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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

http://www.stellaartoisscreen.com/events/events.php?id=36&Session=&lan
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!

http://www.juniorjack.biz
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!

GRAND PLACE - GROTE MARKT
Friday 14/5
18 :30 -19:30    PHILIP CATHERINE TRIO
20:00 - 21:00    ROSARIO GIULIANI QUARTET
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

PLACE DU SABLON - ZAVELPLEIN
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

PLACE Ste-CATHERINE - St-KATELIJNEPLEIN
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

PLACE FERNAND COCQPLEIN
Friday 14/5   
XL MULTICULTUREL - OPEN PODIUM YOUNG TALENTS
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
XL MULTICULTUREL
14:00 - 14:50    URBAN STREET
15:00 - 16:00    SHINNY
16:30 -17:30    ABOU MEHDI NOMADE "L'HOMME DU CONGO"
18:00 - 19:30    winners of « Concours Jeunes Musiciens de Jazz »
20:30 - 22:00    QUENTIN DUJARDIN

http://www.brusselsjazzmarathon.be
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 www.cokelab.be/nl . 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
http://www.plugtv.be/index.php?action=gen_page&idx=58 (online videos).
You can vote on www.cokelab.be/fr .

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.

http://www.raggacircus.be
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.

http://www.10daysoff.be
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.

http://www.juniorjack.biz
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 citysearch.com.au "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)

http://www.cafe-d-anvers.com
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.
http://www.fuse.be
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.
http://hovelive.sepi.be
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.
http://www.dekamer.be
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.

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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?

http://www.hi-phen.com
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
20 April 2004 - No Love Parade 2004?? Politics or facts?
The Berliner Love Parade team sent a press release to all the Techno related websites and medias. The text says that they choose to cancel the event for 2004... which means there would be no Love Parade 2004. LPThey also mention the responsability of the City of Berlin for changing the LP purpose from 'demonstration' (walking event with social or political goals) to 'meeting' (private assembly with commercial goals), which heavily increased the size of the costs. But they seem to forget the critics of the public since 2000... and they forget that from 1989 to 2000 it slowly turned to be more of a planned commercial overwhelm than a spontaneous music-and-youth human gathering. LP_zeppelinBrands here, brands there, distribution of gadgets with logo, business... business... when they had the official purpose of a non-profit assembly for youth. There was a moral conflict. All that money finally triggered the attention of the Berliner authorities who just said in 2001: "you're not a Demo, you're a commercial meeting... so, when someone breaks a public bus stop or a public trashcan, you have to pay for it".

LPLet's make it clear:
- the public slowly lost the trust for Love Parade... which became visually way too commercial. From 1,5 million in 2001, it was 'only' 500.000 in 2004.
- the costs increased because the official purpose level changed from Demo to Meeting. The global expenses increased by 900.000 Eur.
- the recent worlwide economy has been cruel for everyone, and also for the press, tv, and partners of the Love Parade who invested smaller money.

But there's another way to read that too:

Maybe the Love Parade managers didn't realize they had something historical in the hands... and by merchandising it too much it was not about Love and Music anymore... but about logos and money. drmotteDr Motte started to make big public speeches in 2001 from the moment he felt the critics getting loud, and he created an association of culture promotion... but it was too late to recover the public confidency. So, he made the Love Parade 1989 for 200 Deutschmarks and now the management wants to punish the public because the wrong choices have been made? LPSad decision. Once again it's about money... they put the pressure because they think "Berlin won't get the money that the LP is bringing", and by the way they steal the event from the young people. Indeed, Love Parade is a big cash flow for the city of Berlin, but it was MOSTLY a fantastic gathering... and the management obviously thinks it belongs to their own company. Unfortunately it belongs to the people, and those are the victims.

We just hope it's only politics, only pressure. Then we could have a Love Parade anyway in Berlin... LPwe'll only know for sure in May or June.

