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Ghent-locals STUFF. dish up a "creamy mix of sweet beats and tasty vibes" for our 18th exclusive mix. Yum.
A weekend of Mathématique Moderne, Magnum & Mountain Bike
Under the knife with Orlan and Jean De Groote, Tracey Snelling & Dead Ghosts...
It's champagne time for the lauded local vinyl fetishists and talent spotters. Listen to their exclusive mix.
Artful pinups and photo shows from the pros
Olivier Cornil in Brussels, One Armed Man, No Age + Private Room at PAK...
A weekend of Catclub, Unicorn porn and James Pants’ squiggly bits
...plus some classy stuff like Evy Raes at St. Peter's Abbey and Japanese art
Deck chairs at DOK & a Knokke pop up shop.
...plus an afternoon soirée with Holy Something, Recorders at BSF and tonnes of arty types hit town
Music: An interview with Frank Shinobi at Microfestival
Meet the tribe of Liégois scenesters who named themselves after a '90s Sega game
Liège’s Microfestival: The pictures
A mini-festival with a big heart, this year's Microfestival sold out without being a sell-out.
Music: An interview with Berlin trio Camera at Microfestival
From busking to the big stage; the evolution of neo-krautrockers Camera.
Music: Interview with Wastelands’ Herlinde and Kasper-Jan Raeman
The Subbacultcha! affiliate turns two this summer and moves to new digs
Backstage at Dour with Recorders
Inside Dour festival's artist village (sort of) with Recorders
Music: DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith at Boomtown Festival
When not making shitty demos in hotel rooms the Brooklyn blow-in can be found rocking the world's summer festivals
Music: An interview with Microfestival co-founder JF Jaspers
A summer rock festival, only smaller.
Eighties, art + Boomtown. This weekend in Belgium
Cinematek goes retro and Brussels' photographers reclaim some space, plus Mario Merz, Stefan Rinck and Robert Suermondt
The rant: The Herbaliser’s Jake and Ollie on “the industry”
Having been "on the scene" for about two decades now, they've got quite a lot of bones to pick...
An interview with Gold Panda at Dour
We get in depth with Peckham boy and electro beatmaker about first albums, first nixers and stupid fucking festivals.
A very exclusive melange of baby makers, juke tunes, UK garage and voodoo by homeboy Fabien Leclercq
Music: Interview with Yellow Straps and Le Motel
Three local bedroom beat-makers get deflowered in their very first interview ever.
Ghent gets Ten Days Off. This weekend in Belgium
...plus IETS in Knokke, mumblecore, Pierre Lefebvre and graphic arts explored...
Music: Interview with Dour programmer Alex Stevens
He reveals the secrets of festival programming and tells us why he needs to clean his brain with the Pixies...
Music: Interview with 10 Days Off’s Jeroen Delodder
He talks pop star DJs, ones to watch and choosing the lineup for one of the world's most progressive electronic music gigs.
Best of les Belges: festival season’s homegrown must-sees
Here’s our hand-picked selection of native musos to check out during this summer's festival season.
Music: The must-see acts of the Belgian festival season 2013
Tonight Rock Werchter marks an explosive start to the festival season. Check out these insider tips on what not to miss.
Prep yourself for tonight's Berlin launch of The second best edition with this worldly mix of folk and exotica
DJ Walrus offers up a bangin' brew to get us in the mood for tomorrow's do.
Here's what's soundtracking The Word's sojourn in the capital of cool capitals.
The Sound of Bristol vs Belgium
Bristol Archive Records chronicle Bristol's sound from its post-punk roots to today. Perhaps it's Belgium's turn to do the same.
Thurston’s new Trix and Miaux. This weekend in Belgium.
A roundup of the weekend's most deserving diversions, including a Greens gig, John Webster Johns, Air Liquide, SIC and more
The throwaway project: The Word Magazine in Antwerp
A throwaway camera, an oversized bottle of vodka and tons and tons of laughter. A few more pics from our rooftop party in Antwerp.
A walk through Ostend with DJ Nosedrip
What’s so great about Ostend? DJ Nosedrip reveals what he loves best about his native turf
Raves, runways and a scorcher heat-wave. This weekend in Belgium
...school's officially out for La Cambre's future luminaries, plus Trago, Preis and Theys hit town.
