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Greenhouse Talent, Brussels Expo and Festival Les Ardentes triumphed over ever-changing restrictions to complete an "amazing" debut edition
By IQ on 16 Sep 2021
The inaugural edition of Belgium’s Arena 5 concert series drew around 50,000 people over the course of seven weeks.
The series was the initiative of Brussels Expo, Ghent-based promoter/agency Greenhouse Talent and Festival Les Ardentes who built a brand new stage for the festival at the Place de Belgique, among the exhibition halls of Brussels Expo.
Having launched Arena 5 in July, the promoters were frequently forced to adapt the festival in line with ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions.
“Flexibility of capacity and configuration has proven to be a major asset in the face of rapidly changing health measures,” says Greenhouse Talent.
“”Flexibility of capacity and configuration has proven to be a major asset in the face of rapidly changing health measures”
“The first concerts in July began in front of a seated audience and with respect for social distancing. In August, the green light was given for the organisation of a test event where more than 5,000 fans of techno were able to unleash for the first time without masks or social distancing thanks to the Covid Safe Ticket. It was a successful event, which marked the start of a series of other parties with even more people – up to 7,500 people.”
SCH, Peggy Gou, Feu Chatterton, Hooverphonic, Amelie Lens, Charlotte De Witte, Peggy Gou, 2ManyDjs and Tale of Us were among the international and domestic acts that performed at Arena 5 between 22 July and concluded on 12 September.
The organisers have confirmed that Arena 5 will return in summer 2022 for a second edition.
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