Les Nuits Botanique traditionally kick off the Belgian festival season and is basically paradise for music lovers of all ages. This year’s edition promises to be top-notch once again as there are many great bands and artists to discover. With over 30 concerts in just 10 days you might have trouble choosing which acts you want to go see. To make life easier for you, we selected five concerts you can’t miss.
Ghostpoet (May 9)
It’s very hard to label Ghostpoet‘s music. It’s kind of like spoken word poetry meeting music influenced by UK ska, grime, hiphop and garage. His most recent album Shedding Skin received rave reviews from well-respected publications such as The Guardian and NME. His deep, smooth rumble of a voice mixed with a thick London accent and his unique way of singing/rapping will make it a night to remember.
Vuurwerk (May 11)
Vuurwerk means as much as fireworks and that’s exactly what to expect when attending a concert of this Belgian electronic music group. Back in March they collaborated with fashion label KRJST to create a hell of a runway show at Paris Fashion Week. If their show for Les Nuits Botanique will sound and look anything like that, we’re in for a treat.
Lapsley (May 15)
The XX meets London Grammar in the form of the incredibly talented 18-year old Holly Laplsey Fletcher better known as Lapsley. Despite her young age she already made the longlist for the BBC’s Sound of 2015. With her latest EP Understudy, the young songstress has firmly marked her position in the world of minimalist electronica, capturing an ethereal quality that makes you want to drop everything and indulge in the soothing tones of her sparse, almost barren, songs. Be careful if you choose to attend her concert as her compelling voice might hypnotize you.
Theophilus London (May 16)
2015 promises to be a big year for Trinidad-born, Brooklyn-raised emcee Theophilus London. Towards the end of last year he released his sophomore studio album Vibes which was executive produced by none other than Kanye West. Amidst an interview with Montreality the young rapper said he sees Yeezus as a mentor and gave up some information about the highly-anticipated Kanye album saying he even got to write a song for it. Oh yeah, and he’s featured on ‘Ye‘s new anthem All Day. This guy could be hip hop’s next superstar, you don’t want to miss out on that right?
Ibeyi (May 17)
Together twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz are Ibeyi (pronounced ee-bey-ee) which means “twins” in yoruba, the native language and culture of their Cuban father, musician Anga Diaz, who played percussion with Buena Vista Social Club and passed away in 2006. Their self-titled debut album rings true to their yoruban heritage in both language as well as in the calls to spiritual “orishas,’ or deities of the culture. Having one of the best releases of 2015 so far, it’s safe to say these talented sisters have a great future ahead of them.