The dunk!team consists completely out of volunteers who are just in this for the love for music and for the fun of organizing this festival. The core of the team (5-10 people) who is working through the year to set up this festival is all family and long time friends. The volunteers working at the festival (more than 50/day) are uncles, aunts, cousins, grand parents(!), friends and neighbors. All of them are looking forward to that one weekend in spring where they can welcome you post-rock lovers from all over the world and offer you a cold beer or a tasty meal.
What we do
What we do
Our most important project is of course the festival. We work through the year to spot and book bands, search for the best sound & light partners, optimize every little aspect of the festival... We strive to offer a surprising line-up on two highly professional stages with the best sound and light set-up we can get. Besides that we also make sure our visitors can enjoy a cold Belgian beer, served by our amazing volunteers. The catering team goes out to buy the best ingredients to make classical local dishes or more exotic plates and of course our Belgian Fries boys are there to serve the best fries in town. Free breakfast and coffee during the festival means everyone is prepared for the day.
In 2017 there were two editions of the festival. The one in Belgium and a brand new US edition in Burlington, Vermont. The US edition is now on hold but be sure we’ll do everything we can support the US based post-rock scene. Our continued partnership with A Thousand Arms and Young Epoch for example.
Besides offering a stage we also support a small selection of bands in releasing their albums. Since 2011 the label releases 5 to 10 albums a year on vinyl and CD. Since 2018 we press our own vinyls with dunk!pressing. Of course high quality is extremely important in this project. Vinyl is always pressed on heavy 180g vinyl and most albums have upgraded cardboard covers. Check all dunk!releases here. If you are interested to have your music pressed on vinyl by dunk!pressing, we are here to help.
Since 2017 there is an actual physical dunk!store in Ghent. But at this moment we can’t have someone there to open the store. For now everyone is needed at dunk!pressing…
Applying for the festival is possible by sending an email with a streaming link and short introduction to email@example.com. We try our very best to listen to every application but we can not answer all of them. Sorry about that!
Our festival headquarters are located right next to the festival site. Headquarters address: vzw Lootgenot, Letterkouter 3, 9620 Zottegem, Belgium
The festival is located at Letterkouter 8, 9620 Zottegem, Belgium. But visitors can reach it easier through: Kouterken, 9620 Zottegem, Belgium.
Our physical dunk!store can be found at Kortrijksepoortstraat 264, 9000 Gent, Belgium but is closed for now while starting up a pressing plant.
Our vinyl pressing plant (dunk!pressing) can be found at Letterkouter 6, 9620 Zottegem, Belgium.
Why should I visit the dunk!store?
Ok, cool! Will my records arrive safely?
Why are shipping costs so expensive?
Why are you not shipping to my country?
How can I pay?
Can I pick up my records to save shipping costs?
I'm a musician with questions for dunk.
Can my band apply to play at the festival? And how does that work?
Can my band apply to release a record on the label? And how?
How long is it until the next edition?
What's included in my festival ticket?
Can I get a refund for my ticket?
Can I sell my ticket?
Is there a problem if my name is on all the tickets I bought for my friends?
I can't find my ticket in my mailbox. Where the fuck is it?
I just deleted the email with my ticket and everything. What should I do?
How should I bring my ticket?
Is there an ATM at the festival?
How can I get to the festival from the other side of the world?
I see. Is there another festival like dunk!festival closer to my home?
Is there a shuttle driving to the festival?
Can I go on foot?
I'm traveling by car. How do I get there?
Can I bring my camera?
Is there a way to charge my phone?
That’s a difficult question to answer because we don’t know when exactly you are reading this. But this link should inform you exactly how many days, hours, minutes, seconds and 1/1000 seconds you have to wait until the first band opens up the next festival.
First of all your ticket will provide entrance to the festival but it also includes free camping, free breakfast, free parking space and free coffee during the festival. There is also a free shuttle service driving up and down from the railway station to the festival area in the beginning and at the end of the festival.
Unfortunately we can't refund any ticket. Since we're offering early birds it wouldn't be fair to the people that missed out on those limited tickets. We also organize the festival so it perfectly fits the size of the audience. That would be a lot more difficult if sold tickets may not really be sold.
Yes, you can re-sell your ticket. But be sure to ask for the original ticket email with the link to change the name on the ticket. That way we can link the new owner of the ticket to the person that bought the ticket from us. If anything goes wrong with reselling your ticket we can't be taken responsible for any issues.
That's not really a problem but it would be a good idea to change the names on the tickets to the names of the owner. If there is any issues with scanning the ticket we'll be able to help faster. Changing the names on the tickets can easily be done with the link provided in the ticket email.
Don't panic! I bet it's just waiting for you in your spam folder. So search that spam folder and download that ticket! If it's not there it might got stuck in our system. Just get in touch and we'll find it for you!
Easy, go to the ticket store and buy a new one! Just kidding of course. Go to your virtual email waste bin and bring it back. Download it and put it in the middle of your desktop so it will never be lost again. What!? You deleted your waste bin at the same time? Then you'll have to buy a new ticket after all. No, just kidding again. Simply get in touch and we'll resend your ticket!
