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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.

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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
13 March 2004 - Drum'n Bass addicts: BOUPS is BACK
That doesn't mean only the Free parties... those actually never stopped. And in the meantime, the Boups crew did Le Gazon all summers... but do you remember that one year ago, Boups was a webradio? boups.comAnd probably one of the biggest Drum'n Electronics radio on the web with Interface in UK (the radio that inspired the creation of Boups radio). So now THAT is back at www.boups.com from the 26 of March (not before). For that night, Boups sets up a party at C37, 37 rue de la Caserne, in the center of Brussels (near Zuidstation/Midi)... and it will be a live brodcast from the webstream for those who can't join in.

But what was exactly Boups.com radio? Heh... big question and a long answer. It was, and will be again at the end of this month, a deejay based radio+webcam. Sortof non stop live mix by newcomers but also with bigger names (international deejays passing by Brussels, or just passionated ppl). More specific, Boups radio was at first strictly 100% Drum'n Bass. But times changed and turned them into a more openminded selection of deejays... then came some Electro spinners, then some madbeats blenders, even Breakcore and minimal Techno. But still with 1% talk and 99% music.

Nico_BoupsThe first studio was in the personal home of Nico Boups in the North of Brussels ... some Boups-supporters today talk about that place as the craziest room they even saw with the best drum'n bass ... but it was too much of madness to run it there, so they moved out 18 months later. I say 'They' because from that time, Nico worked with many friends, and it went as much theirs as it was his. The next studio was hidden in the basement of a small building not far from Beurs/Bourse in the centre of the city, and it was pretty nice for an atmosphere there.

In the early months of 2003, Boups went to have more and more troubles to find a good web-server that wasn't too expensive (I remind you here that Boups is totally non-profit, as well as Noctis). That's when Boups suddenly stopped.
Of course there was Le Gazon, and some free parties here and there... but the frustration was easy to figure. That's why they shook the walls until something happened... and now it happens! 26 March! Spread the word!

http://www.boups.com
by Nicolas 'noctis' Deckmyn
10 March 2004 - Names! Names! Names!
What a month!!

'Freaks' aka Justin Harris (International Deejay Gigolo, UK) and nick_calingaertCommon Factor (Tactile rec, Soma, Planet E, Chicago) at Dirty Dancing next Saturday 13 :: Florian Keller (Ger, Compost) and 4 Hero (UK) at Café d'Anvers on Friday 12 :: Felix Da Housecat Friday 12 at Vooruit :: Rainer Trüby Saturday 13 at Club Geluk :: Cause 4 Concern, Steppa and Wavedealer (all from UK) will be at Pyramides Rogier the Saturday 13 :: Danny Howells at Café d'Anvers Friday 19 adamski:: and Sven Väth at Fuse the same night :: plus Dieselboy (USA) at Silo :: Willis and Hodge at Nemo also on 19 :: And Adamski the visionnary creator of 'Killer' and 'N-R-G' (UK) will be at Dirty Dancing on Saturday 20 (he came in February at Club Geluk) dj_hell:: Doc Scott & MC Justyce (Metalheadz, UK), Lee (Timeless, UK) & Bailey (Metalheadz, Swerve, London) at Vooruit also Saturday 20 :: Kraftwerk at AB on Tuesday 23 :: Speedy J at Café d'Anvers on Friday 26 :: and the same night David Guetta at Fuse :: plus DJ Hell on Saturday 27 at Dirty Dancing :: and same night is CJ Bolland at Club Geluk ! A juicy and refreshing month, isn't? Wake up! All that is already in the Party Agenda! :-)

by Nicolas
07 March 2004 - Balmoral and At The Villa are back too!
It's the time of the originators revival coz Balmoral (legendary "after-Boccaccio" in 1990) is back every weekend in its genuine location in Gentbrugge. And At The Villa is back for a first return-party at H2O (Pecq) on 28 March with Fred Nasen and Lorenzo Ottati! More to tell you about it soon.
http://www.club-h2o.com
by Nicolas
04 March 2004 - Studio Brussel - Celebrates 21 Years
When the first pirate radios started in the very late 70's on boats sailing in international water near UK, broadcasting the last rock and pop records, the Belgian government did not feel very concerned, their wavefield being limited to the coast of the North Sea. stubru_mixtableBut in 1980, many small transmitters made their appearance on the fm frequencies of all the country, and it quickly turned on a big mess. The RTT (telephones) was in charge to try to regulate the technical side (some radios were sending their signal with way too much strength, others were changing too often their address), and the national radios -strictly shredded by that sudden arrival- sought a valid answer to that huge wave of youth.

