Autumn Falls music festival returns to Brussels


In its fourth edition, Autumn Falls festival brings Australian New Yorkers, Flemish singer-songwriters and chamber quartets to Brussels

Line-up includes Blixa Bargeld, Madensuyu and Scott Matthew

It’s only the fourth edition of Autumn Falls, but this time of the year already wouldn't feel the same without it. Fans of adventurous, melancholic and – you saw this one coming – autumnal music gather over the next two weeks for this Brussels music festival.

One of the highlights – Ghent twosome Madensuyu – is sold out, but there are still enough goodies to be had. Two not to be missed concerts are Scott Matthew and Califone. The former is an Australian New Yorker with a mesmerising whispery voice: often melancholic, but seldom devoid of hope. Earlier this year he released a cover album on which he brings songs you might know from The Smiths, Joy Division and, no kidding, Whitney Houston!

Califone delivers even more melancholia: It’s a rootstronica band hailing from Chicago that inventively marries roots with intimate electronics – though at times they also rock out as a loud as they can.

The most renowned name on the festival is Blixa Bargeld, though the German doesn’t come with his famous ensemble Einstürzende Neubauten, but as a duo with the Italian composer Teho Teardo (pictured), bridging the gap between songs and experimental compositions.

Among the more than 50 concerts are a lot less famous names: Autumn Falls is the ideal festival to discover new artists. One of them is Flemish singer-songwriter Pauwel De Meyer, who specialises in extremely vulnerable tunes. More nice music from Flanders: the chamber quartet DAAU with its unusual line-up (clarinet, accordion, double bass, drums) or the devastatingly loud, but always highly entertaining, Raketkanon.

That and much, much more in a dozen locations across Brussels.

20 November to 6 December │ Across Brussels