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09 February 2004 - A Party Night at Vaudeville?
Yes, in 1990 in Brussels there was mostly two big clubs reaching the bigger crowds: Mirano (which still runs today) and Vaudeville.
The Vaudeville, in Galerie de la Reine next to Grand'Place, was a crazy Disco-House club in an old and stylish 19th century theater (white marbles and baroque goldies, statues, mirrors and purple velvet). The old tavern in front of the club also was a classic to chat with friends and meet newcomers.

door_of_the_original_Vaudeville_Theatre_in_the_50'sVenue for the cool and beautiful people, it was crowdy from Friday to Sunday. Deejays were Skander (aka PanPan), Olivier Gosseries & Jos, Yves-E-Zone, Mike, and some 'new names' such as Murvin Jay or Geoffroy who are now essential names of the Belgian House scene, plus of course many international deejays such as Derrick May, Laurent Garnier or Blake Baxter.
Rising manager names were Yannick (the ex-owner), Steph X, Fabio, among others.

Closed in 1994, for several reasons (rental terms, small drugs found in razzias, etc), by pressures of the ex-mayor of Brussels, it was suddenly a big hole in our nightlife. Vaudeville dancefloor was kicking since 1981, so it turned a page in Brussels for many clubbers. And a weird feeling went when the regulars later saw in the press that the tavern has been completely crushed and removed.
doors_of_the_new_VaudevilleBut! But there was a laaarge renewal of the place in the last months... a nice lifting work has been done to give back its style to the place. And after an 8 Millions Euros investment (by the gallery owners and two private partners), Le Vaudeville will now be a theatre again. Not only for theatre even, but also for dance and concerts. Dominique Jonckheere is the current artistic director in charge of the shows selection.

The official opening was on last 4 February ... and... and? And there will be a PARTY there on 5 March! Ok, not really with the Vaudeville deejays BUT with the Alka crew... featuring Philip (25 years of partying! at Mirano, at Belgica, at Saint Bar...) & Goryx. Shortly? Vaudeville is back for one night with Alka: 5 March in Galerie de la Reine - 1000 Brussels.

Do not miss!

