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30 September 2004 - Sleeping is NOT an option! Brussels Party On!
Nuit Blanche is back in Brussels again, and bigger! Now it concerns the complete innerloop around all the ancient doors of the city: Porte d'Anvers/Antwerpsepoort Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort, Pte de Hal/Hallepoort, Pte d'Anderlecht/sepoort, etc ... all around the urban core of Brussels. A network of 10 Doors of the Night transformed to be the 'door of Africa', 'door of the ancient past', 'door of the skies', 'door of the dance', 'door of the water', 'door of the unexpected' (in some parcs), 'door of the Middle-East', etc... a fantastic journey into a nightfreak city, full of music, dance, food, sports, shows, circus, and pure entertainment. Furthermore, you could even walk with some happy dogs, run around the city in a magnificent limo, take part of a movie shooting in the Cityhall, ride with the roller-parade, or move your legs on a bicycle, even party your head off in 4 different parties! Everything starts at 22:00 and ends at 5 and 6am. Time to get you on!

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All and everything for 5 Euro... yes, Five. No more.
Count with a free breakfast at 6 and 7am.

Which parties?
1. Bulex will serve the freaky-kitschy-funky-disco-groovy stuff they love to play, but in a very 50's location: the Ravenstein 'shopping' Gallery (straight behind the Brussels Central Station)
2. A deejay will spin some dance tunes from 1am at Tour & Taxi, featuring many jugglers and artists from the Circus School... could look spectacular, honestly
3. A double party at Pyramides Rogier (place Rogier plein): one is classic Rock (in partnership with RTBf) and the other is more like Disco.
4. The kickass ride by which gathered some electro-tech-break-booty deejays in the surrealistic main hall of the Brussels North Station!
    After Le Gazon in the summer, and besides the webradio at their website, this is expected to be "the" electronic meeting of the Nuit Blanche 2004.
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by Nicolas Deckmyn
29 September 2004 - Owow!! Let's move on up!
Ok, all right... we're waking up da news again... seems we've been poor on the keyboard since the summer, heh. But as you can guess: the night isn't waiting for us and keeps things moving. Good! Guess what? You've been 42.000 in August to check our Party Agenda! Thanks for your trust and fidelity, keep on surfing us from time to time... you might be surprised. And so will we.
by Nicolas ... outta bed!
28 September 2004 - Hip-Hop at Theatre 140 !
[Frenchspeaking onemanshow with hip hop dance performances] L’autoportrait du danseur hip hop Hamid Ben Mahi (Alger-Bordeaux). Il a trente ans, il danse et raconte son parcours, à coup d’images projetées, son père boulanger en Algérie, son adolescence à Bordeaux… Danser sur la tête est un rite pratiqué avec fougue dans les banlieues de Bordeaux, Paris, Bruxelles ou Alger … De plus, il y a des danseurs belges en première partie: Full Effects (mardi 5 octobre) Bientôt en résidence au Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, Full Effects est chorégraphié par Saho, spécialiste en danse debout. Hoochen (mercredi 6 et jeudi 7 octobre) Ce jeune crew issu de la nouvelle génération est le vainqueur de la Freestyle Session Benelux 2004 The Outsiders (vendredi 8 octobre) Nouveau groupe (issu des Dynamics) qui va cartonner sur la scène hip hop d'ici peu!
by The A.L.
27 June 2004 - And the Winner is: City Parade !
190 pictures are online from the News page.
- Yes they did it! - And they did it good! 2001 was 80.000 people ... 2002 = 100.000 ppl ... 2003 = 150.000 ppl ... so... what do you think was the score this year? Actually in the middle of the afternoon we were ready to talk about 200.000 ... but the Police counted 250.000 ! YOU ARE FANTASTIC ! --- All our pictures are online from the link hereunder. Great memoriezzz...
by Nicolas
26 June 2004 - Belgotronique pictures!
Finally, the pictures of the Belgotronique open air party in front of Royal Palace on 18 June are now online. Check it out here! (on the News page) ... and notice the beginning under the rain at 17:00, and the massive crowd at 23:00. On these pictures: Skander, Miss Luna, Yves E Zone, Claude City Parade, Geoffroy, Whalid Fun Radio, Olivier Gosseries, Jean-Pierre Mels, Marko, Joost de Lijser, Tabi, Stel-R, Eric Beysens, Isabel... and 5000 of you party people ! Thanks to your support!
by Nicolas
25 June 2004 - Find me and get a Guest for CP!
Ok... we have a system to give you more guests: FIND ME in the Parade! If you find me and tell me something like "You're Nicolas? I saw you on do you have a guest for me?" ... then you'll have one of the last 10 guest tickets we can give! And please don't kick me if you're the 11th to ask for it... heh :-)

