Rock Werchter is a pop and rock festival in Belgium. It takes place each summer in the village of Werchter, especially in the last weekend of June or the first of July. It is the largest of Belgium and one of the largest and most famous in the world. Formerly called Rock Werchter Torhout-Werchter, since it is a double festival was held annually where several editions both in Werchter and Torhout took place, and a number of editions in one of the two municipalities. The name "TW" is reflected in the name TW Classic. The festival was first held in 1974, since 1999 is the only festival in Werchter organized.
The anniversary edition of Rock Werchter in 2003 counted for the first four days. The line-up was decorated with names like Metallica, Radiohead, Björk, Moby, Massive Attack, Coldplay and REM. In 2008, 319,000 visitors over the four days counted. 30% of attendees who are foreigners, with Dutch and British (10,000) as the two most important countries of origin.
The festival consists of a large meadow with a main stage and two covered tents (the Pyramid Marquee and "The Barn"). The campsites are operated by associations from the environment, in contrast to festivals such as Pinkpop and Lowlands. The festival site is owned by the organization and throughout the year there are also several other performances. For example, there are already a number of years the TW Classic festival organized. This festival goes back to the roots of the festival: one summer day, 1 stage and different (older) groups. In 2008, for the first time by Werchter Boutique, that more family-oriented. There were 30,000 attendees.
The organizer of the festival is Schueremans Herman, who for Rock Werchter four times the "Arthur award for best festival" has received International Live Music Conference. The festival is owned by the U.S. company Live Nation and is also traditionally sponsored by the magazine Humo.
Werchter is the host of the biggest music festival in Belgium. It's at the end of June every year. It has 2 stages, 1 open air and 1 in a tent. Normally it takes 3 days, but this year there were 4 days. It is one of the best festivals I visited and certainly always has a great line up. A must for all music lovers.
This years line up included: REM, Bjork, Radiohead, Metallica, Underworld, Massive Attack and Moby
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In 2004 Metallica was present at Rock Werchter, what a great show! My friend Mathieu had backstage passes before the gigg.
TW Classic 2002, on July 14th, with live music from Zita, Clouseau, Zucchero, Joe Cocker and Brian Adams.