stubru_old_logoIf the RTB already had Radio Cité (later Radio 21, then Pure, ...), in April 1983 the BRT entitled Jan Schoukens to supervise a radio of music and information for the Flemish Community of Brussels and neighbourhoods. He then opened the long history of Studio Brussel with Jan Hautekiet (who later went in 1998 to be the head of the team, right after Schoukens), one of the most progressist radios of the Belgian media landscape. Progressist, but also popular... that's the blend they choose and it seems it was the right one. Right enough to expand to all major cities in Flandria like Gent, Antwerp, Limburg,... to finally cover all the northern half of Belgium. But the big thing for us partypeople went a bit later. stubru_jan_van_biesenstubru_mixtableSince the year 2000 Jan Van Biesen pushes up the right stuff with the show 'Switch' on Friday and Saturday evenings, and it quickly turned to be one of the best night-related radioshow ever, featuring many international and national deejays... plus a chillin' but refined general tone. That show really upgraded the recognition of StuBru in the younger electronic public, but also in the professional side of the nightlife.

Edging on the harder side of dance music with techno influences but also drum'n bass, and electro, and of course house, Belgium always had a great musical reputation. As a fantastic mirror of that image, Studio Brussels broadcasts the leading edge of such influences and has long been THE radio station on the airwaves for all us dance music afficionados. Since then a whole bunch of new dance stations went up, but StuBru remains leading, so that's the real challenge. They are then really justified in celebrating their 21st Birthday Party over the coming weekend of March 12 and 13th.

stubru_hallMost 21st Birthday parties are the recognition of the next step into adult life. stubru_puntuitStudio Brussels have already progressed into adulthood, this party will be a celebration of their acheivements. However this is an excellent excuse for a rocking party weekend. Recognition having been already attained.
The party weekend will be held in Gent in the Vooruit (23 St Pietersnieuwstraat - Gent), check out the web sites below for more details. Music styles will embrace all genres, but overall expect the best Belgium has to offer ... plus Thee Cat from Chicago. ;-)

Just to name some... thee Felix Da Housecat, 2 Many Dj's, Dr Lektroluv, Grazhoppa's big band, Lady vortex, London Electricity, Starflam, TLP&Dors, Brekbit, Krewcial, T. Raumschmiere, Gus & Lefto, 50 Foot Combo, Arsenal, Discobar Galaxie, Jan Van Biesen, Moodlex, ... To quote from their web site "De beste dance, hiphop, techno, electro en drum 'n bass van het moment” Can’t say it better than that.

http://www.stubru.be
by Suzee Kay & Nicolas
03 March 2004 - Rumble night strikes back at Silo
After the big success of their previous Rumble with Bassline Smith, Murdock, Wontime, Woodrow and friends set the table up again for another night at Silo on 19 of March. This time will be more unusual, since they invited an American deejay to spin da drum! dieselboy_at_silo_19-MarchYes, the Drum'n Bass scene really grew up from 1998 till nowadays, and one of the major names (if not the major) there is Dieselboy. We all know that sales are not always a proof of quality, but that guy sold tens of thousands of his compilations and mix cd's... which is huge for Drum'n Bass, and especially in USA. Along his side, we'll also find the Black Sun Empire (from Netherlands) who just release their new album. Also announced: Wontime, Murdock, Woodrow... of course, plus Easy, Saiko, Juice Blenders, Daryl, and Ghost Town. Bet this edition could be a big one.
http://www.djdieselboy.com/
by Nicolas
03 March 2004 - Tim from MadeInBrussels remixes Praga Khan
Praga Khan releases his new album "Electric Religion" on 17 April. Usually we don't talk that much about the artists new albums, but the first EP token from that LP will be "Life 2004" and features a remix by TN Project (aka Tim and Nick). By the way, Tim also produced the 'Everyday' EP on Resonant rec and spinned recently with Psychogene at Fuse for a MadeInBrussels party.

Here is the newest Praga Khan video in windowzmedia format... just for fun: 2004BB.wmv

http://www.timberner.com
by Nicolas
02 March 2004 - 54, 55, 56, 57, ...
In the late 70's and early 80's, there was the legendary Studio 54 in Manhattan. 55_flyerThen, in the late 80's and very early 90's, came the idea to create the Fifty Five in Kuurne, next to Kortrijk. 55_logo That club, managed by Peter Decuypere (later creator of Fuse, I Love Techno, Fill Collins) went to be a legendary place where many big names spinned their records, such as Danny Rampling or Mo & Benoelie ... and it was also the place where La Démence gay club started in 1991. You could easily say that House music came in Belgium through the dancefloors of the Boccaccio in Destelbergen, the Gaîté in Brussels, the Skyline next to Tournai, the AB in Antwerp, and the Fifty Five in Kuurne. Of course it closed since then, and turned to be only a fantastic memory for the older clubbers.

