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Chill out at Couleur Cafe festival this summer

20:54 03/05/2019

A global music festival in the heart of Brussels, Couleur Cafe is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

It will be the festival's third year in its new home, the Osseghem Park next to the Atomium, after a long time at Tour & Taxis.

"I think it's more magical," says Dennis Corbesier, one of the festival's organisers. "The spot fits our festival even better.

"Tour & Taxis had this cool industrial vibe. Now it's more cosy, with little lights everywhre. It's more luxurious - you just get to relax on the grass in the shadow of the trees."

As well as showcasing Belgian acts and young talent, the festival attracts big-name headliners including this year Sean Paul, Craig David and Lauryn Hill. "She's legendary, we've been chasing her for years," Corbesier adds.

In a country renowned for its summer music festivals, what sets Couleur Cafe apart? "It's special because you can have fun without ever going to see a concert," Corbesier says.

"It's a music festival but there so much to do besides that. You can just wander, find the secret bar, play some games, bring the kids and enjoy the 40 world food restaurants.

"We don't do rock - we really focus on soul, funk, reggae, hip hop - lots of world music, African vibes and South American/Latin vibes. It's really diverse."

Couleur Cafe, 28-30 June, day tickets €42, festival pass €85 (or €99 with camping)

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Written by The Bulletin