Luxembourgâ€™s second city hosts its annual street and music festival, featuring an eclectic line up of artists.
The annual Terres Rouges festival is spread out over three days in Esch-sur-Alzette. A vibrant end to the summer, the festival opens with two days of street artists performing in public spaces and setting up installations all around Luxembourg’s second city.
The artists come from Luxembourg, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and even Mexico. Highlights include the fascinating PIG installation by The Whalley Range All Stars and Granny Turismo, billed as “first and only shopping trolley dance display team”. The street festival is open both days between 2 and 10 p.m. and is free of charge.
On Saturday the city also hosts its annual Kulturlaaf fun run around the Esch-Beval site. The 10km or 5km course (there is also a kids’ course) is open to all comers. The “culture” elements are provided by street performers who line the route.
On Sunday the festival heads to the Gaalgebierg, the former gallow’s hill, where fans will be treated to arguably its strongest ever music line up. The show opens with local acoustic rock quartet Zero Point 5. They are followed by the UK’s Crystal Fighters, an energetic and enthusiastic live band whose show--“a bit carnival, a bit rave, a bit Halloween” according to Caroline Sullivan in The Guardian--elicits rapturous comments from fans on social media.
Delano’s personal highlight on the bill is British songstress Laura Mvula (photo). A rising star in the UK, she has received rave reviews for her debut album Sing To The Moon, which not only showcases her lush voice but also her willingness to experiment with instruments that other “soul” singers of her ilk would not dare to use.
Also on the bill is Morcheeba, the UK soul-pop trio who are no strangers to the Grand Duchy, having played at den Atelier fives times (and at that venue’s own Terres Rouges festival in 2001).
Another familiar face to Luxembourg music fans is Belgian singer Milow. But headliner Aloe Blacc is making his first appearance in the Grand Duchy. Best known for his single ‘I Need A Dollar’ and for performing vocals on Avicci’s hit ‘Wake Me Up’, Blacc is supporting his latest album Lift Your Spirit.
Esch-sur-Alzette, city centre; Belval Plaza (kulturlaaf); Gaalgebierg (music festival)