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City Parade 2010

Party under the Atomium

Words: Drew Millard

If you’re wondering where the party’s at on 21st August, the answer to that particularly forward-thinking question would be Brussels at the tenth annual City Parade.  It’s a free event that attracts over two hundred thousand visitors each year, and though it takes a new location every year, this year takes place under the Atomium, which is one of those awe-inspiringly gigantic objects that are meant to make you sit back and reorganize your cosmic perspective.  Or, in this case, have you dance your ass off.

Things kick off at 1400, then the parade gets going from 1700 to 1830, when the trucks will assume a stationary position around the Atomium and blast music until 2330.  Headliners include Thai turntablist Nakadia, as well as Mar-T, the dude who helped forge the signature sound of Ibiza’s legendary Amnesia club.

If you were at all remotely worried that this party stops at what some would consider a reasonable hour, don’t worry there’s a 25 euro after party that starts at 10:00 pm and ends at the wee small hour of 6:00 am, featuring headliner Paul Oakenfold, Dutch house master Fedde le Grand, the now-Born Again


Green Velvet, cheeky Swedish electro-poppers Dada Life, and eccentric Belgian Dr. Lektroluv, who’s been known to DJ with the aid of a telephone instead of the conventional set of headphones.

Again, the event takes place on 21st August under the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium.  For the full line up, other important details as well as ticket info, check out their official website, which we were kind enough to find the English link for because God knows your Flemish is rusty.

And if you can’t make it there yourself, your faithful friends at DJmag will be providing a review of the event in the magazine.