When the first pirate radios started in the very late 70's on boats sailing in international water near UK, broadcasting the last rock and pop records, the Belgian government did not feel very concerned, their wavefield being limited to the coast of the North Sea. But in 1980, many small transmitters made their appearance on the fm frequencies of all the country, and it quickly turned on a big mess. The RTT (telephones) was in charge to try to regulate the technical side (some radios were sending their signal with way too much strength, others were changing too often their address), and the national radios -strictly shredded by that sudden arrival- sought a valid answer to that huge wave of youth.
If the RTB already had Radio Cité (later Radio 21, then Pure, ...), in April 1983 the BRT entitled Jan Schoukens to supervise a radio of music and information for the Flemish Community of Brussels and neighbourhoods. He then opened the long history of Studio Brussel with Jan Hautekiet (who later went in 1998 to be the head of the team, right after Schoukens), one of the most progressist radios of the Belgian media landscape. Progressist, but also popular... that's the blend they choose and it seems it was the right one. Right enough to expand to all major cities in Flandria like Gent, Antwerp, Limburg,... to finally cover all the northern half of Belgium. But the big thing for us partypeople went a bit later. Since the year 2000 Jan Van Biesen pushes up the right stuff with the show 'Switch' on Friday and Saturday evenings, and it quickly turned to be one of the best night-related radioshow ever, featuring many international and national deejays... plus a chillin' but refined general tone. That show really upgraded the recognition of StuBru in the younger electronic public, but also in the professional side of the nightlife.
Edging on the harder side of dance music with techno influences but also drum'n bass, and electro, and of course house, Belgium always had a great musical reputation. As a fantastic mirror of that image, Studio Brussels broadcasts the leading edge of such influences and has long been THE radio station on the airwaves for all us dance music afficionados. Since then a whole bunch of new dance stations went up, but StuBru remains leading, so that's the real challenge. They are then really justified in celebrating their 21st Birthday Party over the coming weekend of March 12 and 13th.
Most 21st Birthday parties are the recognition of the next step into adult life. Studio Brussels have already progressed into adulthood, this party will be a celebration of their acheivements. However this is an excellent excuse for a rocking party weekend. Recognition having been already attained.
The party weekend will be held in Gent in the Vooruit (23 St Pietersnieuwstraat - Gent), check out the web sites below for more details. Music styles will embrace all genres, but overall expect the best Belgium has to offer ... plus Thee Cat from Chicago. ;-)
Just to name some... thee Felix Da Housecat, 2 Many Dj's, Dr Lektroluv, Grazhoppa's big band, Lady vortex, London Electricity, Starflam, TLP&Dors, Brekbit, Krewcial, T. Raumschmiere, Gus & Lefto, 50 Foot Combo, Arsenal, Discobar Galaxie, Jan Van Biesen, Moodlex, ...
To quote from their web site "De beste dance, hiphop, techno, electro en drum 'n bass van het moment” Can’t say it better than that.