Hello Summer replaces Brussels Beach this year


The popular Brussels Beach had to be cancelled the year because of public works, but a new festival is replacing it


First the bad news: There will be no Brussels Beach in 2019. Now the good news: It’s being replaced by Hello Summer, a nomadic festival that will hit four spots in the capital.

Brussels Beach is the hugely popular canalside event that takes place for several weeks every summer (pictured). Sand, umbrellas, cocktails, sport and all manner of music and activities turn both sides of the Brussels canal north of Sainctelette into an urban beach bummer’s paradise. Last summer, 380,000 people stopped in.

Sadly, this summer works in the area – the canal is an urban renewal hot spot – will make Brussels Beach impossible. So Brussels-City is hosting Hello Summer instead.

Hello Summer will spend three days in four locations. It kicks off on 25 July in the garden of the Rijksadministratief Centrum on Pachécolaan, followed by Ambiorix Square in the European quarter. Next up will be Peter Benoitplein in Neder-Over-Heembeek, and it will finish up towards the end of August in Leopold Square in Laeken.

What exactly Hello Summer will look like is up to each neighbourhood, so no two will be alike.