Dour Festival has always had its priorities straight, and this summer’s edition is no exception. Between the 10th and 14th of July the famously locally aware festival will be back bigger, better, and more sustainable than ever—further exploring its natural site and a formidable line-up that will inspire even the most seasoned attendees.
Featuring a truly varied bill of artists, ranging from chart-topping industry giants like A$AP Rocky and Skepta, to an impressive programme of emerging local talents, Dour once again proves its commitment to sharing, tolerance, and respect for diversity. Heading to the South of Belgium, we are of course most thrilled to see a bunch of Glamcult favourites, with highlights including (but not limited to!) art-pop songwriter Charlotte Adigery, all-round indie gem Gus Dapperton, Palestinian techno queen Sama and leftfield house producer Yaeji.
Blessing festivalgoers with an artistic output of such magnitude goes hand in hand with strong ecological awareness, which has been at the core of Dour’s spirit since day one. Launching in 1989 with just five acts, the festival was born at the foot of a slagheap that a small group of young people from Dour were determined to preserve. Year after year, this history has played an increasingly central role in every aspect of Dour’s growth—besides consciously curated musical programming, the festival is fiercely dedicated to supporting local businesses, keeping rates affordable and energy expenditures transparent. Last year, Dour took another historical step towards sustainability by leaving behind the peaceful slagheap and moving to a new playground for the dedicated and the brave: a natural wind farm.
With festival season in its full hedonistic swing, Dour is anything but a guilty pleasure. From its impressive location to the superb (day and night) programming, it’s time to pack your camping gear and freely indulge in the best of Belgium.