Dr Motte can cancel Love Parade... we got the City Parade anyway.
GERMANS, COME AND SHARE FUN WITH US IN JUNE!!

http://www.loveparade.de
by Nicolas Deckmyn
19 April 2004 - Drugs in the Glass ... again
Let's be direct: in clubs and parties, never leave your glass alone again, keep it in hand until the last drop. Let's be complete: do not accept glass of unknown people if it's not served in front of you at the bar. To put something (narcotics or drugs) in your glass is à-la-mode again for the criminals of all kinds in public venues. The Drink spiking is back. It is alarming, and it is stated as well individually as officially, there is more and more case even in the most protected clubs and bars.
safe-drinks This is a real problem, we have some solutions here. But the real one would be for all club managers to use closed glasses for the drinks, maybe similar to those used in fast-food. However, these are our current suggestions to avoid troubles:

1. Simplest: to keep its glass in hand at any time.
2. In the Eighties there were reusable plastic caps for the soda cans, but they quickly became sticking or dirty, and even sometimes not well sealing (the blue top on the picture). Abandoned solution. Now some brands show up with newly adapted versions of those caps... such as Quiktop. But then, why not going back to the good old plastic bottle?
3. creative alcohol labels started new conditionings, closed and easy to carry on in a pocket: mini bottles of Flugel vodka (or similar miniatures) - the Austrian Go vodka which is sold in a tube, like paint or toothpaste, with four varieties - or Popsy, an idea of German Krugmann who markets his 5 varieties of alcohols in tubes looking like hilarious spermatozoa (the head is the stopper). The coconutcaramel version is all about ambiguity, maybe, but transport is easy and absolutely safe, as long as no one drives. However, all that only relates to alcohols.
4. To use a mini tester like the Drink Detective. Only one drop from the drink on a reactive square of paper to check that nothing was added in the glass. But it can detect only three families of drugs among the 70 usable by criminals. At least it's three of the most currents: Rohypnol & Valium, GHB, or Ketamine. When it will be marketed on our premises, this test should cost 6 Eur. The goal is not to test all glasses... or we'll end paranoiacs, but only a glass which already caused a doubt or could be suspected for any reason.
BBC reviewed it here

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http://www.drinkdetective.com
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
17 April 2004 - Fuse Ten Years stats:
9000 people and NO problem !
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Once again, a massive Belgian event went to the morning without any trouble. This time it was the 10 years anniversary celebration of the Fuse, and it was awesome.

The first impression was one of peace, yes peace. No big event hasssle at the door, just a ‘welcome to my party vibe’. Jeff Mills was belting it out in one room, Monica Kruse in the second and the crowd were loving it. Lazers playing across the room, then Bang! and a cannon shot millions of pieces of silver paper into the air, everyone went mental. What was surprising and ever so nice to see was the complete mix of ages in the audience. The usual clubbing crowd of course were in the majority but there were older people too in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s. It seemed everyone who had ever been to the Fuse past and present was there to celebrate and have a great time.

fuse_ten_years_brussels Deg started with a wavy mix to set up the blood pressure, then came the big fat beats. Yeah well, Jeff Mills was supposed to play House and he played only Techno, but who cares... since it was good. Monika Kruse was full smile, Villalobos did a great tech performance, as well as Dave Clarke for his live (bad point: he left straight after his show, not meeting the people).

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But the thing to mention was the end, the final... which was so emotional. Almost all the Fuse crew and the guest were on stage, and Pierre played some last warm electro tracks for a remaining 800 people crowd. All hands raised when Thierry (Fuse director) took the microphone to thank all the public in the name of the deejays. He was so happy and so satisfied that he did it 3 times!

To be totally honnest with you, this was one of the most emotional final ever seen in Belgium for a dance event.

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And once again, Switch show by Jan Van Biesen made the point! 10 Years Fuse were live all night on Studio Brussel (fm and webstream). We just hope you had your recorder on. :)

