Dour Festival


Dour Festival
Aerial View of the festival site.

Dour Festival is an annual music festival in the municipality of Dour, Belgium. Since its creation in 1989, the festival has grown to an attendance of about 144,000 in 2008 (over 4 days). The first year, only five bands were programmed (including Bernard Lavilliers). The festival format now consists of 4 days, 6 stages and 200 bands and DJ's. The festival's acts come from a wide range of genres, such as: electro, rock, Drum and Bass, pop, R&B, Reggae, house, punk, hardcore, Metal, hip-hop, indie, techno and more. Music is played for 17 hours each day, from 12pm until 5am. The festival attracts a very international and mixed crowd, at the 2009 event 40% of attendees were from Wallonia or Brussels, 32% Flanders, 16% France, 5% the Netherlands, 5% the United Kingdom and 2% elsewhere. In January 2010, Dour Festival won the prize for the best medium-sized festival at the European Festival Awards.

Contents

Stages

The festival typically has the following stages:

Outdoors

  • The Last Arena
  • The Red Frequency Stage

Tents

  • Dance Hall
  • The Magic Tent
  • La Petite Maison dans la Prairie
  • Club-Circuit Marquee
  • De Balzaal

1989–2003

The first festival was held on September 16, 1989. The festival lasted just the one day, with only one stage and only French Speaking Bands. 2,000 people attended the inaugural event. The 1990 festival was of the same format but come 1991 the festival was spread across 2 days and a record 15 bands. In 1992 the festival went back to its original one day format, and attracted a record crowd of 4,000. Come 1993 and Dour Festival really started to grow, with 3 stages, 32 bands and 9,000 spectators over two days. In 1994, Dour welcomed the likes of Pulp and Blur, which helped draw 15,000. For 1995 only the festival was held over 3 days playing host to The Ramones, Public Enemy and 78 other acts and almost tripling its attendance to 43,000.

The current festival format (over 4 days) was first held in 1996 and has constantly been growing ever since reaching a current attendance of around 150,000 each year.

2004

!!! (chk chk chk), Agoria, Audio Bullys, cosy mozzy vs stephen, dead combo, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Dr. Lektroluv, estieve, feist, Green Velvet, Ivan Smagghe, jacky core vs dj lb, james murphy dj set, LCD Soundsystem, jerboa live, keb darge dj, krewcial, laetitia sherrif, le lutin & mc krayz b, league of xo gentlemen, Louie Vega and his elements of life feat. blaze, anane, raul midon, & the eol band, Matthew Herbert dj set, mauro pawlowski & the grooms, mellow, moiano, mount sims, Optimo, Pendulum + mc verse, postmen, richard x, rom 1 + mc j.swiff, Savas Pascalidis, sci-fi stress & funky green aliens, senser, sleeppers, stuurbaard bakkebaard, Terence Fixmer & douglas mc carthy (Nitzer Ebb singer), zeke, 16 horsepower, alex kid live, arkangel, arsenal live, dread pressure, blood for blood, boo!, bushchemists sound system, bussetti, candidempire, David Carretta, die dj, die my demons, do or die, dread pressure, dubians, joshua, joshua vs candidempire live, kmfdm, DJ Krust, Ladytron djs, les caméléons, Llorca, London Elektricity, male or female, maximum penalty, mint, omar perry sound system,, part chimp, percubaba, po box, ras ites, robotobibok, scarve, seeed, señor coconut orchestra, shannon wright, sharko, sharon jones & the dapkings, showstar, starving, sworn enemy, the crüxshadows, the internationals, think of one's chuva em po, x-vision, yel, DJ Zinc, adam sky, aereogramme, agent 5.1, alpha blondy, bonobo, dagoba, dani siciliano, diam's, dj revolution, enhancer, erlend oye dj kicks, fonzie, galatasaray, hitch, hulk, infadels, klaws, lali puna, lefto & omni, loco, , magnus CJ Bolland & Tom Barman, manu le malin & torgull, mike ladd, mondo generator, mutt cutts, negate, noisebuilder live, novastar, Osunlade, overnoiz, pest live, pinback, pleymo, reda, rich medina, rjd2, shai hulud, the van jets, tita & masta records, to rococo rot, tom sweetlove, triggerfinger, velma, Amp Fiddler, aqme, atomic leaf, bérurier noir,, cali, capleton, centro-matic, culture, de portables, dogmeat, mf project, neo, opak, oxmo,

2005

Headline acts: Amon Tobin, The Herbaliser, Rahzel, Roots Manuva

Other performers:

2006

2007

Thursday 12 July 2007 – Sunday 15 July 2007 [1]

Headline acts: Andy C, Hot Chip, Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Shadow

A list of all performers :

2008

2009

The Dodos, Caribou, Animal Collective, The Death Set, Boss Hog, Sleepy Sun, Deerhoof, Pet Shop Boys, Aphex Twin, Crystal Castles, Killing Joke, Venetian Snares, Digitalism DJ Set, Crystal Castles, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Noisia, Andy C & MC GQ, Chase & Status and MC Rage, Kap Bambino, The Proxy, Thunderheist, Mixhell Live, Don Rimini, Dusty Kid, Diplo, Boy 8 Bit, Drop The Lime, Rusko Live, N-Type, Caravan Palace, Santigold, MSTRKRFT, Late of the Pier, Who Made Who, Popof, Audion, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, and others

External links

Coordinates: 50°24′19″N 3°46′29″E / 50.405319°N 3.77479°E / 50.405319; 3.77479


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