The safety of concert and festival goers, artists and their crew, employees and neighbouring residents is always our highest priority. We have a robust safety policy. We organise additional and intensive meetings with the local and federal police and the local and provincial authorities. A set of measures will be implemented.
In collaboration with Inter, Werchter Boutique puts in a great effort to make the festival accessible to the disabled. So we have paid a lot of attention to the accessibility of the festival site and its surroundings:
Fortunately the days of hotdogs, hamburgers and fries with mayonnaise are long gone. For quite a while now there has been a far wider range of food available at Rock Werchter; and the highly varied selection means there’s something for everyone. You can choose from healthy salads, oysters, tasty pasta, Asian cuisine, premium burgers, crusty sandwiches, the first mussels of the season, wraps, stir fries, healthy smoothies, fruit and plenty more besides. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options too. Beer and refreshing drinks are available from drinks stalls which are scattered all over the festival ground. Specialized stalls offer coffee, milk, fruit juice, wine and sparkling as well.
It is forbidden to give, offer or sell alcoholic drinks to anyone under the age of 16. That's the law. If you are under 16 please respect this law. If you are over 16, please be aware that you are forbidden to buy alcohol for anyone under the age of 16 or to offer them alcoholic drinks.
Drink/food coupons enable you to purchase both food and drink in the Festival Park. These coupons are available at the coupon stands. You'll be able to pay electronically, or in cash.
Drinking water is provided in different ways on the festival grounds. You can freely use the taps with drinking water at the sanitary blocks spread out over the festival grounds. Good to know: for 1 drinks voucher, you get a 0.5l bottle of Spa Reine water. Always. Because we think it is important that festival goers drink enough water. In hot weather, we actually recommend drinking a lot of water.
During the festival, Coca-Cola and AB InBev do uphold the traditional recycling scheme. As always, 20 empty plastic cups or PET bottles are worth one drink coupon if exchanged.
The Red Cross will help with incidents of all kinds, minor and major! Red Cross stations are clearly marked on the festival grounds. The MUG Leuven is also available around the clock.
We strongly encourage electronical payments. All food/drink voucher stalls and merchandise stands on the festival ground accept both cash payments and payments by bank or credit card (Maestro/Mastercard/VISA). At the Festival Park, there is a mobile branch of KBC bank.
Did you know? At the Festival Park, you can pay using Payconiq. Using the Payconiq app, you'll pay for drink and food vouchers in no time! Install the app on your smartphone at least 48 hours before your arrival in Werchter. Payments through Payconiq are made by scanning the QR code at the cash desks and confirming the payment. Want to know more about Payconiq?
In the Festival Park, hundreds of vacuum toilets - with a porcelain bowl - and urinals are available in the various toilet blocks. Use of the toilets is free. Urinating against fences or stands is not nice. Please don't!
For many years now, we have been paying plenty of attention to everyone's ears in the Festival Park. Thanks to the very best sound equipment, the sound that is produced by the speakers is not only of excellent quality, it also has an acceptable level.
Since 2011, the limit has been set at an average of 100 dB(A)/hour, measured at the mixing desk, thus anticipating to the new legal requirements which are in vigour as from 1 January 2013. These levels are strictly respected. Free earplugs are available at the information booths and the merchandise stands.
Crowd surfing is banned at Werchter, as it is at all the big festivals in Europe. A wise decision. That way people at the front can enjoy everything that’s happening on stage without constantly having to protect themselves. It is also much safer and much more pleasant for all, and reduces the risk of injury considerably. Therefore, expect to be removed from the festival grounds if you fail to observe this rule.
Constructions are set up in front of the stage in order to increase visitor comfort and safety. Our pioneering role has inspired many major festivals throughout Europe to set up similar systems. Safety corridors consist of solid constructions with freestanding barriers which, in the event of an emergency situation, enable safety and first-aid staff to carry out interventions at a significant distance from the stage, without disturbing the rest of the crowd. These corridors are built in such a way that they can absorb part of forward and sidelong crowd pressure.
Muddy and slippery circumstances in the front-stage area should be avoided. Therefore, solid flooring is installed in front of the Main Stage.
There is a huge video screen on each side of the Main Stage. This enables people standing farther from the stage to fully enjoy what is going on on stage.
During the festival information can be found at any of the info stands, which are located on the festival grounds, and outside the festival, opposite to the main entrance.
Scrolling text boards on the festival grounds display practical information around the clock, and the big screens beside the stage give out information between live performances. Keep an eye on these boards and screens to stay up to date on important announcements.