Botanique’s 17 Sellouts

Taste-making Brussels indoor festival Les Nuits Botanique is celebrating an excellent renewal as 17 of its 42 shows sold out.

Photo: Vincent Philbert
at Les Nuits Botanique 2015 in Belgium. 

Technically the Belgian fest had 18 sellouts but French-Finnish pop act The Dø had to cancel its show at the 1,200-capacity Chapiteu after a band member got sick.

The other acts to fill Chapiteu were Marina & The DiamondsBenjamin ClementineHot Chip, and Rone. The sellouts in the Cirque Royal, the largest of the Botanique’s venues with capacities ranging from 1,400 to 2,100, came from Godspeed You! Black EmperorBalthazar, Louis Matthieu & Anna Chedid, and Patrick WatsonGreat Mountain Fire and current European Talent Exchange Programme leader Ibeyi sold out the 650-capacity Orangerie.

The 300-capacity Grand Salon and Rotonde venues had full houses for Roscoe, Fugu Mango, Tobias Jesso Jr,. Feu! ChattertonMansfield TYAKevin Morby, and The Soft Moon. Between April 26 and May 17 the festival attracted 30,000 visitors.

The event’s record attendance came in 2011 when 35,000 people showed for 39 concerts with 16 of them selling out. Les Nuits Botanique takes place in five venues and the surrounding gardens at Rue Royale, which offers a panoramic view of the Belgian capital and was once one of the coolest places for the country’s high society to be seen.