Summer in Brussels: these festivals will be music to your ears!

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Brosella Festival (c) Björn Comhaire
Published at 31/05/2022
By Carmen

Time to flourish at a summer festival again! In the imposing setting of a famous cultural temple, on a stunning rooftop or in a romantic park... this summer, Brussels is, once again, offering an incredible range of musical stages to Belgian and international musicians. Whether you swear by your favourite genre or like discovering new music, there’s plenty of choice and something for everyone. Here are a few of our ideas, to get you inspired.

A varied line-up of open-air performances

couleur café (c) Leen Van Laethem

The summer holidays get off to a flying start this year! Couleur Café in the vast Ossegem Park is the only city festival at which you can camp! The festival's most extravagant edition ever takes place from 24 to 26 June. With eye-catchers Shaggy and Youssou n'Dour on the bill, a seriously expanded dub stage (with legends Aba Shanti-I and Zion Train) and six new top DJs, get ready for an endless summer party with warm alternative house and dance.

Enjoy live music in the stunning Theatre de Verdure during Brossela Festival on 1, 2 and 3 July. The spirit of internationally renowned Marolles jazz icon Toots Thielemans will be ever-present at his beloved festival. Friday night he'll be honoured with various tribute concerts, Saturday is folk day and Sunday jazz takes centre stage.

Paradise City Festival

Arena5 returns from 30 June to 24 July! The open-air arena at Brussels Expo will once again be the stage for a colourful line-up. Jazz icon Herbie Hancock opens festivities and Gilberto Gil rounds things off in colourful fashion. Nile Rodgers and MC Solaar will also be providing some incredible, intense moments, among others.

Paradise City will be taking place on 1, 2 and 3 July in the shadow of the centuries-old Château de Ribaucourt in Perk. Just a stone's throw from Brussels, you're in for the musical ride of your life. The line-up spans the entire spectrum of electronic music. From the latest live electronics of Fatima Yamaha, Axel Boman or DJ Seinfeld to thumping sessions by Kerri Chandler, TSHA or Courtesy. The cherry on the cake: the 40-hectare estate has glamping facilities!

Your favourite music in unique locations in Brussels

Out Loud - xgmo 2021 - photo by Denny Novikar Nasution

The Out Loud! Festival on the rooftop of the Beursschouwburg is the perfect place to kick off the summer. The view is breathtaking, the beers are freshly poured and you'll discover new talent from the local and international scene, for free! The line-up includes some exotic names: Jamaican collective Equicknox, the Indonesians of Gabber Modus Operandi and Brussels collective BRIKABRAK, who will be throwing one hell of a party with Brazilian beatmaker VHOOR. From 2 to 25 June.

The second edition of the Walden Festival is set for 16 and 17 July, in and around Leopold Park. Its mix of classical, contemporary, non-Western music and jazz in unique locations works wonderfully well. New this year it's the Wiertz Museum and Le Senghor. The headliners? Oed virtuoso Rabih Abou-Kahlil, string orchestra BRYGGEN (who perform the meditative Summa by Arvo Pärt!) and the futuristic folk of Lyra Pramuk by the pioneering Manchester Collective!

Hide & Seek Festival

The newest member in the long line of Brussels festivals is ATØM Festival, from 19 to 21 August. The team behind Les Ardentes will bring together some fifty French-speaking and international artists from the rap, techno and contemporary music scenes on three stages at the foot of the Atomium. Come and be blown away by Helena Hauff, with her analogue 'stripped-down' techno tracks, the delicious vintage sound of La Femme and the artistic collective Salut C'est Cool.

Expect the unexpected at Hide & Seek Festival from 22 to 27 August! For years now, MuziekPublique has been organising this extraordinary Brussels festival which, through world music concerts, takes visitors to some of the most extraordinary places in the capital! Let yourself be transported by the sound of traditional world music in a Masonic temple, a Brussels soap factory, a climbing gym and many other places!

The classical musicians and lyrical singers of the past were the rock stars of the day

François Salque & Vincent Peirani (c) DR

Many festivals are making classical music more accessible. And with good reason! In French-speaking Belgium, the classical music festival with the highest rock'n'roll content is undisputedly Musiq3! From 24 to 26 June, experience the most diverse shows in and around Flagey. There'll be something for everyone: young and old (les Petits Concerts à l'Aube), epicureans and adventurous spirits. From pure musical experiences (pianist Shani Diluka plays her spiritual interpretation of Liszt) to retro fun with Reverent Juke live!

This year’s Midis Minimes festival is focusing on song. With the long-awaited restoration of the Brussels Conservatory approaching, the celebrated Brussels music festival will, for the first time, also be held in the beautiful Church of Our Lady of the Sablon. The daring line-up includes both renowned artists and promising talents. The concerts take place conveniently at lunchtime (12:15), every Monday to Friday (except public holidays) from 1 July to 31 August.

Classissimo from 12 to 19 August once again rises to the challenge of putting together a quality programme that everyone can enjoy. The line-up in the idyllic Théâtre Royal du Parc is aimed at both seasoned aficionados and first-timers. It includes Vivaldi's Four Seasons, opera arias and waltzes that will make you want to dance.

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