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15th April 2003:Felix is not coming in Brussels
14th April 2003: first names for 10
Days Off in Gent
Dillinja & Lemon D, Marky & XRS, Richie Hawtin, Derrick May, Metro Area, Jack De Marseille, Tiefschwartz, Hakan Libdo, Steve Bug, Radioactive Man. More to confirm soon. [thanks Protesta@FWF] This year the 10 Days Off will take place from 18 to 28 July in Vooruit hall for the Gentsefeesten, and also from 16 to 20 July in Melkweg Amsterdam. Presales are available since 15 April in all Fnac. www.10daysoff.be
13 April 2003: 6:00 in the morning?
Go to party!!
It seems the limitation-law has been refused by the Senate. I'll get more precise news soon, because many different opinions come to me. Some say it has been totally refused, some others say it has only been delayed till the next government. Anyhow, since the originators of that suggested law are from the Ecolo party, we now know that the supposed "supporters of the youth" they always pretended to be actually are dangerous conservative politicians. They closed MadeInBrussels, grew an artificial pressure on many night venues in Belgium, and now they tried to limit our nights! What is that new game they play since two years??
Why am I that angry? Because I personnally voted for them sometimes in the past ... and that law they tried to validate deeply changes my mind about them and their goals.
With faith and passion in the night...
30th March 2003:6:00 in the morning? Go to bed!!
|Sample of the Senate discussions, 5 december 2002 :|
|Vraag om uitleg van de heer Michel Guilbert aan de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en aan de minister van Overheidsbedrijven [...] over «de problematiek van de megadancings»||Demande d'explications de M. Michel Guilbert au ministre de l'Intérieur et au ministre des Entreprises [...] sur «la problématique des mégadancings»|
Réponse / Antwoord:
[minister van Telecommunicatie en Overheidsbedrijven, VLD]:
"[...] Ik ben bereid een wijziging van de wet van 1973 te overwegen om op het hele grondgebied eenzelfde sluitingsuur in te voeren. Ik stel evenwel vast dat sommigen zich in een geest van opbod tussen de megadancings op een onverantwoorde manier gedragen en de onveiligheid in de hand werken, hoewel ze tegelijkertijd aandringen op meer veiligheid. Het verwondert me dat de federale regering wordt gevraagd een probleem op te lossen dat op basis van de bestaande wetgeving al kon zijn opgelost. Ik wil mijn verantwoordelijkheid geenszins uit de weg gaan. De wet staat me niet toe in te grijpen, maar ik heb met de heer D'hondt afgesproken dat we de toestand ter plaatse zullen opnemen en een verslag zullen opstellen.
U zegt dat het sluitingsuur in Frankrijk vijf uur 's morgens is. Het uur is niet zozeer van belang, maar het moet in elk geval overal hetzelfde zijn. Ik zal de toestand ter plaatse bestuderen en me daarbij baseren op de statistieken die ter zake bestaan. Anderzijds zal ik informeren naar de plannen van de besturen van de betrokken gemeenten. Ik zal ze overigens op hun verantwoordelijkheid wijzen.
In overleg met de buurlanden, namelijk Frankrijk, Nederland en Duitsland zullen we proberen de wet te wijzigen als dat het enige middel is om dit ernstige probleem op te lossen."
De heer Michel Guilbert [Ecolo]:
"[...] Dit probleem moet dringend worden opgelost."
|Rik Daems [ministre des
Communications et des Entreprises, VLD]:
"[...] Je suis prêt à envisager une modification de la loi de 1973 pour instaurer une heure de fermeture identique sur tout le territoire, mais je constate cependant un manque de responsabilité dans le chef de certains qui, dans un esprit de compétition entre les mégadancings, contribuent à l'insécurité alors qu'ils réclament, par ailleurs, un renforcement de la sécurité. Je suis étonné que l'on demande au fédéral de prendre des mesures afin de régler un problème qui aurait déjà pu être résolu sur la base d'une loi existante. Cela dit, je ne veux pas échapper à ma responsabilité. La loi ne me permet pas d'intervenir, mais je me suis accordé avec M. D'hondt afin d'organiser une visite in situ et de rédiger ensuite un rapport tout à fait concret sur la situation actuelle. Vous dites qu'en France, l'heure de fermeture est fixée à 5 heures du matin. Peu importe l'heure qui sera éventuellement retenue, mais il faut en tout cas qu'elle soit identique partout. Je compte donc, d'une part, vérifier la situation in situ, en m'appuyant sur les statistiques existantes, et, d'autre part, m'informer des intentions des responsables des communes confrontées à ce problème. Je les mettrai d'ailleurs face à leurs responsabilités.
