Stromae is back on the festival road

Away from the stage for several years, the Belgian singer is back on the road to travel across Europe and the major summer festivals.

After a few warm-up concerts at the start of the year, Stromae is going on tour again, with festivals in Europe this summer, these places of “letting go” where nothing “is ever as we had planned”.

“I wasn’t too stressed until that night. I woke up with the fear of forgetting the lyrics, when in fact, every time it goes well! I was like, ‘Hey, here are the first blows of stress'”, smiles the Belgian, relaxed, questioned on Friday.

The “Multitude Tour”, named after his latest album, will begin in France with the Aluna Festival on June 16 before scouring the Old Continent this summer. Then will come the theaters in North America, and in Europe again, at the end of 2022-beginning of 2023.

The artist is “very happy” to plunge back “into a rhythm of touring” with the festivals, conducive to “letting go”. “An indoor concert, we have just dropped off the children with the babysitter and, tomorrow, we will have to work, while a festival lasts several days. It’s party time and the public starts right away, heated by three -four shows before”.

Two recent appearances at Coachella, a renowned Californian festival, reminded him “that in a festival, nothing is ever as planned” and that the public always enjoys the show without seeing the small technical bugs that the artist notices.

“To have fun”

The “letting go”, Stromae also adopts it today so as not to reproduce the errors of an XXL tour completed in 2015 in burnout (aggravated by the side effects of an anti-malarial).

“I think I gave myself a lot on the Racine Carrée tour (previous album), I entertained a lot. Now I want to have fun, find a happy medium,” says the 30-year-old. Obviously, this perfectionist wondered if the public would not find him “lazy” (laughs).

No risk. In the “Multitude Tour”, which mobilizes nearly fifty people, Stromae always likes to take on several roles for his songs. The viewer takes full view. A ballet of robotic arms thus modulates the stage space. Without forgetting a small robot-dog with a life of its own. “I don’t know if he’s going to last long, he’s already fallen into the pit, it hurts my heart when he goes into peanuts like that”.

“I was lucky to have Arno”

When Stromae opens the souvenir album, he thinks back to his first festival at the Trans Musicales de Rennes. “I was lucky to have Arno (recently deceased Belgian singer, his godfather and friend in the profession) who had agreed to come and cover one of his songs with me”. “It was ballsy on his part, he didn’t have to come and do the first concerts of a guy who only had one hit, Then we danceand which was perhaps not going to last”.

Except that he lasted, to the point of doing Madison Square Garden in New York in 2015, where he will return for two dates this winter, a luxury that few French-speaking artists, like Charles Aznavour or Céline Dion, have been able to afford. to offer. “I did not have the ambition to sing in French in a country that did not understand it, but the success of Then we dance showed that there was no barrier. So, why not the USA?”, comments the one who will also pass through Los Angeles or San Francisco, among others.

Stromae has also caught the eye and ears of the most popular international DJs, like Diplo, brain of the entity Major Lazer.

The Belgian had also made an appearance on stage alongside the latter at Rock en Seine in 2013, a festival in the Paris region.

“We were a little connected, we did this performance, it was super cool, but his dancers came to twerk (undulations of the posterior) against me. They are pros, super comfortable, I was not not used to it, I was like: ‘Yeah, but well, not too much anyway'” (laughs).

Stromae will be headlining this time at Rock en Seine at the end of August.

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