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Preview of concerts in Luxembourg this August

With most of the venues in Luxembourg going on their summer holiday over August, it is up to Rotondes to produce yet again a stellar line-up for the Congés Annulés festival. So for those not off sunning themselves by the beach, you’ll have your pick of enthralling music from international and local acts.

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UK duo The KVB blend reverb-soaked shoegaze with minimalist electronic production to create their delicate and ephemeral sound.

In 2014, the duo ventured to Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe's Berlin studio to track what would become their ‘Out of Body’ EP, released later that year on Newcombe's own A Records label. This session would mark The KVB's first recordings made outside of their own home studio as well as the first time they'd work with drummer Joe Dilworth, best known for his work with Stereolab. Catch them at Rotondes on August 8.

Having left their old site in Bissen back in 2014, Food For Your Senses will hope that they've found a permanent home in Kirchberg close to the RTL headquarters, which hosted none other than the Rolling Stones back in the mid 90s. Returning for their 10th anniversary on August 4, they celebrate with a bumper lineup of local and international acts with the likes of Paus, Goat and Bartleby Delicate.

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With much of Congés Annulés being full of highly acclaimed international acts, be sure to make it along to the highly acclaimed local acts of the future.

Edsun sprung onto the scene last year with a wonderful performance at Rotondes for last year’s festival, which saw the dancer and R&B artist fuse his two loves with such artistry and vision that it’s hard to see him not burst out to a wider audience soon. He’ll be playing Rotondes on August 8 along with fellow local act Dorian & Louvar.

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Shame are a group of teenagers who have a scent of the old-school, the original and the raw, regardless of how prescribed it may seem, it's invigorating. The excitement and the energy of the band lies in their youthful energy.

Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard and more, all this despite having released an EP yet. See them at Rotondes on August 9 before they move up to bigger venues soon.

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An artist of rare calibre, Aldous Harding does more than sing, she uses her body and face as a weapon of theatre, dancing with steeled fervour to her enigmatic sound. Her debut release with 4AD, Party (produced with the award-winning John Parish; PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) introduces a new pulse to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where the likes of Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. Having quickly became known for her charismatic combination of talent, tenacity and shrewd whit, see her bring the full package to Rotondes on August 15.

Beach Fossils self-titled 2010 debut established a sound that was both minimal and enveloping. With ‘Somersault’, the group’s first release since 2013’s Clash The Truth, Beach Fossils have channeled years of experimentation into expansion and reinvention. Augmented with more complex instrumentation, including string arrangements, piano, harpsichord, flute, and sax, the new songs offer multi-layered pop guided by sharp, poignant, and honest lyrics. Catch their new sound at Rotondes on August 21.

Holy Fuck took the world by storm around 2005 with their hard-core thrift-store found-object punk band, with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert. Supporting them on the night will be Alex Cameron  who played a storming support set for Mac DeMarco at Rockhal last year. His witty electro pop evokes an 80s charm that will have the crowd swooning from side to side. See this doubleheader at Rotondes on August 24.

Car Seat Headrest is the project of Seattle artist Will Toledo. With a vision that is both sweeping in scope and intimately personal, Car Seat Headrest embodies the DIY ethos at its best. The songs are often long and complex, but they are anchored in irresistible melodies and a piercing emotional directness. They’ll be bringing their sound to Rotondes on August 25.

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Other notable gigs include:

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