Jul 5, 2020
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 will go on sale on Friday, 10 July at 10 am at 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.