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When everything else in Luxembourg is closed, try Congés Annulés
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When everything else in Luxembourg is closed, try Congés Annulés

3 min. 02.08.2016 From our online archive
Luxembourg's number one festival for staycationers is back. Congés Annulés aims to introduce music fans to some new and sometimes experimental artists at a time when everything else in the Grand Duchy seems to be shutting down. Read on to find out who is in the line-up.

By Sam Steen

The Congés Annulés (cancelled holidays) music season is back in Luxembourg for its eight edition in August. The music and arts festival, hosted at Rotondes in Bonnevoie, kicked off on Friday night with a thrilling concert by local math rock band Mutiny On The Bounty. To find out more about the month long cultural celebration, I spoke to Véro Kesseler.

Summer is festival season in Luxembourg, from Rock-A-Field and Rock-Um-Kneudlar through to the MeYouZik World Music festival and the Blues ’n’ Jazz Rallye, most bases are covered. Congés Annulés however, aims to introduce music fans to some new and sometimes experimental artists at a time when everything else in the Grand Duchy seems to be shutting down.

Congés annulés is about experimenting with new things

“Congés annulés is about experimenting with new things and for the public to take their time to explore new artists. Taking time to explore and being curious is such an important thing” said Véro, adding “August is perfect for it! In Luxembourg, August is normally vacation time or slowdown time for others. Many venues, bars and shops close down in August as well, but summertime is also festival time, and that's why we think that August is the perfect month for offering an eclectic programme to the ones that stay entirely or partially at home.

"So if you can’t explore new things by travelling this summer, you can make new discoveries for your ears and eyes during congés annulés, that’s what it’s all about."

Along with the many bands and artists who will perform at Rotondes throughout the month of August, there will also be plenty of other events and activities at the venue for people to enjoy.

“Even if the main idea is to make people discover the bands, it doesn't stop there. There's much more to summertime than good music. Summertime is also open air time, that's why we have some gigs taking place outside, but we will also, for the first time, collaborate with our friends from cinémathèque of the City of Luxembourg and Rotondes are now the third spot for city open air cinema during the (hopefully) warm summer nights”, Véro said.

“Also we plan to do some spontaneous family summer aperos, the Summer exhibition Milk & Money will be open in the evenings and the Bicycle art and film festival will take place on the last weekend of August!”

Gigs you should not miss

With so many shows to choose from it’s difficult to decide which ones to prioritise but Véro has some that she has earmarked.

“Definitely, Kevin Morby (August 14), she said. “His song "Harlem River" is just hypnotising. But also Flavien Berger (August 5), for being a real "enfant terrible" in what he does. Whitney (August 16), as real newcomers, they have just invented their very own indie pop style. The Icelandic band Vök(August 18), because I am really curious about their live gig. And of course, our local acts, and there will be some of them you never heard of before!”

One of the great things about Congés Annulés is that there will be shows and activities that should appeal to everyone, fans of different genres of music and film will be catered for and there will even be a number of family/child friendly events.

“We have the family summer aperos. As we take it also a little bit more slow in August, we will announce them quite spontaneously on Facebook, but I guess in August everything is more spontaneous anyway!” explained Véro. “We have planed some short, outside activities for the kids and parents, if the weather allows.”

Tickets are still available for the individual shows, unfortunately full festival passes are currently sold out but Véro still had some good news, “lots of our gigs are free entry, and others have really democratic entrance prices!”

For the full Congés Annulés programme go to rotondes.lu

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