its stages. Previous line ups have featured the likes of Metallica, Muse, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Florence + the Machine. There is truly something for every music fan here and you can rest assured that the headlining acts never cease to disappoint. Rock Werchter also include upcoming talents from different genres, so a visit here might just be the first time you catch a concert by your new favourite band.
There’s nothing quite like the electronic music extravaganza that is Tomorrowland. Here, hundreds of thousands of music lovers join in dancing the night away. This weekend fest gives you the world’s greatest DJs and an atmosphere like no other as you are transported into the world of tomorrow. Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Axwell / Ingrosso and many more are waiting for you at this one-of-a-kind event.
Leuven’s neighbouring town of Tienen comes to life during the first weekend of August, when Suikerrock
takes place in the city centre. Spanning four days, the festival brings in major international artists as well as Belgian superstars to perform at the Grote Markt. Previous line-ups have seen names such as Tiesto, Lionel Richie, Moby, ZZ Top and many more. This is a perfect choice if you are looking for a varied and exciting weekend filled with music.
If you’re looking for a sense of community, a top-tier line-up and one of the biggest festivals in all of Benelux, then Pukkelpop is the place to be. This four-day fest is held in Hasselt in late August, bringing together thousands of music lovers with artists spread across ten stages. Earlier years have seen major stars such as Bastille, Chvrches, Alt-J and Calvin Harris play.
These major Belgium festivals can be easily reached from our Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel, making it the perfect base for you and your festival-goer friends. After a day out at the festival you can return to your comfortable room to relax or enjoy a good meal in our RBG Bar & Grill Restaurant
. After a good night’s sleep you’ll be ready to head back out to enjoy life at one of the fine festivals in the area.