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Dour, my love! This year, it is the 30th edition of this eclectic festival of alternative, independent and multicultural music, and since 2001, I am always present at this event. The basic reason is that I lived in Dour for several years and my mother still lives there, but above all, I am a huge fan of the great feelings you get to experience when I am at this festival. We see known artists performiong, but also unknown ones, with many styles of music all mingled together. Just pure and good music in a community of good people: rock, the best of electronic music, hip-hop, trip-hop, reggae, drum'n'bass, dub music, punk, and many others... for 5 days that will all be for your ears, your body and your mind. To give you an idea, I invite you to listen this year's playlist .
Over time, the festival has grown in size, and in 2017 it welcomed more than 240,000 festival-goers from all over Europe. We can never thank Mr Carlo Di Antonio enough for having created it. Thank you Carlo!!!
Dour is a pretty small French-speaking village located in the Walloon region in the province of Hainaut. And it is in the Plaine de la Machine à Feu that the festival takes place every year, an old coal mining site that has almost no trace. We find ourselves among fields, meadows and trees for a country atmosphere and flower power. And that's what we want!
Douuureuuuuuhhh (The scream that sounds like a war cry from all Festival-Goers)
For a complete experience of the Dour festival and its atmosphere, it is obviously necessary to stay there, like any good festival-goer would. And a real festival-goer sleeps in tents with his sleeping bag. The campsite is gigantic, with toilets, food stands, drinks stands (beer, beer), springs (water points), showers. Needless to say, the first to arrive are always the best served. So, if you want to set up your cosy nest in the best possible place, you must arrive well in advance. For the precious and the most picky ones, there are hotels and guest houses around. And within the campsite itself, there are a Green camping, a Comfort camping and a camping for people with reduced mobility. Depending on the weather, do not forget: a bikini, shorts, sneakers, and a nasal spray for dust. In rainy weather: rain jacket, hood and pretty rubber boots for the charming mud.
The Last Arena is the largest open-air stage where you will find the biggest names of the line-up of any style. It's impossible not to go at least once. Just to make your mouth water: Die Antwoord, Justice, Vitalic, CypressHill, Paul Kalkbrenner, Pixies, Selah Sue, Snoop Dogg, The Hives, The Prodigy, The Smashing Pumpkins, Wu-Tang Clan...
This open-air stage is with screens and light effects. De Red Bull Elektropedia Balzaal is for electronic music lovers... Drum'n'bass, techno, deep house, dubstep,... all good! To name a few who have been there: Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Dave Clarke, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Kölsch, Boris Brejcha,... So, are you coming?
Boombox is a covered stage that houses hip-hop, soul, RnB, swing artists from all over the world, sounds from the future or my darling dub music. They've been there: Panda Dub, Damso, Romeo Elvis, Lorenzo, Baauer, BadBadNotGood, Cashmere Cat, Flying Lotus, Gramatik, Orelsan,...
La Petite Maison Dans la Prairie is a stage covered with indie music and innovative sounds. Groups confirmed, discovered, calm and delight (or not...) We saw them : Rone, Trentemøller, HER, Darkside, Django Django, Fauve, Gold Panda, Jon Hopkins, Klaxons, La Femme, Mogwai, Mount Kimbie, The War On Drugs...
La Caverne is a covered stage for fans of garage rock, hardcore techno, punk, doom, sludge, stoner... Rock is not dead! They went: Sleaford Mods, AmenRa, Brutus, Temples, The Strypes, Dubfire, Dax J, The Kills, Crystal Castles, Pendulum, Igorrr, Casual Gabberz,Manu Le Malin.
Dub Corner is a covered stage for dubplate lovers, imported from Jamaica and transformed in England. We saw them on this stage: Omar Perry, King Earthquake, Krak In Dub, Aba Shanti, Channel One, Dub Invaders, Iration Steppas, King Shiloh, Stand High Patrol,...
Le Labo is a small covered stage which is the "laboratory" where we sometimes experiment making music 100% rock, new ideas and discoveries. They came: RY X, Demian Licht, DJ AZF, Palmistry, Red Axes, Superpoze, Romare, Palms Trax, A.G. Cook, Acid Arab, Batida, Clap! Clap!, Dan Deacon, Detroit Swindle, Fat White Family, Flavien Berger, Great Mountain Fire...
Paul Kalkbrenner, The Chemical Brothers, Selah Sue, Pan-pot, Goldfox, Mr. Oizo, Stephan Bodzin, Baz & Simplistix feat. Mc Seko, Dave Clarke... Discover here the complete program of Dour 2018. See you on July 11.
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