nicolas For sure you'll find me and my photocamera running in the Parade all the time from 14:30, and mostly between City Parade truck and Marko's truck. You want a guest ticket ? Check me out!
Now how to find me? This is a recent picture... it should help you.
Good luck!
by Nicolas (Noctis webmaster)
20 June 2004 - 50 Free Pass for City Parade - 26 June !
cityparade_2004 cityparade_2004 As you already understood, next Saturday there will be the Pre-Parade party, the Parade itself, the free party with all the soundsystems, and the (cheap entrance, big stars) final party in a large open air field. WE HAVE 20 x 2 GUESTS AND 5 x 2 VIPs FOR YOU. Send us your name, age and address (Street, number, postcode, city) where to send you the tickets by post. (Or if you better like, you can get it at Urban Groove record shop in Brussels, but say it so we can drop the tickets there).
Send all that to and wait for the answer.
Be fast, coz there's only 20 x 2 guests...
and for the VIP's, we ask this: how old is right now?

Go go go!! City Parade will bang the ground!

At the final party: Marco Bailey, Michel De Hey, Dave Angel (UK), Luke Slater (UK), Dr Motte (Loveparade, Germany), Technasia (Germany/Japan), Claude Young (USA), Danny Howells (UK)

* Parade in the streets from 15 to 18:30 ...
Open party from 18:30 to 23:00.
Parade Party (6 Eur presale, 10 Eur at the desk) from 23:00 to 04:00
Except if you got our guestpass... hehe :-)
by Nicolas
19 June 2004 - Tonight Free Bal in St Gery / St Goriks
Tonight Saturday 19 June, in the afternoon and from 21h for a party, Fête de la Musique at St Géry / St Goriks! fête_a_st_Gery_/_St Bal aux lampions / lampioenenbal, Musette, Guinguette, popular music, etc... Bandoneon and village gathering... a real popular feast on the famous place of the terraces (just near Beurs/Bourse). Yes it's free and in the open streets! This has been set up by the same person who's setting up the Roller Parade... Carl de Moncharline... so you can guess it will be a deep fun party @ place St Géry / St Goriksplein - 1000 Brussels
by Nicolas
16 June 2004 - Royal Palace Belgotronique - update
We did 400 ppl in the afternoon... and 5000 from 20h! [official count: 4200, organisation count: 5000, crowd at midnight in front of the stage: 2800] The people went mad for the performances of the deejays, and even danced under the rain (!!) and stayed anyway. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU !!

To open the week-end of the 'Fête de la Musique' on 18 June, a 'Belgotronique' Free Party (no charge, open street, no cars) from 14:00 to 01:00 in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels... on Paleizenplein / place des Palais. belgotronique

This unusual event was open air (+ vip areas by You club) and offered a wide choice of 10 supafreak Belgian deejays: Skander (Club XXX 90's, Vaudeville, Retro at Fuse), Miss Luna (Q bar), Yves-e-Zone (Vaudeville 70's, You), Steven Redant (la Démence), Olivier Gosseries (Pop Life, Fun Radio, You club), Geoffroy (Food, Hi-Phen rec), Marko (La Rocca), Joost de Lijser (Body to Body, Plug at Fuse), Eric Beysens (Boccaccio 80's, Rocca 90's, Backlash), and Isabel (Café d'Anvers).

(the web streaming has been cancelled) But this banged on location and the palace jumped ... just hope that Mathilde loved Electro.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
14 June 2004 - House Music Awards ... Vote!
Over the years, there has been some tryouts yet to start a respected House awards ceremony in Belgium, in USA, and even in Ibiza. And there's many polls, for almost every magazine (OutSoon, Mixmag, DJ Magazine, Traxx, Kiosque, TheTicket). house_music_awards_noctis But here comes now what is already supposed to be the definitive 'House Music Awards'. It says clearly House, so we guess it's not Drum'n Bass or Techno, and you can vote for it.

The first step asks the public (you) to vote, and to say the names of those you love (there's no multiple-choice-list ... you can say your real choice on their website... before the 30 June!)
The second step is the selection of the potential award from that big list.
The third step will come in September in London with the 1st House Music Awards.