by Nicolas
06 February 2004 - New Barocco - Tongeren
Vreren is the place, near Tongeren and Liège. Barocco is the name, and 21st February is the night of the launch after complete renewall and with a new crew. new_clubSo, get ready coz one guess it won't be a small thing. Most of you already know Tc Brain, one of the few deejays able to spin records alongside Techno deejays such as Miss Djaxx, D-Jack or Deg as well as with Trance names such as Marko or Phiphi. Tc Brain already has a long nightlife career (10 years for sure), which has slowly moved from heavy core sounds (in the mid 90's, Inertia on Bonzai) to Techno & Trance. With him for the opening night, some of the finest Prog Trance deejays: CP, Phiphi, Peter Novak, Luca, TC Brain, Sonik. And on 20 March, in a way more Techno atmosphere, Jack de Marseille will turn the crowd mad during 4 full hours. With him that night: Fixtrax, Tc Brain and Sonik. Another date: 27 March will host a House Madness around Jan Van Biesen, the deep voice and touch from Studio Brussel. Pierre (fuse) is also monthly part of the trip. So, from Trance to Techno to House, that's the Barocco. Expect some baroque deco and a bold soundsystem... well... expect goods. Every Saturday, 590 Luiksersteenweg - Vreren. 8 Eur for members, 10 Eur for non members.
http://www.clubbarocco.be
by Nicolas
02 February 2004 - Brazil goes Drum in Brugge
So! Now that Cactus club has moved in the brand new Magdalena zaal... let's check it out. Saturday 14 February: Brazilian Drum'n Bass! (sounds new) Marky + Xerxes De Oliveira aka XRS + mc Stamina.
It's in his hometown Sao Paulo, dancing and clubbing capital of Brazil, that Marky became popular as a drum'n bass deejay. He explored in the early 90's the sound of UK Jungle and Drum'n Bass, but seen from Brazil, and worked it out for many years in parties. Now he's a leading name in Brazil and has been voted many times 'Best Deejay' in the local scene. Xerxes De Oliveira aka XRS also grew up in Sao Paulo, but he's mostly known as a terrific producer. His taste for early hardcore beats made him meet and work with Marky since the mid nineties. Allied that way, both of them really blew up the Drum'n Bass scene in Brazil. And since Cactus always does things big, there's also many Belgian deejays (also for the lounge room) a live concert and a Capoeira showcase. For sure, that will be unusual. 14 Feb at Cactus club - Ma/z, Magdalenastraat - Brugge
http://www.cactusmusic.be
by Nicolas
01 February 2004 - Light reduction on the roads at night
Belgium remains one of the very few countries where the motorways are enlightened. It's part of a quality of nightliving we have in our country and most of the clubbers do feel safer and better that way. [For instance, the lack of light on some Dutch roads increased car-attacks and drugdeal-jackings on some road near the frontiers. That would never happen on lightened roads.] Unfortunately, in some areas in Vlaanderen, there's no light on the roads anymore between 2 and 6 am. halfIn Wallonie area, the question is also up-to-date again. The minister Michel Daerden does not wish to apply the same principles as those in use by the Flemish Community (which is purely and simply to turn off lighting during the off-peak hours of the night).
"We try to save budget without loosing the safety, so we'll set up a modulated lighting. This means: there are electronic counting cells located at regular intervals on the Belgian motorway network to permanently measure the traffic in real time. When in the night the traffic goes under a minimal limit, then the modulation will consist in turning off two out of the four lights of each lamp", one explain to the press at the cabinet of Minister Daerden.
The first experience will start in June 2004, probably on E411 or E25. 750.000 € will be spent to buy new roadlamps with sensor cells. Those will be active from 23:30 to 5 in the morning. If those tests are conclusive, the system will extend to most of the highways, such as A8, E40, E19, E42. The whole should be finished within ten years.

Belgium Actually there was already some try-outs in the seventies, and it really wasn't a success (costs were heavier than savings)... but the technology was far from what we got today. Other tests in USA (Austin-Texas or Milwaukee-Wisconsin) in the 80's showed night crash increasing from 14 to 22%... but that was with a complete turnoff, which is very different.

More recently (2000), a sample of a report by Patrick Hasson and Paul Lutkevich (**) said: "Many countries reported research results that indicated a 20 to 30 percent reduction in the number of crashes when roadway lighting was installed. In an experiment in southern Finland, road lighting was cut in half and resulted in an increase of 13 percent in the crash rate. Total elimination of lighting resulted in a 25 percent increase."
And it also mentions: "Clearly, any efforts we can initiate to reduce nighttime fatalities are worthy of attention. [...] One traditional technology, namely roadway lighting, can make a substantial difference. Roadway lighting serves several purposes. It provides improved visibility for users of roadways and associated facilities. It reduces crashes by helping drivers obtain sufficient (visual) information. Finally, it supplements vehicle headlights, when warranted. Side benefits that often are overlooked include civic beautification and the reduction of crime."current

So, now we'll see what the active traffic light regulation will do, but there are reasons to care.

(**) http://international.fhwa.dot.gov by Patrick Hasson (FHWA's Midwestern Resource Center, USA) and Paul Lutkevich (supervising engineer in Boston, USA. Over the last 18 years he's been involved in the design of more than 200 million US$ of lighting systems for roads and tunnels throughout North America).