The Word Magazine All*Stars: Max and Randa
Shoes say more about you than any of the rest of your wardrobe picks. And sneakers say even more.
The Word Magazine in Antwerp – The photographs
One of the best parties we ever hosted, hands down.
Antwerp got dirty
As part of its on-going bid to get sneaker heads the world over to get down and dirty, Converse threw a concert in Antwerp.
DJ Athome of Pneu Records and Palais Chalet fame whips up an especially-dedicated concoction of experimental numbers...
Komplot, rooftops, Parr and prodigies. This weekend in Belgium.
The sun will be out for The Word's Antwerp BBQ (promise!) while Brussels basks in the warmth of a Martin Parr retro.
Fear, loathing and funk. This weekend in Belgium
...plus Hester Scheurwater's saucy selfies, John Roberts woos Mr. Wong and Raime and Gary Wilson go to Ghent...
The second best edition: The video
Our latest issue, the second best edition, explained in a 49'' edit.
Glory holes, GLBT benefit parties and water closet art.
Ten things to do over the weekend, from the release party of our latest edition tonight to Catclub and Friends tomorrow night.
Homage to Haneke and Les Nuits sounds off. This weekend in Belgium.
… plus Charleroi's Janssen show, Death Grips Kortrijk and a weird and wired weekend in Aalst
Woodkid at Botanique and Braeckman at Bozar. This weekend in Belgium.
Koen Theys, Peter Peri and printed words at Be-Part, plus an orchestral outing at Les Nuits...
The best of Antwerp’s future sound
Bart Sibiel chronicles a stream of solid Belgian beats, attracting attention one new sound at a time.
Record barters and garden parties. This weekend in Belgium
… check out Off The Record, BSFF and Oh My Garden, plus Mitch Epstein, Vivian Maier and Le Corbusier.
10 things to do during Art Brussels
An artful selection of activities that includes everything from off-fairs to parties and openings.
APE founder Jurgen Maelfeyt on The Molem Collective
A limited-run record, a sneaker fiend talking about his obsession and classic hip hop productions. Comes pretty close to nirvana.
The second best edition release party: Brussels
We came, we saw, we launched a top class, prime rib, first rate piece of publishing genius. Here's the evidence.
Suuns: Image du Futur
We had a listen to the Canadians' latest record and it seems like the apocalypse is just around the corner.
First glance at The second best. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus two gatherings for graphic design and graffiti junkies while Antony Gormley sculpts up a storm...
Catclub catcalls and a date with Daughter. This weekend in Belgium.
Indie-folk at Botanique and a first-of-Spring from Catclub, plus Hans-Peter Feldmann's conceptual creations.
Great Mountain Fire
The Belgian electro-pop-rock stars go forth and do their thang, equipped with one of our famed little throwaway cameras...
Swans, Xiu Xiu and a look back on YSL. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus Stanley Whitney and Humo's Rock Rally darlings, Compact Disc Dummies...
L.A. electronica and art book emporia. This weekend in Belgium
PA/PER View proves print's not dead, plus Nosaj Thing, Hindu Nights, Norio Imai and more...
The Paris-based DJ, producer and label boss recently showed us round one of the city's more 'spirited' neighbourhoods...
An interview with Belgian beatniks Bepotel
In the run up to their Ars Musica Electro Night gig on Friday, we spoke with Belgian beatmakers Belpotel...
Local Natives and On-Point party on. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus Frieze fave Brenna Youngblood comes to Brussels and Recyclart throws a fete for the kids.
The music bundle
VIP treatment at the country's best parties and festivals as well as tons of records, CDs and other kinds of merc'. Yours for 250 dollars.
The Word turns five: The pictures (Part 1)
The first instalment of photographs from last Friday's epic birthday bash featuring you, you and you.
Dalai Lama Renaissance for The Word’s 5 year birthday
To get you all revved up for our fifth birthday bash tomorrow night, check out this sombre mix by Dalai Lama Renaissance.
Why should you pay for something you’re used to getting for free?
Including a sneak preview of our next edition's stand-out features, five reasons why paying for The Word ain't such a bad thing.