Now, it seems that it's time to put all that in the "good old days", because there's a new Fifty Five coming up in Affligem near Brussels ... and it has nothing to do with the old one (except that it's electronic dance music of course). It's Techno, Progressive Trance and Retro and it's open on Friday and Saturday. Saturday features deejays Sebu and Fab. Open since the end of February, the name of 55 is not new, but it could wake up the Affligemse nights, since it was a bit quiet since the closing of At The Villa (Zellik), Extreme (Affligem) and Milky Way. To be short: there's a new club at 184 Brusselbaan, Affligem. And to be totally honnest with you, we don't think they conciously 'took' the referential name... they just had the same good idea... but 17 years later. Club 56 would have been way more new. :-)

by Nicolas
28 February 2004 - Wooot??? The city blew a Fuse!
Why did I find Thierry 'Fuse', Olivier and all the Fuse staff at Pablo Discobar at 4:30 deep in the night of Friday, when they should have been at work in the Fuse?? It's something totally surrealistic... just impossible. The answer was even more unbelievable: Last friday night, Bob Sinclar was ready to spin his music at Fuse, as it has been planned with a big and nice fuzz since two months. So, all his supporters and fans were in the place, and a long queue already at the door. The party was about to be really great. And it started great... for 15 minutes. Then POOOF!! No more light, no more sound, no more nothing... the power was just down. After a short investigation, it went up that the Fuse was not responsible for the electric breakdown, but well the city of Brussels which controls the main Sibelgaz powerlines in the Blaes street. Some city-workers came within an hour, but the party was in a no-go situation, so it was too late to restart it.

It is to mention that Fuse club refunded all and every party people with the full cloakroom and door price... so it wasn't about the money. -Fuse lost all the benefits and they payed the deejay anyway- But Thierry looked deeply touched when he told several times about those young party children asking him to restart the music (which was of course impossible)... or even crying because Bob couldn't play. "To answer to that passion is something really difficult... it was so emotional. I was really feeling as bad as them, but there was nothing i could do. It was not my call."

Of course Sinclar will come back soon to crush the frustration down to a party level... but there are the facts: it's the second time that it happens and the powerlines should have been enlarged since the first time. Some of you might remember the NewYear's Eve (was it 96? or 97?) when suddenly everything stopped because of a local power breakdown. The powerlines in the street were already the cause. It's strange that many years later the effects are still there. Shouldn't the city put MORE MEGAWATTS on this very exact location? Anyway, now the Fuse staff starts thinking to a power generator to avoid any further trouble.

http://www.fuse.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
26 February 2004 - Belgium lands on Miami Beach!
The very mention of the name Miami instantly conjures up visions of sun-kissed beaches, scantily clad but oh so beautiful people, sultry palm trees, WMC_first_logo hot and humid temperatures, decadence and hedonism in every shape and form, Don Jonson lookalikes driving high powered speedboat, loads of charlie and the precence of shady gentlemen with lucrative South American connections. Very Disco for sure... But it is also the nest of the famous deep kicking Miami Bass House sound which enhanced House music in the early 90’s and boosted the local scene to an international level. So, the decision to hold the ‘Premier Dance Music Conference For the World’ in such a location really came as no surprise. What is more surprising for the larger public is that this event has been in existence for 18 years and goes from strength to strength each year.

The Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) brings together all the movers and shakers involved in the dance industry world wide for five electronically charged days (and nights This year it will be from March 6th to the 10th in Wyndham Beach Resort ; Miami, Florida. It is one of the two such conference (with the more recent ADE in Amsterdam) to attract the big name deejays, artists, producers, labels, audio software and hardware companies, music websites, etc... in one place for a huge meeting of like-minded souls.

WMC_current_websiteHowever, it has to be said that is only in the last 5 years that it has become THE definitive direction for dance music as we know it today. This is the event that brings together deejays normally found mixing far and wide to meet up and exchange ideas and demos. WMC_first_logo Partying is mandatory in such a up for it location and the poolsets are legendary as are the hangovers sported by the deejays and other such delegates and performers. Some describe WMC as reducing the whole Ibiza summer scene into 5 crazy days, such is the energy of the event.

