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  Graspop Metal Meeting

Graspop Metal Meeting is an annual event held in Dessel, Belgium, ever since 1996. Founder Peter Van Geel realized that the initial idea of it being a festival family would not work for long, hence he switched the direction and got in touch with Bob Schoenmaekers, the owner of the Biebob concert venue and metal club in nearby Vosselaar who already had his "Midsummer Metal Meeting" in Vosselaar. It turned out to be an inspired choice, thus by 2011, the festival managed to attract over 140.000 visitors.

With leading bands from just about every metal and rock subgenre and a lineup that spans several generations of heavy music, there’s loads of fun to be had for metalheads both young and not so young. Graspop Metal Meeting is synonymous for three days of music and fun, 70+ bands, four stages and lots of fringe events to boot, including signing sessions, an outdoor festival fair, an indoor metal market, etc. Moreover, the campsite is second to none with its Festival Express Shop, excellent sanitary facilities and much more. And if you’re going to have a few after the last band has left the stage but you’d still like to catch a few hours of comfortable sleep, then Metal Town is definitely the ticket! Metal Town is a veritable open air hotel with its proper sanitary facilities, breakfast tent, bar and reception desk. You can either spend the night in a festihut or you can book a pitch for your motorhome, caravan or tent.

Covered festivals:

    Graspop Metal Meeting 2007

    Graspop Metal Meeting 2009

    Graspop Metal Meeting 2010

    Graspop Metal Meeting 2011

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Graspop News Graspop News Written 2015-06-09 09:38:57
SLIPKNOT, SCORPIONS, FAITH NO MORE,JUDAS PRIEST, KISS,KORN... and many many more bands,is necessary more reasons to come!?. for 3 days Belgium will meeting one of the best bands line up over Europe.

Opening Times & Access

The festival site opens its doors every festival day (Friday 19/06, Saturday 20/06 and Sunday 21/06) on 10am and closes after the last performance at around 01.30am

The Metal Plaza is the zone wedged in between the campsite and the actual festival site. This zone is sealed off between 5 and 8 am each morning to make the necessary preparations for the next festival day. The festival starts on Friday, but the Metal Plaza opens its doors at 2pm on Thursday. The Metal Plaza closes on Monday morning at 5 am.

Combi ticket holders have free access to the Metal Plaza on Thursday 18 June. Day tickets however are only valid on the given day, viz. Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as from 08am. No day tickets are available for Thursday 18 June.

Tickets to Graspop Metal Meeting 2015 are exclusively available through and
Marcela Miramendi Marcela Miramendi Written 2014-05-14 18:03:42
The 19th edition lineup complete! You can updated day schedules including stage times.
sandra grootenboer sandra grootenboer Written 2013-05-12 06:38:12
Graspop Metal Meeting directly on your smartphone! Keep up with all things Graspop thanks to our free new mobile app. You can also listen to music, read band bios and much more. Tag your favourite artists and find out which bands are a must-see at GMM2013!

The new Graspop Metal Meeting app is now available from…

App Store (iOS)
Google Play (Android)
Windows Phone Store (Windows Phone)
sandra grootenboer sandra grootenboer Written 2013-05-12 06:30:36
Follow this link to the time schedule and plan your awesome weekend filled with your favorite bands!
Sandra Grootenboer Sandra Grootenboer Written 2013-05-12 06:27:57
With the addition of Soulfly, The Monolith Deathcult, Crucified Barbara and Thy Art Is Murder, the lineup for GMM2013 is finally complete. It looks like it’s going to be another vintage edition of Belgium’s premier metal festival!

The 18th edition of Graspop Metal Meeting is shaping up to be a memorable celebration of heavy music with the likes of Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, King Diamond, Korn, In Flames, Helloween, Saxon, Bullet for My Valentine, Mayhem, Testament, Down, W.A.S.P and many, many more.

You can check the stage times here:

Apart from the usual top acts and other household names, our lineup also includes a bunch of new names as no fewer than 34 bands are making their GMM debut this year. Graspop is so much more than just great music: cold beer(s), loads of side animation, signing sessions, the outdoor festival fair and the indoor metal market all contribute to the unique GMM atmosphere. And if you’re still on your feet after a full day of metal mayhem then our Metal Dome Afterparties will certainly drain the last of your energy with metal hits old and new, spectacular visuals, a sparkling light show and unique video footage! We have no doubt GMM2013 will be etched on the memory of thousands of metalheads, so let the final countdown begin!

The actual festival doesn’t start until Friday 28 June but the gates to metal paradise will swing open at 2 pm the day before, Thursday 27 June, for a metal bash that will rock the Metal Plaza until the wee hours of the morning.
Two talented new metal bands, the winners of the 2013 Red Bull Bedroom Jam, will kick off the festivities. You can help decide the winners by attending the final of the 2013 Bedroom Jam on Sunday 5 May at Trix, Antwerp. On that day, our 10 finalists will face off in a balls-to-the-wall effort to win one of the coveted slots at this year’s Graspop Metal Meeting. We’re counting on a massive turnout so come and scream your favourite band to your favourite metal festival on 5 May. Admission is free so there’s no excuse not to show up! (more info:

We’re also continuing our tradition of organising a Best of the Best metal bash on the eve of the main event. On Thursday 27 June, the top 50 metal bands of all time will whip the Metal Dome into a frenzy. As always, you can help decide which bands deserve to make into the top 50 by sending in your personal top 5 before 13 May 2013 Just click on the following link: Respondents can also win free Graspop tokens that may come in handy to keep your vocal chords lubricated!
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