Blues & Jazz rain down on Luxembourg
(ADW) One word was on everyone’s lips on Saturday night: “rain”. Indeed the 17th edition of the Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye was somewhat marred by the downpour that hit Clausen and the Grund area of Luxembourg City. In fact this was reflected by the number of people that turned out, seemingly half the numbers of previous “sunny” years.
However this was possibly not entirely true. As soon as the rain began to fall, many sought refuge in the bars and cafés where acts were playing, and a peek inside them revealed that they were mostly full to bursting point.
But there were those that braved the rain with a “we’re wet now, so who cares” attitude and enjoyed music from about 50 free concerts on 14 outdoor stages as well as the 17 bars, cafes and music clubs.
Certainly the styles and quality of music was up to the usual rally standards with local and international acts. Whether, MacArnold and Plate full o'Blues on the Dexia stage at Rives de Clausen, the Wincklepickers on the carousel shaped stage opposite Pygmalion, the excellent Orchestre National de Jazz Luxembourg at Volkswagen stage or B connected inside the Basserie in Rives de Clausen (Ed: my personal favourite), all had their fans and no doubt gained a few more.
Apart from the rain “blues” the night brought, another disappointment was the route visitors were forced to follow this year due to incomplete road works at the top of Rue de la Tour Jacob. A narrow muddy path by the side of the river Alzette was the only possibility in both directions to walk between Clausen and the Grund area. Tip-toeing through puddles in people-jam single file followed by a narrow and slippery spiral staircase, also with 2-way traffic up the ramparts, wasn’t everyone’s idea of fun. The special bridge for the occasion, to match the location in true medieval style, was guarded at either end by security, only allowing people to cross in 1 direction. Getting to Abbye Neumuster from Clausen therefore meant you had to continue all the way to the Grund and back again, not mentioned on the map.
But once back in front of the next stage, all was forgotten as music fans were enchanted and musically transported away from the rain and their wet and muddy clothes, and instead showered with jazz and blues well into the night.