Pukkelpop is a three-day alternative music festival that takes in mid- to late August each year. It is held between a dual carriageway in a large enclosure of fields and woodland in the small village of Kiewit, just north of Hasselt.
The Pukkelpop began as a small, local festival in 1985 and has grown into one of Belgium’s biggest music festivals and one of Europe’s most respected festivals.Pukkelpop was founded (and still organized), by Chokri Mahassine, a Belgian politician, and the youth organization Humanistic Youth of Leopoldsburg in 1985. It started its life as a single day event on Belgium’s National Day holiday (July 21), in the village of Leopoldsburg, located just to the north of the current location. The festival is a complete experience, and one which has been promoting community relationships for over 30 years.
Pukkelpop selects a musical line-up with an alternative fringe. Almost 200 current musical sensations, living legends and visionary alternative artists all come to perform on one of our many stages. Pukkelpop opens up a world of possibilities, from hi-octane rock to low-fi singer-songwriters, bright splashes of pure pop to banging house and hot metal. Petit Bazar and Salon Fou usher in street theatre, entertainment and well-being in all senses of the word. Food Wood serves up dishes from around the world whereas Baraque Futur focuses on sustainability.
Pukkelpop enjoys its traditions, such as Boiler Party night on the eve of the festival. Festival-goers arrive and pitch their tents in one of the nearby camping areas before heading over to get in the party mood at this eclectic warm-up session.