During a four-day rocking revelry, the festival sees up to 300,000 visitors, which is a truly stunning attendance. Its headliners are always world's top musicians, in the past years there were the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Rammstein, the Black Eyed Peas, REM, Elvis Costello and other well-known names. Rock Werchter fairly deserves its position among Europe's top 5 rock festivals.
The history of rock festivals was started by the legendary Woodstock in New York State in 1969. Glastonbury caught up short after—in 1970, Roskilde Festival emerged in 1971, and Rock Werchter was number four in the year of 1974. All biggest rock parties are thrown at approximately one and the same time around late June and early July, and that allows them to effectively "share" the headliners—the bands go on tour from one rock festival to another.
If you wonder whether the program includes any extra events, it doesn't,—the festival exclusively rocks, and bands play exclusively at nighttime. So the daytime is left either for sleeping after night fun or exploring local surroundings. By the way, the festival has got its name from its location—Werchter is a small village with nearly three thousands of permanent residents which owes its world fame to the rock festival. It's located 30 km from Brussels, and 15 km from Leuven, so getting there won't be a problem.
Though Rock Werchter takes place in summer, tickets go on sale already in December, but one important issue to remember is ticket price doesn't cover camping—it has to be paid for separately. To prevent congestion visitors split between three campsites available and whoever doesn't feel like camping at all, may take advantage of Leuven hotels.