More recently the commercial element has surfaced, so that the general public can now take part. It is for this reason that the UK Radio 1 management now send the whole of their dance team to Miami and broadcast live on www.bbc.co.uk/radio1. However, it has to be said that deejays, producers and artists look to deliver their biggest tunes at Miami, hoping they will become this summer’s hits played everywhere on FM stations, in Ibiza of course and in clubs around the world. Such pressure spawns a feeding frenzy from the record companies desparate to sign That Tune, the subsequent crossover to main stream radio play is a bonus to all. The auction that surrounded Ilio’s Rapture being a classic example, eventually being signed by MOS.
Prinz_Harrisson_Crump_and_Youri_Cocquyt So the message is simple, if you are not in Miami in March, then you cannot yet counted as a big time player in the music business scene. So it’s natural that Belgium’s premier deejay agency ‘Deejaybooking.com’ is showcasing its best at this year’s closing party on March 10th at Tantra – Miami as it already did successfully in September at the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Deejaybooking.com is an international deejays agency based in Belgium but showing up on internet to provide a better and complete information. For each of the deejays you can find there a bio, a discography, a picture and a mix ... free to listen. About 15 years of House music related bookings made it one of the strongest name on the European scene, thus is Deejaybooking.com also present at the main dance music conventions in Amsterdam and ... Miami.

Junior_Jack

WMC About the deejay line-up of the night, who can forget last summers biggest dance hit E-Samba produced by Vito Lucente under the name of Junior Jack? Along with his deejay-partner Nicolas Scaravilli aka Kid Crème, they have been storming clubs across the world including a year at Ministry Of Sound in London, and a summer residency with Defected label in Ibiza in 2003. This resulted in the accolade of Best Newcomer and Summer Anthem voted by DJ Magazine at the DJ Awards held in Pacha, Ibiza in September. With the recent release of Junior Jack’s debut album ‘Trust It’ in February 2004, Miami looks set to take off and put Belgium firmly back on the international dance scene.

WMC Along side Junior Jack and Kid Crème, The Closing Party to be held at Tantra Club will guest Paul Johnson (the precious hitmaker of the Chicago House scene) and K-Alexi, Dr Kucho (from Spain... the father of floorbanger ‘Belmondo rulez’), DJ Pierre (more than a legend, one of the early founders of the House sound), Rune RK aka Artificial Funk (from Denmark), Harrison Crump (the finest tunes and the widest soul from USA), Jules Spinner – Bhangra Nights (UK keeps shakin !) and DJ Prinz (our very own Café d’Anvers resident).

Other names known to the Belgium scene who will be showcasing their sets this year include Dimitri from Paris, John Digweed, Sander Kleinenberg, Ferry Corsten, DJ Dan, Miss Kitten, Tom Stephan, Josh Wink, Armin van Buuren, M.I.K.E., the Gigolomaster DJ Hell, Ritchie Hawtin, Dr_Kucho 2 Many DJ’s (Belmondo parties, Gent), and the beloved Felix Da Housecat. Who’s missing??

We really hope you all recovered a good shape after your nights in Goa in February. In Miami, expect mayhem, no sleep, but loads of good memories.

And the dance world waits in eager anticipation, so next stop will be Ibiza from May to September!

For an overview of 2003 issue, check this link at eye.net

http://www.deejaybooking.com
by Suzee Kay
25 February 2004 - From Disco to Disco is back
+ Antwerp is Burning first names
The concept of Disco to Disco is not new but is one of the best and most uniting idea ever. To put many clubs of a same city under one brand and for just one entrance ticket. We've seen that by AntwerpIsBurning 4 years ago, or by Claude 'CityParade' in Liège, Brussels (the Axe night), and Liège... and each of those has been a success. More diversity for the public, more public for the clubs... everyone wins.
But what makes Disco to Disco very special is the reason why it went up that big. The first editions came in 2000 and 2001 but at Café d'Anvers and Fill Collins club only. The first big edition on 30 April 2003 has been set up together by five club managers in Antwerp (Café d'Anvers, Club Industria, Club Geluk, Fill Collins Club, Café Local) as a peaceful answer to the new law to be granted by the Chamber back then. That law was about to limitate clubs to 6:00 in the morning and has fortunately not been granted as it was.
Now the event is coming back on a second edition... that's the 30 April (same day as Koninginnefeestdag in Netherlands, and Mayday in Germany... you'll have to make a choice).
[soon on fromdiscotodisco.be but not yet]

AIB_flyerStill in Antwerpen but at the Sportpaleis, Antwerp intents to burn one more time on Saturday 1st May. Management talks about a Techno and Trance edition with BIG names of those scenes, plus a sortof intergalactic hardware to shook your eyes... lasers and stuff. But that's it for the officials.
Additional gossips could speak names such as Sven Väth and Ritchie Hawtin, but nothing is confirmed yet. One only steady thing: the ticket will be sold at 30 Euros.

http://www.antwerpisburning.be
by Nicolas
24 February 2004 - A Decade With Fuse:
party at Tour & Taxi
Yep... 10 years from April 1994. Back then it was just a double hall with a Spanish past. Some deco left from an old Spanish Meson... still today you can see some blue walls from that time.

fuse_main_room Then it turned to both 'Disque Rouge' and 'Disque Vert' in the 80's ... where many parties were organised by young or small organisations. Reggae, Hip Hop, even early UK Hardcore or Rock concerts had their only hosting dancefloor there.

