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10 September 2003 - SCOOP: City Parade 2004 in Gent, but Liège soon again
According to Claude Van Cools, the City Parade organiser, the next issue will stand in Gent for one more year and then will move again in the country. The next city for 2005 could be Liège, despites the misunderstandings in 2002, since the communication has been recently reconnected between Claude and the Mayor of Liège.
In Gent 2004, the Parade will run in the late afternoon and will end with a long Party with a 5 Euro entrance (yes, 5 only) until 6:00 in the morning, on a large field (not on the Watersportsbaan anymore). So, yes it will be cheaper and bigger in Gent next year, and yes it will be soon back in Liège. Are we ready for 200.000 party people? 9 months more to know.
http://www.cityparade.be
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
09 September 2003 - Next Brussels Nuit Blanche on 11 October
This year again, as well as Paris, Brussels will have an official Nuit Blanche (a white night) on Saturday 11 October from 22:00 till 06:00. As in 2002, the city public pool will remain opened (place du Jeu de Balle). The complete organization of the event was entrusted to the Blue Lemon company (Vincent & Benoît) in partnership with the City Hall of Brussels (featuring Pauline Lemaire as PR for neighbourhoods associations). Last year was especially made up of various shows and musics in several places, and was not representative enough of the topicality of the night scene. In 2003, it is only one place, the Tour & Taxi (next to metro Yser/Ijzer), which will centralize the activities and will be the departure for some bus running towards a great number of places to visit or to celebrate. Program of the Tour & Taxi: a ground of beach-volleyball, a marquee filled of concerts, an electronic and dance room, street theatre and plays, deejay-bars which take part of the place, and the buses towards outside. The buses will pass by many public areas especially opened for the night, such as Heysel Stadium, Atomium, Japanese Tower, Marolles, City Pool, etc etc... Another bus will stop by almost all the main nightclubs and parties of that night (Fuse, Dirty Dancing, Crema e Gusto, Samplifications, ...), so the Nuit Blanche really features the night scene this year! That is good news. Entry to Tour & Taxi: 5 Euros only ... bus is free ... some parties will be cheaper for the people coming from the NB bus. Even a public lunch will prolly be offered in an indoor area. Come to Brussels Saturday 11 October for a White Night!
http://www.nuit-blanche.org
by Nicolas Noctis
04 September 2003 - Picho to appear at Plein OpenAir
After some problems finding a location, the PleinOpenAir has confirmed that the last weekend's event will be held at the Parc Anonyme, just below Place Schumann, this weekend. (Sept 5 & 6). This will also be an opportunity to see rapper Pitcho in action (first solo album: "Regarde Comment") on Saturday 6 at 20:00. See the link below for the full line-up.
http://www.nova-cinema.com/main.php?page=prog/66/00grid.fr.htm
by Michael Leahy
01 September 2003 - Paradise in Heaven
10 November - back 6 years after!
Now a bit of history:
In 1986, there was a small bar in Knokke: the Blitz, next to Lippenslaan. That's precisely where Patrick Soks started to organise some parties with Eric Beysens who was the resident deejay of the bar for a public of a few dozen people. A blend of late-punk, deep funk and early house sounds... in a decorum of socks, underwear and stockings (that's the business Patrick was into, and that's why he took that name as organiser), and that was it. The next year, Eric Beysens came to be the resident deejay of Boccaccio Sundays, and in 1989 he was also at la Rocca. A few years later, Patrick had yet his summer habits in Ibiza and he took back the concept of Ibiza parties to Café d'Anvers: it was the first Paradise party in Antwerp and it gathered about 2000 party people in the club ruled then by his friend Frank. Those nights were bringing dancers from Amsterdam, deejays from all over the planet (nobody was doing that in 1990... it was completely new), a warm friendly atmosphere brought by Patrick himself, and huge decorums set by Fred Coutsier. It was a sort of House rave in a club, a festival for clubbers before the real festivals payed any attention to that music... so that's why *everyone* had to be there. Paradise was the biggest reference for the largest public.