There has been already more than 17.000 votes! Better to vote for real big names to compete ... but you can push up your Belgian big House names too... such as Koenie, Stephanie, Glimmer Twins, Raoul, Prinz, Geoffroy, Smos & Baby B, Isabel, Cosy Mozzy or Olivier Gosseries.
(You can mention as web source too, but there's so many websites ... or think to and
numark-ttx1 Two innovative technologies are the famous Numark turntable (TTX1) and a weird way to mix sounds with light objects: the Audiopad (Audiopad) ... but these are just suggestions if you don't have any.
Audiopad More info about these two technical tools on this Noctis page here.

Some of the Awards to vote: Best Single - Best Album - Best Label - Artist of the Year - Best Vocal - Best Live Performance - Best Remix - Most Innovative Music Producer - DJ of the Year - Breakthrough DJ - Best Venue - Best Club Night - ... - Best Magazine - Best Web Resource - Best Radio Station (FM or Internet) - Best Radio Show - Best Store - Most Innovative Technology - Contribution to House Music. There's also two Awards related to the WMC in Miami but we guess that most of you have not been there.

House Music Awards needs your votes! Help your beloved deejays to reach the attention they deserve.
Yes, there's a registering... but it's just a form without confirmation. Go on!


Current potential Award nominations:
[and if you think it's not your choice, vote and make your friends vote!]

DJ Of The Year: Smokin Jo, Carl Cox, Junior Jack, Derrick Carter, Joey Negro, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Kenny Dope, Seamus Haji, Ben Watt, Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Louie Vega, Brian Tappert, Mark Knight, Copyright, Neil Pierce, Danny Howells, Aaron Ross, Lee-Cabrera, Danny Rampling, DJ Gregory, Erick Morillo, Grant Nelson, Deep Dish, Tim Deluxe, Lottie, Kaskade, Nick Bridges.

Best Radio Station: Radio 1 (UK), Galaxy (UK), KCRW (California), House FM (London), Radio FG (Paris), Ministry Of Sound Radio (Global), Street FM (Melbourne), Viking FM (Yorkshire), Gaydar Radio (Digital/Global), Radio 1xtra (Global).

Best Venue: Ministry of Sound (London), Pacha (Ibiza), Fabric (London), The End (London), Neighbourhood (London), Tank (Sydney), Space (Ibiza), Cielo (New York), Ocean Rooms (Brighton), Crobar (Miami), Club Shelter (New York), The Cross (London), Club Seven (Melbourne), Pacha (London).

Best Record Store: BlackMarket (London), Vinyl Junkies (London), Satellite Records (New York), Central Station Records (Sydney), 611 Records (Philadelphia), Wax Records (LA), Juno (London), Uptown Records (London), Hard To Find Records (Birmingham), Vinyl Rebel (Melbourne), Eastern Bloc (Manchester), Flying Records (London), 12 inch (Paris), DanceTracks (New York), Blue Vinyl (Manchester), Plastic Fantastic (London), Virgin Megastore (UK), Covert Records (Brighton), Massive Records (UK), Grooveman Music (Miami), Amoeba (San Francisco), HMV (UK), Heartbeat Records (New York), Urban Records (Brighton), CitySounds (London).
by Nicolas Deckmyn
14 June 2004 - Soixante dj-bar
Pablodisco is now 'Soixante'. You all knew that the famous dj-bar Pablo Discobar in Brussels has been changing its management, and the winner is: soixante_dj_bar-brussels Laurence 'At The Villa'. Now it turned white, but it's still a dj-bar (woohow!), from Wednesday to Sunday... with Cosy Mozzy, Lorenzo Ottati (at the villa), Fred Hush (h20) , Mandrak (dirty dancing), Rudy (mad club), and more
Still at 60 rue du Marché aux Charbons / Kolenmarktstraat - 1000 Brussels

laurence_van_loo In 1989 Laurence Van Loo started the club At The Villa in Kooigem, which quickly went to be essential to the national scene velocity and engraved a groove made of Trance and House in our country for many years. Names like PhiPhi, Johann or Marko grew up under the heat of that brand. In 1994, At The Villa moved away to different locations over the years... at the Holy Ghost, then in Asse, in Brussels, and then stopped for some time. 15 years after its start, At The Villa is back on a monthly basis at H2O club in Pecq (Tournai), with Lorenzo Ottati, Cosy Mozzy, and guests.

by Nicolas Deckmyn
13 June 2004 - Belgian in Ibiza? Go Km5
Check our special page about KM5 dj-bar in Ibiza, km5_bar_ibiza created by Josh and our very own Patrick Socks (creator of Paradise parties, Hot Soks, etc) at 5 Km from Ibiza town. A hot spot for Belgians, and for any party people on the Balearic roads...

24 pictures in September 2003 featuring Patrick, Josh, Ben Biets, Tofke, ... and a charity auction of high rated paintings.

