Rock Werchter postponed. Next edition to take place from 30 June to 3 July 2022 • Live music will return to the Festivalpark this summer… •
Rock Werchter will not take place this summer. The four-day music festival will be back in full swing in 2022, from 30 June to 3 July.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly and in recent months we have been talking to governments, experts and colleagues in here and elsewhere about how festivals could take place. With the great momentum on vaccine rollout, we had hoped that it might be possible, however we have come to the reluctant conclusion that given current restrictions we simply cannot prepare for a 2021 festival in the normal way. We want every fan and artist to enjoy the festival to the fullest, and with the current situation we could not achieve this for you.
Whilst we know that this is the right decision, we also know that this decision affects many: our employees, the technical crew, suppliers, artists and their entourages, all the local associations and their volunteers, and of course the fans. Our sector has been on hold for a whole year now. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the dark times are not over, even with the cautious restart happening soon. The once thriving live music industry needs government support. Belgian festivals are internationally renowned.
We have a special word of thanks to you, our fans and friends of the festival: YOU ROCK WERCHTER. Every time. Over and over again. You kept hoping during the dark days, showed understanding over the uncertain situation, and gave support to each other and to us. We cannot thank you enough. We look forward to making great memories together again in the future.
Rock Werchter will be back next year, in full swing and even much better than that. Some of the planned Rock Werchter 2021 acts will appear. New names will be added to the 2022 line-up too. The line-up and practical information will be revealed later. But you can make a note of these dates now. Strong as ever, we will be back from Thursday June 30 to Sunday July 3, 2022. Ticket holders will be contacted shortly by our ticket partner, Ticketmaster. They can choose to retain their ticket, carry it over to 2022, or ask to be given a credit to the value of their booking. This credit can be spent on any of the festivals that will take place at the Festivalpark in Werchter in 2021 and 2022. Ticket sales for Rock Werchter 2022 will resume later this year.
We believe in better times ahead. Summer, live music, and Werchter adds up to magical possibilities. We are eager to bring back live music to the Festivalpark this summer in any way we can and are currently working out what will be possible with the anticipated restrictions in place. As soon as the right and best formula is determined, we will come back to you. It won’t be Rock Werchter but you can rest assured that we will sing, dance, and celebrate together again this summer. Watch this space and long live live music.
Take care, stay safe. Everything is gonna be alright.
Black Pumas // Fontaines D.C. // Miles Kane // Pearl Jam // Pixies // Rag’n’bone Man // The Dead South // The Lumineers
Alt-J // Boy Pablo // Cigarettes After Sex // Girl In Red // The Streets
Cavetown // Gorillaz // Jamie Xx // Twenty One Pilots
Big Thief // Gogo Penguin // Nothing But Thieves // Red Hot Chili Peppers // Royal Blood // Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
LA funk-rock icons
Red Hot Chili Peppers
are set to appear at Rock Werchter 2021!
One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers – singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist John Frusciante – will take the stage on Sunday 4 July 2021. It is always party time when they are on our stage, and we can’t wait to see them again.
On to the summer of 2021. That’s when the Rock Werchter Festival will be back in full swing – from 1 July to 4 July at the Festivalpark in Werchter (Belgium). Today Pearl Jam announced that their summer 2020 European tour has officially been rescheduled for June and July of 2021. The band embarks on a 15-date European tour starting 16 June in Amsterdam. Pearl Jam will headline the first day of Rock Werchter on Thursday 1 July. Earlier this month, a first round of names for Rock Werchter 2021 was revealed: Gorillaz, Twenty One Pilots, Pixies, alt-J, Jamie xx, Royal Blood, The Lumineers, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Rag’n’Bone Man, Nothing But Thieves, The Streets, Cigarettes After Sex, Miles Kane, Fontaines D.C., GoGo Penguin, Cavetown, Big Thief, Black Pumas, girl in red, The Dead South and Boy Pablo. Many more will be added in the coming months.
An exceptional Rock Werchter weekend is over. Missing: about 100 artists and their crews, 4x 88,000 festivalgoers, and a few thousand volunteers. There was no campsite fun, there were no parties. Present, however: an elaborate and well appreciated online festival programme; the first live shows at our summer bar at the festival site; and the TV show, Rock Werchter for LIVE2020.
Festival fans took to social media to share photo and video memories. There was no Rock Werchter and yet the festival was so present. The summer bar concert series will continue throughout July. The proceeds of these shows and of the limited Rock Werchter merchandise collection – now available online – will be donated to LIVE2020, the solidarity fund of and for the Belgian live music sector.
We are now looking ahead to the summer of 2021. That’s when Rock Werchter will be back in full swing, and the dates have been set: from 1 July to 4 July. A first round of confirmed names for next year’s festival can be announced. Some of the artists who were booked for 2020 are reconfirmed for 2021: Twenty One Pilots, Pixies, The Lumineers, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Rag’n’Bone Man, The Streets, Cigarettes After Sex, Miles Kane, Fontaines D.C., GoGo Penguin, Cavetown, Big Thief, Girl In Red, Black Pumas and The Dead South. New names are rolling into the 2021 line-up as well: Gorillaz, alt-J, Jamie xx, Royal Blood, Nothing But Thieves and Boy Pablo. That’s 21 names for ’21 already. Many more will be added in the coming months.
Tickets for Rock Werchter 2021 are on sale at proximusgoformusic.be and ticketmaster.be. Ticket prices will be the same as for 2020. All 2020 ticket holders will be contacted by e-mail this week. They can choose either to retain their ticket and carry it over to next year, or to be given a credit to the value of their booking. This credit can be spent on any of the festivals that will take place at the Festivalpark in Werchter in 2021 and 2022.