On Sept 16th 1989 the first Waloon rock festival opened its gates for the first time. At that time the ambition was to put the village of Dour on the rock map, next to Werchter and Rochefort. Nineteen years later the first Belgian festival to offer several stages and a camping site has been recognised internationally. Bands and festival goers from all over Europe gather at Dour every summer. Dour is a festival where everybody feels close to each other and every gig is really an excuse to party. We all go to Dour to party TOGETHER and listen to exciting music.
Once again Dour Festival has offered a unique, international, alternative, independent and ambitious line-up filled with varied and multicultural artists.
This success shows us that it is possible to create a different kind of event that's respectiful of the audience without being expensive.
For its 20th aniversary, Dour festival was sold out for the 4th year running (144.000 people over 4 days) 21 000 were present a day early on Wednesday and were treated to a special party Björn Again, Princess Superstar and Showstar dj set for a party that will be remembered for years to come.
The camping site housed 30 000 Dour-heads every night. The new set up made this possible in the best conditions. Eventhough the festival site was larger by 25% we respected our policy not to sell any more tickets and keep Dour intimate. Dour festival has managed to keep its famous atmosphere alive eventhough it was filled to capacity.
The 21st Dour Festival will be scheduled soon, once we have had a change to see the European calendar but expect it to be unchanged.
The fetsival's formulae will stay the same : 200 bands, 4 days and 6 stages.
[2008-07-21] Source : n.c Clara]