Go have a Hierbas (local liquor) under a palmtree, with good House on the dancefloor.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
09 June 2004 - Hot 'Milk' shakes in Brussels
A new club inspired by the intimate venues of Manhattan, stylish but not too big: that's the Milk club, where everything's around has been paint in white. Well, not that white when the lighshow runs... since everything will be a screen for colors, textures and pictures... that's the trick, plus many 60's/70's furnitures and chairs to feel comfortable. Moreless 350 ppl, a freaky communication and a lot of lights is the receipt (we nightbirds hope not too much light after 3am... heh).
milk_club_brussels Rock and funky beats on Thursday, Electro-Housy on Friday, Garage-House on Saturday, that's the line to follow.

Already confirmed to perform at Milk club: Tom Barman, Yvan Smagghe (Fr), Charles Shillings, Ariel Wizman (Fr), Geoffroy, Lorenzo Ottati, Dan Genhacia (Fr), Darko, Lady Jane, Murvin Jay, a live by Bamboola Prod ('Bahia' EP) ... and some already say that Kat Club and Statik'Dancin parties will move there from the next summer.

Now guess who's back behind this? Alex (WWL, Armani) and Carlos (Pablodiscobar)... two of the real Belgian nightmakers starting a "Baroque Electric Funland", so this sounds like good news for Brussels. Even more: Milk is announced to be the one and only Garage & Vocal-House club in Belgium on Saturday... and it's years that there was none of those.

They launch the first night of Milk club on this Thursday 10 June, at 40 rue de Livourne straat - 1000 Brussels.
You already know this address? Well, then probably you knew about what it has been in the 80's and early 90's: L'Equipe ... a club aiming at 35-40 years old people. But the story took an end in the late 90's, changed the name twice and quickly closed. 4 years of silence, and now the Milk took it over, for a modern nightlife story.
Have a fresh Milk?
by Nicolas Deckmyn
09 June 2004 - Drugs again ... beware...
The Scientific Institute of the Public Health rang the alarm bell regarding a new drug: the 4-MTA which made its reappearance in the area of Antwerp.
This drug, like the recent LDC, is derived from the ecstasy (MDMA). It acts in the same way as the 'traditional' pills but with a delay effect (retard / vertraging). Thus, when the consumer does not know it, he is tempted to take more drugs very quickly. The overdose is then inevitable and could in some cases be lethal.
We remind you here that, besides beeing totally illegal, that kind of chemical drugs strongly harm your body and especially your kidneys. For those concerned, please think about it.
[source from]
by Nicolas
04 June 2004 - A VIP-pass under the skin??
bajaclub_rotterdam Not a joke: a club offers to put its electronic membercard-chip under your skin.
This will probably be the identity card of the future... but do we really want it?

The customers of the Baja Beach club in Rotterdam can access and pay with a subcutaneous chip by the end of June. electronic_chip_implantation The chip has the size of a rice grain and is implemented invisibly under the skin of the arm (like the electronic-chip for the dogs, but for them it's in the neck, just under the ear).

Baja Beach club is indeed the first discotheque in the world to use that kind of identification and billing system... but it's also the first club in the world to aim at the physical integrity of the customers... this is as well cyberfun as it is also very scary (Who said "1984", "Brazil" or "Equilibrium"?). Some say it's Star-Trek fun... some others say "bill gates will make you dance, and that's just the end of freedom".

The Spanish club Baja in Barcelona started to implantate the chips since March 2004. Many of their vip's already have the chip in the left arm, and about 20 customers stand on a waiting list.
"We have a special zone at Baja beach Club where only VIPs are allowed, which has various exclusive services for these members" says Conrad Chase, the club director. "We are the first discotheque in the world to offer the VIP VeriChip. Using an integrated microchip, our VIPs can identify themselves and pay for their food and drinks without the need for any kind of document."
Make your mind, but we think it's scary. People are no dogs or cows.

Website of the club:
by Nicolas Deckmyn
03 June 2004 - Kiosque Agenda Deadline for July AND August !

Organisers, deejays, club managers... don't forget that the deadline for the next Kiosque magazine of July & August for Brussels is 11 June. Be sure to add your parties to the Noctis agenda before that date or i won't be able to sort it for the Kiosque (out on 25 June)... that'd be sad.