En harmonie avec les pays limitrophes, à savoir la France, les Pays-Bas et l'Allemagne, nous essaierons de modifier la loi, s'il s'agit du seul moyen dont nous disposons pour régler ce problème qui est réel et grave".
M. Michel Guilbert [Ecolo]:
"[...] Le problème est grave et réclame une solution urgente. Je me réjouis en tout cas de votre prochaine visite sur place, monsieur le ministre."
The problem with this? It was several months ago...
Since then the minister Duquesne clearly stated that it was not under his responsability
to limit the horeca status. But Rik Daems made it, and now they voted it at the Chamber of
representatives! They still have to vote it at the Senate, but WE HAVE TO STOP THEM BEFORE!
Make a move, and save that small freedom to party. USA bombs Irak? Does that mean we have
to accept everything until Bush wins?? Does that mean that our usual freedoms have to be
shorten that way, just because we have to be happy not to be bombed?? Oh no... that's not
the way it works, Mr Gilbert and Daems. 6am is not the problem... but the problem is that
a party has a spontaneous end... they can't decide of that. They say it's to stop the
Afterclubs... and they really think it will stop the troubles related to some violent
people coming around? Anyhow that decision is constitutionally illegal but you have to say
it around unless they'll vote it anyway. How? Keep on coming here, we'll provide you some
links very soon.
28th March 2003: Administrative controls at Cube and Circus
During the night of Friday to Saturday, the police forces of Charleroi accompanied by some other services invested two clubs in the Charleroi area: the Cube and the Circus. A hundred of their men were spread in and around the danceclubs. Several infringements to the 'Tobback' law have been officially reported. The controls mostly pointed at the way the clubs security and contracts were managed.
13 of March 2003: New Social status for Belgian artists
Het Nieuwe Sociaal Statuut voor kunstenaars
Op 1 juli 2003 komt er eindelijk, na ruim 30 jaar rechtsonzekerheid, een volwaardig sociaal statuut voor de kunstenaars. De federale regering heeft een statuut goedgekeurd dat precies is afgestemd op de specificiteit van het kunstenaarsberoep en dat ook rekening houdt met de verschillen binnen de artistieke wereld. In Vlaanderen werden vijf infoavonden georganiseerd. De Brusselse kunstenaars voelen zich in deze ook erg betrokken partij. Daarom nodigt Robert Delathouwer, Collegevoorzitter van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, alle kunstenaars uit op een informatiematinee over het nieuwe statuut voor kunstenaars. Deze zal doorgaan op woensdag 19 maart e.k. om 15.00u in het Kaaitheater, Sainctelettesquare 20, te 1000 Brussel. Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, minister van Sociale Zaken en Pensioenen, zal er de grote lijnen van het kunstenaarsstatuut toelichten. Het spreekt voor zich dat dit veel vragen oproept. Een panel van deskundigen zal graag bereid zijn om op al uw vragen een antwoord te geven.
Nouveau Statut Social pour les artistes
Après 30 ans dinsécurité juridique, un vrai statut social des artistes entrera en vigueur le 1er juillet 2003.
Le Gouvernement fédéral vient dapprouver un statut qui tient compte des spécificités du métier dartiste ainsi que des différences dans le monde artistique. Cinq soirées dinfo ont déjà été organisées en Flandre. Les artistes Bruxellois se sentent également très concernés en la matière. Cest pourquoi, Robert Delathouwer, Président du Collège de la Commission communautaire flamande, invite les artistes à une matinée dinfo avec pour thème le nouveau statut des artistes. Cette réunion dinfo aura lieu le mercredi 19 mars prochain à 15h au Kaaitheater, square Sainctelette 20, à 1000 Bruxelles. Frank Vandenbroucke, Ministre des Affaires sociales et des pensions, exposera les grandes lignes du statut des artistes. Il va de soi que cette nouveauté soulève beaucoup de questions. Vous aurez loccasion de poser toutes vos questions auxquelles répondront un panel dexperts.
