This August 19-21st, the Belgium festival Pukkelpop will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a sold-out festival featuring headliners Iron Maiden, Placebo, The Prodigy, Queens of the Stone Age and Snow Patrol as well as over 200 other acts ranging from pop to electronica. Tickets are sold-out but if you are one of the lucky 180,000 people to score a pass, here’s your guide:
Location: Pukkelpop takes place near the city of Hasselt, Belgium, along the roadway Kempische Steenweg in the small village of Kiewit. Hasselt is close to the Dutch border and the larger Dutch city of Maastricht but is also a close train ride from Eurostar hub Brussels.
Access: One of the more miraculous things about Pukkelpop is it’s public transportation scheme. Festival passes are entitle you to travel free to the festival on any bus or train and includes the return fare. If you decide to take the train to the Hasselt Station, there is a free bus that will pick you up and drop you at the festival site. If driving, parking will only cost you 3euros a day. Cycling is encouraged and guards stand over the bikes for the entire festival.
Camping: Camping at Pukkelpop is free for festival ticket holders and is located across the Kempische Steenweg. The site opens the day before the festival begins when local djs will be providing the warm-up entertainment. There is a small convenience store on the site that sells some grocery basics as well as free taps for water. Showers and toilets (with sinks!) are also littered throughout the camp area. And a special note about camping from Pukkelpop “Wild camping is strictly forbidden.”
Forbidden: Animals, glass, tin cans, glass bottles, camel bags, (professional) audiovisual equipment, vuvuzela’s (we love that one), sharp objects and any other objects the organizers may consider dangerous are not allowed onto the site.
Kempische Steenweg, Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium
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