Festivals

AGORA MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Agora Music Festival is the first classical music festival in Luxembourg centered around the original creations of performer-composers, in equal parts with the traditional repertoire. The public will discover the contemporary form of the lost tradition of Vivaldi and Paganini, Liszt and Rachmaninov - the composition and interpretation of the work being presented by the performer himself. This is the opportunity to present a new music at the time of its birth, interpreted by its creator, while enjoying every aspect of a traditional festival. The festival was brought to life by Nora Braun and Constantin Riccardi while studying in London, where they discovered a new generation of talented performer-composers. The festival with its first edition in 2021 hopes to create a lasting event in the center of musical Europe, a place of alliances across time of several generations of performers: an agora, faithful to the past, open to the future. 

www.agoramusicfestival.com

BLUES EXPRESS DIFFERDANGE

The Blues Express is one of Luxembourg's biggest Blues music festivals and takes place in July in Fond-de-Gras and Lasauvage (Differdange). The one-day blues festival is known to attract visitors from near and far. The event isn’t just for hardcore blues or jazz fans, it is also an event for both the young and old. Besides the many concerts, visitors also have the opportunity to visit different art exhibitions as well as two museums and a market. Music fans can move between the two sites (Fond-de-Gras & Lasauvage) using the famous Minièresbunn, a mining train travelling 90 metres underground. The “Train 1900” (tourist steam train) connects Pétange to the venue.

www.bluesexpress.lu

BLUES'N JAZZ RALLYE

The Blues’n Jazz Rallye is a very popular music marathon, which takes place every summer in the capital of Luxembourg. The internationally recognised festival attracts thousands of music enthusiasts into the old town of Luxembourg city and offers a great atmosphere throughout the picturesque streets of Pfaffenthal, Clausen and Grund. More than two hundred renowned artists will play live-concerts on different open-air stages and in several cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants. The craggy fortress, listed as UNESCO heritage, provides a unique and scenic setting. The pictorial location and nature of the urban festival make it one of a kind in Europe. Free entrance.

CONGÉS ANNULÉS

Rotondes’ Summer Festival! During an entire month, local and international bands and artists perform at the Klub and on the outdoor stage, while DJ sets guarantee a summer atmosphere in the courtyard. Beside amplified music, people can expect film screenings (including music documentaries), exhibitions and other unusual events.

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E-LAKE

E-lake is a free 3 day open-air music festival with a varied music program ranging from rock to techno. The festival has attracted more than 20,000 festival goers in previous years and takes place beside lake Echternach. Previous acts to have played E-Lake include: Benoît Martiny Band, Napoleon Gold, Tuys, Ice In My Eyes, Aamar, The Majestic Unicorns From Hell, Juli, Beatsteaks, Blumentopf, Clueso, Die Firma, Die Happy, Donots, Hooverphonic, K's Choice, Sportfreunde Stiller, Such a Surge... Next edition: 6 - 8 August, 2021!

www.e-lake.lu

FESTIVAL DE WILTZ

Since it's creation in 1953, this open theatre is the annual meeting point for international artists, as well as theatrical and musical ensembles. In 1953 a handful of people from Wiltz had the extraordinary idea to create a Festival in the North of Luxembourg. From theatre productions to jazz music, the Festival of Wiltz was able to present some of the biggest artists the time.

In 1991, a removable roof was installed; solving the problem of bad weather and allowing the public to enjoy extraordinary acoustics.

Bands: Manuel Barrueco, Carlo Bergonzi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maurice Béjart, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Manitas de Plata, Yves Duteil, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Jan Garbarek, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, John Scofield...

www.festivalwiltz.lu

FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE DUDELANGE

Through a collaboration between the village of Dudelange and Fe?te de la Musique, "Fe?te de la Musique Dudelange" was born and brings together rock, indie, electro, folk and pop music. The festival has been going strong since 1994 and has remained successful throughout it's 25 year history. It is a musical feast which signifies the beginning of summer. More than 70 groups and artists perform on 13 open-air stages and cafes; offering an unprecedented variety of musical styles. The Fe?te de la Musique Dudelange is an unmissable annual event where music lovers stroll through the streets, hearts beating as one, captivated by the eclectic rhythms. 

Past acts:

Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Joris, K’s Choice, Puggy, Katzenjammer, The Hooters, Gentleman, Mighty Oaks, Intergalatic Lovers, The Majority Says, Julian Le Play, Leslie Clio, Fish, Die Happy, Arid, Le Peuple de l’Herbe, Arno, Tito & Tarantula, Mrs Greenbird, Ezio, Wallis Bird, Red Cardell, Faudel, Poppa Chubby, Alphaville, Krezip, Wolf Maahn, Jeremy Days, Luxuslärm, Fool’s Garden, Louis Bertignac, Alphaville, Faudel, Royal Republic, Impala Ray...