You could have seen there Dimitri former resident of the Roxy of Amsterdam, as well as Remy or Isis, and Marcello from the It (also Amsterdam), Jeremy Healy, Natarcia, Derrick Carter, Ricky Montanari, Joost Van Bellen, Frederik (Nl), Roussia (Paris), Angel Ruiz (Ibiza), etc... plus of course the Belgians Koenie, Steve Cop, Jan V, Geoffroy, Smos and Baby B, Sven Van Hees, Paul, Kenneth, and many others.
Patrick Socks kept setting up Paradise nights almost 2 to 4 times a year and launched some other concepts (Hot Socks, Vive Le Roi, He Is coming, etc ... also at Café d'Anvers or at Mirano Brussels) and so on until 1996-97. The Café d'Anvers was doing slowlier than before (it recovered since then), and the competition between House parties was really getting too rough. So, Patrick left Belgium to co-manage the bar Kilometre Cinquo (KM5) in Ibiza itself, which is doing very well and remains essential to the local nightlife. Now, after a looooong silence, a Paradise night is back on 10 November, still and ever at Café d'Anvers, still and ever ruled by Patrick Socks! And guess who'll be behind the decks: Laurent Garnier for a boogie-tech-house mix inspired by the warmest nights of the clubbing-island.
We really wish you to be there... the legend is back. Are you ready for history?
http://www.cafe-d-anvers.com
by Nicolas Noctis
31 August 2003 - Cop razzia at Tresor Berlin (updated)
The facts:
Last saturday, the Berliner Police Department did a large Razzia at Tresor, Leipziger Straße (between Berlin centre and Krauzberg, in the Wertheim department store next to Potsdamer Platz). Over 400 customers have been controlled, 16 of them have been arrested for drug use and went to the Police headquarters, as well as one more who was already wanted. The club has been immediately closed and remained closed until the Monday 8 September.
Open since 1991, the Tresor is one of the few leading European clubs in the Techno scene. It has and always had numerous international deejays as residents at his decks, such as Blake Baxter, Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Robert Hood or Carl Cox, but also a whole list of German talents like Tanith, Jonzon, Rok, Kid Paul, Pacou, Jorg, and many more. Not even speaking about those who came just once... it's almost the whole phonebook of the Techno planet. Now it's alternatively a Techno, House or Drum'n Bass club, following days... and of course an obvious place where to go after the Love Parade.
The club has been reopened since Monday, but is still under various legal pressures. Their website calls for any eye-witness of the razzia to build a defending release. Mails of any of them would be appreciated at club@tresor-berlin.de
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Noctis comment: this is baaad news, mates. Berlin was known for having one of the less repressive Police departments in Germany (comparing to Hamburg or Munich), but now it seems it changes. Even a TV politic-magazine has been focusing on Tresor and was very critic about it, a few weeks ago on ZDF tv. The real question is: is it just a local answer to the Love Parade or is it a European problem of communication between the nightlife and the authorities? Now of course, no drug deal ruled by a club could have an excuse and that is the point of the investigation... but as long as the club is not involved, is it possible to stop humanity to use drugs? Even alcohol (which is not healthier than illegal chemics)? Once again the clubbing is an easy and popular target, but who talks about the drug use anywhere else? Who's doing articles about the drug use in the professional trucker world, or in the medical world.. doctors or nurses, in the highschools, even in the factories... or in politics. In October 2000, some journalist from Sat-1 TV made analyses of the dirt found in the toilets of the Reichstag (German Parliament) ... they found that 22 over 28 toilets were revealing traces of cocaine. Will they do a razzia with urine testing at the Senate or in the jet-setters cocktails? No of course. But that's another discussion.
link concerning Reichstag toilets: www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1660/a07.html.