How do we select the parties from Noctis for the Kiosque magazine:
1) it has to be a special party or to have guests.
2) A residency will be sometimes announced once in a month if relevant (as Marko Sunday or Dali's Reggae Thursday).
3) The 'normal' clubs are listed in Kiosque in a regular board we publish two or three times per year, so it's no need to add every normal Saturday.
4) For Noctis we relay all night infos for all the country, but for Kiosque it's 70% for Brussels and 30% Antwerpen, Gent, Liège, ...
5) of course, the last decisions always come to the left space available... means that if there's too few space left on the pages, the editors will cut in the agenda to make it fit... and then it's usually based on the size of the event. But then it's not my call anymore. :-)

Anyway, thanks to all to make this website be a nightlife reference. 34.000 unique visitors in March 2004 ... now that's partying!
by Nicolas
31 May 2004 - Noctis in Out Soon magazine
Thanks to you all who wrote to Out Soon, the main Belgian free magazine for clubbers, to declare your trust in our work... thus Noctis has been selected to show up with 3 other nightlife related websites in this May-June issue #124 of Out Soon (with Miss Kitten on the cover). Since then, reaches 34.000 monthly visitors, and still has a flying cow in the chatroom. By the way, thanks to Out Soon too. Welcome to the newcomers and thanks to the regulars! "With faith and passion in the night."
by Nicolas Deckmyn
22 May 2004 - Glimmer Twins shine at Cannes
Although the pair are increasingly busy on the compilation front, with releases for Culture Club and Eskimo, The Glimmer Twins were invited to Cannes for the second year running to provide the entertainment for 'Stella Artois Screen'. in_Cannes-Mo_from_Glimmer_Twins
Each year the beer brand invites over 200 guests for a stay on luxury yachts and perhaps the best parties on the Croisette (the Carlton Beach, to be precise).

TheTwins played three times, including a memorable night aboard the yacht with views across Cannes. The nearby Onassis yacht sent over a speedboat to see what the noise was all about. But they weren't on the guestlist. People that were on the list at other times include Dennis Quaid, David Carradine, Sean Young, China's stunning Li Xing, "Kontroll" director Nimrod Antal and the bosses of the major studios.

The Glimmer Twins will be back at the Culture Club on May 31 and June 7, followed by dates in the Netherlands, France and the UK
by The A.L.
20 May 2004 - Junior Jack & Kid Creme in Ibiza all summer!
+ new video
Our beloved Belgian House ambassador duet is standing in Ibiza this year again, as it did last year already at El Divino and Pacha. Kid Creme and Junior Jack will spin their magic plastic on 18 June & 9 July , 6 & 27 August, and 17 September (closing season party) ... all at El Divino 'Defected' parties with Sandy Rivera, Gee, Martin Solveig, Andy Daniells or Jo Miss, and 20 July at Pacha with Darren Emerson, Paul Jackson, Trevor Nelson and many more. We heard about a second residency in Japan for this summer, but nothing's confirmed yet. junior_jack

Not to mention (well, we mention it anyway) that his new Stupidisco video is now ready and will hit all music televisions in a couple of weeks ... guess we'll hear it in a Balearic tone.

Want to see the videoclip? Go on Junior Jack's website and click on the picture!
by Nicolas
18 May 2004 - 8 New Picture Galleries
8 new galleries in the Pictures Page (Night Magazine) ... Common Factor in Brussels, FunkYou at Zazou, DJ Hell at Future Pop, Felix da Housecat at Melkweg Amsterdam & Café d'Anvers, Sunda Sunda at la Rocca, Lemon Club Tournai, 10 Years of Fuse, and Boups / Give Me Wood at ¨PlanB Brussels.
by Nicolas
12 May 2004 - Jazz Marathon open air program!
Free and this week-end!
Peace and riffs! Since 1988, Brussels has one of the most popular and open Jazz festival concept in the world: warming up every bar and every public places in the city.
This year, as you probably saw it in our agenda, the Brussels Jazz Marathon is totally free... indoor and outdoor. No bracelet, no ticket, no nothing... only music and fun (and the great weather!). This Jazz festival is jammin' all over the city, in most of the bars (check the list on their website, in the 'Indoor' category) and in prestigious open air areas, such as Grand'Place of course, but also Elsene, Sablon, St Kathelijne, etc... (all the program here below). And this will last for 3 days and evenings (Friday, saturday and Sunday... until midnight outside, and until 2 or even 4:00 in the indoor venues).
For once... DANCE ON JAZZ!

