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.
For several years, the festival has worked hard on sustainable development by
bringing down its carbon footprint.
In 2008, this equalled 345 hectares (1,415 football fields or the annual footprint of 61 inhabitants of Belgium). Food, waste and transport made up 80% of that amount.
Since then, Couleur Café has been working annually to lower the figure, through strict controls on sorting and recycling. This year, while again working with an Ecofest advisor, the organisers have 300 environmental volunteers onsite for two weeks plus a ‘maximum sorting’ policy that even includes two large sorting zones in the backstage area. Also, every meal will be served with 100% biodegradable cutlery, using organic materials and
You can find out more about the festival here and, meanwhile, here’s a full list of artists. Hope to see you all there!
Friday 29 June
Psy4 De La Rime/Magic System/Jessie J/Erykah Badu
Univers stage: Collie Buddz & New Kingston/Nas/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Lee Perry & Omar Perry alongside Adrian Sherwood & The HomeGrown Band
Phoenix stage: Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar/Imany/Tinariwen/Joshua
Move stage: Sarah Ferri/Excitements/OPMOC/Son Of Kick
Dance Club: Workshops from 17:45 until 23:15 then DJ Radio Desperado
Saturday 30 June
Titan: Admiral T/Gentleman/ De La Soul/Sean Paul
Univers: Caravan Palace/Le Peuple de l’Herbe/Ruzzo & Roldan (Orishas)/Chinese Man/The Subs
Phoenix: La Chiva Gantiva/Beverly Jo Scott/Jali/Bomba Estéreo
Move: Kaer/Sarah Carlier/Asham meets Collieman/DJ LumberJahk/Mokoomba
Dance Club: Dance workshops from 16:45 until 23:15 then DJ GrassMat
Sunday 1 July
Titan: Zebda/Gogol Bordello/Ben l’Oncle Soul/Stephen Marley
Univers: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® feat. Omara Portuondo/ Brigitte/Ayo/Public Enemy
Phoenix: Sebastian Sturm/The Peas Project/Childish Gambino/Hypnotic Brass Ensemble/General Elektriks
Move: Madé J/Joshua Alo/Les Boukakes/DJ Gaetano Fabri ft. Renaud Crols
Dance Club: Dance workshops from 16:45 until 22:45 then Kumbia Beats.