The Belgian Rock Werchter Encore festival has been canceled

Belgium’s Rock Werchter Encore has been canceled just a month after the announcement due to “high production costs, staff shortages and low consumer confidence”.

The one-off 25,000-seat festival was set to take place on June 26 at Werchter’s Festivalpark, a few days before the main event, Rock Werchter, which will still go on.

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“The desire to experience festivals in all their glory again after two years of silence is great,” says Herman Schueremans, who promotes the festival together with Live Nation Belgium, in a statement (per I.Q

“But there are a few that put a damper on the revelry. Consumer confidence is gone, the live entertainment sector is struggling with staff shortages, production costs are skyrocketing.”

Most of the acts that were originally supposed to perform at Rock Werchter Encore have now been integrated into sister festival TW Classic, which takes place on June 25.

Florence + The Machine, The Kid Laroi, The Specials and Sky Ferreira are among the acts that have joined the TW Classic bill. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Placebo, The Smile, Courtney Barnett, Sleaford Mods and Whispering Sons have already been announced for the festival.

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine performs on stage at Theater Royal Drury Lane on April 19, 2022 in London CREDIT: Gus Stewart/Redferns

“We are delighted to be able to bring Florence + The Machine to the Festival Park, along with many of the other artists who would be on Rock Wechter Encore. TW Classic is selling very well,” added Schueremans.

“However, partly due to the addition of the two tents, there is still sufficient card capacity to combine both day festivals. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Tickets for Rock Werchter Encore are valid for access to TW Classic. Encore cardholders who are unable to attend can request a refund.

In addition to TW Classic, Schueremans and Live Nation are also preparing for the return of flagship festival Rock Werchter, which will take place between June 30 and July 3. Actors for that event include Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers.

In addition, Rock Werchter and fellow Belgian festival Tomorrowland are bringing a new two-day festival in Brussels, called CORE festival

Rock Werchter canceled
Rock Werchter. CREDIT: Getty

The comments appear to be in line with the UK music festival industry, warning earlier this year (February 15) that a “perfect storm” triggered by a crisis in the live entertainment supply chain, staff shortages and the effects of Brexit would impact on the economy. this summer’s event season.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said that while the UK “may be emerging from the shadows of the pandemic, this year will not be a case of ‘back to business as usual’ without critical support for festival organisers”.

“We are facing a perfect storm in many ways,” he said. “I have spoken to many” [festival organisers] in recent weeks on supply chains, the loss of skilled labor, a 20-30 percent increase in costs across the board and a government-backed insurance scheme that, despite our best efforts, is simply not fit for purpose.”

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