Nosedrip for The Word Magazine’s 5 year birthday
Nosedrip is next up on our list of native DJs banging out bespoke birthday mixes to celebrate The Word Magazine's five years.
Onda Sonora’s 5 year birthday mix
"People should dance to it in a dark, sweaty basement. Those not dancing should make out." - Onda Sonora's homage to Black
Fear Not, James Pants, We Are Open. This weekend in Belgium.
...plus Dirk Braeckmans pays his respects to Antoine Watteau at Bozar while David Altmejd holds sway over Xavier Hufkens.
January’s five musical breakthroughs
It's going to be a great year for pop music. This lot have been on heavy rotation throughout the blogosphere lately.
Run Tell Secrecy for The Word Magazine’s 5th birthday
Run Tell Secrecy record an exclusive mix of quick peaks and twitchy beats designed to get under your skin...
Bart Sibiel examines Rock Rally ’82, the album that best showcases the skills of album artwork aficionado Ever Meulen.
Ignatz, Antilux and art therapy. This weekend in Belgium.
Check out our hand-picked collection of delectable concerts and cultural happenings, ripe for your weekend calendar.
The Word Magazine turns 5!
Belgian beats, photography treats and future foundations. We turns five on 22nd February and we're throwing ourselves a party to celebrate.
Hip-hoppers and showstoppers.This weekend in Belgium.
Get all rapped up with Mykki Blanco in Liège and Sessions Urbaines hip-hop happening in Brussels, and lots lots more...
Bollyfood and art bonanza. This weekend in Belgium.
Belgium's weekend is bursting with exhibitionists, with Constant Permeke and Clarissa Dalrymple on the cards.
The best of Belgium’s beats scene in 2012
2012's key releases of genre-defying, rhythmically driven choons, as chosen by Bart Sibiel.
Future, fine art and photography. This weekend in Belgium.
FuTure brings beats to Liége and Weegee's murderous tabloid tales hit Antwerp.
The top 10 albums of 2012
We take a look back at the top ten albums that left their mark on 2012.
The Vlek team looks back on 2012 and pick their very favourite new tracks of the year, compiling them in a Word-exclusive mix.
Catclub, Colour One & pre-Christmas crackers. This weekend in Belgium.
Art as usual in the Belgian capital with Harry Gruyaert's colour-love & Antwerp hosts Zero Hour.
Jasper Wentzel’s 25 top tracks of 2012
Our series of 2012 playlists continues. This time, the juke box is manned by label promoter slash music buff Jasper Wentzel.
KHUSHI gets playful and Clarence Clarity makes a mess
Our resident pop guru Disco Naiveté scans the 2013 horizon for early signs of life.
Belgium’s best record shops
Record-hunter Bart Sibiel honours Belgium's remaining legion of well-stocked vinyl emporiums with a list of Belgium's best record shops.
“My top 3 albums of the year” as chosen by The Word family
We've called on a number of cherished members of The Word family to take a look back on this year’s best album releases.
The year’s top 10 hip hop albums
From Doom's new collaborative project to the return of West Coast Gangsta Rap, we handpick our 10 top rap albums of the year.
Five discoveries that made 2012 better
Five welcome discoveries - from Discogs stores to badman magazines - that for better or for worse, left their mark on 2012.
Hives, Harmonie and art a la carte.This weekend in Belgium.
AB hosts the Hives, Harmonie turns two in Antwerp and the Nationa(al) Pop Up Store pops up in Brussels.
25 tracks for 2012 by Disco Naïveté + Exclusive mix
Our very own pop pundit Disco Naïveté counts down his 25 favourite tracks of 2012.
Three emerging singer-songwriters: Lorine Chia, Fryars, and Photay
Lorine Chia scores with her Amy Winehouse voice, Fryars with his electronic pop and Photay makes us want to move to Guinea.
Kicking off a month of selections, Belgian DJ and producer Jazz Neversleeps selects then mixes 25 of the year's hottest tracks.
Brussels' sound shapers Errorism whip up a jazzy and slow-burning mix for your ears only.
Music festival Autumn Falls and exhibitions galore: This weekend in Belgium
Ghent's Museum Night does art in the dark and Autumn Falls in Brussels.
