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Best for live music, Part 2
Part two of our live music venues roundup takes us from Namur to Ghent and back.
The Word presents Locals Only on FM Brussel and 22tracks.
We'll soon be starting a weekly radio show as well as curating a monthly streaming playlist and want to get your promos.
Best for live music, Part 1
Belgium is known as a haven for bands and their touring ambition. And these are the places they want to play at.
First things first: Hypochristmutreefuzz (with free download)
Noise-rockers Hypochristmutreefuzz on eating honey and what their parents think of their music.
From rap, jazz, samba and beat music, record label head and local promoter Alex Deforce reveals his favourite Belgian releases.
Lieven De Ridder
Walhalla Recordings founder made a list of his favourite Belgian tracks and there's a solid chance you never heard any of them.
The pulse of a city: 25 visual tributes to Brussels
Art institutions, online radio, graphic design studio, independent magazine: this is how Creative Belgium sees Brussels.
This is (our) Brussels
To mark the release of The Brussels Special, we take a trip down memory lane to pull-up some of our favourite Brussels features.
On-Point teams up with Brussels Philharmonic
We talk to On-Point Records about its recent partnering up with Brussels Philharmonic as the Belgium Trombone Quartet.
He's the first one to play at our after-party this Friday, so we asked him for an exclusive mix.
Next up in our series on iconic Belgian records comes courtesy of Youtube channel Belpop16.
Announcing our Brussels special
With just under two weeks before going to print, pre-orders for our next edition are now open
We kick off a new series this week, asking the country's music tastemakers to reveal their favourite Belgian releases.
Our picks of Belgian beat acts at this year’s summer festivals
We select some of the Belgian beat acts making the rounds at this year's summer festivals.
Order This is Belgium, get It It Anita’s vinyl release
We're giving away copies of It It Anita's Word-produced vinyl release to the first readers who order our book, This is Belgium.
The night we celebrated Belgium
A few photographs from the official book launch we held in Brussels to mark the release of This is Belgium.
11 iconic new wave tracks from Belgium
Starman Records head honcho Felix Huybrechts compiled a list of 11 of his favourite 80s Belgian new wave tracks for us.
Ten things to do this weekend
Concerts in Kortrijk, group shows in Antwerp, vinyls markets in Brussels, drawings in Liège and artists teaming up in Brugge.
Ten things to do in Belgium this weekend
Our weekly round-up of cultural showstoppers marks its return this week with a 10-strong selection of agenda fillers.
One of our office throwaway cameras goes from stage to living room with Umungus, Liège's latest psychedelic rock export.
Our best Instax moments of 2013
The best Word moments of 2013 captured with the office Instax.
Three reasons Belgium stood proud in 2013
Three homegrown projects which did more for Belgium in 2013 than any Stromae radio hit ever could.
What we’re up to in 2014
A group show at Bozar, the release of THIS IS BELGIUM, our next edition and a few other things to keep us all busy in 2014.
Leuven-based Moodprint take the helm for the 20th instalment in our series of exclusive DJ sets.
What you liked, viewed and listened to the most in 2013
The mix you most listened to, the content you Facebook-liked the most and the best Word parties of 2013. Just like that.
The 11 most interesting Belgian electronic music releases of 2013
Eleven of the most noteworthy Belgian electronic music releases of 2013 and three producers to watch in 2014.
More backstage snap-happiness, this time courtesy of Antwerpers Middle Earth All Nighters
The party we threw in Brussels for our new edition
A gospel pop act that literally brought the entire room to its knees and a bunch of guitar-wielding monks. EPIC.
A Third Rate party at BRASS with M.E.A.N + more
...plus slow journalism on Sochi at FoMu, Jan Verbruggen, Suzan Frecon, Eric Baudelaire...
The Word at BRASS, Brussels
Our new edition hits Belgian stores this week with a brand-new, 'Only for Belgium' €10 cover price. Party!
A weekend of Warhol, Wilde Things, MAD and MØ
...don't miss Gold Panda at Botanique and window dressing with Splash, Can and Cock at Komplot
DJ Kong sifted through countless record crates to bring you one hell of a mix, especially but not only for house fans.
Brainbox, Richard Serra and Happy birthday dear Academy
...plus Catclub, Gedi Sibony and Everything and More at Tim Van Laere
A selection of photographs from the San Francisco-based four-tet's final tour.
A weekend of Mykki Blanco, Chvrches and TUFTUFTUFTUF
...plus Freek Wambacq’s Antwerp trailblazing, Etienne Courtois at Island, and Javier Tellez at SMAK.
BOZAR’s electro art weekend, Blackout + she-movies
Elles Tournent at Botanique, a pre-retrospective of Walter Swennen at Rodolphe Janssen and nightlife Night Vision in Antwerp.
Ghent-locals STUFF. dish up a "creamy mix of sweet beats and tasty vibes" for our 18th exclusive mix. Yum.
TempoColor’s food for thought and more STUFF.
...plus Jacky Nickerson's Amerikay, Henri Jacobs' not-so-private notebooks and Kate Newby at La Loge
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: An interview with Microfestival co-founder JF Jaspers
A summer rock festival, only smaller.
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
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.
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