Link concerning Tresor Razzia: www.spiegel.de/panorama/.
http://www.tresorberlin.de
by Nicolas Noctis
26 August 2003 - Last Gazon Bar week-end!
Yes, after a whole lot of magic for the summer (8 week-ends, 48 deejays, thousands of smiley people) Le Gazon is about to end the season with a loungy-breakbeat Friday and a focus on Rephlex rec. and FirstCask rec. artists for Saturday. Starting in July with only a few lightshow and 500 ppl, it worked so well that now there's about 2000 party people every open night ... a good soundsystem and a bigger lightshow. All around and in an old music kiosque in the middle of the Brussels Royal Parc (in front of Royal Palace). Notice that over the 2 months and about 20.000 people there was less than 8 security guards, no public selection, and there has been only one very short trouble with a drunk guy. You said magic? Indeed it is. Be there early or late, it's always crowded... and still until 5am.
http://www.legazon.be
by Nicolas Noctis
25 August 2003 - ILT: first names & new Body to Body date

The new I Love Techno is coming for 18 October at Flanders Expo with Richie Hawtin, Stanny Franssen, and many more. The code to access the ILT website is 2914715 (bingo). Also, the next Body to Body night at Culture Club (Gent) will stand on Friday 26 September with of course Spacid & Dr Lektroluv + some guests and lives still to be confirmed. The event will be mainly promoted by Switch, the Jan Van Biesen's show on Studio Brussel.
http://www.ilovetechno.be/body2body/
by Nicolas Noctis
23 August 2003 - Culture Club in motion & new Belmondo
Sure, you know the very hype Culture Club in Gent... but do you remember that all the story started with the Eskimo parties in a factory in 1996? Yes, for those who forgot, it's the same crew who did Eskimo, Belmondo, Club69 (and so much more) and now... the Grand Tour at Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Gent, on 5 and 6 September. The flyer shows Trevor Jackson, Black Strobe, Cosy Mozzy, 2 Many Dj's, Glimmer Twins, TLP, etc... that's a not-to-miss opportunity to invade that museum for a party.
But that's not all... they're also back at SMAK Museum on 20 September for a brand new Belmondo (with more than 14 deejays featuring Lorenzo Ottati, Raoul, TLP, Glimmer Twins [aka mo&benoelie], Cosy Mozzy, Rakesh, ...). In the meantime the Culture Club will also be part of the Laundry Night in Hangar 26 (Antwerpen, www.laundryday.be).
http://www.cultureclub.be
by Nicolas Noctis
10 August 2003 - Food merges with the Fuse !
Now guess what? The Food will also be standing at 208 Blaes street in Brussels, every saturday. Noctis.com always supported the gathering of energies for the nightlife, and that's precisely what's happening here. You know that the Fuse is one Techno floor + one House floor ... and you also know that the Food-at-Lounge stopped in June 2003. Well, it's simple... Frank Verdrengh (the Food club manager) now walks on with the House level of Fuse and brings Geoffroy and Raoul along the Fuse resident St Dic. This is good news since the Food expresses one of the most refined and quality House music in Europe, as well as Fuse figures what a great European Techno club can be. When vodka joins caviar. Food will be open from 00h till 07h, and Fuse club from 23h till 07h. So it's one entrance for the two clubs: 23h till 00h: 2.5 € - after 00h: 8 €. Double dose Fuse Techno + Food House ... 'There's something cookin' and it smells good, looks cool and tastes fine. A recipe best served on Saturdays from September 27th onwards.'
