Rock Werchter kicks off on Thursday, headliners include Foo Fighters and Dua Lipa

The Flemish Brabant town of Werchter will once again host Rock Werchter, Belgium's biggest rock festival, from Thursday. Tens of thousands of people will attend the four-day festival to see dozens of music acts, including Foo Fighters, Dua Lipa and Måneskin.

The line-up offers an eclectic mix of genres from Belgian and international artists. Rock fans can look forward to Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz and Måneskin, while pop headliners include Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson.

Other notable acts include punk rockers Sum 41 - who are splitting up after 27 years - British hip-hop act The Streets, electro-pop artist Róisín Murphy, dance music project Jungle and singer-songwriters PJ Harvey and James Arthur. Belgium will be represented by rock band dEUS, rapper Brihang and J.Bernardt, the solo project of Balthazar founder Jinte Deprez.

The Hive campsite will screen the Euro 2024 quarter-finals, with Spain-Germany and Portugal-France on Friday and England-Switzerland and Netherlands-Turkey on Saturday. As Belgium were eliminated in the round of 16, no football will be shown on the festival site.

Flooded parking fields

While Rock Werchter only starts on Thursday, thousands of visitors arrived on Wednesday afternoon for a pre-party at The Hive. Due to rain, the festival has seen fewer early arrivals than in previous years.

The rain has also affected the organisation of the festival. Only 60 per cent of the usual number of parking tickets have been sold, as many of the fields where cars can normally park have been flooded. Rock Werchter advises visitors to come by bike or public transport, if possible.

The weather is expected to be sunny over the next few days, with occasional showers and temperatures around 20°C. The festival is almost sold out, with only day tickets available for Thursday.



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