[Thanks to Geert Cochez and Marc Jacobs for this topic]
5th of March 2003:
Techno Nation moved location by pressure of the Mayor of Zaventem, so they go to Groenendael Hippodrome where youth and music are far more welcome. All Line-Up remains as it was, with DJ Rush, Marco Bailey, Steve Rachmad (Nl), Claude Young (Detroit), Terrence Fixmer, Marco Remus, Zzino, Redhead, Deetron, Tom Hades, Tomaz, TC Brain, David Pereira. Hippodrome of Groenendael stands on the Brussels ring, between Uccle/Ukkel and Waterloo.
5th of March 2003: Alka at Adrienne!
Alka Selzer was a party concept back in the 80's. It has re-emerged timidly since last year. Every first friday of the month at the Bodega. Since a few weeks, the Alka has moved in the Adrienne restaurant. This restaurant has been closed for years now due to the controversial Heron City project in spite of the will of the Toison d'Or neighbourhood. Great opportunity for the Alka to seize as this won't last long : the building will definitely be destroyed within 6 months. I'm deeply advising you to go there as soon as possible as the audience isn't completely jet set yet (remember we are in the Toison D'or/Guldenvlies). The music is quite commercial (kind of Jeux d'Hiver) but very acceptable (great dj, I don't know his name, the one who rides motorbikes and has excellent mixing skills).
It's the place to be but not for very long so pick up your boogie shoes and get your ass in there ;-).
Alka Selzer, every thursday, friday and saturday at Adrienne (Toison d'Or area, 1A rue Capitaine Crespel - 1050 Brussels). Entrance: 2,5 Eur. Opens for a few months only.
[by Nicolas Marcus]
3rd of March 2003:no House-Torhout & Leaf 2003???
2nd March 2003: Dali's open again!
As you now all know, there was a burnout at Dali's... and it destroyed everything on the groundfloor, including furnitures (chairs, artworks, bar, ...) and a whole record box of one of the resident deejays. It happened in the day, so there has been no physical victims, but the damage was huge. Now good news: Dali's is back since this week-end with his basement floor. So, now if you go to the 35 Petite rue des Bouchers (1000 Brussels), you'll have fun AND it helps them to recover their rank as soon as possible. Go go go Steph X!
2nd March 2003:4 Days: 30th edition of Rock Werchter
25th February 2003:Noctis new version is coming soon!
10 February 2003: Nachtburgemeester
This is what happens when the city councils don't care enough about nightlife: there's the first election of the Night Mayor of Amsterdam! Now will there be some candidates for Gent, Antwerp, Brussels or Liège? Guess the score! Now comes the night politics... where respect, freedom and fun have something to do with votes.
Verkiezing Nachtburgemeester - Amsterdam
Op woensdag 19 februari 2003, wordt in Paradiso de Nachtburgemeester van Amsterdam gekozen. De verkiezing is een initiatief van GroenLinks Amsterdam-Centrum om het nachtleven van Amsterdam een nieuwe impuls te geven.
Dreigt Amsterdam zijn positie als internationaal uitgaanscentrum te verliezen nu er steeds meer aandacht is voor handhaving en controle? Handhaving en controle blijven belangrijk, maar het zijn middelen die een prettig en veilig uitgaansleven mogelijk maken en geen doelen op zich. De Nachtburgemeester moet een brug slaan tussen de verschillende cultuuruitingen in de Amsterdamse Binnenstad en is de schakel tussen al die groepen en mensen die bezighouden met cultuur. De Nachtburgemeester wordt een stem voor al die inspirerende initiatieven die het centrum van Amsterdam een bruisend en cultureel hart geven. Iemand die Amsterdam wederom op de kaart kan zetten als internationaal uitgaanscentrum waar het gebeurt. Wilt u meer weten over de kandidaten of wilt u uw stem uitbrengen via de Nachtburgemeester poll? Ga dan naar: www.nachtburgemeestervanamsterdam.nl
6 February 2003: Dali's goes to
Pablo: Reggae night
Once every 15 days on Thursday, Nyabinghi Reggae Soundsystem organises a party at Dali's bar since moreless 6 months ... and it does really good! Public follows them so well that they also recently did a free reggae party at Tavernier... full again. Now the next Thursday was planned at Dali's ... but Dali's is just cleaning the place out of all the burned stuff... so... where? Well, Brussels night solidarity is working quickly... and the party will run at Pablo Discobar for just one night. So, this Thursday 6 February, Nyabinghi Soundsystem ina tribute to Dali's bar at Pablo Discobar... also celebrating Anthony before he leaves to China for a month!