This text partly based on dhnet.be, tfhrc.gov and livingearth.com.

by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
30 January 2004 - Obelix got Dusty
Obelix was a club on Frankrijklei (near Centraal Station) in Antwerpen. Hosting mostly afterclubbing and Funk or R'n B parties, it once changed its name to 'New-Edition' and went back after a year to Obelix, to finally use 'Le 29' for some time. But now there's news: the club now turned to 'Dust'. Dust is a new Progressive Trance meeting set up by the Dutch deejay Peran van Dijk. The place consist in a double room with natural colours on the walls, and that's pretty large. Official opening night: Saturday 28 February. Dust club: 29 Frankrijklei - 2000 Antwerpen.
http://www.djperan.com
by Nicolas
30 January 2004 - Fataal strikes back in Leuven
Mouahahaha ... i feel stupid now... Noctis has been tricked by the fuzz! Sorry to all. A mail seen by someone a bit too sensitive made us think Food was back in Leuven but it's not... Fataal is well back at Musicafe for a new season... that's for sure! As you know, Fataal always stops for the student holidays and exams. But it restarts in February with trendy and groovy guests such as Jan Van Biesen, Trish, Killa Tactics, Marko (Rocca), Pierre (Fuse), Prinz (cafe d'anvers), Raoul and many more... In two rooms, that club is a must in Leuven. So, shortly: Fataal is back on thursdays and that's good too! And about Food? Well... we'll keep you updated about it.
http://www.fataal.be
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
29 January 2004 - Tennis at night !!
On both our tv's (Ketnet, La Deux) and some others (Nederland 2, ...), tonight at 3:30 am (so, in the middle of the night here and in the middle of the day in Australia), we'll see Kim and Justine playing for a world cup. Many bars in Belgium will broadcast the game... find it out! That's nightlife too.
http://www.tvgids.nl/zoekprogramma.php?trefwoord=tennis&station=0
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
19 January 2004 - Felix Da Cafecat
He banged the festivalground of Antwerp is Burning during the summer, he took the best of a massive crowd in October at Café d'Anvers, and he's confirmed in a few weeks again at Café d'Anvers ... seems there's a love story between Belgium and thee Cat from Chicago. Good vibes, dude!
http://www.cafe-d-anvers.com
by Nicolas
08 January 2004 - Rock revival in the mix? Really?
Just a night view: Techno, House, Drum'n Bass and R'n B obviously ruled the club musics since the late 80's/early 90's. Of course there's always been many all-hits-local-clubs, some Latino bars, many Reggae parties and a lot of New-Wave-Industrial nights ... but globally that was it in Belgium since 15 years. No Rock around any clock.Clash Already pushed out by the Disco, the Funk and the Electropop in the early 80's, the Rock had a short and strong psyche revival from 1989 to 1994 (Woodstock, Hendrix, Doors and stuff), and then went definitely off the dancefloors. It only kept the festival fields and concert halls for ten years. But things are slightly changing... probably because Electro went back with covers of Rock songs (Cory Hart, Stooges, Clash covered by Eric 'bocca' Beysens), or because the new party people were born when Cobain died... who knows. Now for sure, when it comes to the nightlife topics we hear many people say "Rock is back in the clubs"... well I'd like to say that it's true (some of you might know that I've also been a Rock deejay in some psychedelic parties in the 90's) but it's not yet. Yes, the word 'Rock' comes back here and there, but the Rock music still has a very small place in the deejay selections. And there's almost no Rock danceparty anywhere. inspired Yes, the packaging of the 10DaysOff 2003 in Gent was extremely rock-looking, but the content was electronic. Right yes, Felix Da Housecat plays the White Stripes and a fantastic remix of Nirvana+Fischerspooner in the festivals, Laurent Garnier also plays Queen, White Stripes and the original version of Smells Like Teen Spirit at Café d'Anvers in Paradise, Marko plays White Stripes and Queen on a sunday at La Rocca, Olivier Gosseries plays Pink Floyd at Mirano, Cosy Mozzy too dares to Rock for a couple of records ... yeh ok... ok... but that's it at all. One or two tracks for the whole night, and only massive classic hits of the Rock history. Most of the other Rock-alike records are actually Italodisco or Electropop tunes, such as New Order, Anne Clark, Human League or Public Image Limited. So that doesn't make it really back, but maybe is it just a preview of a large come-back? Nothing precisely shows it yet, since the electronic styles are still very active and positively growing ... name here Psytrance, Breakcore, Electro, or simply a mix of anything electronic... and if Techno and House recently get smaller crowds, it still brings 20.000 people here and there and fills many clubs such as Café d'Anvers or Fuse. So it's not exactly "the come back of the Rock"... but hey, good news... Rock is not banned anymore on the dancefloors! And that is new.
by Nicolas noctis Deckmyn
07 January 2004 - New Pictures
New in the Picture Zone: Fast & FKL 2 at City Movies, Alex Kid in Brugge, Plug at Fuse, Always Underground in Namur, and two major gay events: La Démence New Year and Mister Cabaret Election. Soon to come: Retro at Fuse, New Year at Vooruit and Mirano, and opening night of the You. Check the Party Pictures page in the Magazine division.
by Nicolas Noctis
06 January 2004 - La Rocca gets guests
For the year 2003, La Rocca has been focusing on its residents [Marko, Olivier Abbeloos, Philip and Jack]. Well, sometimes Marko hosts a friend on a Sunday (as he does with Dava sometimes), but most of the time the line-up never changes... and the crowd never decreased since la Rocca has its own renewing energy and its own reasons to attract people. It is one of the very few clubs that never changed the decoration or the building, and it's probably why the soul never went away since 1989. Now Claude (the City Parade organiser and Artistic Director of La Rocca Saturday) announces three massive nights for 2004 with three of the biggest international deejay names, featuring Erick Morillo (New Jersey USA, Subliminal rec, Pacha Ibiza summer 2003), and Carl Cox (UK, Intec rec, CC Global radioshow, Space Ibiza summer 2003, Bunk-Tek 2003). No date has been mentionned yet, but we'll publish it as soon as we receive more details.
Pictures: Marko in the mix, and at the bar: Claude (AD), Ricardo and Wim (owners and managers of La Rocca since its opening).

