Trio treats in Brussels, acidic rhythms in Zerkegem and national holiday shenanigans in Leuven. Go do the right thing.

Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st July: Boomtown 2018 in Ghent

Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city centre’s Gentse Feesten? This annual five day festival offers an alternative just outside of the heart of the event, perfect for enjoying some of Belgian greats like ‘t Hof Van Commerce, Absynthe Minded and Milow alongside new and upcoming talents like Le 77 and Teme Tan. Most events are free, so even more reason to go. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 19th – Tuesday 31st July: Sédimentation at Grande Surface, Brussels

The newly opened exposition space Grande Surface, created by ten artists, hosts its collective exhibition including works by three Brussels-based artists. With latest works from Jonas Moënnen, who combines folklore and history in his art, La Cambre student Abel Jallais’ industrialised hot ceramics and sculptures and Parisian photographer Cannelle Grosse, whose latest project was inspired by Ostend’s rising sea levels. The best things come in threes.

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Thursday 19th July: DJ Nibbles & Suzanne Kraft at Table Dance, Antwerp

If you’re not all danced out after our Table Dance event on Wednesday, return to the Antwerp venue for another night of craziness. Amsterdam-based Suzanne Kraft and Rush Hour’s DJ Nibbles bring you ever-changing music which will have you on your feet all night. Still not convinced? There will be real nibbles available too, that should do the trick.

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Friday 20th July- Saturday 21st July: Borgerwood Festival 2018 at Spoor Oost, Antwerp

Annual summer fesitval Borgerwood is back with a bang – having increased their run to two days this year, this weekender’s got all tastes covered, with a line-up spanning R&B and hip-hop, indie rock and fresh electonica. Essential.

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Friday 20th July: Fuse-off presents Joseph Capriati at Kompass, Ghent

Make sure you start the National Day celebrations right: Fuse is making way for Ghent with Italian DJ and producer Joseph Capriati, who’s been in the business for over a decade and is currently one of techno’s most popular headliners. Joined by Fuse honcho Pierre and Flavio Folco fusing electro and hip-hop, this is one not to be missed.

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Friday 20th – Saturday 21st July: Gavin Vanaelst’s Calimero’s Cracks at de Kamer van Laura, Antwerp 

Besides music productions, the man behind DJ Charme, Gavin Vanaelst has been keeping busy with visual art, and the results are impressive. By approaching his art in the same distinctive way as he would music, he creates abstract yet spontaneous work that moves a very different audience in a completely new way.

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Friday 20th July: Psst Mademoiselle #6 at WOODPECKER, Brussels

Psst Mademoiselle returns with another summer live session – this time taking it outdoors – and has brought along some wonderful guests, specifically 90s baby Azo and Deep in House‘s latest addition Gurl, creating an entirely new cosmos. And as if this weren’t enough, there’s an additional amazing scenography set-up courtesy of brand new collective Bedarte. Fridays are for dancing.

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Friday 20th July: Radio Soleil w/ Trading Places Records at Kumiko, Brussels

Brand new label imprint Trading Places Records has hit the ground running, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Head honcho Brian Boa will be manning the decks for all your twilight needs. Don’t sleep.

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Friday 20th July: BURn Festival 2018 at The Roman Gate, Leuven

The 13th century Roman Gate will once again be transformed into a cultural Mecca in the centre of Leuven, courtesy of urban arts collective BURn. The day-festival offers something for everyone, from R&B and hip-hop to breakdance and street art. Treat yourselves.

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Friday 20th July: The VOID’s Summer edit.1 in Brussels

The capital’s house and techno connaisseurs The Void are unveiling their first ever pop-up club, with the address still to be revealed. Expect the local best, from Deep in House‘s Session 4000 to Fuse residents Franco Y Gael and many more. No sleep.

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Saturday 21st July: Rock Zerkegem 2008 in Zerkegem

If you haven’t heard of the little town of Zerkegem yet, you’ll definitely remember it after going to this event. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, it’s sure to be the best edition so far, with acts coming from far and wide, including Israeli outfit Häxxan and the UK-based Fumaça Preta, bringing you the wildest mix of Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms and acid-drenched visuals. Not for the fainthearted.

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Saturday 21st July: Lucien Janssen’s 3 Paintings at Forbidden City, Antwerp

Shown for the first time, experience strangeness in a whole new way. By observing the wide ocean for hours at a time, Lucien Janssen creates personalities and faces from the waves using acrylic paints and spray-painted lines. At times humorous and at others touching, these three pieces will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about the sea.

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Saturday 21st July: Beljam FEEST #2 at Allee Du Kaai, Brussels

Beljam brings Jamaica to Brussels for the second edition of its free outdoor party. The event celebrates all the different faces of reggae, from roots to ska to rocksteady – no pain.

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Saturday 21st: Tangram x Fabrik’s BLOCK PARTY at STELPLAATS, Leuven

A National Day present for you: Leuven’s former bus depot is opening it’s doors for a whole day of free and unmissable music, from Brussels-based globetrotter LEFTO to the carefully constructed sounds of Up High Collective. If you want to get more hands-on, visit the Playground, an interactive beat-making experience set up by Helmut Lobby. Utterly spoilt.

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Saturday 21st July: Pandelindio at Het Bos, Antwerp

All the way from Argentina, the collective project Pandelindio brings you minimalist musical explorations to the comforts of Het Bos‘ garden. The group explores different genres and sounds from several countries, and builds most of the instruments by hand. What starts with a basic sound evolves into a melodic harmony. End the weekend right.

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