Rock Werchter is an annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, Belgium, since 1976 and is a large sized rock music festival. Rock Werchter is Belgium’s biggest music festival. Four days and four stages, with the biggest headliners, young talents, raging rockers, incredible singer-songwriters, new names, and the coolest beats around. Rock Werchter deliberately builds its line-up across all genres.
Rock Werchter is a unique experience. The line-up of artists is always world-class, the conditions exceptional, and that unique festival feeling omnipresent. Rock Werchter is a multi-awardwinning international hit and a regular fixture in every music lover’s diary.
The festival started in 1974 as a one-day event with performances from Banzai and Kandahar, but over the years it has evolved to become one of Belgium’s largest music festivals. Originally it was a double-festival, called “Torhout-Werchter”, with two festival areas at different sites in Belgium: one in Werchter and one in Torhout. In 1999, the festival dropped the Torhout site and since then has taken place only in Werchter. Since 2003 Werchter has been a 4-day festival, as it was sold by owner Herman Schueremans to American organizers Live Nation. Schueremans however remains the main organiser of the event. The festival is organized every first weekend of the summer vacation in Belgium (last weekend of June or the first of July).
Festivalpark Werchter, sometimes also reffered to as Festivalterrein Werchter (or in English, Werchter festival grounds) is a large open space events area off the N21 regional road in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, in Belgium’s province of Flemish Brabant. It is the site of the annual Rock Werchter Festival, held at the area since 1976.