A Shoe To A Kill
Since 2002, more than 1000 artists have taken part in the Brussels Summer Festival, ten days of music from local and international artists in the heart of the city. This year's line-up includes performances from Patti Smith, Catfish, Mumbai Silence, Rey Cabrera, Clare Louise, Guilt Monkey, Leaf House and Eddie & the Hot Rods, plus many more. Concerts will be held in three locations: Place des Palais, Mont des Arts and Magic Mirrors (Place des Musées). Presale tickets are available through 7 August, or tickets can be purchased at the door. A 10-day pass can be purchased during presale for €50, plus ticketing fees; one-day and two-day passes are available as well. Discounted access to select museums and events is extended to those who purchase a 10-day pass, thanks to partnerships with a number of cultural institutions throughout the city. More information about the Brussels Summer Festival 2014 can be found at www.bsf.be.
PHOTO: Eric Danhier
The Feeërieën festival is the AB’s annual free music offering from around the world. Performers include Perfume Genius, Douglas Dare, Antony & the Johnsons, Miaux, Lonnie Holley, Jessy Lanza Copeland and Killing Sound.
AB’s Kevin McMullan says: “The Feeërieën is an annual festival of what we call ‘outdoor cocooning’. Five nights of free concerts in an intimate magical context in which you’re bound to make some musical discoveries.”
Beck’s back at Forest National, with his superb new album Morning Phase. Reports from his first concerts in the states are very promising. 10 September. Doors open at 19:00; the show will start at 20:00. Tickets: €46 - www.livenation.be
Degand, one of Brussels' premier department stores for men's fashion, will start supplying shoes made by the bootmaker, John Lobb.
Kings and celebrities, including Prince Charles and Sean Connery as James Bond, have worn John Lobb shoes and the company has tailored to the most exclusive sort of customers for decades.
The elaborate shoemaking process begins with making a mould of the customer's foot (called a last) that the shoe is built upon, which helps create a shoe that follows the exact contours of the customer’s feet. The complete proces takes 60 hours of labour and involves 190 steps.
With more than 300 styles, the customer can then choose from a predesigned model, or design a shoe and pattern to their liking. John Lobb uses only the finest Italian leathers.
Degand will also sell ready-to-wear John Lobb shoes, including some of their more well-known models, such as the Saint Crépin, a shoe that's made from one cut of leather.