Music Festivals: 101 facts you may not have known

41. Pearl Jam played one of their most iconic sets at Pinkpop Festival in 1992.

42. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars headlined the 2018 edition of Pinkpop Festival. Snow Patrol, The Script, Editors, The Offspring, Nothing But Thieves and A Perfect Circle were also on the line-up.

43. Graspop Metal Meeting (a heavy metal music festival in Belgium) has been held since 1996.

44. The 2018 edition of Graspop Metal Meeting sold out. It was the first time that this has happened in the festival’s history. The festival attracts more than 150,000 people.

45. The 2018 edition of Graspop Metal Meeting featured Guns N’ Roses, Ghost, Kataklysm, Madball, Iron Maiden, Parkway Drive, Ayreon, Neurosis, Less Than Jake, Volbeat, Marilyn Manson, Bloodbath, Baroness, Underoath, Ozzy Osbourne, A Perfect Circle, Meshuggah, The Bloody Beetroots and Thy Art is Murder (to name just a few of the acts).

46. Graspop Metal Meeting was originally conceptualized as a Family Rock Festival in 1986.

47. Pukkelpop was first held in 1985. This music festival is held near Hasselt, Belgium.

48. Pukkelpop has been attracting more than 180,000 people every year since 2009.

49. Pukkelpop takes place in August every year and features rock, pop, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal artists.

Pukkelpop Music Festival

50. More than 200 artists performed at Pukkelpop in 2017. Mumford & Sons, The xx, Editors, Billy Talent, Rise Against were on the list of artists who performed.

51. The first edition Tomorrowland (an electronic / dance music festival) was held in 2005.

52. Tomorrowland is held near the town of Boom, Belgium and since 2017 it has been held over 2 weekends in July (to cope with demand for tickets). It was also held over two weekends in 2014 (to celebrate the festival’s 10 year anniversary).

53. 400,000 people attended Tomorrowland 2017 over the two weekends. 180,000 people attended the 2016 edition.

54. Tickets for Tomorrowland sell out really fast. In 2013 180,000 tickets were sold in just one second.

55. Tomorrowland attracts festival goers from more than 200 countries (which is more countries that are currently members of the United Nations).

56. Tomorrowland is the home of Europe’s biggest Ferris Wheel. The wheels reaches 60 metres into the sky.

57. Drugs are prohibited at Tomorrowland. They frisk you at the entrance and if you think you’re carry anything in your bag that you shouldn’t be carrying, you can dispose of it in “Amnesty bins”. If the organizers find illegal drugs on you during the festival, you’ll get escorted off the premises.

58. Tomorrowland’s wristbands also serve as electronic wallets.

59. David Guetta is the only DJ that has played at each and every Tomorrowland festival.

Tomorrowland Music Festival

60. Tomorrowland festival has 16 different stages featuring +/- 400 DJs.

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Henno Kruger

Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant

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