http://www.fuse.be
by Nicolas
05 August 2003 - Mirano is now Dirty Dancing
Finally the saturday is back at Mirano Continental! After one full year of simple rental to other organisations, the club has an art direction again and launches the 'Dirty Dancing' every Saturday from September. At the top of the concept are Lorenzo Serra (the AD of Deliciouz and Future Pop) and Cosy Mozzy aka Renaud Deru (Blow Up, Vicious Games, 10 Days Off). This means that the Blow-Up club will stop, but most of the crew will be playing at Dirty-Dancing. Expect of course the mix of Cosy Mozzy and Mandrak, but also Stephen, Starski & Tonic (Gent), Oliver Twist (aka O. Gosseries), and prolly electro deejays from the B2B line-ups. Music will blend Disconouveau, House and a bit of electro. Are already confirmed from 27 Sept. 2003 to 22 Nov. 2003: Ladytron, Lady Miss Kier from 'Dee-Lite', Daniel Wang, Bernard Gavilan, Ivan Smagghe, Jennifer, Chloé, Fany, Joakim, Optimo (Glasgow), Morpheus (Freezone), Tiefschwarz, Bangkok Impact, Dj TLR, Spacid (Funky Green Alien, Body to Body), Cosmo, Murvin Jay, Lady Jane (Cat Club, 10 Days Off), Rick Shiver. [38 chaussée de Louvain / Leuvensesteenweg - 1210 Brussels] Who said the night was slowing down?? It's speeding up !!
http://www.mirano.be
by Nicolas
18 July 2003 - Le Gazon is Burning
For one more summer, Le Gazon bar is back in Brussels and takes place again in a public parc in Brussels from 21:00 to 5:00 am. (but NOT 18 & 19 July... because of 21 July, National Day). 2001 saw it at the feet of the financial tower, 2002 at the Royal Library (Hill of the Arts), and this year it wakes up the Royal Parc (in front of Royal Palace - 1000 Brussels). As usual it's only open on sunny evenings and the schedule can be checked at www.legazon.be
The entrance remains totally free and there is no rude selection... so you can come with your pets if u want. At least come with a smile, they'll love it. But who are they? Actually, those who set up Le Gazon every year are mostly coming from the Boups Radio crew (www.boups.com), and that's why the music panel is extremely wide. From Reggae to Electro, from Techno to Drum'n Bass, Lounge and Pop, etc etc etc ... and the magic touch: the moon in the open sky. Have a breath!
http://www.legazon.be
by Nicolas Noctis
29 June 2003 - Nandrin Festival site hacked
This is what you could find today on the Nandrin Festival website. So now the hackers deface Festival sites too? That's new.
[ D E F A C E D ]
A Las Barricadas!
Negras tormentas agitam os mares
Nuvens escuras nos impedem de ver
Ainda que esperemos a dor e a morte
Contra o inimigo nos chama o dever
O bem mais valioso eh a liberdade
Lutemos por ela com fé e valor
Levante a bandeira revolucionária!
Que levará o povo libertario!
Levante a bandeira revolucionaria
Que levara o povo libertário [...]
Dedicated to Dkd[|| - Power Bro!
sh0utz: Theli, USG, DkD[||, FBH, my brothers of S4t4n1c_S0uls and all support us
http://www.nandrinfestival.com
by Nicolas (thx Joost)
26 June 2003 - Roller Parade is back again!
Dya love rollers and rolling in your city at night, freely and safely? That's possible again, and now in the whole country. This means there will be a roller parade every night, one weekday per city. Moreless 20km in the streets of :
- Hasselt every Monday
- Namur every Tuesday
- Gent every Wednesday (except 23 & 30 July)
- Liege every Thursday
- Brussels every Friday
- Mons every Saturday
- Koksijde every Sunday 13 & 20 July and 10 & 24 August
That's an outstanding project mixing sport, night, city and music (there is always many small soundsystems with selected music). The organiser, Carl (he created the Who's Who's story, JetLife, DiscoChic, ruled the Mirano for a couple of brilliant years, etc...), started the Brussels Roller Parade in summer 2002, and it gathered thousands of rollerskaters. This year it's spreading all over Belgium, and it turned more young cops on it so there is now 60 rollercops to keep it completely safe for everyone (children can come too, but with wrist, elbow, knee protection & helmet). Now that's what nightlife needs: more fun and more diversity.
