Get a taste of what’s in store at Belgium’s biggest multi-award winning summer festival.
Rock Werchter determinedly programmes across all genres with four days and four stages packed with big headliners, new talent, fierce rockers and stunning singer-songwriters. Belgium’s largest multi-award winning summer festival takes place from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 8 July 2018 with 88,000 festival goers attending each day. Join us as we get starry eyed with excitement about what’s in store – from Kali Uchis to midnight snacks to Anderson Paak.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
When you think of food in Belgium the first things that probably come to mind are Belgian chocolate, Belgian waffles, chips, mayo, and probably more Belgian chocolate. Well there is lots of this at Rock Werchter, but beyond that the festival promises to deliver a myriad of other choices. Think something vegan for breakfast, Italian for lunch and oriental for dinner. Even better for camping visitors is Wax Bar, the dedicated bar open day and night for those wanting some good morning grub or a light midnight snack.
It’s true that food isn’t necessarily at the top of anyone’s mind when preparing for a festival, but it’s always a pleasant surprise when you get there. If you’re like me and you’re trying to knuckle down on budgeting this year, you can set aside a fund for the weekend and buy all your food and drink tokens prior to the festival. Then you don’t run the inevitable risk of rinsing your debit card in the early hours of them morning.
5 NIGHTS BACK-TO-BACK OF STUDIO BRUSSEL
We all love a good day-drinking affair, but day-drinking coupled with partying into the night is the summer bender we all dream of but rarely dare to do. If you don’t know much about the campsite activities at Rock Werchter, CNTRL PARK – previously known as the Hive Entertainment Zone – is the go-to for non-stop play, available to those staying in The Hive and The Hive Resort campsites. Studio Brussel is the resident party at CNTRL PARK over the weekend, on every night until 4am for the party goers that can take hedonism to the next level. And for those who can’t bear to miss the World Cup quarter finals, the games will be screened on Friday and Saturday too.
SEEING KALI UCHIS IRL
Anyone who knows Kali Uchis will likely agree she is 2018’s modern Renaissance woman. Uchis grew up playing the piano and saxophone, writes, sings, dances and directs the hell out of a music video. If you haven’t already, watch ‘Ridin’ Round’ and ‘Only Girl’. Yeah, she’s seriously good.
From the signature microphone adorned with flowers, to the enchanting and playful choreography she’ll grace every stage with, we’re really stoked to experience the Kali Uchis production in real life. The Virginia born, Colombian-native debuted the colourful Isolation just under 3 months ago. The release shows a refined yet diverse Kali Uchis, and has done well in the charts – peaking at #32 in the US Billboard 200 and #3 in the R&B Album charts. The standout single from the project, ‘Tyrant’ featuring Jorja Smith, is the quintessential summer groove. Given collaborator Smith will be the festival too, here’s hoping the pair will treat us and perform it together.
LOSING FRIENDS AND FINDING JORJA SMITH
Blogs, critics, and tastemakers alike have all been reporting the inspirational rise of Jorja Smith since the release of the socially-charged ‘Blue Lights’ in 2016, but this month it’s new material that’s got her name rolling off everyone’s tongue. It’s been just weeks since the 21 year-old singer-songwriter from Walsall released her highly anticipated debut LP Lost & Found, and the 12 track project is nothing short of a dream. A tear-jerking, brilliantly written dream at that. Notice how there are no featured artists present on the album, for me conveying what a personal and sentimental release Lost & Found is.
Smith is not a stranger to stages – evident in her recent U.S. tour (and her appearance at Drake’s Toronto show last summer) – her performance at Rock Werchter will be one of the first since the album dropped. For us, that makes it extra special. We cannot wait for the hair-raising show Jorja Smith is guaranteed to deliver. Imagine it, ‘February 3rd’ playing, sun shining, icy Duvel drinking… We are so ready.
SEEING ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS AGAIN, AND AGAIN.
Now there are probably only a handful of artists today that I could watch live umpteen times and still retain that same level of excitement I felt at the first show. Anderson .Paak is one of those artists. Having learnt the drums at the tender age of 11 at a local church with his his cousin, .Paak has lived and breathed music for more than two decades, and it shows in his performances.
His performance in London on the release of Malibu at Boiler Room in 2016 was nothing short of jaw-dropping. The energy in the room was like nothing I’d experienced from an R&B artist before. With this in mind, his performance at this year’s Rock Werchter is bound to be a highlight. His dynamism on stage brings a new energy to his music as it sounds on record, bringing a show that’s seriously noteworthy. We’d firmly suggest getting a good spot at The Barn stage, this is a set you definitely don’t want to miss.
Rock Werchter takes place Thursday 5 July to Sunday 8 July 2018