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Laundry Day – an unusually named annual music festival – started in Antwerp in 1998 with one live band, a disco bar with no stage and around 500 party people enjoying a very wet afternoon/evening. This one of a kind music festival has been growing and drawing crowds to this destination ever since. Laundry Day is held on the first Saturday in September, and closes the Belgium summer festival season.
The festival is an attempt to recreate the opportunities women had in the days of old to chat and gossip whilst hanging out the laundry to dry in the streets. Starting at noon and finishing around midnight, the festival draws up to 60,000 people who dance and enjoy themselves on Antwerp’s Ledeganckkaai District’s streets, just behind the new Palace of Justice.
The area is easy to reach by foot, bike, car and via public transport, and certain streets near the festival site are closed to traffic for the day. Visitors arriving into Antwerp’s central stations can easily reach the site of the festival within 15 to 20 minutes, and there are party buses laid on afterwards to help partiers make their way home.
Between 150 and 200 DJs and live bands fill 13 stages spread throughout the district, each completing a one-hour slot while crowds jump and dance to the beat underneath lines full of colourful laundry which have been stretched overhead.
Artists who have played at previous events include Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Deepack and Biggy & Smalls.