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'Pressing pause': No CORE festival in Brussels next summer

09:32 26/09/2023

The CORE festival that would normally be held in Brussels' Osseghem Park in 2024 will not take place next year, organisers have announced.

The collaboration between Tomorrowland and Rock Werchter, which began in 2022, is taking a break in Belgium to focus on foreign events.

“We're pressing the pause button for a while,” CORE festival organisers said.

“In 2023, CORE had its first edition abroad, in Tulum, Mexico. At the beginning of 2024, the festival will once again take place in Mexico - not for one weekend, but for two weekends in a row.”

According to the organisation, CORE is attracting a lot of interest from abroad: “Other international events are also undergoing feasibility studies. The ambitions of the CORE team are high. That's why priorities have been set. In 2024, the focus will shift from Brussels to the rest of the world.”

It remains to be seen whether the CORE Festival will return to its Belgian birthplace in the future.

“The collaboration with the City of Brussels has always been very constructive,” said festival organisers, who added that both parties are keeping the door open in terms of future Brussels editions.

The organisers also stressed that the festival was successful in Brussels: “CORE Festival has established itself as a surprising newcomer to the wide range of festivals on offer. The second edition was also an event to be proud of.”

It was noted, however, that a significant number of attendees to the 2023 edition had come because they’d been given a free ticket, which at the time raised questions as to how successful the festival truly was in Brussels.

Written by Helen Lyons