Les Nuits

Brussels is a great city for discovering music, with so many ways to see up-and-coming and established artists. I recently posted about Bruxelles Ma Belle, a great new website that features acoustic clips of artists in different locations around Brussels. You can discover new talent at bars like L’Archiduc, which hosts regular free concerts, and festivals such as ProPulse. Being close to other major cities like Paris and London, Brussels also benefits from big-name tours passing through.  

But Les Nuits at Botanique is one of the best music events on the Brussels calendar and a great chance to hear both new and well-known bands. The 19th edition of this festival kicks off tomorrow 10 May and continues with concerts over 11 days at various venues around Brussels. In total there are over 50 concerts from now until 21 May. Many of the shows include two or three bands, which makes it a great way to see different groups on one ticket.

To help narrow down the choices, I’ve had a look through the agenda and some of the previews filmed by Bruxelles Ma Belle.  Here are some of the shows I’d like to catch, but be sure to check out the full list of bands here for yourself.

  • The Ting Tings playing on opening night (10 May) at Cirque Royal
  • Great Mountain Fire on 11 May at Chapiteau
  • My boys the Hoquets and their quirky instruments on 12 May at Rotonde
  • Sarah Carlier on 13 May at Cirque Royal
  • V.O. on 17 May at Cirque Royal (I mean how can you not dig this guy’s mustache??)
  • The Belgian group Absynthe Minded on 18 May at Chapiteau

There are also a couple of side events taking place at Botanique during the festival such as a display by famous street artist Bonom in the Grand Salon and an after party from Libertine Supersport on Friday 11 May at Café Bota (free entrance to both).

I hear tickets are going fast (some shows are already sold out) so don’t wait to book!

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