Friday 14/5
18 :30 -19:30    PHILIP CATHERINE TRIO
21:30 -22:30    DJAKHOBO GROUP

Saturday 15/5
15:00 - 16:30    PASCAL MOHY QUARTET
17:00 - 18:30    BRAZZ    (with Steve Houben)
19:00 - 20:30    ROBERT JEANNE QUARTET
21:00 - 22:30    SAYMA (with visuals by Loup Brenta)

Sunday 16/5   
JOURNEE DES LUNDIS d'HORTENSE - Benefit concert for jazzinbelgium website
16:00 - 16:30    [qUETZAL]
17:00 - 17:30    VICTOR DA COSTA TRIO
18:00 - 18:30    @ 70's - ‘a tribute to the Jazz of the Seventies’
19:00 - 19:30 L'AME DES POETES
19:45 - 20:00    MICHEL DEBRULLE SOLO
20:30 - 21:00    SLANG
21:15 - 21:30    MICHEL DEBRULLE SOLO
22:00 - 22:30    FOOFANGO

Friday 14/5
18 :30 - 20:30    VERA ZANELLO & GREG LAMY QUARTET   
21:00 - 23:00    DUBICKI & TRIPODI QUINTET
Saturday 15/5
15:30 - 17:30    'Wednesday night combos'
18:00 - 20:00    ONE WAY
20:30 - 22:30    CHRIS CODY COALITION

Friday 14/5
18:30 -20:00    WILLY WILLY & THE VODOO TRIO
20:30 - 22:30    ILLICIT
Saturday 15/5
16:00 - 17:30    SKEEMZ with DJ Buzz (dj)
18:00 - 20:00    NTOUMOS
20:30 - 22:30    BAI KAMARA

Friday 14/5   
17:00 - 17:40    SERIAL CHILLER
17:50 - 18:30    KADDYGEY
18:40 - 19:30    DAN-T / STAN / BARROS / YASSINE LE SAGE
20:00 - 22:00    UNLIMITED
Saturday 15/5
14:00 - 14:50    URBAN STREET
15:00 - 16:00    SHINNY
18:00 - 19:30    winners of « Concours Jeunes Musiciens de Jazz »
20:30 - 22:00    QUENTIN DUJARDIN
by Nicolas
04 May 2004 - Create Your Night Contest Followup?
Ragga Circus big up!
- Update 2 -
We told you about the contest: 25.000 Eur to spend for a Cokelab party, with two concepts chosen out of 800 mails. Those two winners will be selected by public vote. One for the flemishspeaking TV and area, one for the frenchspeaking TV and area. But unfortunately, very few projects specified the music style and the line-up, which is -on our opinion- the most important point of a party ... few but one: The Ragga Circus. That's why we call here to support their project.

As Reggae and Ragga deejays, there should be: Boom A Ranks, Uphill Soundsystem, Heartbeat Soundsystem, Far West Crew, Massive Sound, Jugglin' Discotheque, Bass Culture Soundsystem and the beloved TLP & Dors (Culture Club, Eskimo)

Now this sounds good and wicked! So you can help them by voting.
2 ways to help: one is free, the other is not. The free way is to vote on . The paying way is to sms "COKE A" to 3010 (sms is not free).

For sure, the flemishspeaking projects have more creative and fun ambitions in this contest. They selected the Ragga Circus, but also a party based on a giant multiple radio-transmitter giving the music you choose in your headphones, and 'Roadblock': a party on the motorway with the deejays and the lighshow in two big trucks (based on how the Acid House pirates did parties in UK in the early 90's... that's great too, indeed).

The frenchspeaking side selected a giant pinball decoration with 90's music like 2Unlimited (they have a website here ), also a party based on remixed hits in a large cosmic-looking sand field, and a night where everyone has a mission to complete (a joke-murder) and a fun costume... but what about music and deejays? You can view some videos at (online videos).
You can vote on .

The basical idea is great, but we probably expected more. Ragga Circus complies with our expectations, that's why we point at them... but you can make your mind on the Cokelab website. Vote is open until 15 May.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
01 May 2004 - Gentsefeesten vs 10 Days Off: names! names!
This year, the Gentsefeesten will shake the nights from 15 to 26 July... so will the 10 Days Off, but in two different venues: the Vooruit *and* the ICC (Citadelpark). A special doubled size issue featuring: Adam Freeland, Chicken Lips, Derrick May, DJ Spinna, DJ T, Erlend Øye, Ewan Pearson, Freeform Five, Green Velvet, Headman, Jazzanova, Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Laurent Garnier, Luciano, Marco Passarani, Märtini Brös, Matt B Safer (the Rapture), Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Roger Sanchez, Scan X, Spektrum, Tiefschwarz, Tiga, Yvan Smagghe (Black Strobe) ... and many more, since these are the confirmed names at this point.

Preview a hot hot summer, mates!

