The 28th annual Couleur Café festival was a success, the organisers said. The festival, which took place for the first time at the foot of the Atomium in the Parc d’Osseghem (a public park in Greater Brussels), per an initial estimate attracted nearly 60,000 visitors in three days. The festival went off without incident. In particular, amongst the headline acts, were Orishas, Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra, Baloji, Alpha Blondy and Kery James. Damian Marley, The Roots, Lamomali and Birdy Nam Nam were also included.
Irène Rossi, the spokeswoman for the festival, stated on Sunday evening, “The public were highly involved with this latest Couleur Café and seemed delighted to be here. Even the weather was on our side. It rained before the concerts but not whilst they were taking place.”
The 2017 Couleur Café was intended to be the country’s greenest festival. The organisers said that the public also played ball in this sense, by respecting the instructions to keep the park tidy, to maintain the site in the best condition possible. They indicated, “The gamble to relocate the festival in the Parc d’Osseghem has been a resounding success. The novelties amongst which were certain activities, the smallest discotheque in the world and the secret bars, were also a great triumph.”
On the bill for Sunday evening the audience were able to, in particular, applaud the reggae legends Damian Marley and Alpha Blondy, the rap stars Kery James, Flatbush Zombies and Loyle Carner, and the afro-vibes artists Batuk and Jupiter & Okwess.