Check it out at 50 rue du Marché aux Charbons - 1000 Brussels
www.dalisbar.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
6 February 2003:Party organisers: more taxes to pay
5 February 2003:2003 - Gent is online
5 February 2003:partly burned out !
11 January 2003: Hot: new resident
at Fuse: Psychogene
After the forced closure of MadeInBrussels club four months ago, some were searching for new opportunities to meet the music of deejay Psychogene. Indeed, the MadeInBrussels parties are rare since then... but now there's something crunchy for you mates: Psychogene becomes one of the official residents at Fuse club on saturdays. All starts this month with the special Fuse/MadeInBrussels night (check Noctis Agenda), but the former founder of Neuroleptic and of the band Sharpside will remain resident on that dancefloor for the coming weeks, besides Pierre, Deg, T-Quest and the other residents. No doubt it's a good choice legitimated by 10 years of passion for the Techno scene. Go go go!
10 January 2003: Who's
been out for New Year?
This has probably been the biggest surprise of this New Years Eve 2002-3: it has been extremely quiet! Even if some friends were globally saying that they were planning to stay at home with their close friends or family, most of the party organisers were well confident about the score they could do on that special night and most of the night scene remained insured of their coming success. But the score has not been that big, and we've all been forced to state that many usual party people ACTUALLY stayed at home on 31st of December. Does that mean that people ar not clubbing anymore? Nooooooo... it is simply evident that people are not searching for fake or 'forced' parties anymore.
1) They want real fun, and many of them just came out the next week-end at Café d'Anvers (it was full on 4th of January) or in their own local club. So, all this means that these times are good for local deejays and passionated people, since the public is asking for quality and honesty.
2) the Belgian Police announced a big control campain on the roads, then many people choose to get stoned at home or in private locations. So, was the Police the only people on the roads that night? Let's bet they mostly controlled themselves.
Final statement: if some new-years-eve parties announced a good amount of people (at Groenendael Hippodrom, at De Nacht, Pop Life, etc...), most of the clubs had a 'normal night' with a very quiet public.
30 December 2002: Night Bus for New Year! (some are free)
DeLijn Vlaanderen - TEC Wallonie - STIB Brussels
Speciale De Lijn nachtbussen tussen 21 u. en 7 u. Ticket: 2,5 euro. Abonnementen rijden gratis.
Dienstregeling van speciale nachtbussen:
Regio Leuven :
1: Leuven Kessel-Lo Linden Lubbeek Binkom Attenrode Glabbeek
2: Tervuren Bertem Leuven
3: Leuven Wilsele Rotselaar Werchter Wezemaal Aarschot
4: Leuven Heverlee, Brabanthal
5: Tienen Kumtich Boutersem Lovenjoel Heverlee, Brabanthal
6: Wijgmaal Wilsele Leuven Kessel-Lo Pellenberg Lubbeek
7: Leuven Heverlee Oud-Heverlee, Zoete Waters Vaalbeek Blanden Haasrode, Zottekot Bierbeek, Hof van Bierbeek Heverlee, Brabanthal Leuven
8: Leuven Winksele Veltem-Beisem Erps-Kwerps Kortenberg
9: Leuven Heverlee, Egenhoven Korbeek-Dijle Neerijse Loonbeek Huldenberg Overijse Hoeilaart
25: Leuven Herent, Room Tildonk Wespelaar Haacht Boortmeerbeek Kampenhout Steenokkerzeel
28: Leuven Holsbeek Kortrijk-Dutsel Nieuwrode Aarschot
Frequenties: elk uur, behalve bus 4 naar de Brabanthal: om de 15 minuten en bus 7 om de 30 minuten.
Regio Aarschot Diest :
10: Diest Bekkevoort Tielt Rillaar Tielt St-Joris-Winge Lubbeek
11: Aarschot Rillaar Schoonderbuken Scherpenheuvel Kaggevinne Diest
26: Diest Halen Herk-de-Stad Hasselt
27: Aarschot Betekom Baal Werchter Tremelo Keerbergen Haacht
Frequenties: elk uur
Regio Tienen :
12: Tienen Oplinter Drieslinter Melkwezer Wommersom Hakendover Grimde Tienen
13: Tienen Kumtich Vertrijk Bierbeek, Hof van Bierbeek Honsem Melder Hoegaarden Tienen
14: Tienen Glabbeek Wever Kumtich Vissenaken Kumtich Tienen
Frequenties: elk uur (behalve 14: elk 30 minuten).