http://www.belgiumrollers.com
by Nicolas
24 June 2003 - Complete Alive Festival Line-Up
The complete confirmed line-up for the next Alive Festival is:
Electronic deejays and bands:
The Advent, Marco Carola, Funk D'Void, Ellen Allien, Claude Young, Space DJ'z (Ben Long & Jamie Bissmire), Pascal FEOS, Frank Lorber, Danilo Vigorito, Len Faki, Kitbuilders live, Psychogene, Alan Sommerville, Joost de Lijser, Spacid, Pitchtuner live, Deg, Georg Neufeld, Armando S., Michael Manteca live, Mario Palm, Dixie, Mark Netty, Iron Dax, Andi Regler, Nu Definition live, Treibsand live, Szmida live, Jonzon, Hugo69, Mario
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Rock Bands:
Anouk, Guano Apes, Nena & Band (99 luft baloons, yes... her!), 4Lyn, Angelika Express, Belasco, Chief Mart's, Donots, Erdmöbel, Garland, Geist, Krezip, Lea Finn, Letzte Instanz, Mambo Kurt, Mother Tongue, Organic, Sincere, Stonefield, Underwater Circus.
Alive festival - 25, 26 & 27 July in St Vith (near Vielsalm). Access by E42 & N670.
http://www.alive.be/2003/gb/lineup.htm
by Nicolas
24 June 2003 - Night Bus in Blankenberge
The public transport society De Lijn will try a new Night Bus in Blankenberge during the two summer months. This concerns a pilot project which wants to bring back home the late party-freaks between 4 and 6 in the morning, as safe as possible. Now lets hope they'll spread it over Vlaanderen first, and will inspire the other cities transports in Brussels and Wallonie. We need safety when we're back from our clubs... it's obvious that it's an extremely positive step De Lijn passed trough. [source: Standaard]
www.delijn.be
by Nicolas
23 June 2003 - Hot & Tiny Minimes is Back
Heh... this is about an ooooold small and nice club in Brussels since the 80's... and you know how warm those little clubs can be when the right people joins it. A small crowd, some passion, some screams, some lights, a bit of faith, and that's it for the real party. Minimes was also one of the most decadent places of the 90's... but always had a good fun recognition. Well, it has been closed for a few years... and it's open again. Yes, but with deejays such as Lorenzo Ottati or Mathieu, and even Satanas... heh. Expect kickin' Deep House with Lorenzo & Mathieu, and fun oldschool Trance & clubtunes when Satanas spins.
I don't have yet more information than this: Friday and Saturday, rue du Temple / Tempelstraat (really small walk-street) - 1000 Brussels
by Nicolas
22 June 2003 - Full Sun for 133.000 Clubbers
Yes, that's the first scores we could find in the press (Belang Van Limburg, La DH, and some others): 120.000 to 133.000 party people followed the City Parade Saturday from Citadelpark to the Watersportlaan. The organisation even claims that there were 180.000 people. Progressive-Trance, House, Italo Disco, Techno and Toothpaste ... there was a lot for everyone. Some told about the lack of space during the Free Party (the crowd was walking along the water instead of using the avenue), but globally everything was just fine and friendly. Considering that the first edition had 80.000 ppl and the second had between 110 and 120.000 ppl, this issue confirms the national size of the City Parade. And only 4 people had troubles with the police. Yes, only 4 for over 130.000 ppl... that makes it 0,003%. WE ARE PEACEFUL!
But where goes the CP next years?
Our first pictures by [Nightboy are available from the link here below.
We don't have feedback from the radioday yet, but it seems everything just runned fine.
http://www.noctis.com/p/cp2003
by Nicolas
21 June 2003 - City Parade under the SUN !!!
total weather support
the schedule of City Parade will be:
14:00: Free Pre-Parade Party at Citadelpark (Régis, Johan, Ed&Kim, Fred Nasen)
+ 16:00: City Parade (start at Citadel, then de Kerkhovelaan - Yserlaan - Godshuizenlaan - Martelaarslaan - Watersportslaan - Noorderlaan)
+ 19 to 22:00: Free City Party at the end of Noorderlaan (music by the deejays and soundsystems of all the trucks... no central scene)
+ 23:00: Citizen Party at Flanders Expo with Slam, Jack de Marseille, The Advent, Marco Carola, Judge Jules, Mark Spoon, Marko, Yves Deruyter, Darren Emerson, Murvin Jay, Marco Bailey, Cor Fijneman, P. Jackson and many many other international & Belgian deejays (check their website for complete line-up).