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http://www.stubru.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn & Suzee Kay
17 April 2004 - Once again, They try to stop clubs at 6:00 !!
[English version coming very soon.]
On pensait en avoir fini avec ces menaces de fermetures forcées à 6 heures du matin, las... elles sont de retour. Cette fois c'est sous l'impulsion de Denis D'Hondt (MR) qu'une proposition de loi a surgi, visant essentiellement les clubs du Hainaut... mais posant un désagréable exemple pour le reste du pays. L'intéressé souligne que l'objectif est de trouver "un début de solution au problème des mégadancings, qui sont un pôle d’attraction pour les jeunes. [...] Dans la partie ouest du Hainaut, il n’est pas rare que plus de dix mille jeunes soient de sortie durant tout le week-end, certains même du vendredi soir au lundi matin. Cette interruption devrait avoir pour conséquence que les jeunes quittent le dancing". Situés près de la frontière française, quelques mégaclubs sont en effet connus pour accueillir d'énormes foules, et sont associés à des accidents de la route et à des problèmes de consommation de drogues... mais pourquoi limiter la fête et indirectement la création qu'elle génère? Il est logique de fermer un établissement impliqué dans un traffic, mais depuis quand impose-t-on des fermetures à des clubs qui offrent surtout de la rencontre? On parle toujours de la musique, des deejays, du décor, mais tout cela est forcément prétexte à la rencontre et au rassemblement humain.

Si certains jeunes se laissent glisser vers les stupéfiants les pires, c'est bien souvent pour oser parler aux autres ou pour se protéger des pressions sociales. Avant de vouloir enfermer la nuit dans un rectangle bien droit, il faudrait peut-être se poser le problème de ce qui remplacera ces clubs dans les mâtinées des jeunes qui en sortent... et de ce qui pousse certains à faire plus confiance à des cachets blancs qu'en leurs parents. Grands débats en vue.

En outre le choix chez nos voisins français d'une limitation à 5 heure est devenu un exemple type de déplacement du problème... ils vont dans les pays voisins ou mettent en place des raves clandestines sans horaire. Sans parler du désastre des choix anglais qui depuis la Criminal Justice Bill des années 90 ont jeté les jeunes britanniques sur les routes à 3 heures du matin à la recherche d'une des nombreuses after-party échappant à tout contrôle.

Au moment précis où en France, le pays le plus répressif en matière de drogues douces, on a constaté une augmentation spectaculaire des fumeurs de cannabis, jusqu'à parler de banalisation (source Inserm avril 2004) ... on se demande qui osera lever le doigt le premier pour suggérer qu'on parle enfin de prévention plutôt que d'horaires.

Et comptons aussi sur un coup porté à la création dans ce domaine, puisque chaque club devra probablement se séparer d'un deejay... le plus souvent le dernier arrivé, le plus jeune. Voilà qui n'arrangera pas les magasins de disques spécialisés (dont ces deejays sont clients) qui déjà font face à une période un peu rude.

Signalons quand même que monsieur D'Hondt n'a pas rencontré d'opposition réelle à la Chambre. Tout au plus les représentantes d'écolo et du SPa ont elles insisté sur l'importance de ne pas déplacer le problème dans les bars, et sur l'importance du dialogue avec les bourgmestres et les autorités locales, mais sans remettre en cause le fond de la proposition.

Amusant: les dancings pour les personnes âgées ne seront pas visés. C'est vrai, les dealers de Viagra et de DHEA se trouvent surtout sur internet, pas à la sortie du club polka. Et puis quatre mamys dans une Daf moutarde ça attire moins l'attention, oui bon.

Mais si le problème c'est les jeunes, y a toujours une solution: en faire des vieux.

