Showcasing top acts across multiple genres including electronic, French hip hop, and indie, the 2023 Dour Festival runs from 12-16 July. With many legendary DJ’s and live acts, the ambitious lineup doesn’t hold back on quality. There’s a nod to strongholds in each category from Phoenix to Aphex Twin and Orelsan, while making space for new talent. As an international festival, it serves as a platform for jumpstarting many artists careers.

With the impressive lineup, we’ve narrowed down a list to capture both Dour’s spirit and diverse offering. On Wednesday there’s Acid Arab, L’Impératrice, Serpent, Trikk, and Tukan. Thursday brings The Blaze, Eliza Rose, Pongo, Punish Yourself, Romy, Glauque, Grove, High Hi, Kim Ann Foxman, Lyzza, Tsar B, and Yune Pinku. For Friday check out Paul Kalkbrenner, Biig Piig, Flavien Berger, Men I Trust, PyPy, Tokischa, Dame Area, Eosine, and Eugene.

Closing out the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Dour highlights Caribou, Orelsan, Phoenix, Solomun, Yung Lean, Cymande, Stake, Liew Niyomkarn, Marcel, Primero, Uzi Freyja, Vanyfox, Σtella, Agar Agar, Heartworms, Judith Kiddo, Ambassade, Damso, Hudson Mohawke, Aphex Twin, and Bolis Pupul. Of course, this shortlist is just the beginning. There’s many DJ’s like Peggy Gou and Pedro Winter worth checking out on Friday.

Dour Festival 2023 introduces a new stage

Focusing on rock in all forms, this year debuts the Le Garage stage. It’s a sanctuary dedicated to rock, hardcore punk, cold wave and metal where the audience will be invited to do some head-banging and moshing to the sounds of Ambassade, Lebanon Hanover, PyPy, Structures, Birds in Row, Dame Area, KEG, Lambrini Girls, Omni Selassi, Stakattak and Stuffed Foxes. This special area further underscores the variety that makes Dour Festival such a unique experience.

If you’re not able to make the 2023 edition, just know that next year will likely come in a bigger and better form. Fuelled by Belgian spirit, the Dour Festival dances to its own rhythm.