Full 10 Days Ticket: 65 Eur
One night ticket in presale: 15 Eur
Limited tickets availability... official sales closure on 30 June! Be sure to get your pass before that date if you want to be part of the event.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
30 April 2004 - Junior Jack Video - Sunday casting in Brussels
Right after 'Da Hype' ... the video of Junior Jack's next EP will be shot this Sunday (2 May) in a stylish hall next to the centre of Brussels.

And... there's a casting for 80's freaks and postrock party heads... because they need a crowd around a ring.

You know, usually those videos are shot in tropical locations, on some beachs or in Ibiza... this time it's an indoor synopsis, so they decided to remain in Brussels. Wanna be part of it? Be fast and call the casting management at: 0475 691862. If you wish to be there, try today, or sleep Sunday. There should be pictures of the scenes on Noctis soon anyway.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
30 April 2004 - new Disc-O-Bar in Brussels
Next Friday 7 May will be a huge date ... it's the last mile before the exams, and the organisers take their chance on time, many parties are warming up! By the way, you all know about the recent change of management and closing of Pablo Discobar. There was thus something missing in Brussels... Sure there's the strong and crazy Dali's bar with many parties, and the Biberium hosting more and more deejay nights, even sometimes the Boca Loca or the Roxi... but something new is coming at 5 place du Vieux Marché Aux Grains, near the Beurs/Bourse area: the Disc-O-Bar

Concepted by Cedric & Brian (ex-Pacha staff), one of the specificity of this new deejay-bar is its partnership with Miss Elorak. Indeed the bar will first be open 7 evenings/week, but there's also the shop Stress Da Bass that moved there and will be open from 11:00 till 19:00.

The global music style won't be exclusively electronic for the weeknights, but the week-end should be stricly tech-drum-kicks'n beats. There's room enough for all kinds... 5 rooms (some small... but still rooms): a sitting room (great ceilings, check it out), a table room, a bar room, a danceroom, and the shop of course. The deco has been overwhelmed with colorchanging lights, and Olivier Devuyst (SDB shop) was in charge of the design.

Disc-O-Bar take off: Friday 7 May.

by Nicolas Deckmyn
29 April 2004 - House Names, Café gets strong
Farris, Carter, Farina... Café d'Anvers is on the House for sure. First it will host our beloved beatbanger from Chicago, Gene Farris (Farris Wheel rec) on 7 May. That same night will guest Angela Maison from Australia, who recently released on Music For Freaks rec. Andrew James says on "If you like your House to be deeper than the resting place of the Titanic, then Melbourne-based spinner Angela Maison is your woman." I guess it's enough to figure how warm will be her kicks. Print it, note it down or whatever, but it's on 7 May and you don't want to miss it. :-)

June sounds like summer... sounds House too with Derrick Carter (Chicago) in a versus mix with Mark Farina (San Francisco). Two major House deejays in a two players game... obviously worth the visit... that should be a huge night, on 16 June.
Count with the residents too... Benny Rodrigues, Tweety, Prinz, Isabel, Smos & Baby B, Bartholomeo, Filliz (8 resident deejays, no joke).

House has no way back... that's why it runs forward. "House is a universal language spoken and understood by all" (C.Roberts)
by Nicolas Deckmyn
28 April 2004 - Power up = Sinclar back at Fuse
Last time Bob Sinclar came in Belgium, there has been a total power shutdown after 15 minutes of his mix. No more music, no lights. A dry cutoff. So, both the management and the public were outrageously frustrated, and the club refunded each and everyone. But gud nuz for those! He's back on 20 May at Fuse again, and with full electric powerlines to keep the sound loud and warm! Alongside Mister Sinclar, we'll see St Dic, Mathieu, Yamo, and Josh Lasden. This fuse/yellow prod. event shall require 7 € before midnight, or 12 € after. Thursday 20 May 2004 at Fuse, 208 rue Blaes straat - 1000 Brussels.
by Nicolas
28 April 2004 - HoveLive Festival (4 Sept) first names
HoveLive, one of the most friendly and cheapest festivals in our country will be back in its traditional open-air area... the Gemeentepark van Hove, on 4 September 2004. A Reggae-Dub-HipHop-Dance festival running since 1991, with a strong public recognition. The first names listed for 2004 are the Reggae-Ragga band Thabazzco, and the HipHop vibes of Troubled Soulz and of The Livest. We'll keep you updated as long as we got more names.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
21 April 2004 - Once Again they try to stop clubs at 6:00
There we were thinking we had finished with these threats of forced closings at 6.00 am in the morning, mow... they are back. This time it is on the initiative of Denis D'Hondt (MR) that a private bill has emerged, aiming at the clubs of Hainaut primarily... but posing an unpleasant example for the rest of the country. He specifies that the objective is to find "a beginning of solution with the problem of the mega-dancing, which is the centre of attraction for many young people. [...] In the western part of Hainaut, it is common that more than ten thousand young people go out during all the weekend, some even from Friday evening to Monday morning. This closing hour should have the result that theses young people leave those dancehalls".

