The end of May is always a special time of year for lovers of jazz, blues, funk and World music - indoors or outdoors - as the mighty Brussels Jazz Marathon comes to town.
Held this year over the long weekend of Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27, the 2012 event will be the 17th edition of this hugely popular three-day-and-night-party.
What’s more, it’s all free for everyone. There’s also a special matinée for kids, uptown and downtown shuttles and a friendly, swinging, all up-for-it-together atmosphere throughout the city.
After nearly two decades, the organisers know exactly what they’re doing so the tried and trusted formula remains the same. So, as usual, during the course of the marathon a range of famous and not-so-famous musicians playing jazz (and many other styles) will do their stuff on four open-air stages and in a host of clubs and cafes.
Chuck in a bit of good weather (start crossing your fingers now) and the scene will be set for a brilliant curtain raiser to the summer.
The outdoor stages will be located downtown at Grand’Place, the Sablon and Place Sainte-Catherine with the fourth at Place Fernand Cocq, just five minutes’ walk up Chaussée d’Ixelles from Porte de Namur Metro station.
Even if it rains, however, it won’t stop the fun thanks to the many indoor
venues hosting gigs that are sure to be hot, hot, hot.
Venues include Java, El Metteko, Churchill’s, Jazz Station, de Valera’s an Viage...but there are plenty more giving up their space all over the city.
Head to the Jazz Marathon website for more programme details here.