Juiste uren, reiswegen en haltes vind je op www.delijn.be, www.vlaamsbrabant.be/eindejaarscampagne
Le Noctambus revient: sur le réseau TEC, la nuit du 31 décembre 2002 sera gratuite, dès 19h00 jusquau lendemain 1er janvier 2003 à 7h00.
Mons-Borinage. Trois circuits. Quiévrain-Dour-Mons ; Saint-Ghislain-Frameries-Mons ; Maurage-Mons-Havay.
Centre. Quatre circuits : Maurage-La Louvière-Manage-Seneffe ; Binche-Péronnes-La Louvière ; Binche-Anderlues-La Louvière ; La Louvière-Soignies-Enghien.
Hainaut occidental. Cinq circuits: Tournai-Mouscron ; Tournai-La Glanerie ; Tournai-Gaurain ; Tournai-Blandain-Templeuve et Tournai-Kain. Infoline: 065/388.815 (Mons-Borinage), 064/239.511 (Centre) ou 069/891.666 (Hainaut occidental) et www.noctambus.be.
Charleroi. 4 circuits. Charleroi-Sud -> Gosselies (le Circus, le Cub's, le Buffalo Grill et le Bowling One). Deuxième circuit route de Philippeville --> route de Beaumont (Oxy à Gozée, Bavarois à Montigny, Lindbergh à Couvin via place de Chimay). Troisième circuit Fontaine - Anderlues - Monceau. Dernier tracé Châtelet-Chatelineau.
STIB Brussels: 17 lines of bus and 2 lines of tram. The schedules were established in order to ensure a bus every 30 minutes in most of the districts. As for the subway, the last metro has been delayed to allow the return after the fireworks at the Mont des Arts. A last passage to Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet is planned at 1 hour in the morning, in all the directions.
To know all the precise details of the device imagined by the STIB, just consult the www site. www.STIB.be Or phone 02/515 20 00
21 December 2002: Once again RTBf
looses a concept
After the deletion of Radio Cité in the 80's, RTBf does it again and tries to drop Bruxelles-Capitale to the trash. It seems that every time they start a new project, they track it down withing the 6 to 8 next years. No doubt that if they launch something new, they'll also abandon it after a few time... it's their destiny to fail in everything they do since the early 80's. And for those who are passionated with radio, the reason why the RTBf leaders try to badly break that jewel is a real mystery. So now who's the real Public Service? No doubt that RTL, even if commercial or too mainstream, is quietly seen as doing a way better job for that duty.
Why should we keep Bruxelles-Capitale radio? 1. because they talk about local artists, places, shows, concerts, structures that are NEVER mentionned on any other National Network radios (Radio 21 mostly talks about those who make their promotion, and the main Radio Une tries so much to stand for everyone that they stand for barely no one anymore since it doesn't have any identity). 2. because it is a very young project of the RTBf and should not be dropped that fast, maybe adapted but not closed down. 3. because that's not Bruxelles-Capitale which is the problem, but the entire structure. Who pay for those changes? You, us, everyone ... Do you want them to spend more money to change nothing? But it's still time to show that you don't agree by joining the petitions and/or sending a mail to the Brussels City Authorities or to RTBf.be. Now let's see what they'll do with that.
reedit 17 December 2002: Out
Soon... 10 Years of Nights
Last minute: new location @ La Rocca. All tickets are still OK.
That's the last minute changes: the "Out Soon 10 Years" move to La Rocca. The artists will be the same, the tickets are all OK, and there will be no dresscode at la Rocca for that night (so you can go there with your sportshoes and your prefered t-shirt). We strongly advise you to buy tickets in presale @ Fnac (10 euro) because of the limited capacity of La Rocca (1.500 ppl).
Out Soon, if you don't know it yet, is the biggest clubbing magazine in Belgium, and it is totally free. Distributed in hundreds of bars and record-shops, each and every issue is a collection of informations about the clubs and parties of Antwerp, Gent, Brussels, Liège, etc but also many interviews of international artists, reviews about games, movies, fun stuff, music, cd's, etc... 35.000 of those magazines are given out every month to promote the electronic nightlife.
