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
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