Desertfest Belgium is one of several annual festivals which run under the DesertFest banner. Each year, the festival is a three day event showcasing bands from the whole stoner rock scene. The festival takes place in Antwerp, Belgium. Desertfest Belgium was the third of the Desertfest events to be introduced, first being held in 2014 (unlike its English and German counterparts which were both first held in 2012).
The original DesertFest, DesertFest London, was first conceived of by Reece Tee and Jake Farey of the music promotions company Desertscene. Desertscene started organising shows in 2009, the first of which was Truckfighters. After gaining experience promoting individual bands and hearing the people at those shows' desire for a UK festival like Roadburn Festival, they decided to create DesertFest.
The first Desertfest London was officially announced on 26th July 2011 via a Facebook post, but posters advertising the festival were placed at London's High Voltage Festival. Early on in development of the first edition of Desertfest London, the team behind the festival partnered with Sound of Liberation to make a German equivalent, DesertFest Berlin. The first DesertFest Berlin was publicly announced, via Facebook, on October 9th 2011.
After two successful years in London and Berlin, DesertFest was expanded into Belgium. On 23rd April 2014, the newly created Desertfest Belgium Facebook page confirmed that a Belgian edition of Desertfest would take place. The event took place between Friday the 10th and Sunday the 12th of October, at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium. The event has remained an annual fixture, continuing to take place at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium every October. A third edition of the event is scheduled to take place between the 14th and 16th of October in 2016.
On 12th June 2015, a second edition of the festival was announced via Facebook. The event took place between Friday 9th October and Sunday 11th October, once again at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium. On the same day, the first bands were announced as Melvins, who were initially set to headline the festival, with Fatso Jetson, Pyschonaut, 3rd Ear Experience and Fever Dog also playing. On 13th July 2015, previously announced band Melvins were forced to cancel due to a previously reached exclusivity deal with Incubate festival in Tilburg. The main stage headliners for the event were Dozer, Earth and Goatsnake.Ruby the Hatchet were originally confirmed to play, but had to cancel their appearance, as well as their entire European tour, for personal reasons.
On 12th October 2015, Desertfest Belgium confirmed through their Facebook account that the festival will be returning in 2016. The festival will take place from the 14th to 16th October 2016 and will once again be held at Trix, Antwerp.
On May 17, 2016, Desertfest Belgium announced their initial lineup though no headliners have been announced yet. Eventually the full lineup would be announced and though Graveyard was intended to be a headliner, they would disband some time before the festival (Though reforming only a few months later and headline the next year)
On 27 March 2017, DesertFest Belgium would announce their dates for that year's edition with a host of acts added through the months. Eventually by the summer the lineup would be complete, with the show held once again at Trix from 13 - 15 October. On 9 October it was announced that the 2017 edition of DesertFest Belgium had completely sold out.