Belgium is home to some of the largest and most exciting music festivals in the world across various genres. In our next series of posts we will talk about our favorite rock music festivals in Belgium, starting this week with the Graspop Metal Meeting.


21st to 23rd June 2019


Senehei Festival Park, Dessel, Belgium


Graspop Metal Meeting is a metal and hard shake festival that has been annually held in Dessel, Belgium since 1996. This three-day event welcomes more than 50,000 visitors each year. With two main stages and three supporting stages, Graspop showcases a variety of heavy music genres ranging from hard rock to death metal, metalcore, thrash, and more. This year tens of thousands of metalheads from around the world will once again flock to Dessel to experience a mass of epic guitar violence, high-octane blast beats and hopeless screams.


This year’s edition will welcome more than 100 of the best local and international talent. Within Temptation, Slipknot, Kiss, Def Leppard and Slayer will headline the event. Sharing the stage will be the likes of Whitesnake, Architects, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, and more. This year, 45 brand new acts will also perform at Graspop for the first time, alongside festival favorites and metal veterans. First timers to look out for include Bad Wolves, Black Peaks, Cellar Darling, Concealed Reality and Fever 333.


The festival site on the Kastelsedijk in Dessel is traditionally the location for Graspop. If you come by public transport, it is best to travel to Mol. Here shuttle buses are waiting at the train station to take you to the Graspop location. If you come by car, it is best to specify “Stenehei – 2480 Dessel” in the navigation. Apart from the great music at Graspop, the Belgian festival surprises with drinks and food of all kinds over the whole area. There are many stands, so that you can get food relatively fast without a problem. From the food area, you also have a very good view of the Main Stages, so you do not need to miss any good music during a break.


General admission tickets start from EUR 99 whereas the VIP tickets are available for EUR 335. Complete packages with VIP tickets, camping, hotel, bungalow and cottage packages are also available for purchase.

(Image by Irene Sassu)

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