Fete de la Musique Dudelange takes place today and as usual organiser John Rech has put together a fantastic programme that showcases some of the top musical talent from both Luxembourg and abroad. John took some time to talk to me about the festival.

Festival Spirit

The festival will feature more that eighty acts across eleven stages spread throughout Dudelange centre and John feels like this year’s line-up is a great reflection of what they have always wanted to achieve, “We’ve tried to put up a diverse programme and loads of talented acts”, he said, “this year’s edition brings the spirit back, of what we’ve been trying to do over the years. We have two headliners, Puggy and Might Oaks who were discovery acts a couple of years ago so when they arrived hardly anyone knew them and they have just exploded since then.

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Puggy – Photo provided by FdlM

He’s not wrong, Puggy were undoubtedly one of the highlights from last year’s Rock-A-Field festival and returned to play a huge show at Rockhal in November, Mighty Oaks meanwhile have been taking Europe by storm with their brand of indie folk.

Ones To Watch

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Van Holzen – Photo provided by FdlM

John hopes that some of the acts on this year’s bill will be able to emulate their success and he has pinpointed a few that might manage it. “Avec and Van Holzen from Germany, Avec are from Austria and they are kind of giving us the idea that they might explode too. Van Holzen already did in Germany, they’re one of the biggest rock discoveries of the year so it’s just that spirit of getting these young fresh acts in and it’s really nice.”

Youth Acts

Speaking of young acts, as well as a whole host of established artists Fete de la Musique Dudelange will also give very young musicians from the area the opportunity to get some on stage experience with a new stage in the park, “We’re doing that together with the Dudelange Youth Centre and the SNJ”, said John, “they are choosing the bands and it gives a different edge to the whole thing. The Youth Stage used to be the first step in to the Fete de la Musique but we have a new step since last year which is the Parc Stage which allows very young kids to be up on stage at Fete de la Musique and it will have students from the music school and from the harmonie municipal etc.”

Security

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In practical terms the there will be free buses going from the surrounding area to Dudelange Centre and there will also be a number of park and ride options. Safety is of course a priority for the organisers as well, “I’ve been asked the question a few times regarding security, we are in close contact with police, we are up to date and thank God for now, Luxembourg has been kept out of everything that’s going on but we are thinking about it and of course we will do everything so that people feel comfortable. The spirit of the festival is always good, the weather should be great so everything should be about love and peace!” said John.

Hidden Gems

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Tuys – Photo provided by FdlM

Back to the music and while there are of course headline acts like Puggy and Mighty Oaks, John also has a few other suggestions; “Well I like to stay that every band is like a headliner to us or else we wouldn’t have chosen them and we try to have a diverse programme.” he said, “There are of course those “secret acts” that people should see. For the Luxembourg audience there’s Serge Tonnar & Legotrip, Go By Brooks, Benny & The Bugs, and Tuys who are a fantastic live band and we’ve been following their career, they started on the youth stage and now they are on the main stage playing in the evening.”

With a superb line up, this free festival should be on everyone’s “things to do” list this weekend.

Find out more information at www.fdlm-dudelange.lu