The usual, weekly roll-call of things to do in Belgium over the weekend includes exhibition openings, improv’ jazz nights, intimate screenings and the mother of all concerts at Vooruit in Ghent this Sunday.
Thursday 6th April: Tom Volkaert at Base-Alpha Gallery, Antwerp
Base-Alpha is kick-starting the first weekend of April with Tom Volkaert’s Never the Same Face Thrice opening tonight. Running until mid-May, the Antwerp-based gallery will be showcasing the young and promising local talent’s solo show; and if his past shows of swirling, organic yet constructivist mounds are anything to go by, it’s one not to be missed.
Thursday 6th April: Call For Cuts at Kumiko (FKA Bravo), Brussels
Brussels’ yungun Louis Vogue (who just recorded an exclusive mix for us) is expanding his online radio-cum-podcast platform Call For Cuts from the digital realm to the neighbourhood. For the very first in a long series of events, our very own founder Nicholas Lewis has been invited to lead the night. Expect only the finest new wave, synth pop and the funkiest boogie and disco.
Thursday 6th April: Krach House at Epicerie Moderne, Brussels
Brussels’ downtown drinking hole Epicere Moderne is kicking off the weekend with a fine-tuned list European techno darlings: The Lost Trax hailing from the Dutch lowlands, Lyon’s Sharknado crew and Basses Terres of Brothers From Different Mothers fame, and of course local DJ Martijn. Dark, grimey and heavy-hitting beats radiating from our favourite sweaty basement.
Friday 7th April: Mercurochrome #3 at Congres, Brussels
Under the free-flying flag of diversity and inclusivity, Mercuchrome is inviting everyone and their mother for their third, all-night bash. From local Strapontin, to SPARADRAP and AboutUs, these three will be bringing their best pop selection – all your guilty pleasures, but minus the shame.
Saturday 8th April: Late Night Digging at Het_Eiland, Antwerp
Crate-diggers, rejoice: the vinyl-lovers behind the collective Diggers are organising a late-night vinyl market at Het Eiland, with plenty of drinks and nibbles to go around and Warm Soundsystem with background vibes. Bringing obscure and rare discs to the table, this is an essential one to beef up your beloved collection.
Saturday 8th April: Bram De Looze & Fred Van Hove at KC NONA, Mechelen
Jazz ain’t dead: Mechelen’s art centre NONA is bringing together two generations of jazz for one night only, as part of its innovative JazzXS series. Multi-talented pianist, organist, accordionist, composer (the list is endless) and octogenarian Fred Van Hove is followed by the young pianist star Bram De Looze – known for his involvement in LABtrio and Septych – who will impressively be playing on three pianos. A night of improvised jazz of the highest order.
Saturday 8th April: Atlas + The Guru Guru + Valeero at Atelier 210, Brussels
The online radio platform Alt-R.fm is turning one, and they’re celebrating it right: held at Atelier 210, they will be hosting a hard-hitting, unapologetically energetic concert with an entirely Belgian line-up. Post-hardcore Atlas, alternative psycho-noise outfit The Guru Guru and bigger-than-life Valeero will be providing all your weekend hype. Balls to the wall.
Saturday 8th April: Leave Us At Dawn at De Studio, Antwerp
Never ones to do anything half-hearted, Antwerp’s events and brand management team behind Stalker are back again with another Leave Us At Dawn – but be warned, this will be their final call. Following their impressive curve of progress, they’ve truly outdone even themselves with a hefty roster of artists and musicians showcasing what they do best. Going out with a bang.
Saturday 8th April: Amer #3 at La Superette, Liège
The non-conformist Amer Lab crew based in Liège are back for a third time, again in La Superette, with rising star Jung An Tagen. Infectious melodies and textured beats: the Vienna-based producer is sure to bring a synaesthesia inducing show – pure bliss.
Saturday 8th April: Los Niños #52 at Recyclart, Brussels
The guys behind Los Niños are back at Recyclaert this weekend for yet another night of glittery pop madness. Expect the likes of Swedish electro-pop queen Gnučči, London’s bubblegum dance-pop producer SONIKKU, lovers-turned-duo FFX and Hasselt’s Bruce Botnik. From references to 1980s new wave, to promises of the “artificial intelligence 3D generation,” this highly conceptual party is sure to deliver – as it always does.
Sunday 9th April: Sunny Bergam at Het Bos, Antwerp
Cinema and coffee loving De Imagerie – the driving force behind the Visite film festival – are back with another inquisitive series of film screenings and lecture, Changing Gears. This Sunday they will be screening Sunny Bergam’s documentary Wit is ook een kleur (“White is also a colour”), a concise visual exploration on the rather sensitive issue of race, privilege and the construction of whiteness. The Amsterdam-based film-maker herself will be attending the screening, as well as conducting a brief talk afterwards to dissect all those tricky questions one is reluctant to ask.
Sunday 9th April: Thundercat + Yussef Kamal at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
Make sure to cop your tickets quick for this beast of a line-up before it’s too late. Under BRDCST serie’s moniker, AB have assembled some of the biggest and most relevant names in today’s “Golden Age” of experimental, hip-hop infused, afro-futuristic jazz: Thundercat, Yussef Kamaal, Shobaleader One (also known as Squarepusher) and Shabaka Hutchings; praise-worthy in their own right. Say no more.
Sunday 9th April: King Ayisoba at Het Bos, Antwerp
Het Bos is busy this Sunday: Ghana’s superstar King Ayisoba will be gracing their stage, hot off the release of his album 1000 Can Die. A die-hard patriot, the King blends old and new Ghanaian sounds – from the traditional two-stringed guitar kolongo to the country’s new music craze hiplife (a cross between hip-hop, highlife and dancehall). He’ll be supported by the Dutch ZEA, who incidentally is also the producer behind King Ayisoba’s latest album.
Sunday 9th April: Full Moon Healing at Vooruit, Ghent
Full Moon Healing – Ghent’s Vooruit and Nosedrip’s Stroom.tv’s collaborative event series – have impressively invited the legendary Midori Takada and Suzanne Ciani for one night only. Takada’s 1983 psychedelic-folk masterpiece Through the Looking Glass is rightfully basking in a resurgence of praise thanks to its re-issue this year, and luckily Belgium is one of the rare stops on her short tour. Accompanying her is the highly talented Buchla-synth pioneer Ciani, who has a talent for a wide array of composition styles as is clear with her 1990’s avant-garde gems Seven Waves, The Velocity of Love and Pianissimo. Essential.
Friday 14th April: The Word presents The Outcasts Edition at Hunting & Collecting, Brussels
We’re celebrating the release of our April-May edition next week with a release party at downtown style emporium Hunting & Collecting. Drinks provided by Rémy Martin, vibes by Nobuo and Exalt,and a few goodie bags on us for good measure. Come through.