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Three venues in the city have recently started to hold regular live music nights


Couleur Café : Café society in full Couleur


Few festivals combine the finest World music with the best of European football, but Couleur Café will be doing just that.

As if three days (29/30 June and 1 July) of magnificent music and partying were not enough, a big screen will be in place for the Euro 2012 Final on the Sunday evening.

Couleur Café, based at the sprawling Tour & Taxis site, has built a huge reputation since its first edition back in 1990. Offering urban sounds to include R ‘n’ B, hiphop, world, dubstep, afro, soul, reggae, ragga, dub, dancehall, reggaeton, latin, salsa, rock, electro and more, the event is rightly legendary in Belgium and beyond.

Reflecting the cultural mix of its Brussels home, it also provides an art exhibition, 50 world kitchen stalls, a flea market, dance classes, brass bands and a Solidarity Village.

Yep, it’s got the lot and, as well as keeping up with the times culturally and musically, it’s bang-up-to-date environmentally too.

Up, up and away - Hot Air and Marlis in perfect harmony

Readers who like to get vocal should get along to Up, up and away on Saturday 16 June.

The sensational Marlis (all female) and the award-winning Hot Air (mixed) are two of Brussels‘ best vocal harmony groups, and their new show features jazz with pizazz, classic rock and high-tempo gospel covering classics from Gerswhin, Billy Joel, Glenn Miller, Queen and more.

There’s relaxed café-theatre seating at De Bosuil Cultural Centre, Overijse, and for the 20:00 show, a bar and snacks will be available.

More details can be found at


New Brussels music spot: Upstairs in The Roost!

Bar Rooster’s, in Rue Grétry at the heart of downtown Brussels, is serving up something special on the night of Sunday 13 May in the shape of talented young songstress Alexandra Marquet accompanied by guitarist Alain.

The duo will be prerforming cover versions as well as some of Alexandra’s own songs.

The swish upstairs cocktail bar (‘The Roost’, as we at Bxl30Days like to call it) is smooth as you like with a laid-back atmosphere and is therefore the ideal spot for an acoustic concert such as this.

For a taste of what to expect from Alexandra, we’ve linked to a video on your right. Enjoy, and be sure  to come along on the night - entrance is free.

Brussels Jazz Marathon. Jazzing it up, Brussels style

brussels jazz marathonThe 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.

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