At the start it was mostly the magazine for Hardcore Trance-Techno lovers and there was absolutely nothing about House or House deejays in its pages, even very few about Techno. It was fun, it was a start, but it was not really based on any musical progression or diversity... basically only talking about ID&T events, Bonzai parties or nights at Extreme and Illusion. Sure, the public loved that style for years, ok... but it wasn't the only music at night back in 1994. Fortunately came the change a few years ago (round '97), and suddenly Out Soon grew up. With more pages and more colours, House and Techno took place in the interviews and the party agenda, as well as Drum'n Bass and ProgTrance and very recently Electro. Now Out Soon is the unavoidable institution of the Belgian clubbing society, and is slowly becoming an icon of the strength and the persistance of electronic music in our country... we wish them good luck for 10 years more. Tribute to the founder: Eric Rozen, the chief redactor: Bart Van Dormael, the nightwatcher: Florence Atlas, and the production squad. They'll celebrate that anniversary on Saturday 21 December, with you and 7 of the most representative Techno deejays: Silicone Soul (Glasgow), Carl Craig (Detroit), Mr C (London), Kevin Saunderson (Detroit), Psychogene (MadeInBrussels) and Ed&Kim. Door: 10 Eur. @ La Rocca, 384 Antwerpsesteenweg - Lier (NOT at Waagnatie Antwerpen anymore!)
17 December 2002:Alcohol Controls Results for last Week-end
17 December 2002:Bouncers Controls Results for last Week-end
13 December 2002: Mirano New Year
Yes the Mirano stopped its saturday, but don't confuse: the New Year party remains in the schedule of the club. So, YES there will be a New-Years Eve at Mirano Continental with DiscoNouveau and House deejays. Good news, because New Year at Mirano has always been amazing and crowdy! @ 38 chée de Louvain - 1210 Brussels (Madou)
13 December 2002: Charleroi
Indeed, since the closing down of the Coliseum and more recently of the Palladium in Baisy-Thy, there was about nothing to party next to Charleroi. But soon comes the opening or the New Colisee in Gosselies, between Charleroi and Genappe. Consisting in a similar concapt as the Millenium near Liège, the club may accept almost 3000 customers and will launch in the first weeks of 2003 ... but the music style is still a mistery. New Colisée : road N5, former road Charleroi-Brussels, next to Caterpillar area. [thanks to Pilou]
13 December 2002:Famous changes in Heers
12 December 2002: Alcohol Controls
Several non official sources seem to confirm that this week-end there will be plenty of alcohol controls all over Belgian roads and permanently (48h/48) Friday 13 Dec. and Saturday 14 Dec. Of course you all know that drink and drive is the most stupid thing to do and that it could turn the driver into a killer. Now you also know that there is something even more stupid: to drink and drive this week-end, because EVEN if you succeed to kill nobody, it could cost you a lot of cash and your driving license.
Once again, find a non-drinking driver ... for your and others safety.
11 December 2002:Opening of the Q Bar
11 December 2002:Destelbergen back on the track!
5 December 2002:unexpected: Mirano stops its saturdays !
30 November 2002: Electro Era
As you can see around, the different musics under the name Electro are overwhelming the nightlife in belgium. Electro-Disco (or DiscoNouveau), Electro-House, Electro-Industrial-New-Wave, Electrofunk, all those boomclatch winds of frequencies which remind us the early 80's are now on top of the medias. Of course we could talk about the definitive influence of DJ Hell (Munich, Germany) and his record company: Gigolo ... sure he did something big when he played only Electro at the Love Parade 2001. But the effects are so wide that the cause can't be unique. Who could forget the career of Drexciya or Juan Atkins in Detroit USA, or the long way of Belgian organisations like Surreal, Funky Green Aliens, etc..? Now that Electro is in Mixmag, in Le Soir, in Out Soon, in Move-X, on Studio Brussel, and even on national French or Dutch radios, maybe is it the time to target the main names and places of that style in Belgium. D-Jack has been a pioneer not only for Techno but also for Electro coming from the East coast of USA, but the biggest attention goes to the two Beneluxian godfathers of Electro: Spacid and Joost De Lyser. Next to them in that scene are talents such as Raphaël, Uriel, Lysergic, Stel-R, Shaman, and more recently Dr Lectroluv (aka T-Quest), Mi-Yu, Microwave, Muffin, Noax, Zoopsie, Dublo, Daryl, Hertz, Kim, Lady Jane, ... Follow them in the parties "Digital Monsters" (aka "Criminals Zat"), "Body to Body" (at CultureClub with Spacid), "BlackLight" (also at Culture Club), "Klangforschung Ost", "Enjoy Apocalypse", "Wave Excursion", or the "I'm Not a Number" at La Chapelle in Liège on Saturday 18 January 2003.
