The entrance gate and large banner at the Rock Werchter Music Festival in Belgium

Tips for Rock Werchter Music Festival – Updated for 2020

Published on: February 3rd, 2019 at 6:40 am

*Update* The Rock Werchter Music Festival is cancelled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus issues facing the world

Got your ticket booked for one of the best music festivals in Europe this summer but looking for some tips for Rock Werchter Music Festival before attending. Rock Werchter has been growing in popularity as a stand out music festival in Europe now for some time. The line ups they announce each year seem to get better and better but the compact festival stays off the radar for many unaware European travellers.

I want to introduce you to this Europe music festival today and share some handy tips for Rock Werchter Music Festival if you already have your ticket.

Tips for attending Rock Werchter Music Festival

If you are wanting some more general information on the festival itself I suggest you take a look at the Rock Wechter Music Festival travel guide as well.

What is the Rock Werchter Music Festival? 

Rock Werchter is a very famous music festival held in Werchter, Belgium every year for the past 46 years. It is a place where all the greatest modern artists gather to provide a unique experience to its visitors. There is a lot of colour and diversity in music, people and experiences so everybody will find something that will make them move from the bottom of their heart. This is one of the biggest Belgium music festivals. 

You are probably also aware that Belgium also hosts arguably the largest music festival in the world, Known as Tomorrowland. Also, check out the Tomorrowland travel guide as well as the Tomorrowland Tips blogs to prepare for a full European summer of music.

the large crowd of people attending Rock Werchter Music Festival in Belgium
Heading to a festival or two is a good idea while travelling throughout Europe. Busabout and Contiki both offer festival packages

When is the Rock Werchter Music Festival? 

The festival is usually during July, which is summertime in Belgium. Camping at Rock Werchter is a perfect way to spend a few days outdoors while exploring all sorts of different music genres sure to impress a large selection of crowds. This year, in 2020, the dates are from 2nd to 5th of July.  

How to get to Rock Werchter? 

The festival is held in Haachtsesteenweg in Werchter. This place is located 30km from Brussels and 15km from Leuven. Flying to Belgium is pretty easy since there are numerous flights from all over the world. There are two main airports. Brussels and Charleroi. Both of them are in good train connection with Leuven. The train ticket from Brussels is included in your festival ticket. To reach Werchter you can use the bus, the train, your bike or your car. 

Arriving from: 

Antwerp  

From Antwerp, two bus lines can take you to Rock Werchter. 333 and 520, which will both take about 2 hours and 10min to arrive at the music festival. The price is around 12€. The ride is 45km long. 

Brussels 

From Brux. Nord you take a train to Leuven (trains IC, P and S2). And at the Leuven Station on the Perron 11 you hop on one of these buses; 333, 433, 513. This will altogether cost you around 11€ and will take about 1 hour 20min. From your last station Werchter De Burg, it is a 10min walk to the festival site. 

This is how I attended the music festival and the whole process was really straightforward with many signs and fellow festival-goers to guide you. 

Paris 

By train, ​it will take about 2 hours to arrive in Brussels and from there it is the same process as I mentioned above. The train tickets are found cheapest around 80€. 

By bus​, it takes about 4 hours to get to Brussels and they go every hour. You can also go by plane or by car. 

Amsterdam 

You can take a train to Antwerp or Leuven and then take a bus from there. It will take you about 4 hours to reach the Rock Werchter Music Festival. You can also choose to fly to Brussels, it is a 45min flight. 

London 

There are a few options and most require you to arrive in Brussels, Belgium and then use one of the options mentioned above: 

Fly to Rotterdam then take a train. 

Fly to Brussels. 

Train to Birmingham and flight to Brussels. 

Train to Brussels, this lasts around 4 hours. 

A bus to the festival, around 9 hours long drive with transfers. 

How to book tickets for Rock Werchter? 

It is not necessary to book the tickets too much in advance, as is the case with some other European music festivals, but be aware that they sell out pretty quickly by the beginning of May.  

Types of tickets: 

One-Day Tickets 

You can buy the ticket for each day you choose to visit the festival and the single-day price is 110 euro. 

Combi Tickets 

This is a ticket that allows you to attend the festival from 2nd to 5th of July and it costs 243 euro. I did this option and camped at the music festival. It was one of the best festivals I have attended in Europe, which includes Tomorrowland. 

You can purchase the tickets via Ticketmaster here

Camping Tickets options 

The Hive 

The Hive is the place of good service and the best-priced camping experience. You can enter the festival from 1 July at 2 pm, a day before the festival officially begins, until Monday 6 July at noon. The price is 30 euro. 

