PREVIEW: DOUR FESTIVAL

Dour festival was once Belgium’s best kept secret, a hidden gem in the European summer festival circuit.

Since its inception in the late eighties, this shindig has grown from a small, local get together on the Western planes of Belgium, to a critically acclaimed music festival with an admirable yearly attendance of over 140,000. In January 2010, Dour won the prize for the best medium-sized festival at the European Festival Awards, so the fact that this year is the festival’s 25th anniversary means it will be an unforgettable event.

The town that plays host to these four days of madness (also named Dour) has its roots in the coal mining industry and provides some truly amazing scenery. As per usual, the line-up is a behemoth of diversity, featuring hundreds of artists from a huge pool of styles and genres, all of which represent innovation and have proved to be among the best in their field. The Smashing Pumpkins, Wu-Tang Clan and Amon Tobin are just a glimpse of the diversity and talent which will rage over four days in July, from the 18th to the 21st.

Dour is known for being erratic when it comes to weather, but whether you’ll be trudging through muddy trenches, or basking in the sunshine on grassy hills, we’re sure you’ll appreciate the incredible atmosphere the festival has cultivated over the years.

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