this is a noctis.com exclusive

http://www.larocca.be
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
05 January 2004 - Dr Motte at City Parade 2004
The first hint for the City Parade 2004 line-up is that Dr Motte will play at the ending party on 26 June in Gent. Dr Motte is the originator of all Techno parades by creating the Love Parade in Berlin. All started with 250 friends of him in 1989, and now he manages the biggest Techno event in the world with 900.000 to 1,5 millions of party people. He mixed at the ending party of each and every Love Parade, alongside Westbam, Sven Väth, DJ Hell or Carl Cox. In his gigs, he's used to blend a very wide range of electronic musics, from oldschool to Techno or Trance, and even breakbeats. But that's only one name among many others. We'll keep you updated as soon as we know more. Check the older news, we talk a lot about City Parade 2004! New field, new concept for the party (5 euro only), etc...

this is a noctis.com exclusive

http://www.cityparade.be
by Nicolas Noctis
01 January 2004 - SNOW !! NEIGE!! SNEEUW!! late at night
All the weather forecasters announce snow for the late night tonight and for the next morning. So please be careful and drive slowly ... and watch out for icey roads! In any case, drivers don't drink and don't get stoned ... drivers just dance and drive safely.
by Nicolas & Suzee Kay
31 December 2003 - Free and Night Bus & Trams for New Year
Brussels - Vlaanderen - Wallonie :
For Brussels: STIB offers 17 bus-lines and 2 tramway-lines which will drive for free from 1h to 6h in the morning. Moreover, the main lines that serve the city centre will have a last late run around 0h30. Those are lines 27, 29, 46, 47, 48, 60, 65, 66, 71 and 96, and the tramways 52, 55 and 56. The subway (metro) lines 1A, 1B and 2 will be in use for a last run at 01:00 from the station Arts-Loi / Kunst-Wet to all the directions after the fireworks at Mount of Arts (Royal Library).
For Vlaanderen: free transport on Wednesday 31 December from 18.00 u. to Thursday 1 January at midnight, on ALL trams and bus services of De Lijn in the whole Vlaanderen.
For Wallonie: from 31 December at 19h until 1st January at 7h in the morning : ALL bus and trams are free in the whole Wallonie, thanks to some companies including Radio Contact.
Links:
www.stib.be
>www.delijn.be
>www.noctambus.be
by Nicolas
25 December 2003 - Ibiza facts: cranes in D'En Bossa
1) the famous Space club of Ibiza is exceptionaly not opening for New-Years eve because the staff rebuilds the terrace and covers it with a removable roof. They also add many emergency-exits to stick to the legal needs. By the way, another roofterrace will be more often in use. All that for next summer season.
2) the large parking area next to Bora-Bora and Space is under construction. Trucks, mud, cranes, excavators which dig the ground and begin the foundations of a building. It is obvious that this flat ground will disappear to the profit of a real estate project. Simple question: where the clubbers of Bora-Bora and Space will park their cars? The carpark of Space is way too small for all those vehicles.
http://www.space-ibiza.com
by Nicolas Deckmyn
22 December 2003 - NEW YEAR PARTIES!
Already 40 parties for the night of 31 December in the Noctis.com Party Agenda! Check it out, shake it out! That's in the Parties&Events section.
by Nicolas
19 December 2003 - Food at Fuse until New Year ... and after?
Good news: Kevin Saunderson (Detroit USA) just confirmed his gig at Food (first floor) along with Geoffroy, St Dic and Raoul... when Fuse (ground floor) will get the beats of Deetron, Pierre, Psychogene, Deg and T-Quest. So, that's for New Years Eve... good. And after? According to the careful reading of the Fuse online agenda, Food will stop its activities on first floor of the 208 Blaes street in January. Well, you can see it by yourself, the diary mentions St Dic, Les Craven or Smos and Baby B, but no Geoffroy or Raoul anymore. Then, does it mean that 1) Food will be back soon at the same address but on Fridays? 2) Food will be back on Saturday in February, just as before? 3) Food is moving away and will be back elsewhere? No official answer has been given at this moment about it... so we only have questions... but be sure we'll keep you updated about Food motions in Brussels or out of Brussels.
http://www.fuse.be
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
