Tomorrowland and Suikerrock
I thought, in addition to our post on Sfinks, we should mention a couple of other festivals here in Flanders to give our visitors an idea of what this oft-overlooked part of Europe has to offer. Two of the larger, more famous festivals include Tomorrowland and Suikerrock.
Tomorrowland is one of Europe’s most popular dance and electronic music festivals. The festival, which is known for its fantasy themes and crazy sets and costumes, takes place in the almost implausibly named Flemish town of Boom, located south of Antwerp.
This year’s lineup included: Afrojack, Skrillex, Martin Solveig, Paul van Dyke, Sven Väth, and David Guetta, DJ Magazine’s 2011 top-ranked DJ. It also marked what is expected to be the final performance of Swedish House Mafia. This festival is so popular that tickets sold out worldwide in less than two hours.
Suikerrock (Sugar Rock), which takes place in Tienen just east of Leuven, is a well-established rock/pop festival which has been running for 25 years.
The 2012 lineup featured several American favorites including Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, and LMFAO as well as a hugh list of top European artists, such as Status Quo, Mika, Texas, and Belgian band Triggerfinger. (Damn, I should have included Suikerrock on my trip, I didn’t know ZZ Top was playing!)
Clearly, Flanders may be small geographically, but this little region has A LOT to offer.