I stayed in this area while I attended the festival and arrived in the afternoon the day before the festival officially started. I think this is a smart idea as you get a tent close to the toilet and shower facilities as well as the festival entry gate each day.

DJ area at the camping grounds of Rock Werchter Music Festival
There is even a DJ area and stage set up in the camping area so the party never stops at Rock Werchter Festival

The Hive Resort 

This is an option for those who prefer to camp comfortably, this resort offers a variety of options. From a sweet little tipi to a luxury lodge.

Here are your camping options

Food and Drink Vouchers 

One coupon is €3 when you are at the festival as well as if you pre-order them within one week of the festival beginning. However, up until Sunday 28 June 2020, one coupon will cost a discounted price of €2,75. You can buy them at the presale price online when you purchase your ticket, campsite or up until a week before the festival and it’s a good idea to get a selection of them beforehand in my honest opinion. You can save money and be sure not to be hungry or thirsty while on the dancefloor! 

Grab some food and drink tickets before the festival

A simple hamburger with a meat burger, lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon between burger bread
A humble burger will always find its way on to a restaurant menu in most cases. They are hard to ignore as well

Tips for Attending Rock Werchter Music Festival  

Below is a little bit of general advice and tips for Rock Werchter Music Festival. Attending this festival can be made to be a lot easier and more enjoyable if you implement these while attending.

Purchase the Food And Drink Vouchers 

I explained this one above, if you buy your vouchers online you get them cheaper, and since you will buy a lot of them probably, I would recommend doing so and saving some cash before you arrive. Prepare yourself as it’s better not to think about these kinds of things when you are already at the festival. 

By doing this you can also buy them and have them paid for while organising your trip. This will mean that if you are travelling longer before or after Rock Werchter Music Festival you won’t be impacting your travel budget.

Download the program on your phone before you go 

One super simple yet effective tip for Rock Werchter is to have your Rock Werchter line-up wherever you go. Sometimes (very often), when you are at a festival you lose track of time if you are enjoying yourself. By having your phone loaded with all the information on the performance times you can be relaxed, yet also organised and ensure you don’t miss out on the musicians that attracted you to come in the first place. 

Be sure to highlight any of your must-see acts, add an alarm on your phone to remind you and if possible arrive at the stage area at least 20 minutes before they are scheduled to be playing if they are performing on an inside stage.

Try their amazing food 

This is not your typical festival food. This is heaven for all of us that appreciate a fulfilling and tasty bite after the dancefloor or when waking up with a slight hangover from the previous day of fun. You have a variety of choices. It is a colourful place, with plenty of different meals to feed your soul after enjoying some amazing music at Werchter. Don’t miss it! 

Bring your food to save some money, but don’t bring anything made of glass! 

You are allowed to bring your own food in and if you are on a budget I would recommend combining it with the amazing food they offer at the festival site. Sometimes you just wanna eat something random, and that’s okay. Just make sure that you don’t bring glass bottles or anything made out of glass since it is prohibited on the Rock Werchter Festival site.

Know your limits 

Listen to your body! Drink that water as required! Know your limits and respect your surroundings! I know this may sound obvious, but it is a quick reminder for all of us. 

Lock up your tent 

Rock Werchter is a place of tolerance and love but with over 320,000 people, it is always good to be aware of where your belongings are. Pack a lock for your tent if you take any valuables with you but best still avoid taking anything that you don’t generally need. 

Wake up early to enjoy hot showers 

Get up early if you want to enjoy a hot shower without too big of a queue. Easier said than done and something I failed to do throughout my time there. But don’t give up! 

Carry only as much as you need 

Avoid taking too much cash or pre-purchased drink vouchers into Rock Werchter Music Festival. Try and work out what you think you will need then take a little extra just in case. This also means pack lightly, do not bring unnecessary stuff with you, you will regret it. 

Essential Items to pack

Things that made me have a good time without thinking too much are toothpaste and toothbrush, body soap, plastic bags for trash and filthy clothes (oh it will be dirty), towel, power bank, sleeping bag and a good tent.

Recycle your bottles and cups and save some money 

If you take care of the environment, you get some drinks. If you return or recycle a certain number of plastic cups Rock Werchter Music Festival will reward you with a certain number of drink vouchers depending on the number of cups you return.

Check the weather in advance 

So you make sure you don’t only pack lightly but with the awareness of what you will need according to weather conditions. A jumper and rain jacket should be taken just in case, even if the initial forecast is sunny.