Now, where to find the records?? Could be at Urban Groove (rue des Riches-Claires - 1000 Brussels), at BCM (Plattesteen - 1000 Brussels), at MusicMan/Dance Solution (Steendam - 9000 Gent), at Clone (one of the best for that style, Mauritsweg - 3012 Rotterdam ; www.clone.nl also online shop), or at the Formic online shop (www.formic.de). Many other recordshops offer some Electro, so check out to find more... but these are obvious.
Some live radio sounds? Surely on Radio Panic with the Stel-R and the D-Jack shows (105.4 fm in Brussels), and sometimes in Switch on Studio Brussel (100.6 and 100.9 fm), but mostly on the netradio Boups.com which was mainly Drum'n Bass but now really turns on Electro (www.boups.com).
28 November 2002: SonyMusic website
At midnight, in the evening of the Wednesday 28th of Nov., this is what you could read on the first page of www.sonymusic.com:
"you have been defaced by FBH , federal bureau of hackers hello there people , we are FBH , and we have defaced this site.dont worry no data was harmed, we did it becos , 1st - we hate sum artists on here [...] but we really deface this site becos we want freedom in our nations of kashmir and palestine. we dont want George Bush to bomb iraq for oil and pretend that its for terror. He should be doing his best to catch binladen . he dont care if binladen is alive or not. ..."
The Sony crew fixed it quickly, but then it was www.sonyclassical.com that was hacked with "for fucks sake sony ur security is shit , get OpenBsD it fukin roks, btw FBH own u".
This episod probably is illegal, ok, but after all the things that Sony did with cold blood (such as the cover of Underground Resistance Rolando's 'Knights of the Jaguar'), who think they did not deserve it?
7 November 2002: Strictly
Strictly Rythm, the House label from New York, just announced the end of its long party story, supposedly for banqueroute. Founded in 1989, two men were at the start of it: Mark Finkelstein bringing its economic knowledge and Gladys Pizzaro which brought its musical sensitivity. Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 1999, Strictly Rythm marked of its print the world of House during a whole decade and reached the year 2000 while remaining one of the most active labels. Most of the Strictly Rythm records were great hits in the charts and the clubs. Strictly Rythmn knew how to recover the Deep-House played in Red Zone and Zanzibar clubs of New York in the early 90's and so became one of the main names in the world. In 1990, it launched its first success: "The warning". Followed then a succession of tracks gaining great recognition in the clubs. Among them, "I believe" by Scram, and "Strings" by Rah Power. The same year Roger Sanchez created his "Luv Dancin" and opened new ways in the House style. In 1991, one of the inventors of Chicago Acid-House, DJ Pierre, joined the label and created "Generate Power" which had been one of the biggest hits of the Strictly Rythm discography. The first compilation bringing together the hits of the year is also edited in 91. In 1992, the label carried on its way as main supplier for the English clubs. DJ Pierre then composed "Follow me", the most sold album in the history of the label. Two young producers producing and working under the nickname of 'Masters At Work' created "Hardrive and plate fusion" which was the first of a long serie of legendary records resulting from their union. A new Producer joined the label in 1993, his name was Armand Van Helden, the coming superstar of House. In 1994, Strictly Rythmn was everywhere on the world medias with the hit "I like to move it" by Real 2 Real which remains one of the most sold dance titles ever. David Morales also joined the company and started with "The Boss". Etc, etc ... what happened then? How could such a big and important label fall off like this? Sadly, we don't know yet. So many historical years, so many music and so many feelings have been brought to us by Strictly Rythm... but time is running and things keep on going further. Now that we know Strictly Rythm is closed, we all figure the enormous pages it fills in our past clubbing history and the enormous blank pages it lets in our future. This is a tribute... these are some thankfull words for what they did. [thanks Michel Traxx & Raphaël Thijs for their contribution to this article]
6 November 2002: Felix Da Housecat
There's a new club some wednesday at Lounge in Brussels (same location as Food on saturday), a club named Elektra. Consisting in an Electroclash oriented blend of music, men can hear there Lady Jane and many famous guests that Youri (the Elektra former manager) brings you from Chicago or globally from USA and UK. This wednesday, Felix Da Housecat was supposed to come in this club ... but the party has been entirely delayed to a date in the future... so the party won't happen at Lounge this wednesday 6 November but probably in early 2003.
