Jazz Bilzen was a multi-day open air jazz and pop festival that took place from 1965 to 1981 in the Belgian city of Bilzen. Jazz Bilzen was the first festival on the continent where jazz and pop music were brought together. Therefore, Jazz Bilzen is sometimes called the "mother of all (European) festivals". Like the National Jazz and Blues Festival in the UK, and the Jazz Festival International in Comblain-la-Tour, which were paradigms, Bilzen started out solely as a jazz festival, but pretty soon blues, folk, rock and soul, in the end even punk and new wave, came to be incorporated as well. Initially Humo, a popular Belgian weekly magazine, was the main sponsor. After several years, they withdrew because of the ongoing problems with the security branche and the riots they caused. The Festival organisation now had to find different investors (such as Coca-Cola, Ford, provincial newspapers), which was indicative of the beginning of the end. From the 1980s onwards the festival was superseded by Torhout-Werchter, which has now become Rock Werchter.
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