Rock Werchter

Rock Werchter is an annual music festival held in the Belgian village of Werchter. It is amongst the five biggest rock festivals in Europe.

Having won the ILMC Best Festival In The World award 4 times, Belgium's Rock Werchter is one festival fanatics should add to their festivals to attend before death list.

Rumours

Although not confirmed by the festival, Kings Of Leon have revealed on their website that they are set to appear on the Friday of this festival.

Lineup

2013: Green Day, Blur, Rammstein, Editors, Depeche Mode and many more.

Vibe

Although the line-up is always packed with high profile acts, fans are treated to longer sets over two stages, presenting less clashes and a more relaxed feel in comparison to festivals of a similar appeal.

Each band will play a set that is almost an hour long, making each performance feel like a headline act. On the final day there is a massive fireworks show.

Stages and other entertainment

Unlike many festivals, Rock Werchter does not have non-music festival entertainment. However with the band's starting and ending at later times, early hours of the day can either be spent sleeping, or exploring Belgium if you are not local.

There are three stages at Rock Werchter, with high profile acts appearing on the Main stage, the Pyramid Marquee and The Barn.

Tickets

Tickets are priced at 200 euros for a combi ticket, with day tickets priced at 80 euros.

VIP

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Children

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Disability Access

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Weather

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Location

The festival park is alongside the Haachtsesteenweg near the village of Werchter.

Local Information

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Travel

By Car:

  • Coming from the directions Aachen – Liège, take the motorways E40 and E314 in the direction of Leuven. Don’t take the exit to Leuven itself but keep following the E314 until signposting to Rock Werchter starts.
  • Coming from the directions Antwerp, Breda, Bergen-op-Zoom or Turnhout-Eindhoven, take the Antwerp ring road and then the E19 motorway to Brussels. When passing Mechelen, stay on the E19. Signposting to Rock Werchter starts at exit 11 « Zemst » on the E19.
  • Coming from the directions of Limburg, Maastricht or Germany: at the interchange of Lummen, take the E314 in the direction of Leuven. Signposting to Rock Werchter starts at exit « Aarschot» on the E314.

By Train/ By Festival Bus:

Free train e-ticket and bus shuttle service is included with your ticket, with the shuttle service leaving from Leuven station.

Your e-ticket includes one outward and one return journey from any Belgian station, these tickets must be ordered via If you are not travelling by train but still interested in the festival bus, you can still catch the service from Leuven station.

By Airplane:

Brussels Airport Zaventem and Brussels South Airport Charleroi are the closest airports.

From there you can catch the train to Leuven for free, depending on the terms and conditions of your festival ticket "free train e-ticket" policy.

Accommodation

For people that want to spent a comfortable festivalweekend, official hotel packages are available their website. They have exclusive combitickets with acces to the restricted Rock Werchter Terrace and bustransfer between the hotel and the backstage busparking.

What to wear

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Camping

2013 will see the introduction of three campsite to ease congestion.

A regular campsite ticket costs around 18 Euros (service cost not included) in advance. This campsite ticket is valid as from Thursday morning until Monday at noon. The regular campsite ticket is valid for use at the campsite of one's choice.

The Campsite xl ticket enables festival attendees to stay at campsites A2, A3 and A4 in the Haacht zone as from Wednesday at 4 PM. The ticket remains valid until Monday at noon. Please do keep in mind that only these 3 campsites will open on Wednesday, so the availability of campsite tickets xl tickets is limited. Campsite xl tickets are priced at around 25 Euros in advance.

Site Information

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Food and drink

There is a wide range of food available and numerous bars with a selections of alcoholic and soft drinks.

Drink/food coupons need to be bought to purchase drinks and food items in the Festival Park. If you buy your coupons in advance they cost €2.35 each, whereas on the day they cost €2.50.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Mobile Apps

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Trivia

When it begun in 1974, the festival was a one-day double-festival called "Torhour-Werchter", similar to the Reading And Leeds format, the festival took place in two sites, one at Torhout and one at Wercther.

In 1999, the Torhout venue was dropped, and the main Werchter event has been a 4 day event since 2003. Although sold to American organizers Live Nation, owner Herman Schueremans is still the events main organiser.

Attendance consisted mainly of Flemish people until the 1990's, however recent years has seen an increase in Dutch, French, British, Wallon, Austrailan and South Africans attending the festival.

For many years Roskilde aim to organise the evnt around the same weekend as Arras Main Square in neighbouring France, this is so the two festivals can effectively 'share' bands.

Past lineups

2012 acts included such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Justice, and Florence + The Machine. To view the full line-up, click here.

The 2011 programme featured The Chemical Brothers, Linkin Park, Queens Of The Stone Age, Seasick Steve, Hurts, Jimmy Eat World, Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon, Elbow, Bruno Mars, Magnetic Man, Iron Maiden and Social Distortion. Full details of the line-up can be found here

Details of past line-ups can be found here