5 festivals to enjoy this weekend in Belgium


If we have already tasted a bit of the revival of the festivals after two years of scarcity, this weekend marks the return with force of the musical gatherings in the kingdom. A varied program that announces the color of summer, and the full musical offer that is proposed for the coming months. That’s why we’ve unearthed for you five must-sees that will delight music lovers of all stripes and for which tickets are still available.

Balkan traffic, Brussels

Trumpets and brass instruments of all kinds will resonate throughout the weekend at Place De Brouckère. The Balkan Trafik has moved from Bozar to put their bags more in the center, and their crazy programming will delight lovers of crazy rhythms. We already gave you a glimpse of some nuggets during our dive in Serbia, and we give you a little cape to convince yourself. On Fridays we run to see the legend Goran Bregović. On Saturday we let ourselves be carried away by the smooth madness of the Bojan Krstić Orkestar. And on Sunday, it’s time for a big dance session with music on the Grand-Place. Tickets for the festival and all the information available here.

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Les Aralunaires, Arlon

It starts this Wednesday and will make Arlon vibrate like never before until Sunday. The curious and generous Les Aralunaires wants to be a festival on a human scale, one that fully takes over the city and has earned a good reputation since its creation 12 years ago. We advise you to go to the Palais on Friday to discover the jazz fusion of Tukan, to take advantage of the free showcase tours on Saturday and Sunday (run to see Stace and her intimate soul), and to enjoy the well-balanced electro of Asa . Motorcycle on Saturday night. 5-day subscriptions and à la carte concerts are right here.

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Horst Festival, Vilvoorde

We told you at the beginning of the week, the Horst is a separate festival, an extraordinary dive located in a former military base in Vilvoorde (30 minutes from the center of Brussels). An experience that combines electronic music and visual arts with precision and brilliance, and whose hyper-acute programming delights lovers of alternative music. A great party that we would not miss for the world. If the tickets for Saturday are sold out, there are still precious sesame trees around here for Friday and Sunday.

Botanical Nights, Brussels

The timeless Noches del Botánico and its high-quality programming return from this Wednesday until May 16. An XXL edition after the Covid break, and endless names ranging from local to international. This weekend we rush to see Fishbach at the Orangerie on Friday, discover new Belgian nugget Emma Peters on Thursday at the Grand Salon, and wrap up on Sunday with the impressive Vaague aka Antoine Pierre show at the Rotonde, another black -yellow-red artist.


He’s the new kid on the list, and yet he thinks big. Located under the sign of the great techno party, the MODUL’AIR is installed at the great Flanders Expo in Ghent and promises a non-stop 6-hour rave. A program made to measure for the most adventurous and that hosts a high-flying program: we will remember the unmissable German duo Âme, the talented Berliners of FJAAK or the enthusiastic David Vunk from Rotterdam. The eardrums will take by range from him. The last tickets are on sale on the event website right here.

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