http://www.lachambre.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
16 April 2004 - Brussels City supports Fuse !
Free entrance Sat 22 May!
This is not a joke! jack_de_marseilleYes the Fuse will have a free entrance on 22 May ... and with an international deejay. Saturday 22, Fuse will be open all the ways and free... and not free by exhaustion (Fuses is full every week) but because the City of Brussels joined the club to make you this gift to celebrate the Fuse 10 years anniversary. An amusing idea with a real program: the fortiche Jack of Marseille (nice person, big knowledge, and with an insane talent), the very House and very Dutch Frederik (musician and deejay since 1989), and the residents Deg, T-Quest, Pierre and St Dic. For the tenth birthday of Fuse, the City thus wanted to claim high and strong that "electronic music is culture, and that good clubs in an urban setting are also the fibre of the modern society we live in". Isn't it beautiful? Sure it is, and it sounds very good for the future of the Brussels nightlife, Brussels_Brussel_Bruxelles_noctis.comthanks to the Mayor Freddy Thielemans. Thus now you can enter... you first, please. And be sure that it is not the end, because gossips talk about large electronic events, free and open air, in the old centre of Brussels and coming on short-term. [Gazon will come back next summer, but it's not what we're talking about right now].
Fuse permanently refunded by the social healthcare, one cannot test?
http://www.fuse.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
06 April 2004 - Sex Warnings in Ibiza
Ibiza along with other holiday destinations infamous for their "sex and music" reputations, are proving to be excellent distributions centres of STD diseases, HIV and of course AIDS being the worst. ibiza_arrivalA study on the sexual behaviour of young people between 16 and 35 years old was carried out on the Spanish party island between 2000 and 2002 (²). The results are worrying:
one man out of four and one woman out of seven had sexual intercourse with more than one person during their stay. Of these, 11% of the men and 3% of the women shared a bed with 6 partners or more. Even more worrying is that just 60% of the people surveyed, admitted to using at condom on every occasion, 40% only sometimes. ibizaThe party continued back home, as a small minority admitted to having several suspect partners on holiday, and multiple-intercourse once back at home.

This type of behaviour is an important factor in the international diffusion of STDs. The authors of the survey, which was carried out by Professor Mark Bellis, Director of Public Health at John Moors University, Liverpool, UK, wish to alert all young people of the risks of living such a "carefree" life. This type of happy-go-lucky philosophy is certainly contributing to the rising HIV levels in Western Europe of late.ibiza It has been quite some time since the alarm bells were first rung in the eighties and as a consequence, no one had unprotected sex with someone they had just met or were unsure of, unless they had a death wish.

However, public health authorities across Europe are becoming increasing alarmed at the rising HIV rates in young people particularly in heterosexuals rather than in homosexual people. ibiza_dancerAccording to UK Government official statistics by the end of 2002 the estimated number of people living with HIV in the United Kingdom was estimated at 49,500, an increase of 20 per cent compared with 2001. This figure includes undiagnosed and diagnosed people, with a third of these cases estimated as unaware of their condition. In 2002, 5711 new HIV cases were diagnosed. This was almost double the number diagnosed in 1998, which was 2818. The biggest component in the rapid rise in the numbers of new HIV diagnoses has been in heterosexually acquired infections. Since 1999 the number of new HIV diagnoses from heterosexuals have outnumbered those from homosexual and bisexual men.

ibizaSo the message is clear, it is time to ring those alarm bells once more. It is perfectly possible to be cool, have a good time on holiday and in life, provided you pay attention to your habits. Condoms should be part of your life and they will ensure you continue to enjoy life to its full potential! You have been warned.

(²) Ibiza annually attracts more than 250.000 tourists per annum. 1.500 people were surveyed during 2000, 2001 and 2002 at Ibiza airport before they departed home. More than 75% of the questioned young people had arrived in Ibiza without partner.
The "important minority" referred above composed 17 of those 75%.

Sources:
*Mark Bellis, K. Hughes, R. Thomson and A. Bennett: "Sexual behaviour of young people in international tourist resorts. Sexually Transmitted Infections."
UK Health Protection Agency

http://cwis.livjm.ac.uk/psd/reach/MarkBellis.htm
www.statistics.gov.uk
by Nicolas Deckmyn & Suzee Kay
02 April 2004 - New for Pablo Discobar:
Laurence 'At The Villa' takes over!
Closing party Sat. 10 Apr.
squarelight-at-pablodiscobarYou read well, the main discobar in Brussels is soon to change management... but we won't loose the hype. Back to the roots: in 1996, Fifi and Carlos join forces to create a deejay-bar in the centre of Brussels. The Dali's was not yet open, and the Chill-Out bar was closed since a couple of months.

In a very small area decorated with drawings, sculptures and colors, all the Belgian deejay scene went to play in front of 30 to 80 people, the place couldn't handle more. logo-pablodiscobarThere was even a temporary terrace for a summer, outer-parties in the street, side-events where they participated (on the Zeebrugge beach, or in some festivals)... and always a great atmosphere in the bar itself.