In late 1993, Thierry Coppens, the manager of La Démence parties, came from Kortrijk ... and had an unexpected success of his party which lead him to inform his friend, the manager of the Fifty Five club in Kuurne: Peter Decuypere. That man was about to create one of the most relevant Techno club on the planet: the Fuse.

In April 1994 that was it and it opened with some of the most refined electronic artists ever... Sun Electric, Black Dog, Thomas Heckmann, Kirk Degiorgio... and the early residents Quinten, Joost de Lijser, Pierre... soon followed by Trish, dj_Pierre_Fusethen Deg, T-Quest, Psychogene and as regular guests names such as Dave Clarke, Mr C, Carl Craig, Kenny Larkin, Aphex Twin, Alex Paterson, Dave Angel, Miss Djaxx, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Luke Slater, Monika Kruse, Electric Indigo, Sven Väth, ... I mean... they *all* came at its decks since it really launched with a Laurent Garnier's night in October 1994 (check the complete list on their website).

The crowd followed with passion the revolutionary moves of Techno Music ... so well that some massive stars went there to perform some limited access concerts... just to mention The Orb and Björk. Fuse also gave birth to I Love Techno in 1996, still under the management of Peter 'Fuse'.

Stacey_Pullen_at_Fuse And in the meantime, many tryouts have been made on the first floor... House of course, as it is now, with names such as Koenie, Steve Cop or Kenneth... but also Drum'n Bass when almost no one was doing that. The resident of that Drum'n Bass floor was Neil, alongside great blenders such as Hype, Grooverider or Fabio... the experience remained for 6 months, but the Fuse crowd was definitely more Techno & House.

Now things didn't changed that much, that's maybe why it remains such known and respected. Peter, the founder, left the wheel to Thierry (who was co-founder anyway) and the artistic directors changed from time to time... but the Techno spirit remained kicking its dancefloors with the right new breeds and the steady stars. Today it's still *the* place to hit the ground till sunrise for Techno heads of any age. 10 years of Techno ... and still fresh. Not bad, dude, not bad. :-)

Ok... so what? So there's a PARTY at Tour & Taxi on 17 April. 25 Euros. With deejays: Dave Clarke live (UK), Jeff Mills (USA), Monika Kruse (Ger), Ricardo Villalobos, Marco Bailey live, Pierre, Deg, T-Quest, Psychogene, St-Dic

http://www.fuse.be
by Nicolas
23 February 2004 - da Bassline is Back next Friday!
simon_bassline_smith Remember Simon Bassline Smith? Of course you do. He's already been guest in an Inside party in January 2001 alongside Nioc, and he came back a couple of times around since then. He's mostly a great deejay performer from the UK scene and an outstanding producer on Prototype records and Technique rec.

If it was not enough to make you jump onto the Silo in Leuven, then let's mention Digital simon_bassline_smith (Metalheadz rec, Timeless) and some of the true Belgian Drum'n Bass pioneers since the mid 90's such as Wontime (Radio Scorpio) or Murdock. A second room will guest B-Key, Woodrow, Rascal and Clone for more UK Ravy soundzz. Friday 27 February at Silo - Vaartkom - 3000 Leuven. Got it?

by Nicolas
12 February 2004 - Plug into parties...
A new tv for the youth, that's what RTL claims for the new Plug tv. Ok, we'll see what that new crew can do. But there's already a great concept for the week-end nights: they'll put videocams in some of the major clubs in Belgium and they'll broadcast it. So finally the mainstream public will have access to what happens in the nightlife... and so Plug will show them that there's nothing wrong with partying. Of course it only concerns the largest and popular clubs, but that could really boost up the nightlife by attracting new customers globally. The tv itself will be frenchspeaking, but music has no frontier. Most of the Belgian party children are watching Jim TV or even Viva isn't?
By the way, many of you knew the Plug parties at Fuse, so it seems it was a good name.
http://www.plugtv.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
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