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Groezrock stores edition 2018 on

The punk and hardcore music festival Groezrock last next year, a sabbatical year. That reports the organization on its Facebook page. There hooked a few employees, allowing them to manpower shortage.

Groezrock, Day 1 © Wouter van Vaerenbergh

The annual music festival saw the light of day in 1992. It grew from a small festival with 400 visitors to an event, where around 35,000 international visitors to descend to Meerhout-Gestel.

In 2018, there will be no Groezrock festival to take place. The organization explains this decision on Facebook.

‘Groezrock is always extremely proud that it is organized entirely by volunteers. And although that Groezrock 2017 once again a successful edition it was for some people, who year after year, fully committed to the festival, more and more difficult to combine with their daily life. Everyone has a full-time job, some have children. Others have, unfortunately, the feeling with the punk and hardcore scene is lost.

This is the reason why some people, who have been there since the beginning, have decided to no longer be part of Groezrock. We regret this very much but understand their position and realize that it is not an easy decision to make.’

Eye on the future

In 2019, they are there again, as usual during the last weekend of april. That edition will be in line with the most recent edition: something smaller, but clearer.

Because the organization does not still want to stay put, plan an indoor edition in the autumn of 2018. “The indoor edition will have a mix of established names and emerging talent. It is also the perfect place to make a line-up including some of the headliners for the next festival edition.’ If this indoor version is a success, plant the organisation there will be an annual event.

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