In 2001 Fifi left for new horizons, so Carlos kept the wheel and the spirit with the help of Caroline (the now famous barmaid). But it's time to put a change in the ways, and Carlos has new projects. He recently opened the Un Lombard with a friend, and is selling the Discobar away.

squarelight-at-pablodiscobarBad news? Not really, since it's a real night professional who's gonna take it over. A great organiser since 1989... guess who? Laurence Van Loo, the manager and creator of At The Villa since the late 80's. So... 1996-2004 and that's it for the first generation of Pablo Discobar... and the closure party will come on the 10 of April (limited access, for regulars only!!). Be ready for that night, and for the second generation of Pablo Discobar, with some changes but still with deejays. We heard that it could be more oriented on the daytime ... but it's not a confirmed thing, so let's wait and see. (50 rue du Marché aux Charbons - 1000 Brussels, Free Entrance)

Closing Party line-up (in order of appearance from 19:00 to 10:00 in the morning): ALL the regular deejays who spinned at Pablo Disco since years! Yves E Zone, Nicolas Deckmyn, Anthony, Gilles, Laurence Burlesque, Alex Klimow, Dorian, Bamboola Prod, Raoul, Régis, Bart, Rim-K, Isabel, Svenus, Laurent, Miss Sandra, Raph, Jim, Mr Suave, Geoffroy, Steph X, Matieu, Lorenzo Ottati, Murvin Jay. Come and share fun!

http://www.pablodiscobar.com
by Nicolas Deckmyn
01 April 2004 - Antwerp is Burning Line Up
A good line up for Trance lovers indeed. So, 1 May at Sportpaleis Antwerp... in the Main room: Christopher Lawrence (USA), Sven Väth (Germany), Armin Van Buuren (Nl), Richie Hawtin (Canada), M.i.k.e. live, Moreland
Guy-Ohm in the lounge
Room 1 and 2: Rezza, Gaetano Parizio (Italia), Marco Bailey, Fred Baker, Armin Van Buuren & Mike
AIB_flyerPresales 30 Eur. VIP pass = 75 Eur. So we guess at the door it will be 45 or 50.

It's not that the line-up is deceiving, no. It's a nice one. But the poster and the website are promising so much... sooo much! Maybe the graphist saw it too big (opera intro ... "expect the unexpected" etc). But it's gonna be a huge Tech & Trance event for sure.

http://www.antwerpisburning.be
by Nicolas
01 April 2004 - At The Villa Success leads to a 2nd edition
The first re-issue of At The Villa in its Vintage version at H2O in Pecq truly was a success. divino_sunFull nice people, great atmosphere... and the typical Laurence's touch for the night. At the desk, the public had no choice but dance, since Fred Nasen did great and Lorenzo Ottati made an amazing set that impressed many newcomers. So... a real success leading to a second edition in May with... with... Lorenzo Ottati and Cosy Mozzy (Dirty Dancing), and at H2O again. Keep an eye on this, a legend is back on the track.
http://www.club-h2o.com
by Nicolas 'noctis' Deckmyn
27 March 2004 - I Love Techno in court for noise nuisance
Even there, the neighbours are watching...

The Public Prosecution Service for the correctional court in Ghent started early in February a trial about the 'I Love Techno' party of November 2001, concerning Flanders Expo and the ILT organizers (aka the Dance division of Clear Channel in Belgium). i-love-techno-2001 Both could have to pay respectively 107.548 Eur and 1,7 million Eur (the complete benefits of that night, so the Court tries to make them pay the whole amount). Both parties stand trial because ILT went way up to the so-told noise limitations.

It seems that more than 10 neighbours complained that night. A Police Report even says that in a house nearby Flanders Expo a window broke because of the strength of the vibrations. The Public Prosecution Service said Flanders Expo should have cared that the organizers respected the sound and environmental limits. The organizers also should have signed agreements with the DJ's and sound engineers.

i-love-techno-2001Both the organizers and Flanders Expo explained that the environment license of Flanders Expo does not mention dance festivals. By the way I Love techno is an exception which is not subject to the environment standardisation. Another argument is that all other editions of I Love Techno happened without problems. That proves there's nothing wrong with the building or the positive will.
But do you remember in 2001... the looong line to access ILT? There was in 2001 actually no more people than previous years. But early at night, the Police Force decided all visitors to be fully searched before the entrance. i-love-techno-2001So, between 22:00 and midnight, that led to a gigantic queue at the doors of hall 1, and those doors remained open. If the noise nuisance was a consequence of all that, is it really the organizers responsability? That's the question.

