Maxim Meyer-Horn

7 Jul 2019

What to Expect and Who to See at Dour 2019

A$AP Rocky, Disclosure, Rae Sremmurd, Action Bronson, Ama Lou, Skepta… the lineup of DOUR looks (once again) very promising. The alternative music festival transforms a small town into the home of one of the most exciting music festivals of Europe and attracts over 150.000 people over five days. DOUR unites people from all over the world thanks to their exciting lineup with lots of upcoming acts and world stars.

To introduce this year’s edition, we met one of the two programmers of DOUR. In an interview, Alex Stevens shed light on what to expect from the upcoming edition and it gets us even more hyped.

Power girls to the top?

Over 200 acts from a lot of different genres have been confirmed for the five-days counting festival, where electro meets urban and rock. No boundaries can be found and every kind of music seems to find its way into the lineup. Headliners like A$AP Rocky, Disclosure, Vince Staples or Roméo Elvis are extremely popular at the moment. But as we take a closer look at the top of the lineup, we immediately see that there are no female-fronted acts in the headliner position.

The Balzaal, the electronic walhalla of DOUR, actually has the biggest electronic act in the world with a lot of strong women. From Charlotte De Witte to Amelie Lens or Nina Kraviz. The gender equality of the Last Arena (DOUR’s main stage) is looking totally different. There are a couple of reasons for that. One of them is that over-all, the festivalgoers of DOUR don’t often listen to female hip hop or pop. The agents of those female artists are aware of that and they ask five times more for a female headliner, which is simply too expensive. For example, Solange and Rosalia were among the acts that were proposed and were in the running to take a headline spot, but the price was too high.

New! New! New!

Last year was an important year for DOUR, because apart from celebrating their 30th anniversary, they moved to a brand new location that allowed the organization to dream bigger. With a lot of positive feedback, and happy faces, this was a very smart move that shows that changing up things can have a very positive impact. Nevertheless, there are some changes this year.

One of the biggest changes will be a new location for the Red Bull Elektropedia Balzaal, which will see DJ-sets of the biggest techno-acts (e.g. Charlotte De Witte, Amelie Lens and Nina Kraviz) in the world. With screens as big as half a football screen and visuals of video jockey’s from all over the world, this will be the best environment they can create. Furthermore, there will be a brand new stage called Rockamadour, where the festival will tie to their loved indie-scene.

Lola, Rimon and More

On a festival with over 200 acts on the bill, it isn’t always easy to find your favorite act. Programmer Alex Stevens told us not to skip the shows of Sudan Archives, Saudade Commander Spoon, 박혜진 park hye jin, JPEGMAFIA and Lola Zouaï. Especially the last one is expected to be a breakout star within the next months and will move to a bigger stage if there’s a cancellation.

We highly suggest the shows of Belgian rappers Miss Angel and Dvtch Norris, the queen of ASMR and electronic disco Charlotte Adigéry. The insanely talent R&B-acts Ama Lou (who was in our list of 5 artists to watch in 2019), Martha Da’Ro and Tirzah, the coolest soul funk band Tank & The Bangas and the Belgian group Whispering Sons.

There’s a lot to discover, so don’t hesitate and check some of these acts. We’re sure, you won’t regret it at all and will have the best time at the DOUR festival from 7/11 – 7/14. We’ll see you there?

Lineup, info and tickets can be found on DOUR’s website.

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