17 December 2003 - Leuven: Fataal club hibernates till February
Briefly: due to the Winter Holidays and the university exams, the Fataal club (every Thursday at Musicafé in Leuven) is closing until February and did its latest winter night on December the 18th with Killa Tactics and Geoffroy. It will of course be back with its two rooms on February the 5th, still at Muntstraat - 3000 Leuven. For those (rare) who never been to Fataal club, it's one of the top spots in Leuven... every thursday with two styles (usually Hip-Hop+House, Reggae+Techno or Drum'n Bass+House), in that university based city full of potential party people. A club that scores high with a warm soul.
http://www.fataal.be
by Nicolas Noctis
13 December 2003 - Illusion and Zillion are coming back
After 2 years of silence for the Zillion and a couple of months for the Illusion, it seems some doors are opening back for the Progressive Trance scene in Belgium.
Zillion will be back for a large Reunion on 19 and 20 December, and also for 31 December, with many of the regular residents and about 20 more deejays. The Zillion has been closed in 2001 for a huge amounts of Justice complains related to business, violence and morality, and everything inside has been publicly sold in February 2002 to pay the bills. The bars, the soundsystem, the lightsystem, lasers, animal furs, costumes, carnaval masks, and even a real torpedo bomb and a dentist chair... everything is gone away. Worse: the name 'Zillion' has been sold to someone else too... so the club will never be 'Zillion' again. However, a new partnership started with new investors, and the ex-owner remains artistic director... for a new reopening at 4 Jan Van Gentstraat in Antwerpen. Check www.newyear2004.be for more info.
About the Illusion, closed before the summer for a hard drug related investigation, the problems are not yet about to end but it looks better. The hall has been allowed to reopen, but not as a nightclub yet... not as long as the Police investigation hasn't been completed. So, in the meantime will it be a simple bar, or a cocktail hall for rent? No one knows, but things turn smoother on Mechelsesteenweg in Lier.
by Nicolas
12 December 2003 - Fluo & Glow-in-the-dark sticks are NOT candies!
You obviously know the phosphorescent and luminous gadgets which are very fashion since a few years. Little lightballs, lightwires, necklaces shining for a couple of hours, etc... More and more of them are put in mouth by the clubbers, to make a funny or surrealist effect. That is cool, but that can also sometimes be dangerous. During a large Techno event in October, a girl accidentally opened a small luminous tube by breaking it with her teeth. This accident does not always produce the same effect, but for her it is at the hospital that the night continued, the lip inflated and burned at the 3rd degree. Thus play with it, yes, but do not open the tubes. It is a chemical liquid and that is seen, not a lemon syrup. Mind it.
[based on article found on dhnet.be]
http://www.dhnet.be
by Nicolas
11 December 2003 - Trying to get in can turn bad
Now this is willing something. Australia 16 November, a young guy has been ejected from a Sydney nightclub and had to be rescued by ambulance officers when he trapped himself in the air system as he tried to sneak back into the building.
A spokesman of the 'Penrith Panthers club' said that the 20 years old man was kicked out of the club for drunken behaviour at about 1:00 am (local time) on Saturday night / Sunday morning. "He apparently tried to get back by climbing onto the roof and making his way down through the air conditioning system and he got stuck [...] Fortunately, he had a mobile phone and called one of his friends and they raised the alarm." The man was stuck for about six hours until rescue crew arrived to free him. "Rescue squads winched a small rescue personnel, their smallest, into the shaft to put a harness on the man and retrieve him," said the hospital spokeswoman.
That story reminds the legendary attempts to get in the Studio 54 in Manhattan, as those guys caught climbing the building walls with mountain equipment. What could we do for a party?? Almost anything.
by based on AFP news
27 November 2003 - Cactus Brugge moves!
