Celebrating its 41st birthday this year, Sjock is the oldest alternative festival in Belgium. “Sjock is rock ‘n’ roll in its broadest sense and for many the rock ’n’ roll highlight of the year,” enthuses organiser Hans Kersemans. “We serve punk,garage, rockabilly, country, and anything in between.” Flogging Molly, The Mavericks, Radio Birdman, Pokey LaFarge and Danko Jones are among the acts in a line-up of 40 bands expected to draw an attendance to match last year’s 10,000-strong crowd. Since last year, Sjock counts three stages: in addition to the Mainstage and the Titty Twister Tent (a Quentin Tarantino reference), a Newcomers Stage was set up to allow new bands a chance to show themselves to the public.

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