All day is free. Price for the Citizen party: Presale 22 Eur - Door: 27 Eur)
http://www.cityparade.be
by Nicolas
19 June 2003 - African Hip-Hop in Brussels and Liege
Over the coming few weeks, African rap groups will be playing in Brussels and Liege. Rak Tak Squad and Wa BMG 44 (Senegal), Nigga Nation (Ivory Coast), Godessa (South Africa) and X-Plastaz (Tanzania) will be offering their unique flow at a number of events. The groups have been working with Picho and others in Brussels. "The big difference between African and European rappers is that the Africans really have something they want to say," said Pitcho. The groups were interviewed by Michael Leahy of The Bulletin (link to follow after publication). If you want to try out something different, check them at the Slam Evening at Café Extra Large (Place Flagey on the Boondael corner) on June 25 from 8.30pm. They will also be appearing at Couleur Cafe on June 27, La Caravane de Liege on June 28 and the Festival au Carré on July 6. See your local press for details.
by The A.L.
17 June 2003 - Nandrin Festival line-up
Some nice electronic names are announced. Check this: Friday 8 August: Ken Ishii, Ian Pooley, Charles Schillings, Jeal Riley & Simon’s, Zuco 103, Olivier Delachanal, Cosy Mozzy, Brandy + Edmundo, Blacknizoroff.
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August: an open-air stage and two tents featuiring ZZ Top (mind the barbs!), Deep Purple (sweet child in time...), Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Mass Histeria, Machiavel (Isaye & freaky friendzzzz), Hooverphonic, Kyo, Elliott Murphy Venus, Da Familia + Belgian and European bands.
Friday only: Presales: 12 €, Door: 15 €
Saturday & Sunday: Presales: 37 €, Door: 43 €
All 3 days: Presales: 60 €, Door: 70 €
Nandrin stands between Marches and Liège, on N63.
By the way, they also set up a party at Soundstation (Jonfosse station, 6 rue Pouplin - Liège) on Saturday 28 June, with Alex Gopher, Etienne De Crecy, Isabel, Double Axl. Also of a great quality.
www.nandrinfestival.com
by Nicolas
17 June 2003 - Jazz in Frameries
The Frameries Jazz Festival is back on 20 and 21 June with a large JazzRallye in 21 venues of the city, featuring (among others) the Don Friedman Trio, the Brussels Little Big Band, Patrick Deltenre & Ivan Paduart Trio, Frederic Delplancq Quartet, Charles Loos Trio, Soul and Sour Quartet, Guy Cabay, Jacques Piroton Quartet, Alain Kawczak Unit, Michel Mainil, Hilde Vanhove Quintet, Trio Mirage, Jaszco Quartet, ... for this date, most of the venues will remain open really late at night for special jams. [Frameries, near Mons & Jemappe, along N544]
http://www.frameriesjazz.com
by Nicolas
17 June 2003 - No more Illusions at Illusion
Facts: The manager of the dancing Illusion in Lier has been apprehended by the Court of Mechelen for incitation to use of drugs. He's been taken up Sunday morning after a large raid in the discotheque. Some quantities of chemical drugs were found. The main dealer has also been apprehended. Sunday morning around 5:00, about 200 agents invaded the discotheque. All 670 visitors were checked. There has been official reports about 68 visitors. Six customers have been transported to the hospital for a checkup.