Promoter:

Ville de Dudelange
In cooperation with Opderschmetz (Dudelange regional cultural centre)

Contact : john.rech[at]dudelange.lu

Tel : +352 51 61 21 280

website: www.fdlm-dudelange.lu

LAST SUMMER DANCE FESTIVAL

The Last Summer Dance Festival is a participative festival with an eclectic mix of music, workshops and arts at the end of August - start of September. Over two days, the idyllic castle park of Erpeldange-sur-Sure is filled with music from near and far, including bands like Konoba, Blue Nipple Boys, Tuys, The Disliked, and Giant Rooks.

www.lastsummer-dance.squarespace.com

LIKE A JAZZ MACHINE

At the turn of the new millennium, the reputation of Dudelange as Luxembourg’s City of Jazz was already firmly rooted in its outstanding previous history. Relying on this pioneering work and its ultimate commitment to jazz, Danielle Igniti (Artistic Director) decided to create an international jazz festival doing justice to the dynamic image of Dudelange, and to defend with refueled fervor its cultural strategy by organizing a common platform for the artists, the public, the professionals and cultural workers, as well as the associations and societies interested in partnership. Concentrating its efforts on jazz in all its forms, the festival offers a wide and open range of the most various currents, staking on the exceptional quality of the performances, shows and creations. « Like a Jazz Machine » is a festival for all ages, worthy of a big city’s renown, dedicated to enhance the visibility and the moods of today’s jazz all over the city of Dudelange, the whole of Luxembourg and the large European borderland.

www.jazzmachine.lu

LUXEMBOURG CLASSICAL MEETING

music:LX, in partnership with the Philharmonie Luxembourg organizes the Luxembourg Classical Meeting. The main goal of this showcase festival is to present the country's classical music scene to an audience of representatives of concert halls, festivals, record companies and artistic agencies.

The first edition of the festival was held in June 2015 for the tenth anniversary of the Philharmonie opening.
Artists featured: pianists Jean Muller, Cathy Krier, Francesco Tristano, the ensembles Artemandoline, Trio Koch and Lucilin, clarinetist Max Mausen, opera singers Claudia Moulin and David John Pike.  

The second edition took place in September 2017 parallel to the inauguration of the season 2017/18 of the Philharmonie Luxembourg. 
Artists featured: Quatuor Louvigny, Claudia Moulin&Marcelo Amaral, Trio Koch, Joint Venture Percussion Duo, Cathy Krier, Artemandoline, Philippe Schartz & Christopher Williams, Jean Muller. Moreover, the international delegates had the chance to listen to the OPL (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg) under the baton of its Music Director Gustavo Gimeno, with Sir Bryn Terfel as a soloist. 

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LUXEMBOURG JAZZ MEETING

music:LX, in collaboration with by now traditional partner for this event, neimënster, organises the Luxembourg Jazz Meeting since 2012 every two years. The main goal of this showcase festival is to to present the country's Jazz scene to professionals including artistic directors from renowned festivals, label representatives and international journalists. The past two editions (2016 and 2018), saw the Luxembourg Jazz Meeting evolving in Luxembourg Jazz Meeting&Friends, with some international bands performing.  

Artists featured in the first edition (2012): Marc Demuth / Alain Bedard Duo, Maxime Bender Quartet, Michel Reis Solo, Reis, Demuth Wiltgen, 4s, Claude Pauly's Mindmatter, Apfelbaum, Roby Glod Quartet, Pascal Schumacher Duo, Saxitude, .zip, Shohei Yamaki - guitar solo, Benoit Martiny Group, Ernie Hammes Quartet

Artists featured in the second edition (2014): Pit Dahm Trio, Paul Fox Collective, Pascal Schumacher Quartet, Roby Glod/Andy Champion/Mark Sanders, Meander, Saxitude (Nino Sopranino), KhaliféSchumacherTristano, Michel Reis Quartet, Greg Lamy 4tet, Maxime Bender 4tet, Gast Waltzing & LARGO, Jeff Herr Corporation, Marly Marques Quintet, Karnas - Osborne - Klein

Artists featured in the tirth edition (2016): Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen, Sascha Ley & Laurent Payfert, Dock In Absolute, Pascal Schumacher&Maxime Delpierre, Pol Belardi’s Force, Michel Pilz with his project Rimbaud #4 with Georg Ruby, Daniel D-Flat” Weber and Elodie Brochier, Jeff Herr Corporation, Pit Dahm Trio w/ Harmen Fraanje, Maxime Bender Universal Sky, Auguste Quartet (Quebec) and Andreas Rodosthenous Trio (Cyprus).
 
