For five days, local artists and world-famous musicians gather in Dour, Wallonia. The festival is mainly dedicated to electronic music, but the line-up remains varied: you can hear rock, reggae, drum’n’bass, punk, techno hardcore, and indie.
It is enough to pay attention to the stages built for Dour Festival to feel how diverse its program is. All in all, the festival occupies seven stages. Aside from the main stage (the Last Arena), where world-class stars play, there are also more thematic stages. There is an electro music stage (Red Bull Elektropedia Balzaal), a hip-hop and soul stage (Jupiler Boombox), an indie rock spot (La Petite Maison Dans la Prairie), a stage for dark music such as sludge, doom, techno (La Caverne), the Dub Corner, and an experimental scene (Le Labo).
In 1989, the festival started as a local one-day event that hosted 5 bands. Today, it has grown to a massive event that attracts musicians and festival-goers from all over the world. In 2017, 250 artists took part in the festival and over 242,000 spectators gathered in Dour. Throughout the years, the stages of the Dour Festival have hosted musicians such as BadBadNotGood, London Elektricity, Pendulum, Foals, Wu-Tang Clan, Franz Ferdinand, Parov Stelar Band, Napalm Death, Chet Faker, Mogwai, Jon Hopkins, etc.