Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium

Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium

June 20-23

In late June, the small Belgian town of Dessel becomes the focus of attention for all rock music fans. It is here, on the grounds of De Biezen, that the legendary Graspop Metal Meeting will take place from June 20 to 23. This iconic event is one of the largest and oldest metal festivals in Europe, a true celebration for heavy music aficionados, drawing tens of thousands of fans from all over the world annually. In 2024, the festival celebrates its 28th anniversary.

History and Traditions of the Festival

Graspop Metal Meeting originated in 1986 when a few enthusiasts decided to organize a small outdoor concert. Since then, the festival has come a long way, becoming one of the major metal events on the planet. Today, Graspop is not just a music festival but an entire ecosystem with its own traditions and rituals, such as costume parades, fairs, contests, and culinary shows.

Program and Highlights

Graspop Metal Meeting Program and Highlights

This year, the organizers have prepared a truly scorching program for the guests. Over 100 bands from various metal genres will perform on four stages. Headliners include Metallica, Slipknot, Placebo, Parkway Drive, as well as Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me The Horizon, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, and many others.

A special pride is the Metal Market – a huge marketplace with exclusive merchandise, music releases, and souvenirs.

Venue and Transportation

De Biezen field in Dessel, Antwerp Province, Belgium

The festival will be held at its traditional venue – the De Biezen field in Dessel, Antwerp Province, Belgium. You can get there by car, public transport, or bicycle. There is free parking and a Metal Bike Park for bicycles. Shuttle buses will run from the nearest train station in Dessel.

Accommodation, Food, and Entertainment

Most guests stay in campsites near the festival, with the largest being Graspop Campin, which can accommodate 35,000 tents. There are also hotels in Dessel and nearby towns, but it is best to book in advance.

The site features numerous food courts offering world cuisines. In addition to music, guests can enjoy a themed amusement park, tattoo parlor, and even a wedding chapel! Every year, dozens of couples get married at Graspop.


Graspop Metal Meeting is more than just a festival; it's a grand celebration for all metal fans. The unique atmosphere created by fans and organizers lasts for four unforgettable days. If you are passionate about heavy music, come to Dessel at the end of June 2024! Ticket prices start at 125 euros. Detailed schedules, the lineup, and other details are available on the festival's official website.