No.30. A nice round number. An anniversary that matters. The desire to constantly surprise and renew ourselves and to preserve our identity is still there.
Since its foundation in 1989, the festival never ceased to grow, evolve and transform. From 1500 spectators and one stage during the first edition, to no less than 242,000 people last year on la Plaine de la Machine à Feu. A development that gradually put the city of Dour on the map among the biggest festivals in Europe.
For the 30th edition we needed something bold and powerful: that’s why we decided to move the stages to new fields, still in Dour! We just crossed the main road and settle at the foot of the wind turbines with the same spirit of la Plaine de la Machine à Feu who is still watching over us. This new space offers more comfort for both the festival-goers and the local residents and adapts better to the ever-increasing expectations of the visitors and campers.
Two new tents, a new floor, more restrooms, more showers, much closer camping, new relaxation areas, a new space with food truck, new decoration and brand new furniture to welcome the festival-goers.
The reason for the renewal is also linked to the development of the municipality, such as the diversion of Dour. This route crosses partially la Plaine de la machine à Feu and its construction would complicate the organisation of the festival too much. The project of last Autumn to set up one or more companies on the campsite of 2017 finally ended up cancelled, but threatened to disrupt the design plans for this edition.
In consultation with the different authorities we decided to try a new route and to move the stages and the campsite. This new location means closer car parks, smoother entry and exit of the parking lots and further improved measures to receive the thousands of visitors at the best possible conditions.
We keep the number of bands (more than 200), stages (7) and our unique programming but we rearrange our playground. A 30th edition of a festival that can look back with pride and whose new location stands for an opened door for the future.
Rendez-vous in Dour from 11 to 15 July to share once again our love for alternative music.
The team of Dour Festival
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