The fourth edition of environmentally aware Paradise City Festival is set to play out from June 29th to July 1st 2018 at the Castle domain of Ribaucourt in Belgium, only 15 minutes away from the city centre of Brussels. Once again, the cosy festival mixes a carefully curated line up with a conscious mission to try and show there is a greener way for the world to live.
Paradise City is a green festival which received a Highly Commended Award at the A Greener Festival Awards 2017 and is determined to hold that well earned title. That is evident from the extra efforts that the organisers make each year with things such as a car share scheme that results in a discount for anyone who uses it is also in operation, and the fact all food waste will be sent off after the event to be turned into biomass.
Each year the organisers aim to reduce the ecological impact of the festival and always look at new green options for power. They also ask all their team, suppliers and sponsors to take an ecological stand with them and last year went from fuel generators to biofuel generators and achieved a reduction of 50% of their diesel usage while also using solar power as often as possible. All this means Paradise City Festival is is an ecological dream with less waste, fewer emissions and more delicious and sustainable food (of which most is locally sourced and organically grown with ingredients from fair-trade sources) than any other event of its kind.
Ahead of Paradise City the festival organisers and promoters shares some of their personal favourite hot spots in this Brussels city guide exclusively for Decoded Magazine.
Bar / Drinking Spot: Play Label Rooftop:
Play Label is a music bar in Brussels and stage host at Paradise City Festival. Their into that groovy old school House music. But beside being a great label they are great party promoters and every summer they organise their very popular rooftop parties. When the Sun is out you can expect a Play Label Party on top of the Bowling Crosly. Check their Facebook page for latest updates on the parties.
Clubs / After-parties: C12
Great new club in the Gallery Horta, right next to the Art Nouveau Gallery right under the Brussels Central train station. Top-Notch line-up curation and a great sound system. The new place to be in Brussels for the night wolves. The after-party of Paradise City Festival will happen there on July 1st.
Cocktails / Drinking Spot: Vertigo & Private Cocktail Club Jalousy
Owned and managed by the people behind the Love parties and the notorious Attar!, local based DJ who is known by all of Brussels nightlife enthusiasts. Go to Vertigo for a nice cocktail and some nice food. Then go a few meters around the corner to the private club Jalousy. A secret place and you need a password to get in. But if you meet the right locals they will have you covered. The place to go for top-notch cocktails and an intimate dance-floor with excellent vibes.
Music / Radio: Kiosk Radio
In Parc Royale next to the Kings Palace you have Kiosk Radio, a small independent radio that runs DJ sets and where you can have a drink. Apart from a wooden shack in the heart of Brussels’ historic “Parc Royal”, Kiosk Radio is first and foremost a community of music lovers. Here, some of the finest DJs, labels and collectives from Brussels (and beyond) gather to video-stream their music every afternoon, every day of the week. A radio with a view but no boundaries, where music and nature are interconnected and experienced in the here and now. From home, at work or while jogging in the park, tune in and join our community!
Record Shops: Crevette Records Store
The best record store on town for electronic music. Do some crate digging and you are sure to find some very special records.
Museum / Sites / Cultural Activity: Bozar
Center of fine arts, in a fantastic Art Deco building from the architect Horta. Check out the website for special events and expositions.
Gastro / Restaurant: SAN
Created by the chef San Degeimbre who is very famous for his Restaurant L’air du Temps **, has created this concept SAN, which offers a gastronomic experience at an accessible price. Al served in bowls and you have 1 spoon.
Delicious. San will also host the Restaurant at Paradise City Festival this year.
Favourite Spot To Soak Up the Views / Go for a Wonder: Guingette Parc Cinquantenaire
In the Parc Cinquantenaire which is a beautiful park and a great place to have a drink.
Wild Card: MIM (Musée des instrument de musique)
Probably one of the most spectacular buildings in Brussels. Art Nouveau at its best. Insider tip: have a lunch on the rooftop terrace with a breathtaking view on Brussels.
Paradise City Festival info:
Call Super B2B Objekt
Red Axes live
Romare live band
+ More to be announced