dearWhat a lively atmosphere during three days Buikrock in Deerlijk. “The Werchter feel is small,” as co-curator Henk Verbeke describes it. “With a great selection of music, something for everyone. And we invested heavily in sound and light, we are now at the top of Belgium.” We went on a Saturday afternoon, during the Camille Show. The power that a pop star radiates is impressive. “I’m in love with all of you,” Camille told many of her fans.
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There is no shortage of highlights during the third edition of Buikrock. For example, the guys had a party on Thursday evening during the Average Rob game, Arsenal’s live group on Friday night was great, Davina Michele’s enthusiasm for Saturday’s opener was infectious and Camille from Wevelgem almost played a home game, to give only a few examples. Camille was the beloved herself. Taking selfies with her fans, greeting people with a wave, receiving gifts like drawings… she did it all with a smile.
Fans were satisfied, such as Miro (11), Julie Coleman (8), Nora Clairepot (11) and Lena Van Braykel (8) from Custer. “She is very beautiful and fun and yet she can sing well,” the girls smiled. “Our favorite song is No Tears Anymore. The song just came out and there’s a nice dance that goes along with it. It’s great that we saw Camille so well.”
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What is striking is how diverse the lineup is at Buikrock. “Thursday 25 August was for young people, Friday 26 August we went to the alternative with a mix between Radio 2 and Studio Brussels and Saturday 27 August revolved around Flemish folk, with of course also Nils Destadsbadr,” summarizes Henk put it together. For those who follow the performance of Nils Destadsbadr on Saturday evening from 9.40 pm: the honorary citizen will present a very nice surprise, which will especially taste Deerlijkenaren. Not to be missed.
Where Buikrock opted for Friday through Sunday last year, this time a three-day event from Thursday to Saturday was favored. With a fairly low turnout of 1500 visitors on Thursday, but plenty of atmosphere, 2500 visitors on Friday and 7000 visitors on Saturday. There are 11,000 visitors together, which is better than last year’s 9,000. In other words, Buikrock continues to grow steadily.
Plenty of room at our festival site, we have ten to twelve thousand visitors per day. We also want to attract some international artists next year
“Friday and Saturday for sure. We don’t know yet if we will stay on Thursday or choose Sunday again. What we do know is that we also want to give a big band on Thursday or Sunday next year. Moreover: we also want to attract some international artists.” With Buikrock for our fourth edition in 2023, without naming names. And we want to expand our perimeter, with visitors as much as Bruges and Ghent. Lots of space on our festival site on the Tapuitstraat in Deerlijk, where we have a capacity of ten to twelve thousand visitors per day. We still have Fringe,” says tired but very happy Henk Verbeke. Fun fact: Co-organizer Henk Verbeek gets to know the woman of his life during Buikrock in 2021. The pair have been engaged since Thursday evening, nowhere else but… Buikrock.
Another happy person not missing in Buikrock: Claude Cross, who married Evelyn Burt a month ago. “I’m wearing my wedding pants, because we are going through peak days again. Buikrock is putting Deerlijk on the map thanks to the many sponsors,” the mayor said on Saturday afternoon. “Wim Buik and Henk Verbeek show courage by daring to organize this festival, because the poster Really good. For example, the performances of Green Onions and De Dolfijntjes were first-rate.”
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Then there is our Honorary Citizen Nils Destadsbadr, who is, of course, the best ambassador we could possibly hope for. Everywhere Niels goes, he says he’s from Derlejk. Niels is still the same. Drinking beer in Deerlijk, asking people on the street how things are going…Niels loves to do everything, and his simplicity is his credit. It’s also great how he continues to perform at Buikrock. I would also like to note that Buikrock is also a great time to network, adventure Deerlijk is well represented”, says Claude Cross.
Another thing: There are no accidents, thanks to the efforts and vigilance of R&T Security from Munkzwalm.
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