Paradise City Festival presents tranquil Paradise Down by the Lake


The festival returns to the scene with a downtempo edition in the middle of an undiscovered piece of nature.

At the beginning of July, Paradise City Festival organised a smaller alternative to their annual summer festival. On these two evenings, 400 visitors enjoyed DJ sets on their private boats on the moat around Ribaucourt Castle. Now, the organisation takes a step in a different, more tranquil direction, with a similar, extended and improved concept on a new location.

Paradise Down by the Lake will take place on eight different dates between September 10 and 20. For the first time, the promoters move to the Calmeyn Castle domain in Drogenbos, an oasis of nature and tranquillity, just a stone's throw away from Brussels. This domain’s main feature is an idyllic lake, on which visitors will float their boats.

If you expect a ‘regular’ Paradise City event, you might leave disappointed. In this new concept, mystery, nature and relaxation are crucial elements. “The idea is that the music we’ll offer is not to excite people, but rather to heal them in these peculiar times, and bring them some introspection in life”, explains promoter Gilles De Decker. "We will make extra efforts to create a mysterious David Lynch-esque atmosphere that stimulates the senses".

Gentle music will be played from a stage on an island in the lake by a wide selection of established names in the international electronic music circuit. All DJ sets and live performances will sound calmer than usual (think: the easy-going sides of electronic music, like ambient, jazz fusion, downtempo, etc.) to fit with the rustic environment. Check out the full lineup here.

By government guidelines and social distancing rules, a maximum capacity of 300 visitors per day is maintained. The 40 available boats each have a capacity of 6 to 8 people and are equipped with benches, a table, a storage box and handrails. Visitors of Paradise Down by the Lake will be able to order picnic baskets too.