In the meantime, we now know that only one I Love Techno does 1.700.000 Eur global benefits (tickets & bar included). Of course from that money they have to pay the deejays, artists, barmen, security system, lights, decoration, etc... But it's still good to know.

[Source: Het Belang Van Limburg www.hbvl.be]

http://www.ilovetechno.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
27 March 2004 - Newly Added Pictures
New Year at Vooruit & Mirano - 2 x Dirty Dancing - Retro at Fuse - 2 x La Rocca Sunday - You opening - Beursschouwburg electro - Fluffy Clouds at Sojo - dj Disciple at Doudingue - Future World Funk - After at Lounge - Felix da Housecat at Kat Club and StuBru/Vooruit

All on Party Pics page.

by Nicolas
23 March 2004 - Werchter Line-Up for July
Thurs 1 July: Pink, The Cure, Basement Jaxx.
Fri 2 July: Lostprophets, Godsmack, Monster Magnet, Dropkick Murphys, The Darkness, Korn, Metallica. + Pyramid marquee: Sugabes, Nelly Furtado, Kosheen, T'Raumschmiere.
Sat 3 July: The Rasmus, Heideroosjes, Lenny Kravitz, Within Temptation, Wu-Tang Clan, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Moloko, Muse. + Pyramid Marquee: Arsenal, Franz Ferdinand, Sophia, Magnus (Tom Barman+CJ Bolland deejay mix).
Sun 4 July: Danko Jones, David Bowie, Zornik, Starsailor, Lamb, PJ Harvey, Pixies, Placebo. + Pyramid Marquee: Girls In Hawaii, Sioen, Roy Paci & Aretsuska, Tortoise, Wilco, N.E.R.D., Air, El Tatoo Del Tigre.

Tickets: 4 days = 112 eur. Thursday only = 45 eur. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only = 55 eur. The sales start on 17 April. But guess there won't be any train at the end of the festival again, so... get your sleeping bag or have a car. Camping on the festival area: 15 eur.
[Don't ask us by email: yes Werchter is ruled by Clear Channel, as well as ILT or B2B.]

http://www.rockwerchter.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
23 March 2004 - Hold-Up? No no... Psytrance!
They thought it was a criminal reunion, so they moved big time... the Brussels Police sent 8 crews (!) to understand why some people were silently running into a building in the middle of a block full of offices in Brussels, and at the beginning of the night of Friday 28 Febr. What they found in rue de la Science was not exactly what they expected: just 50 boys and girls dancing on Psytrance in an open building which is currently in construction. So, nothing wrong... no neighbours to disturb, no fights, no destruction... only music.
The party has been stopped, but another has been planned for yesterday (22 March near North Station) and guess... it was nice. :)

That's one of the problems of keeping the event secret: external people (anyone... a neighbour, a security guard, really anyone) can of course imagine the worst, when it's actually only the best. That's probably part of the fun, for those who like their parties to be stopped. :/
[some details from dhnet.be]

by Bender-blup
22 March 2004 - FullMoonParty in Thailand
There's a magical party every full moon in Thailand on the island of Koh Phangan, and it's truly tempting for all European party people. Currently, the German Partysans are spinning there with some friends such as Toni Rios and Ricardo Villalobos, but it's the place for all kind of Trance too. The dedicated FullMoonParty website says:thailand_fullmoonparty_picture_by_marc-degeer "The first sign of our arrival to the party is the vibration of the bass beat felt through the hull of our speedboat. Having powered the twenty minutes from Koh Samui, we were now gliding into Haad Rin Bay, Koh Phangan to celebrate the Full Moon - Thai Style!
Haad Rin Beach is the regular venue for these lunar parties. This soft sanded beach, one of Thailand's jewels, is transformed every month into a huge party zone. Six sound stages, impressive neon installations, umpteen drink and food bars, fireworks and up to ten thousand party animals from around the globe make this celebration very special."