After 9 years of great music events, the Cactus club will move from St Jakobsstraat to Magdalenastraat, next to St Andries in Brugge. You probably saw there some names who are now topdogs of festivals, like Everything But The Girl, Kosheen, Soulwax, Eek-A-Mouse, Geoffrey Oryema, Starflam, Roots Manuva, Sugar Hill Gang, or Junkie XL. The Cactus now joins forces with the Cultuurcentrum Brugge to create the Ma/Z, a new place where concerts and parties will find a great host. So the coming parties of November and December will be the last at the current Cactus. The hall was getting really too small for the growing public, and a permanent and outstanding deejay/concert selection from Drum'n Bass to Electro to Rock to Hip Hop was attracting more and more people around. That's why the new Ma/Z has been done around a large hall of 1000 ppl, plus a smaller venue for the more intimate nights. So this is the news for Brugge: Cactus 2003 = St Jakobsstraat. And Cactus 2004 = Ma/Z, 27 Magdalenastraat.
http://www.cactusmusic.be
by Nicolas Noctis
19 November 2003 - 5 Free Passes for Groove City
Guess what, the 5 LAST FREE TICKETS for Groove City on Noctis.com are gone! The game is over since Thursday night. 5 Noctis.com users will have a night with David Morales, Danny Rampling, Luke Slater, etc... The rule was: one winner every 3 mails. The winners already had a confirmation mail. Have fun !!
by Nicolas Noctis
18 November 2003 - Police controls near GrooveCity
Hey, at least that's fair for this time: they say it before. Usually, the Police force sets up hidden road filtering *after* the event to catch the most young people possible. That had an extremely bad influence on the global reputation of the events in the press, and gave a distorted reflected vision of the drug problem in our society. From now on it seems that the choices are more honest, more direct: the searchs and controls will occur on the road *even before* the event... so everyone is able to figure what to do or not to do. Here's what the GrooveCity website says: "Our friends from the Police Force have decided to join the [...] Groove City party on Saturday 22nd of November. They will be present at the site and on the Ring around Brussels. Unless you want to experience the latest hype and procedures of their “hospitality”, we advise you not to bring drugs or drink till you’ve forgotten your name! If you don’t bother, warn your mum & dad that you might be home very, very, very late and ask a friend to bring you at least some oranges in jail. Let’s go for the fun !"
Now you also have to know that Groove City has Party Busses that will take you back to Noordstation/Gare du Nord, so you can choose Not To Drive! By the way, the public transports are running again from 5:30 in the morning.
http://www.paygogroovecity.be/
by Nicolas [+GC website]
03 November 2003 - Jo Dona jumped in the eternal nightlife
Visionary character and inventor of the party radioshow concept in 1960, Jo Dona has just left us definitively. Of course he was an old-fashion night bird, with Tango and Paso Doble, but he was the first to defend the night life and the clubbing on a national radio broadcast, in France, and never stopped producing its 'Inter-Danse" shows until nowadays. He made the promotion of the small local orchestras as we today make the promotion of the deejays.
Jo Dona, formerly singer in the orchestra of Jacques Hélian in 1947, made then a solo career from 1949 to 1960, recording more than 20 LPs (incl. the original soundtrack of "Caroline chérie"). In 1960 he created "RTF Danse" on Paris Inter which will become "Inter Danse" on France Inter since 1965. This show presented (and still does) a live popular ball each Saturday from a different village, intersected with small chats with the city mayor, his assistants, the persons in charge for tourism, etc... Also author of the book "Carnets de bal", Jo Dona recorded four CDs in 1995, featuring "Inter Danse celebrates 30 years of success". In 1982 he launched the "Mondial Inter Danse" by opening a door to the dance music from other countries. A bit later he turned to a younger public while launching the "Hit des Clubs Inter Danse" presented since 1984 by Bernard Lorre. It is the date on which Jo stopped working on the radio air. Trying to stick to our time, Bernard Lorre passed from the Top 50 to Daft Punk but has difficulties to remain convincing with too often badly prepared interviews and prestigious guests treaten as if they were unknown. We will regret for a long time the qualities of communication and the professionalism of Jo Dona. May this be our tribute to his passionated nocturnal life.
