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Rock Werchter 2023, best open-air rock festivals in Belgium Europe

Rock Werchter

WHERE: Werchter, Belgium
WHEN: from 29 June to 02 July 2023

Born in 1975, and today a true icon, Rock Werchter is one of the most famous rock festivals in all of Europe. For over 40 years now, the small Belgian town has been suddenly moving, becoming animated like a large metropolis.
The merit is above all of its rich program which, by now, boasts the presence of great international artists. It was on this stage that “hot” names from the music scene followed one another such as Talking Heads, Van Morrison, Metallica, Dire Straits, Depeche Mode, Lou Reed or Neil Young.

Today, Rock Werchter brings together more than 100,000 people, united by a passion for music, becoming one of the most important Rock festivals in all of Europe!

Not just any festival, but one of the most important on the world music scene. It is no coincidence, in fact, that Rock Werchter was awarded the title of European Festival Awards 2016; the prestigious award was awarded for its organization, efficiency and for the line-up of absolute prestige.

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Photo ©, Antonio Zugaldia



The Leuven train station is the connection center to reach the Festivalpark by public transport.

Werchter is only 40 km from Brussels; therefore, the most comfortable method is certainly the airplane.

From Brussels International Airport, on level -1, direct trains to Leuven leave every hour; once you reach the city, the DE LIJN Bus Shuttle takes you in less than 15 minutes to Werchter. There are two different lines of this Shuttle: Line A takes you to the Haacht stop; the B line is instead destined to those who were directed to the A1 campsite, or to the B and C areas.

From Charleroi Airport, the connection with Werchter is more complicated. At the Terminal take Bus Line A which leads to the Charleroi Sud railway station; from here, a first train goes to the Brussels-Nord station, and, subsequently, a second train leads to Leuven, where you will find the Shuttle DE LIJN.


For those wishing to reach Werchter by car, here are the distances from the main European destinations. Amsterdam is just 200 kilometers away, while Paris is around 350 kilometers. From Bern, you travel about 650 kilometers, passing through France and Luxembourg. Berlin is about 750 kilometers away; from Milan, on the other hand, it takes just under 900 km to reach the destination, crossing the Gotthard Tunnel and entering Swiss territory.

You must exit at Rotselaar and, therefore, you reach Werchter.

Near the Festival there are about 15 parking areas, distributed in three large areas A, B, and C. It is not possible to move within the zones, therefore, once you enter one of these you will not be able to park in another ; furthermore, for security reasons, access to vehicles in Campsite areas is prohibited.


Red Hot Chili Peppers. Muses. QOTSA. Arctic Monkeys. Liam Gallagher… also for the 2023 edition there will be important names from the world music scene. Below is the complete program of artists who will perform on the Main Stage and in the The Burn area:

  • THURSDAY 29 May. Main Stage: Stromae • Sam Fender • The 1975 • Compact Disk Dummies. The Burn: Iggy Pop • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats • Warhaus • Anna Calvi • Merol.
  • FRIDAY 30 May. Main Stage: Red Hot Chili Peppers • Liam Gallagher • The Black Keys • The Interrupters • The Haunted Youth. The Burn: Editors • Ben Howard • Tamino • Spoon • Cavetown
  • SATURDAY 01 June. Main Stage: Muse • Oscar And The Wolf • Machine Gun Kelly • Paolo Nutini • Interpol • The Opposites. The Burn: Fred Again.. • Xavier Rudd • Sigur Rós • City And Colour
  • SUNDAY 02 June. Main Stage: Arctic Monkeys • Queens Of The Stone Age • Lil Nas X • The Lumineers • The Driver Era. The Burn: Rosalia • Christine And The Queens • Puscifer • Gabriels • Amenra


As per tradition, it is possible to choose between season tickets (recommended) and tickets valid for a single day. Obviously, please note that tickets tend to run out in a very short time. It is therefore recommended to move well in advance.

On Saturday 29 October 2022, at 10:00, the official sale of Rock Werchter 2023 tickets has begun. Here is the price:

Tickets valid for a single day cost €127 per person, plus taxes and commissions. They are valid for one day only, on a fixed, non-modifiable date.
The Pass, on the other hand, costs €292 and allows access to all 4 days of Rock Werchter. Furthermore, with the season ticket, you will receive a free pass on the bus or train to the Festival! The savings are evident.
Tickets and passes do not include access to the campsite for which a separate ticket must be purchased. Prices start from 37 € without tent, and from 114 € with camping tent included.

Throughout the Rock Werchter area, food and drinks are purchased through coupons. On the official website you can buy vouchers of 20, 40, 60 and 80 coupons that you will need for food and drinks. The price is 65 € for each voucher of 20.


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