We think it's a waste of paper to sell e-tickets that have to be printed. If you like you can print them but feel free to just bring them on your smartphone. As long as we can scan the barcode on there everything will be ok. If you print your ticket make sure to not fold the paper through the barcode. We won't be able to scan the barcode in that case and we'll need to look you up in our system and people will be lining up behind you and they will be getting nervous and our crew will start to stress out, pushing the wrong keys, making you and that entire line behind you have to wait even longer. In the meantime the first band already started playing and you still don't have that wristband to go and check them out and you know it's gonna be a good show because even the first band at our festival can be on of the highlights of the weekend. Anyway, it's probably not going to take that long to fix the barcode issue but you get the point right?
In theory you don't really need cash money at the festival because there is a bank wired thingy to pay for coins, tickets, records or anything else with your card. But if you ask nicely we can use that bank wired thingy to take some money from your account onto our account and give it back in cash. So we do have something that looks like an ATM. Only ours has a more personal approach and is friendlier than a machine. On a side note, bands usually accept cash only if you want to buy a record from them in our merch area.
Great to know that you're coming from the other side of the world! It's pretty easy to get to the festival. Take a plane to Brussels (Zaventem) from wherever you are located. In Zaventem there is a train to Brussels (Midi) where you can switch to a train going to Zottegem (there are several options here). If the stars are aligned just right and trains are driving on time you should be able to travel from Brussels airport to Zottegem in just one hour and thirty minutes. The festival is located just outside Zottegem. 3km to be precies. That's a nice walk (there are signs with arrows to show you the way) or you could wait for the shuttle. At the beginning and end of the festival we will have free shuttles driving between the festival location and railway station.
Nope. Not that we know of. We are a unique event that combines a specialized line-up, a high quality sound and light set-up, excellent food and drinks, a dedicated crew on a beautiful location in Flanders.
At the beginning and end of the festival there will be a shuttle driving between the railway station and festival location. The shuttle will be waiting at the Broeder Mareslaan entrance of the railway station and drop you off at the festival entrance.
Yes of course! Excellent idea. The signs with the hikers and the dunk!logo will show you the way. But if you want to be prepared you can use this map. The more adventurous road (shown in dots) will lead you through the beautiful Flemish fields surrounding the festival. This is a short 3km walk.
If you're coming by car it's probably easiest to just set up your GPS to Kouterken (street), 9620 Zottegem, Belgium. This address will lead you to the festival entrance. Do not use the Letterkouter 8 or 3 address for GPS coordinates since that's the administrative address of dunk!festival and will just lead you to our mailbox.
Definitely! If it’s an expensive thing, please be careful with it and don’t leave it in your tent if you’re attending the shows.
Yes! We have plenty of power spots at the camping desk or in the restaurant area. Again, we have only nice people at the festival but maybe it’s not a good idea to leave it there unattended. You could use the opportunity to grab something to eat or just relax a bit and recharge your own batteries.
Dunkrecords.com offers a selection of excellent releases on vinyl from bands from all over the world and signed to dunk!records. Like the festival the label is specialized in post-rock, post-metal, post-anything. Most of our releases are not that easy to find in EU. If you’re located in the USA you should definitely check out our friends at A Thousand Arms who are offering an interesting collection of vinyl, including a whole bunch of our releases!
We pack every record in a special vinyl cardboard that protects the corners. With these packages we didn't receive any message of damaged goods arriving at its destination inside the EU. If a package has to travel across an ocean it has more chance of damage. We will handle these with extra care but as soon as we submit them to the carrier we don't have any control of how they are handled. We can't be taken responsible for any damage done by the carrier. Of course we'll try to avoid this as much as possible. Every vinyl is being shipped with a tracking & trace option. After your order is fulfilled you will receive a tracking code to know where your package is.
Good question. We only charge the exact shipping rate we have to pay the carrier. We're not charging handling costs on top of that. Like we said in the previous question, every vinyl package has its own tracking code so you can follow your package and find it back if it got lost for some reason. We're trying our best to find more interesting rates and slowly but steadily we can lower these costs. Shipping costs are high for small orders but shipping rates don't increase as much as the total price for your order. So bigger orders are more interesting for everyone! Be aware of the fact that we take these costs on us as soon as your order exceeds €50 if you're located in Belgium or surrounded countries. If your located in the EU we take these costs on us for all orders starting at €80.
Some parts of the world are not standard in our system because of the ridiculous high shipping costs. The extremely expensive shipping rates are not even a guarantee that these packages will arrive safely. On the contrary. So we want to avoid disappointment for everyone. To try to compensate this lack in our system we try to work together with webshops in these parts of the world who are prepared to offer our releases to their customers.
We accept normal bank transfers, all usual credit cards, Paypal and more.
Yes you can! We have our festival headquarters in Zottegem and store headquarters in Ghent, Belgium. If you live nearby (or not) you're always welcome to pick up your order and save shipping costs. Simply select this option when checking out and we'll be in touch with details.
Yes of course. But you have to know that plenty of bands are applying and end up on our wish list. We only have a limited amount of spots available each year so it's always a puzzle of a 1000 pieces on a table that's way too small. We're always interested in learning to know your band so feel free to send us a message with a few words as introduction to what you're doing and a link to your music. We prefer streaming links like bandcamp, soundcloud, spotify,... Feel free to send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance!
It is possible to apply for the label. However these spots are even more limited since it takes some time and energy to release a record. The label has what you could call a masterplan for the next months/year and there is very little space to take on extra bands. However we are always eager to learn to know your music and would love to investigate any kind of cooperation if our time and money indicators are allowing us.
If there are any more questions please get in touch and we'll help as much as we can.