http://www.radiofrance.fr/chaines/france-inter01/emissions/interdanse/
by Nicolas 'Noctis'
29 October 2003 - Amsterdam Dance Event 2003
In 1992-94 Amsterdam was at the top of a nightclubbing time with a generation of deejays which turned Europe upside down in a snap. Names such as Dimitri, Erick Nouhan, Remy (actually coming from Den Haag), Marcello and the very young 100% Isis were leading the line-ups of every serious House party on the continent, including Belgium of course. Labels such as Outland records were referential as well. In the mid-nineties their influence was still huge, so was the name of the city of Amsterdam, and a conference... a meeting was needed there to federate the scene and to understand how it grew that fast. That convention has been created in 1996, it was the first A.D.E. (for Amsterdam Dance Event)... already very professional but the self-investment of the delegations was a bit shy. Year after year, bigger and bigger names (deejays, club managers, ...) were coming to participate to the meetings and the parties, and more record companies were paying attention to it, until the year 1999 where it really turned international and took the second place in importance just behind the American Miami Winter Conference.
This year 2003 will welcome (among others) Darren Emerson (uk), Derrick May (usa), Harrisson Crump (usa), Eddie Amador (usa), Junkie XL (nl), Joey Negro (uk), Bhangra Knights (uk), 100% Isis (nl), Armin van Buuren (nl), T.Raumschmiere (germ), Satoshi Tommii (jap), DJ Umek (slov), Yonderboi (hung), Juanes (mexico), Marcello (nl), Massimo d’Electro (germ), Vive la Fête (b), Terry Farley (uk), Sven van Hees (b), DJ Roog (nl), Fernanda Porto (bz), Dr. Lektroluv (b), Sascha Funke (d), Fat Truckers (uk), Rinneradio (fin), DJ La Di Da (cz), Black Sifichi (fr), Sandy Rivera (usa) and many others. All those in many venues including (also among others) include Club 020, Amuse, Chemistry, Desmet, Escape Venue, Fantasio, Heineken Music Hall, Hotel Arena Tonight, Mazzo, Melkweg, More, Panama, Paradiso, Supperclub and Winston. (some parties are in our Party Agenda).
Yessss! Noctis.com will be there (or at least its webmaster) and I'll try to picture as most as possible for you. In the meantime you still can check the pictures of 2002 issue in the Pictures page.
http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl
by Nicolas Deckmyn
25 October 2003 - City Parade again
Liège confirmed for 2005
Yes, the next City Parade will stand in 2004 in Gent with 35 trucks and a gigantic final open-air party in a 65.000 m² field with special end at 4 am (good!! usually it's midnight). The Parade will of course remain free, and the party at the end will be 5 Eur only (on presale/voorverkoop/prévente), but with many international deejays (guess who, you'll get the names on noctis.com as soon as possible). About Liège: the agreements are now validated and signed, so the Parade will really stand in Liège for 2005. It is fully confirmed!
http://www.cityparade.be
by Nicolas
09 October 2003 - Belgian star-deejays Junior Jack and Kid Creme awarded in Ibiza
After many years of productions and deejaying, both Kid Creme and Junior Jack are now two of the few biggest worlwide artists coming from Belgium. -for those who were on the moon for the last 15 years: Junior Jack aka Vito is producing music since the late 80's in our country, and Kid Creme is also known as Nicolas Scaravelli for many projects since the early 90's- Beeing residents at Ministry of Sound in London for one year (2002-2003), weekly residents at El Divino Ibiza and for some events at Pacha, and having both their videos hourly on MTV (Jack currently with the 'E Samba' and Kid Creme a year ago with the Shakedown 'At Night' remix), they reached the top and now they got it. We just spent some nights in Ibiza last month with them (check the pictures in the Party Pics page), and last but not least: they have been awarded at the Ibiza DJ Awards 2003 for the best New Incoming DJ as a duet (before Fergie or Sarah Main). Junior Jack also received the Award for the Best Track of the Season (with 'E Samba'). Hereunder: some awarded heads featuring Deep Dish, Steve Lawler, Junior Jack, etc ... and Junior Jack & Kid Creme receiving the awards.



