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2020, a year of electronic music festivals in Brussels

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This year again, Brussels offers a vast range of electronic music festivals. And whether you prefer banging beats or quiet soundscapes there is something for everyone! Are you looking for a rave with 10,000 wild partygoers in a giant arena or a quieter atmosphere at the foot of a fairy-tale castle? 2020 has it all! Get your diary ready and make sure you don't miss a thing...

Listen Festival

Listen! Festival returns at the end of March with more than 20 events in no less than 14 locations in Brussels. This fifth edition has a new slogan: "United in Music and Diversity!". The festival brings together several local and alternative music scenes, symbols of the unique diversity that characterises our capital. A varied daytime programme filled with radio shows, talks, workshops, exhibitions and record fairs seamlessly blends into a dynamic nighttime line‐up of eclectic DJ sets, live concerts and music showcases. 

25/03/2020 > 29/03/2020

https://listenfestival.be

Rave Rebels

Rave Rebels returns! Kompass Klub is proud to present two editions of the most immersive rave experience around; a space where people can meet to celebrate electronic music. Rave Rebels was born out of the idea that the definition of the word ‘rave’ was in need of an urgent update. More than simple, illicit gatherings under a bridge, it refers to the determination to raise the rave experience to new heights thanks to strong production and incredible artists. Expect a 14-hour rave marathon at Palais 12 with only the best DJs and the most intense light and video experience you can imagine.

11/04/2020 & …

www.raverebels.com

Paradise City

Paradise City is an annual event that takes place in Ribaucourt castle, only 15 minutes away from the city centre of Brussels. Diversity, positive change, sustainability and faith in a bright future are the keywords of this green and welcoming festival. The purpose is to create a genuine experience with underground and contemporary electronic music and delicious cuisine in a stunning setting with plenty of space to dance.

26/06/2020 > 28/06/2020

www.paradisecity.be

Crossroads (XRDS)

Organised by one of Brussels' oldest electronic music institutions - the Fuse club, the fourth edition of Crossroads will be taking place under a motorway bridge in the Brussels suburbs. A cosy atmosphere, a unique sound and a crazy crowd are expected for this summer festival.

04/07/2020

www.xrds.be

Atomium Festival

The third edition of the Atomium Festival looks quite promising. This free festival unites two icons of Belgian culture: electronic music and the Atomium. The line-up is provided by the Deep in House collective, which is also at the helm of club C12.  If for some reason you’re not able to be there, you can still enjoy the festival thanks to the live streaming!

05/09/2020

www.atomiumfestival.com

Horst Arts & Music Festival

Horst is a movement dedicated to developing talent, cities and spaces. The last few years it grew into an internationally renowned platform for combining cutting-edge word-class electronic music, with inventive in-situ art, striking scenery and architecture. The yearly immersive three-day festival is an intense apotheosis of the longer-term projects such as its co-creative lab workshops and summer art exhibition. 

11/09/2020 > 14/09/2020

www.horstartsandmusic.com

Les nuits sonores & European Lab

BOZAR and Arty Farty are joining forces to present the fourth Brussels edition of the festival Nuits Sonores & European Lab Brussels all about quality electronic music and digital arts. Expect an adapted programme in unique locations across the capital and a 'European Lab' with discussions about Europe's future.

01/10/2020 > 04/10/2020

www.nuits-sonores.be

BOZAR Night

BOZAR NIGHT, is a unique concept: dance the night away to the rhythm of electronic music while you visit the BOZAR's exhibitions! BOZAR NIGHT has taken place since 2010 and has become an unmissable event in Brussels' nightlife scene. For a ridiculously cheap price, come and enjoy the cream of electronic music and visit some major exhibitions, all in an Art Deco gem in the centre of Brussels.

10/11/2020

www.bozar.be

Schiev Festival

Brussels’ quirkiest festival returns to the Beursschouwburg for four days of music from all corners of the musical map. Concerts, talks, a label market, sweaty club nights. The line-up is bursting with recently discovered and unknown artists and possible big names of tomorrow. With such a diversity of styles and backgrounds the festival suits its description: "avant-garde pop music in search of new textures, rhythms, compositions, styles and influences". 

11/11/2020 > 15/11/2020

www.schiev.com

Les Garages Numériques

Les Garages Numériques is an innovative festival that combines visual and sound arts, dedicated to digital and electronic cultures. For the second time it heads down to Bourse/Beurs (Brussels’ Stock Exchange building) to present the work of visual and sound artists. Les Garages Numériques is one of the only events in Brussels where arts, clubbing, professional encounters, projections, conferences and performances meet. It perfectly blends museal and digital cultures into electronic music. 

Autumn 2020

www.lesgaragesnumeriques.com

FCKNYE

Celebrate the new year at FCKNYE Festival, with 10,000 other people in Brussels' largest concert hall: Palais 12. This alternative music festival will give you all kinds of music, from techno to hip-hop, from drum & bass to reggae/dub and even core music. More than 35 international artists grace the festival’s 4 stages from dusk till dawn. It’s the ideal way to start the new year off with a bang. 

31/12/2020

www.fcknyefestival.com

Happy Brussels

Happy Brussels is your ticket to all major clubs & parties for New Year's Eve in Brussels. Spend 31 December with more than 50 DJs in a dozen of the city's clubs, bars and unique venues. Be part of the capital's coolest parties, with music for everyone: techno-house, electro and hip-hop. What's more, the Happy Ticket guarantees you access to all of these parties and the numerous advantages on offer. 

31/12/2020

www.happybrussels.com

publication online (05/02/2020)