No pets! 

No fire on the festival site!

This also means gas cookers for those that are camping.

Be open and relaxed, yet responsible to other dancers and the environment. 

Rock Werchter line-up for 2020  

Below is a list of the artists playing at Rock Werchter Music Festival in 2020. The exact times and official program is yet to be released at this stage.

A man playing a live set of music on stage at the Rock Werchter Music Festival
Some big-name bands attend Rock Werchter Music Festival each and every year

Thursday 

Pearl Jam, Pixies, The Lumineers, Rag’n’Bone Man, Haim, Miles Kane, Fontaines D.C., Disclosure, Beck, Wilco, Apparat, The Dead South, Lianne La Havas, Rex Orange County, Banks, Mabel, Sampa The Great, Eefje de Visser, Black Pumas, The Big Moon, The Last Internationale, Tyler Childers.     

Friday  

The Strokes, Liam Gallagher, Lewis Capaldi, Jake Bugg, Gang of Youths, Archive, Cigarettes After Sex, Whitney, Inhaler, Bicep Live, Loyle Carner, Brittany Howard, Parcels, Marc Rebillet, Brass Against, girl in red, Easy Life, PUP, JC Stewart     

Saturday 

Kendrick Lamar, Twenty One Pilots, Faith No More, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, Keane, Bombay Bicycle Club, Dermot Kennedy, The Streets, Jorja Smith, Jimmy Eat World, City and Colour, Worakls Orchestra, Agnes Obel, Tones and I, Alec Benjamin, Tierra Whack, Emma Bale, Cavetown, Phoebe Bridgers, Alex Cameron     

Sunday  

System of A Down, Volbeat, Placebo, Yungblud, The Pretty Reckless, Sum 41, Joost, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Michael Kiwanuka, Richard Hawley, Kacey Musgraves, Big Thief, Joep Beving, Meute, GoGo Penguin, Oh Wonder, LP, Glints, The Marcus King Band, Jehnny Beth, Oscar Jerome, Ego Kill Talent

Read more about the line-up and each artist at Rock Werchter

Some Other Festivals Around Europe   

If this festival makes you want some more, here are some festivals around Europe I would recommend:

Primavera Sound ( Barcelona)

Amazing lineup, colourful from Yo La Tengo to Jeff Mills and Iggy Pop, check it out

Meadows In Mountains (Bulgaria)

Where the land touches the sky and the sun cuddles nature’, one of the most special festivals around the world, check it out.

Dimensions Festival (Croatia)

Some amazing electronic music by the beautiful Croatian coast. If this is your cup of tea, don’t miss out on this very special festival. Find out more

Sziget (Hungary)

By far one of the biggest and most popular festivals around Europe. It is a once in a lifetime experience. You can book a trip to this festival with Busabout

Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Find out all the information on one of Europes largest and most popular music festivals of the year in this Tomorrowland Music Festival Guide.

Some of the leading travel companies that operate in Europe such as Busabout and Contiki offer packages to the above festivals. If you are using either of these companies to travel around Europe then I suggest adding a festival experience to your travel itinerary. Find out which festivals Busabout offer and which festivals Contiki offer.

To find out the difference between Busabout and Contiki I suggest reading a comparison of the two companies here. I am also a big believer that this is the best way to travel around Europe over summer.

If you are heading to Europe over the summer I suggest you take a look through these blogs and research the areas that you are travelling to. I have a variety of budget travel tips to use throughout any future travel plans. Find out ways to save money with these 52 travel saving ideas as well as save money on the cost of both flights and accommodation.

Go, enjoy yourself, this is a unique experience. Rock Werchter Music Festival is a place of good sounds, interesting people and positive vibes. You will be in love with the concept of the festival and all it has to offer. Dance, dance, dance! For more information and resources for planning your trip to Rock Werchter Music Festival in Belgium, I suggest you read the Rock Werchter travel guide as well. 

Travel budget tips

Either booking a new travel holiday right from the start or while on such a holiday can be expensive. Things like flights, accommodation, meals, transport and tours can add up fast and put a strain on what should be a fun time. These budget travel tips will assist with booking a holiday at the best price or staying on budget while travelling.

Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use

Book Your Flight

Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.

Book Your Accommodation

This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.

My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)

Looking for the best companies to save money with?

As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.

I also have a couple of great blogs that share quick and easy ways to save money on flights or accommodation. Take a look and save some cash on your next trip.

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If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.

They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.

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