Meet AME, Funky Bompa and DJ SoFa: Belgium’s biggest crate diggers
Bart Sibiel's shout-out to three dedicated Belgian record collectors.
Hip hop from Angel Haze, sad pop from Mikky Ekko and Solange goes indie
Beyonce's sis joins Mikki Ekko's sad pop and some much-needed poetry from hip-hop's Angel Haze in this week's New Kids roster.
Adeline and Alexandre on the opening of Nationa(a)l Pop Up Store
Cousins Adeline and Alexandre's blink-and you'll-miss-it one stop shop for Belgian creative entrepreneurs sets up in Brussels.
Group shows and guitar heroes. This weekend in Belgium.
Cheap Time and the Bots buzz Brussels while Kissinger turns three in Antwerp.
The best of 2012
We're about to begin publishing our end of year lists, and here's a quick run down of what you can expect.
American Dreams and Pink Screens. This weekend in Belgium.
Kaiser Chiefs, queer flicks and a weekend art fix for Brussels, while Ghent gets Digitalism.
Stubborn Heart’s post-dubstep and Imaginary Family’s pretty storytelling
Tune in to the 90s hip-hop hammerings of New York's Ratking and more new music, as always selected for us by Disco Naiveté.
Chrome Brulée, or how the cassette came to be reborn in Belgium
Compact cassettes are staging a renaissance. Bart Sibiel explores a shabbily-made music medium well-suited to Belgium's surreal self.
A digital day out in Namur and a dissident in Brussels. This weekend in Belgium.
Oh My Garden moves indoors and Optimo moves cities while Ai Weiwei gets filmed and FIFI and KIKK kick off.
Belgian modern art and Catclub’s birthday bash. This weekend in Belgium.
Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, M83 and Liars plug in their amps, while Catclub celebrates ten years in the city.
Girls mastermind Christopher Owens’ romantic solo debut
Disco Naïveté's trawled the airwaves for worthy new choons for your listening pleasure and come up with contemporary electronica from Halls, the romantic-guitarred Christopher Owens and the impeccable voice of Lulu James.
My fascination with music Made in Belgium, by Onda Sonora’s Bart Sibiel
In the first instalment of a twice-monthly series celebrating his love of music 'Made in Belgium', Onda Sonora's Bart Siebel - radio host, DJ and promoter - takes a closer look at what, exactly, defines Belgium's DIY ethos.
An interview with upcoming London producer Danglo
Danglo's all hyped for the release of "Adapt ", his brand new garagey, housey, dubsteppy, trip-hoppy EP.
Untitled! at Trix and birthday candles for Caillou Bleu. This weekend in Belgium.
Brussels is abandoned by Philippe Van Wolputte and throws a birthday party for publisher Le Caillou Bleu while Antwerp plays emcee to art by Takis, Tomasz Kowalski and the future of music at Untitled!
Hot Chip- side project New Build has taken one of our disposable cameras on tour with them and produced this no-holds-barred gallery of everything from delighted fans to dinner tables.
Belgian electro pop duo Joy Wellboy on life, love and joking about The Clash’s drummer
Belgian two-piece Joy Wellboy talk about sharing the stage, sharing a bed and being mirrors for each other...
Number nine in our exclusive mix series has Brussels-based 23 year old DJ-producer Mezzdub get behind the decks for a one-hour plus long-player of house music at its best.
Booka Shade, Brodinski and Alexander Waldron about the ultimate party
What makes a party memorable? Which sound system is the heaviest in the world? Which track is sure to get the crowds going? What is the planet's best club? We put these questions, and others, to some of the world's best DJs.
Some of the world’s best DJs about life in the DJ booth
We talked to Jimmy Edgar, Boys Noize, Fur Coat and many more about what life in the DJ lane feels like, what really makes a good party and which tracks always get the crowds going.
The Belgian ballad babe and the Danish (pop) virgin
AlunaGeorge's R&B-ish pop gets under our skin while Trixie Whitely gets some release and virginal MØ unleashes nifty pop with a street-y beat.
Antwerp-based girl DJ duo Soren on gigs and good looks
We met up at Antwerp's Café Normo with Amélie Lens and Rosalie De Meyer to talk about Søren, the DJ act they launched together last year.
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