de_Kamer_la_Chambre Located close to the French border, some megaclubs are indeed known to welcome enormous crowds, and are consequently associated with road accidents and problems of drugs... but why limit the parties and indirectly the energy that they create? It is normal to close a club caught up in drug traffiking, but since when do they need to demand closings clubs which mostly offer social activities and interaction, and a good time for most people? We always hear about the music, deejays, decoration, but all that is inevitably a pretext to the meeting and the human gathering.

If some young people let themselves slip towards and indulge in the worst narcotics, it is usually to protect themselves from the social pressure, and because they do not dare to speak with the others. They keep themselves to themselves. Before trying to lock up the night in a strict rectangle, perhaps they should wonder what will replace these clubs in the morning of the people who leave them... and of what pushes some party-kids to trust more white pills than their own parents. Future debate indeed.

Moreover, the choice of our French neighbours of a limitation at 5 a.m. became a typical example of displacement of the problem... they go in the close countries or set up clandestine raves without schedule. Not even speaking about the disaster of the English choice which since Criminal Justice Bill in the Nineties threw the young British on the roads at 3am in the morning in the search of one of the many after-parties avoiding any control and the inevitable danger of road traffic accidents.

At the precise moment where in France, the most repressive country regarding soft drugs, one noted a spectacular increase in the use of cannabis, even speaking about vulgarizing (source Inserm April 2004)... one wonders who will first dare rising the finger to suggest to finally talk about prevention rather than schedules.

Also we can preview a very bad effect on creation in the dance music scene, since each club will probably have to separate from a deejay... generally the last arrived, the youngest. (2 hours = one deejay). This won't satisfy the specialized record stores (these deejays are customers, of course) which already face a difficult time.

Let us nevertheless say that Mr D' Hondt did not meet real opposition at the Chambre. At most, both the representatives of ecologist and SPA insisted on the importance not to move the problem to the bars, and on the importance of a dialogue with the mayors and the local authorities, but they didn't contest the deep core of the new text.

Amusing: the dance halls for old people will not be aimed. That's right, the Viagra and DHEA dealers are mostly on Internet, not at the exit of the Polka clubs. And 4 grannies in a mustard-colour Daf car draws less attention, yes right.

But if the problem is the young people, there's always a solution: turn them in to old people.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
21 April 2004 - Plug tv mistake: Geoffroy or not Geoffroy?
When a national TV does a mistake once, it can happen... it's ok. But when the mistake comes back every week in a whole month, then it turns to be a problem and needs to be fixed.
So, Plug TV is confusing about the name Geoffroy. In their contest for an event that they currently broadcast, they have a jury... and in the jury is indeed a Geoffroy who has a long career in the nightlife ... but he is not the deejay Geoffroy that you all know. They say it on TV but it's not. Geoffroy-Démence The Geoffroy in that jury is Geoffroy Gillieaux, an Artistic Director, Public Relation and fashion victim since the early 90's in Brussels... he did lead some aspects of the Who's Who's, of the Strong, of La Démence, of Mirano... and many other concepts, and also wrote many articles for magazines (such as Moshi).
He's an organiser / promoter / public-relation / journalist ... when deejay Geoffroy, aka Geoffroy Dewandeleer, has always been deejaying since his debuts at Vaudeville in 1992.


To remind it to those who don't know Belgium, Geoffroy Dewandeleer is one of the few leading House deejays in this country.
He's been resident at Food club in Leuven and Brussels from 1996 to 2003 (and will be again as soon as the club reopens), he played in almost all the major festival in Belgium (Dour, Zeebrugge, Alive, 10 Days Off, ...), in many venues in the world (Spain, USA, France, ...), and did many compilations on Crammed/SSR rec. deejay-Geoffroy
He now also manages his own record label: Hi Phen, and organises parties at Barrio and Vaudeville in Brussels ("Do The Funky Robot").

Do you really think they look so similar? We don't. We respect both for their careers, but we'd like to fix that basic confusion. This Geoffroy is not that Geoffroy. How can such a big media make such a big mistake? When Prince Philippe will be King, will they ask Philippe Delusinne (RTL director) if he is happy to get the crown?
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
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