Parties, pop-up shops and festivals. This weekend in Belgium

Gilbert & George, Brussels

With a body of work that tilts towards the provocative, Gilbert & George‘s art is a very singular reflection of society and its many taboos: ‘Our subject matter is the world… we are interested in the human person, the complexity of life.’ Having lived and worked in London’s East End for about 40 years now, the pair use their neighbourhood as a backdrop for their work; an urban landscape that operates as the basis not only for a city portrait but also a petri dish of life itself.

Opening 30th August
Exhibition runs until 6th October
Albert Baronian, Rue Isidore Verheydenstraat 2 – 1050 Brussels

Woods, Brussels

Brooklyn-based psych folk band Woods come to Brussels’ Madame Moustache this weekend to present their seventh album, ‘Bend Beyond’. Having already delighted the masses with their signature blend of lo-fi rock and homemade tape collages, they now return with even thicker riffs and a poppier sound. They’ll be supported by Belgian band Ignatz.

30th August
Madame Moustache – Quai au bois à brûler 5-7 – 1000 Brussels

Catclub, Brussels

With the summer coming to an end, Brussels’ favourite night the Catclub is back with a bang: US DJ legend Tevo Howard, famous for his authentic Chicago sound since 1987, stops by the Belgian capital to work some of his magic behind the decks. He is joined by Berlin-based duo Statler und Waldorf as well as Brussels’ very own Christoph Lefrog. This time everything’s happening at Tour & Taxis, a venue with a bigger capacity to welcome the city’s dancing deity.

1st September
Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86c Havenlaan – 1000 Brussels 

Feeerieen Festival, Brussels

For the 9th time, L’Ancienne Belgique abandons its usual venue in favour of the magical setting of Brussels’ Warande Park. During the Feeerieen Festival (a free-for-all event), all bands perform on a beautiful old bandstand, marrying a traditional performance space with contemporary music. On the program tonight: Love Like Birds, the brainchild of Ghent-based singer Elke De Mey and Tommigun, hailing from Brussels, who will exceptionally be accompanied by strings. On, Friday UK’s Gang Colours and G.H. – both for the first time in Belgium – will bring the music bash to a close.

27th until 31st August
Parce de Bruxelles/Warandepark – 1000 Brussels

1 year Coffeeklatch, Ghent

Coffeeklatch, a Belgian blog that shines a light on inspired and inspiring people (think stylists, illustrators, street artists), celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. For the occasion, founders Magali Elali and Bart Kiggen throw a birthday bash in Ghent’s Tatjana Pieters Gallery, turning it into a coffeebar-come-pop-up-shop-come-exhibition space featuring, amongst others, Piet Raemdonck.

1st September
Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Nieuwevaart 124 – 9000 Ghent

Retropolis, Genk

This weekend sees the first edition of Retropolis, a festival dedicated to all things vintage, from the roaring twenties to the hippie sixties. Organised by Radio Modern, the country’s foremost purveyor vintage entertainment, the three day bash offers an eclectic programme including live bands, DJ sets, a vintage market, dance classes, burlesque starlets and more.

From 31st August to 2nd September
C-Mine 10 bus 1 – 3600 Genk