Dour Festival is coming to London in May


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Belgium’s Dour Festival has shared the news that it’ll be throwing a smaller scale edition – a contrast to its regular five-day, eight-stage, 250-act affair – on May 24 at London’s Village Underground in collaboration with Warmer People.

Those set to feature include Dr. Rubinstein on headline duty alongside Yazzus, and Dour Festival and Warmer People residents: DC Salas b2b Sara Dziri and Dour Soundsystem b2b Nathan Colinet.

“Coming to London is really important for us because we know we have a fanbase in the UK and it’s important for us to come and connect with it, also showing we are not living in an ivory tower but living all year long with the same passion and curiosity for music,” says Dour Festival booker Mathieu Fonsny. “We are really happy with the help of Warmer People with who we share the same values.”

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With the intention to “bridge the gap” between the EU and UK post-Brexit, and Warmer People having previously worked with this between France and the UK, working with the Belgian event has this time involved the Belgian authorities.

“The General Representation of Wallonia-Brussels in the UK played a pivotal role in shaping this event,” explain Warmer People’s Thom Grant and Nathan Colinet. “Their active participation in the event organisation underscored the significance of electronic music events for Belgium. By acknowledging the event’s importance to Belgium, they highlighted its cultural relevance. This recognition is a positive indication of electronic music’s place within our cultural landscape, serving as a great role model for other institutions in the UK!”

“We at the General Representation of Wallonia Brussels in the UK are proud to support the immense musical talent of our artists,” adds its representative. “Whether they are seasoned or up and coming, we are amazed by the creativity, resilience, and boldness of our musicians from every genre. Belgium is proud to be the land of electronic dance music with popular genres such as techno, new beat, house and trance. Dance music has even been officially recognised as an intangible cultural heritage of its capital. It is therefore a great pleasure to work with the famous Dour festival and Warmer People to showcase brilliant performers that we see being appreciated all around the world and that will without a doubt blow you away.”

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Tickets for Dour Festival in London are available now, grab yours here.

Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Instagram

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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