Artists featured in the tirth edition (2018): Krysztof Kobylinski (Poland), Greg Lamy Quartet, Jeff Herr Corporation, Klein, Pol Belardi’s Urban 5, Maxime Bender Universal Sky, Dock In Absolute,  Michel Reis Japan Quartet, Reis Demuth Wiltgen, David Laborier NE:XT, Machado/Ithursarry (France), Claire Parsons Duo. 

contact: laura[at]musiclx.lu

www.neimenster.lu

OMNI

Omni, the unidentified musical objects festival takes place every year in July at the Cultural Meeting Centre of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg. "Dialogue between cultures and culture of dialogue", it mixes all kind of music styles and art - exhibitions, theatre, concerts, open-air festival, etc.
Bands: Manu Chao, Kati Meloua, Joss Stone, Jean-Luc Ponty, Foals, Goldfrapp, PJ Harvey...

 www.neimenster.lu

OUT OF THE CROWD

The Out Of The Crowd Festival takes place every year at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-Sur-Alzette-Luxembourg and brings you all the best in Indie/Experimental music.

The festival exists since April 2004 and brought to the Kulturfabrik amazing acts such as 65daysofstatic, Pvt, Forward Russia, Engine Down, Honey For Petzi, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists; Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes, Baths, And So I Watch You From Afar, Battles a.m.m.

www.ootcfestival.com

RAINY DAYS

Powerful, wild, and primeval – over the first two weekends of December, the rainy days festival presents contemporary sound landscapes no lawnmower could tame. Orchestral works run wild in two concerts with Ilan Volkov and the OPL; a wild free-jazz big band; a Wild West-style avant-garde rock trio; artificial woods out of a socket, heroes from northern sagas, tigers from America, and crocodiles from Manchester – all add up to a boisterous, eclectic, indoor and outdoor festival.

Venues include – as well as the Philharmonie, the Grand Théâtre, and the Mudam – the rocky setting around Neumünster Abbey, the storied casino cellar, and the city’s untidy outskirts: waste land, industrial ruins, and the bustle of pre-Christmas shopping malls. Even in the concert hall, the OPL and the highly cultivated ensemble recherche indulge in shows of force and outbursts of rage…

With festival debuts by exceptional ensembles (London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Blueblut, Distractfold, PHACE, and Magnus Lindberg’s Toimii Ensemble) and premieres and new work by Pierluigi Billone, Roby Glod, Alexis Guneratne, David Helbich, Steve Kaspar/Trixi Weis, Catherine Kontz, Jorge López, Daniel Ott/Enrico Stolzenburg, Alexander Schubert, Maurizio Spiridigliozzi, Pamelia Stickney/Mark Holub/Chris Janka, and many others.

contact: dramaturgie[at]philharmonie.lu

website: www.rainydays.lu

SIREN'S CALL

The Siren’s Call Music & Culture Festival started in 2017 and has since become the yearly summer event that the Grand-Duchy can look forward to with multiple genres performing on various stages in the historic & picturesque Grund area. Venues include the Siren’s Main Stage at the Neumünster Abbey, Melusina Stage, Siggy’s Stage, St Jean Church Stage, Garden Stage, the Agora, the Brasserie and the Lawn as well as De Gudde Wëllen. Since its first edition, the festival will feature a variety of cultural activities. From art & theatrical performances to light & sound installations and a design exhibition, the festival collaborates with local talents and offers a platform for their work of art.

www.sirenscall.lu

SONIC VISIONS

Located between Belgium, France and Germany, SONIC VISIONS is a Showcase and Conference Festival that creates a platform for professionals all over the music industry as well as for the international audience.

Previous editions included gigs by artists such as When 'Airy Met Fairy, Scarred, Cherokee, Rome, Say Yes Dog, An Apple A Day, Napoleon Gold, Bonaparte, Naive New Beaters, Royal Republic and keynotes by music professionals such as Carl Leighton-Pope, Alan McGee (Creation Records) and Ross Robinson (producer - KoRn, Klaxons, Slipknot, The Cure...)

www.sonicvisions.lu

ZELTIK

Since 1997, around mid-March, the city of Dudelange is turning into the Mecca of Celtic music, hosting the jewels of this music genre at the Zeltik. The colourful festival takes place at the Alliance appendix of the Lycée Nic Biever’s sports hall. 2017 will be the 20th anniversary of the renown event. Traditionally, the 19th edition will be preceded by the ‘Celtic Prelude’, which will open the festivities on Friday 11 March at 8 pm at St Martin’s church with the Berlin Pipe Company (Scottish Pipes & Drums) and Erik Hoppe at the organ. Saturday evening

Past acts:

Carlos Nu?n?ez, The Red Hot Chilli Pipes, Capercaillie, The Waterboys, The Levellers, Altan, Dervish, Los Paperboys, Soldat Louis, Moya Brennan, Dan Ar Braz, The Danceperados of Ireland, Celtic Legends, Skerryvore, The Rapparees, Bagad Kemper, Salsa Celtica, Urban Trad, Beoga, Guichen, Red Cardell, Xosé Manuel Budiño, Seth Lakeman, Bodh’aktan, The Kilkennys, Niahm Ni Charra Band, Cara, An Erminig etc.

www.zeltik.lu