In a big park on the outskirts of town we have an open-air amphitheatre with a stage surrounded by a fountain. We only use it in summer, and international acts are invited
to play. More info soon.
For more than a month, there’s music, movies, stunts and parties all over Antwerp’s hidden corners, like an industrial site in the harbor where everybody watches the sunset (and nothing else) from a wooden stage. Usually there’s some pretty impressive street theatre as well, like the giant elephant or the princess of Royal Deluxe. In the first three weeks of August, a big screen is set up near the river and some temporary sand-dunes are spread out under a large hangar – open at the sides to allow the breeze to blow through. No cinema will ever beat this. But watch out: the ‘Summer’ is so popular that the bigger concerts and acts are sold out in no time. Never mind if you don’t get to those, because you can always catch free jazz, afro music or tango on a little square. Prices vary, but movies and outdoor concerts are usually free.
The Laundry Day Festival started as a small street festival that didn’t even have a stage. Today it’s a giant electronic music festival that has 13 stages, over 100 artists and over 60.000 visitors each year. It all may be a little less cosy these days, but that also means that there’s just more people having fun at the same time.
Crazy for Dries van Noten, Raf Simons and Veronique Branquinho but always short on cash? We know the routine! The stylish but poor might want to know that stocksales are organised twice a year spread over the North of town. In order to create some space in their warehouses, Antwerp’s most famous designers sell their leftover stock at reduced prices: you might walk out fully dressed for the money normally spent on underwear (fashionable underwear, that is).
Date coming soon
Expect the world’s best heavy bands, spread over three unique stages drenched in that underground atmosphere. Beware of the sandstorm!