Thanks to everyone who took the time to watch the clip from yesterday’s post and share it with others. I don’t like to highlight the worst of Brussels, however it really is too crucial an issue to ignore. But now it’s time to get back to the “best of” business and boy have I got a good one for you today. The annual Brussels Summer Festival starts tomorrow and will fill Brussels with music for the next 10 days. Come on, what’s not to love about a concert with a rockin’ Manneken Pis as a mascot?!
Launched in 2002, the festival is a great way to discover all types of music, as well as other cultural activities, all with the city of Brussels as the backdrop. This year three main stages will be set up around the Place des Palais, Place du Musée and Mont des Arts in the center of town, showing concerts from 10 to 19 August. The line up is diverse to say the least, with Belgian and international artists including groups like Kiss & Drive, Sarah Carlier, Iggy Pop & The Stooges and Adam Cohen.
Things kick off with the Electrocity outdoor party tomorrow, which will gather top Belgian DJs at the Mont des Arts to perform from 4pm to 1am. If you can’t wait until Friday to get your party on, you can catch a preview of Electrocity tonight as some 20 bars around Brussels are holding electro concerts and DJs sessions.
Alongside the main outdoor stages, the festival has also put together an indoor program including retro and swing music at Madame Moustache, DJ sets at Mr Wong and Café Central and a musical flea market at Café Musicale Bonnefooi. See the full agenda for all venues (outdoor and indoor) here. The Brussels Summer Festival also features classical music with international and emerging artists at the Bourse (see details at Classissimo.be).
The festivities aren’t limited to music. Your ticket can also get you free access to several museums during the 10 days (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Bozar, Musical Instrument Museum, Coudenberg and BELvue), films at CINEMATEK and at outdoor screens and loads of other street activities. See more details here.
You can either buy a 10 day pass for all events for €35 (plus ticketing fees) or a 1-day pass for €12.50 (opening weekend) or €17.50 (rest of festival). The presale of tickets ends today at midnight so hurry up and get to a FNAC store or buy online. Note – BSF pass does not include the Classissimo concerts. See the BSF website for information on how to get to the venues.
After all the other festivals taking place around Belgium this summer, it’s now Brussels turn and it looks like it will be a good one!
P.S. And for the die-hard music fans out there, there’s a chance to win a guitar autographed by the festival artists. As f tomorrow, go to the Place du Musée and take a picture with the giant guitar. Then send the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win!
Images via Brussels Summer Festival and Electrocity.