Listen! 2020: United in Music and Diversity


Listen! festival returns from Wednesday 25 March to Sunday 29 March 2020 at several locationsin Brussels. For itsfifth edition, Listen! has chosen the slogan «United in Music and Diversity». The festival will bring together several local and alternative music scenes, symbols of the unique diversity that characterises our capital.

Listen! takes pride in its reputation of being an eclectic festival curating a quality line‐up that is equally rich by day as by night. A varied daytime program filled with radio shows, talks, workshops, exhibitions and record fairs seamlessly blends into a dynamic nightlife line‐up of eclectic DJ sets, live concerts and music showcases.

It is this context that for the upcoming 5th edition, Listen! is excited to launch its brand new motto “United in Music and Diversity”. The festival aims to bring together all the different local alternative music scenes, representing Brussels’ unique diversity. From hip hop to house, from electronic to global sounds, Listen! connects all the dots, bringing together labels and collectives, regardless of their musical style and orientation. With this motto, Listen! aims to place itself among the key events that set an example for the music industry.

This 2020 edition will be offering several days and nights of exciting music experiences, throughout more than 15 locations across the city. To represent a maximum of all the different influencesfrom the Brussels music scene, each event will be curated in collaboration with some of the most prominent Belgian music influencers, including LeftO, Black Mamba, Crevette Records and local queer collectives SPEK & Gay Haze.

As stated by Crack Magazine, at Listen! “local talent is granted as much space as the heavy hitters”. Next to some of the best names of our local music scene, last year’s edition was opened by Jeff Mills & Tony Allen, playing a sold out show in Flagey. For this 2020 edition, music fans will be treated again to a number of international legends completing the experimental line‐up.

Quoting VICE, Listen! has established itself throughout its previous editions as “a sort of institution in Brussels”. In 2019, the festival attracted more than 20,000 people, of which more than 60% visiting from outside of Brussels. As mentioned by Trax Magazine, the success of the last edition has been the “result of an exemplary cooperation between the variouslocal actors, illustrating above all the endless possibilities represented today by the city of Brussels”.

The first artists, curators and locations for the 2020 edition will be announced in the second half of November. Stay tuned!


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