07.09 — 09.09

Amid the beautiful surroundings, the water & woods of the Horst Castle, we’ll be inviting a top-drawer music and art line-up for a spellbinding weekend with an extra third stage & day on offer. Over the past five years HORST grew to a refreshing take on what a festival can be. Combining a well-selected music program from across the spectrum with in-situ visual arts and enriching it all with the insights of respected architects & designers.



Date - opening hours – timetable
HORST 2018 is a three-day festival, held from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of September. Friday starts at 17:00 and ends at 03:00, Saturday starts at 14:00 and ends at 02:00, Sunday starts at 14:00 and ends at 00:00.
View the timetable
Transport - Shuttle service - Parking

HORST is located at Horststraat 28, 3220 Holsbeek, Belgium.

HORST promotes public transport as the main option to travel to and from the festival. By train and shuttle service is the easiest way to get to the festival. A shuttle service runs directly between Leuven railway station and HORST Festival. Shuttle busses drive every thirty minutes during the course of the festival and cost € 5 for a return ticket.

Shuttle schedule:

Friday 7th of September 2018: 15:30 – 04:00.
Saturday 8th of September 2018: 12:30 – 03:00
Sunday 9th of September 2018: 12:30 – 01:00

Shuttlestop: Perron 15 (
Every 30 minutes

Biking to HORST is easy. Follow the signs in and around Holsbeek and park your bike for free next to the main entrance (bring your own lock).

Coming by car? The event location features a large parking lot. A parking ticket costs € 5 / car. However, if you make use of the full capacity of your car (all seats taken): your access to the parking lot is free, so be sure to carpool. In case of irregular parking, your vehicle might be towed away.

Food & drinks

Food and drinks in any kind of containers and/or wrapping are not allowed on the festival site. HORST offers a wide range of food and drinks.

Money & Payconiq

You’ll be able to buy tokens by cash ànd by card on the festival site.

Save time and money with Payconiq. Don’t queue up for tokens, pay with Payconiq at the bar. When using the Payconiq app, you pay € 1 per token instead of € 1,20.


HORST offers one-day tickets and weekend tickets both for the festival and camping. Tickets are now on sale and can be bought through the website. Regarding ticket support please get in touch with Paylogic.

In case the festival isn't sold out, a limited amount of Friday and Sunday tickets will be up for sale at ‎€ 45 - weekend tickets will cost € 100. Saturday is completely sold-out, no Saturday tickets will be sold at the door.


Children aged 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Press enquiries

HORST welcomes and invites (relevant) media representatives to cover the festival. For accreditation send us an email ( and state the necessary information: name of/link to media, name of the applicant and the type of coverage (reviews, interviews, audio, video, photos, etc).

The organisation

HORST is run by Onkruid - Onkruid is an interdisciplinary team combining expertise in architecture, public policy, marketing, music & culture to further develop the creative context of our cities. Onkruid develops actions, interventions or events that unite people & cultivates parts of the social wasteland.


Volunteers are an integral part of the festival. You can either work before, during or after the festival. If you would like to be a part of HORST 2018 as an individual or as a group send us an email ( or sign in at



HORST offers € 45 weekend camping tickets, this ticket includes 3 deluxe brunches.


The campsite opens on Friday 7th of September on 15:00 and closes Monday 10th of September 2018 at 13:00.

Food & drinks

Food and drinks in glass containers are not allowed on the camping site. HORST offers a brunch for all campsite ticketholders. The festival holds a wide range of food and drinks.

Cars & campers

No campers or cars are allowed on the campsite during the festival.

Camping Regulations
Have a look at our camping regulations, before entering on site. ​​​​​​​View regulations


Date & tickets

The exhibition runs from 07.09.2018 – 28.10.2018. The exhibition and all outdoor works are freely accessible 24/7.

Guided Art Walks

The guided art walks are free and are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition, they start at 15:00 in front of the castle.


Saturday 27 October (free), with lectures and performances by the involved artists. Program to be announced soon.


The first five editions of the art exhibition are curated by architect/artist duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh. This edition is themed ‘ARCHETYPES’. The theme stems from the castle of Horst and its surroundings, which read as a collection of archetypal structures and landscape elements. Opposite of these historical elements, the art exhibition manifests itself as a temporary collection of new, contemporary archetypes. Each year artists or architects are invited to redefine the concept of a temporary music stage in which music and visual art are directly related. The outcome is always an essential form of architecture, not only meeting functional requirements, but also expressing a statement of the designer. For this fifth edition, for the first time, three stages are presented.

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