Rock Werchter and Tomorrowland will most likely cancel their 2020 events. Belgian minister of interior affairs Pieter de Crem says that the security council will announce official measures soon, but that festivalgoers should expect cancellations.
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De Crem makes these comments on the La Première radio station. Earlier, the mayors of festival towns Boom (Tomorrowland), Rotselaar (Rock Werchter) and Dessel (Graspop) expressed their concerns over the summer festivals. They asked the national government to make a decision soon.
The minister now confirms that they are indeed working on an official response. The Belgian security council will formalise the decision as soon as possible. De Crem specifically mentions Rock Werchter and Tomorrowland, but it will also impact other Belgian festivals such as Graspop.
Across Europe, several festivals have already cancelled because of the coronavirus. It seems only a matter of time until more festivals will follow. Rock Werchter and Graspop previously stated that they continue preparations, but that they are also in close contact with local authorities. A few weeks later, their position has likely changed.
Rock Werchter 2020
Rock Werchter started as a one-day festival back in 1974. Now, with almost 90,000 visitors each day and around 80 bands for its four-day line-up, it is one of the biggest festivals in Europe. Through the years, it has hosted a variety of music genres and artists. From Metallica and Iron Maiden to David Bowie and Paul McCartney, all have taken the stage in Werchter, Belgium. The festival is known for its diverse crowds of all ages and nationalities.