pictures by djawards.com
http://www.djawards.com
by Nicolas Noctis
08 October 2003 - Fataal Thursday is back
This year again, Fataal launches in October. And as you maybe saw last Thursday, the two rooms are back with the two styles. TLP & Killa Tactics + Raoul ... or Pierre, Trish + Marco Bonafini ... Cosy Mozzy, Starski & Tonic + St Dic... etc The club has a warm atmosphere due to the many students Leuven provides to its nightlife, but also to a very gathered crowd which follows the club since its beginning. It's a classic, located in the Musicafé, 5 Muntstraat - 3000 Leuven. On Thursday only, and until April 2004.
http://www.fataal.be
by Nicolas
30 September 2003 - a Noctis.com shuttle in Nuits Blanches !
Indeed, Noctis.com will have a purpose in the next Nuits Blanches event, on Saturday 11 of October. We will set up a shuttle running from club to club and giving to the passengers the opportunity to have a party in one of those clubs with a lower price to pay. Besides, the tour will probably feature some comments by myself (Nicolas, Noctis webmaster) about the history of those locations and about the general nightlife in Brussels. The bus stops will be (at this score, more are to come): Samplification party at Recyclart (door = 5 Eur instead of 7), Fuse & Food clubs (5 Eur instead of 8), Dirty Dancing at Mirano (free before midnight and 5 Eur instead of 10 after midnight).
To know the complete line-up and the planned entertainments, please refer to our party agenda (in the Parties&Events section). Of course there is also the party organised by the members of Boups.com in the Tour&Taxi building itself, which is included in the general door price: 5 Euros for ALL the Nuits Blanches event (including the concerts, street arts area, disco party, drum'n bass area, electro room, beach-volleyball contest, and the other shuttles going to Heizel or to the opened swimming pool -until 6:00 in the morning- and the Beurs/Bourse). Noctis.com will only be in charge of the shuttle to the clubs, but that's a fair thing that the City of Brussels pay that much attention to the nightlife. This is awesome! Let's have fun in the run!
The website is still blank, but it'll come soon. This is the url anyway:
http://www.nuit-blanche.org/
by Nicolas Deckmyn
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