6 November 2002: I Love Techno is Sold Out
We just received this mail from ILT crew: "We are proud to announce that "I Love Techno" is once again completely sold out!! 35.000 tickets were sold at record speed!! Be aware that there will be no sales at the doors, so don't come without a ticket!". Now you know. http://www.ilovetechno.be
5 November 2002:4 Massive Events not to miss this month:
2002: Ecolo Party against nightlife? Who
Since a few months (let's say a year), some Ecolo representatives of several Belgian districts use tiny aspects of the law to force many nightclubs and bars to close. Since the beginning of the plural majority, official elected members of Ecolo took often charges of the files and the responsibilities related to town-planning. It would not be a bad idea if some of them would not have start a hunt for clubs and parties based on the most constraining Articles of the town-planning laws. Figure that if a nightclub has troubles with ONE neighbour, the advantage will actually always be given to the neighbour. That's not fair considering the thousands of young souls who need those places to wash out the stress of the week. In 10 years, we saw that (globally) the VLD/PRL always wants more repression and controls targetting the youth and the clubs... we saw that FDF and PRL also had good ideas: FDF Didier Gosuin launched a common security and comfort agreement between all biggest Brussels clubs ... and PRL Minister Antoine Duquesne forced the door-bouncers to have an official training and to respect the customers ... we saw that PS sponsored the "Nuit Blanche" in Brussels and did support the City Parade in Luik ... also VLD Minister Marc Verwilghen increased the drug repression and at the same time refused to allow the drug-testing in large festivals and events ... and some Ecolo personalities influenced the closure of several clubs (such as Henri Simons for the MadeInBrussels which accepted to make the necessary audio-isolation work, but the Ecolo alderman only said "No, you close the club").
The many styles that Belgium had in its nights made our amazing creativity possible since the beginning of the century... if that eclectic panel is reduced in any way then nothing relevant will grow anymore from the night scene. All basic pop music came from the night: Jazz from Jazzclubs, Rock from college balls and small venues, Reggae from bars in Trenchtown, Salsa from the Southamerican party scene, even singers like Sinatra or Brel started at night in some cabarets.
So ok, this is not a trial... and Noctis.com has no political influence ... ok ... but LOOK WHO IS FIGHTING FOR YOUR FREEDOMS OR AGAINST YOUR FREEDOMS ... freedoms to party and to access the musics you want. Just mind your next vote.
October 2002: Joints in the target again
Forget about the past years and forget about some ministers saying that cannabis was almost legal... it is not and has never been. During a few years, a sort of passive blur remained on that subject... so, many teenagers were thinking that it was legal or at least tolerated. The new legal directive published by the Minister of Justice Marc Verwilghen (VLD) is extremely clear: cannabis is a drug and the Belgian users will be punished as well as the dealers. No matter of what happens in Netherlands, Spain, U.K. or Germany, the directive of the Minister of Justice forces to recognize that the detention and thus the use of cannabis are still illegal. "Cannabis. - To hold or cultivate cannabis remains illegal, even if this detention is only for personal use and if no aggravating circumstance is noted" says the directive. "By personal consumption, it is necessary to understand a quantity of cannabis which can be consumed all at once, or in a maximum of 24 hours. By culture of cannabis flowers for personal use, it is necessary to understand a quantity of female cannabis flowers which cannot lead to a production which exceeds the needs of a personal use."
This means that using cannabis will be punished by heavy bills (1250 to 5000 Euros), and if it happens again within the two years it could lead to prison for some weeks. Still the text has to be voted... but there's almost no doubt that it will be.
My opinion? They're all right when they say it's dangerous to drive a car under the influences of drugs... of any drugs. But I'm not sure this type of global repression will solve any of the problems concerning cannabis use by the youth (more than 40% of the public in some summer festivals). And that's not even talking about the victims of the cancer who supplicate to be allowed to use it as painkiller, and they ask it since maybe 10 years. By the way, law is the law, and we're all supposed to know it... that's why I choose to write this report.
September 2002: Sunday morning, cars are
Did you hear about the Sunday without cars in whole Belgium? Yes? Good, because it also means that if you come back from a party after 9:00 in the morning, you'll be forced to let your car in one of the parkings at the entrance of the city you live in. So, remind this: come back before 8:45 on sunday morning... or you'll have some problems to go back home. Fortunately the trains, trams, bus & metros are running, as well as the cabs.
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