This should be enough for all of us to book a plane to Bangkok... but then how to go there? Depends if you take a flight or a bus. A plane from Bangkok to Koh Samui is +- 3400 Baht (70 Eur, 1h30 long). Or you can also take a bus from Bangkok to Suratthani. That's 380 Baht (8 Eur). thailand_fullmoonparty_picture_by_marc-degeer A ferry-boat starts then from Big Buddha Ferry Pier straight to Had Rin. The next editions will be on 5 April, 4 May, 3 June, 2 July, 30 August, 28 September, 28 October, 5 November and 5 December 2004.

For the deejays: don't take your vinyle records there, most of the soundsystem can't play anything else than cd's. Better to take some of your mixed cd's to promote yourself, and a box of cd's to spin here and there. But the scene there is not professionally organised as Ibiza can be, so don't be surprised by anything.

http://www.thaisite.com/fullmoonparty
by Nicolas (thanx Nate!)
21 March 2004 - At-The-Villa is back
Sun. 28 March
divino_sunEarly September 1988, in the fever of the New-Beat and Acid House times where Bocca in Destelbergen, AB Antwerp, FiftyFive Kuurne, Skyline nearby Tournai, and Borsalino Wavre had the leadership of the new Belgian electronic nightlife, a new club opened in Kooigem, near Tournai: At The Villa.
Created and managed by Laurence Van Loo, At The Villa quickly went to be an not-to-miss club and afterclub for the New-Beat freaks, with deejays such as PhiPhi, Marko, Johann, in a blend which later went to be more and more Trance (in the 90's). Low ceilings, many mirrors, low luminosity, a fantastic crowd moving with the music... New Beat clothes and necklaces, smilies... great oldskool memories indeed. At The Villa was a real spot in the country.

At_The_Villa
Well, ok... in 1994 the place burned out and the whole club and crew moved away in several locations (Holy Ghost, Asse, and of course Pecq at H2O). Then, since 1997 and the "Bye Bye Party", At The Villa didn't show up... but there's now some mood for a move! Laurence counterstrikes, back at H2O for Sunday 28 March (yes, a Sunday)... here comes: "At The Villa Vintage" with Lorenzo Ottati (Ondulation - Dirty Dancing) and Fred Nasen (Visitor rec, 10 Days Off), and in it last known venue: H20, 52 rue Albert 1er in Pecq. The entrance will be only 5 Euros but there is a limited capacity... so, come early!

http://www.club-h2o.com
by Nicolas Deckmyn
19 March 2004 - 25.000 Eur to create your party !
limit: 21 March !! Do it fast!
That's big and that's short! Cokelab puts 1.000.000 old-belgian-francs to produce your party, if the idea worths it.
All you have to do is to fill in the formular at www.cokelab.be with an original and fun concept.

You have to be from 18 to maximum 26 years old, and 2 to 4 friends to make it together. A short description, some technical details, even maybe some graphics for the flyer... and that's it. Decorum, music, environment, crew, ... don't forget any aspect.

The making of the party will be filmed by several national tv's (like the new Plug, Jim TV, etc) and is intented for +- 500 people (mostly your friends).
CAUTION: limit for sending the descriptions is Sunday 21 March (only 2 days remaining)!! Be bold and have fresh suggestions ! Good luck to all.

http://www.cokelab.be
by Nicolas noctis Deckmyn
19 March 2004 - From Disco 2 Disco: line up!
disco_2_disco_antwerpen30 April ... 6 clubs = 1 ticket = 12 €
Deejays:
Cafe d'Anvers: DJ Sneak (USA), Isabel, Bartholomeo
Club Industria: Armand van Helden (Armed Records/NYC), Bill, Hétrix
Fill Collins/Red&Blue: David Guetta (Virgin/Paris-France), Kevin, Mario
Club Geluk: Alex Paterson (The Orb-uk), Johnny Gold
De Cinema: Luke Slater (Novamute uk), Ramon Tapia
Café Local: Discobar Galaxie (stubru), Laurent.
Ticket= 12 Eur only
@ Fill Collins, Club Industria, Café d'Anvers, Club Geluk, Café Local, De Cinema - all in 2000 Antwerpen
by Nicolas
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