Pukkelpop Music Festival 2016

Pukkelpop Music Festival is an annual music festival concentrating on alternative music styles like pop, rock, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal. This festival is held annually in Belgium in the city of Hasselt in August. Rock Werchter tops the chart of music festival while Pukkelpop Music Festival is the second most popular music festival attracting a crowd of over 180,000 in the year 2009.

Organizers of Pukkelpop Music Festival have a prime aim of being “progressive and contemporary” in presenting to the public new type of music each time it is held. In its initial years, this fest was active from 1985 to 1988 and was ceased due to some reasons. But just after two years in 1990, this music festival was back to being held to allure masses of music lovers.

Pukkelpop Music Festival Information

Location(s) Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium (since 1991)
Years Active 1985–1988; 1990– present
Founded by Hujo (Humanistische Jongeren van Leopoldsburg)
Date(s) Mid-to-late August (since 1988)
Genre Alternative music, Dance music, Electronic music, Hip hop, Heavy metal, Indie music, Punk
Website pukkelpop.be

History of Pukkelpop Music Festival

Initiated in the year 1985, Pukkelpop Music Festival was organized by a youth organization named Humanistic Youth of Leopoldsburg. Initially held just for a day in 1985 on July 21 in Leopoldsburg- the day of national holiday in Belgium, it featured seven acts along with Anne Clark attracting 3,000 music lovers.

Later in the year 1988, this festival was shifted to being conducted in the village of Hechtel-Eksel in Sanicole Airfield to be held live in late August as opposed to July. The year of 1993 observed a change in the venue of adding an indoor stage called The Marquee as a supplement to the outdoor Main Stage and multiplying twice the number of audiences. A Dance Hall as a second stage was again added in 1994.

Then arrived the 10th anniversary of Pukkelpop Music Festival in 1995. For the first time ever since its inception, this event took place for two days for performances by Neil Young and The Smashing Pumpkins act witnessing 60,000 visitors for the first time ever.

Pukkelpop Music Festival of 2001 attracted 115,000 people in its course of three day event. Its silver jubilee was marked in the year 2010 with performances from Iron Maiden, Placebo, Queens of the Stone Age and Snow Patrol. This year embarked the first ever notable edition to have sold out allotment tickets five weeks before the beginning of the festival.

Notable Performers of Pukkelpop Music Festival

Pukkelpop Music Festival achieved success in attracting performance editions by Sonic Youth, The Mission, Ramones, Nirvana, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Metallica, Green Day, Blink 182, Guns N' Roses, Anti-Flag, Pixies, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Iron Maiden.


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