[source: Het Belang Van Limburg]
-- Noctis comment: I don't know yet where the drug has been found... in the club itself or in the dealer's pockets... so let's keep eyes cold. If the manager was part of the deal, then it's really unforgivable and it must be judged (chemical drugs really sux bad, mates. It kills kidneys in no time). But if the dealer was not related to the club, then why put the manager in trouble? To compare, there was just a daytime gunfight in an open air swimming-pool a few days ago in Wallonia, is the pool manager responsible for the fight? Will they close the swimming-pool like no doubt they'll close the club soon?
Let's see, and let's hope that only the facts will rule justice.
http://www.hbvl.be
by Nicolas
16 June 2003 - Local Radio Matonge for 1 day
For the Fete de la Musique, the non-profit association Across Stickos (aka Gregor Beck) is setting up a local 1 day radio over the streets of the "Matonge" neighbourhood in Brussels. That area is considered as the 'African community zone' for Brussels, but Africa is only one of the many cultures mixed there. From Jazz to Reggae, from Blues to Soca, from Cloclo to Coltrane ... that place is one of the most openminded in the city. On Sunday 22, a radio will broadcast locally (2km around) and worldwide on the web (with the help of Boups Technology and Radio Panik bandwidth). It'll feature interviews, reports, music, a show about local nightlife, etc... and ALL shows will be created from the studios standing in the streets around chaussée de Wavre / Waversesteenweg and rue de la Paix.
For a contact about the nightlife-in-Matonge-show, just send a mail to info@noctis.com
http://www.listen.to/stickos
by Nicolas
15 June 2003 - 20, 21 & 22 June
it's the Music Days & Nights
So many entertainments are planned for the next week-end... it's just a matter of checking what's happening for free on open-air scenes around your place. Concerts, parties, open-day for venues, radioshows, ... The "Fête de la Musique" has been created in France and spreads all over Europe since about 5 years now, every 3rd week-end of June. That day, EVERYONE has the freedom to play his music in the cities... so however you're a guitar player, a violin virtuose, a djembe drummer, a deejay with your soundsystem or a street-singer... go out and play, it's your day! It is legal! And of course, there are the official events, but check the non-official parties too... flyers are everywhere in the cities about that (and some stand in the Noctis agenda).
http://www.fetedelamusique.be
by Nicolas
14 June 2003 - Parade Controversy [details]
As previously told in our news, several organisations from Gent (Appletree.be, Christmass Kitchen Lab and Radio URGent) are setting up a radioshow to gather all the crews ignored or not included in the Parade. All sets will be broadcasted on 107.7 FM over Gent on Saturday 21 June, from noon till midnight. Clearly, they want the people to move out with a radio and build spontaneously an alternative soundsystem ... "The more radios, the better the sound system will be." says one of their press-releases on breakz.be ... "When you see someone with a radio that day, you'll immediately know that he or she is there for the same thing as you : enjoy pure unfiltered music. The choice is yours."
This means that many people will have to carry their radio with them in the city for all the day... and I'm not sure they'll do that ... but anyway it's a great idea and it uses the best aspects of a radio-station broadcast: the musical brotherhood.
The line-up:
12.00 Raggamuffin Whiteman + guests (reggae, dancehall)
13.00 Purple Sunny Crew (reggae, dancehall, soka)
14.00 Wannamoov (nu-skool breaks, garage)
15.00 X-Mass Breakz (nu-skool breaks)
16.00 Funky Green Aliens (electro)
17.00 Filip DP and guest (tech house, techno)
18.00 Soundattack Collective (techno)
19.00 All Funghed Up (psytrance)
20.00 Moushka (Dhangar Nomads, Essence of Progression)
21.00 Christmass Kitchen Lab (acid, nu energy)
22.00 Mutate (hardtek)
23.00 Steel Reports ( experimental core )
00.00 Duplox (breakcore, junglecore)
01.00 Rudy Rocket & Soul MC (drum + bass)
02.00 Fried Chicken (drum + bass)
http://www.breakz.be
by Nicolas
12 June 2003 - Bus to Full Moon - Psytrance Festival
Tom & Ellen 'OhmShiva' are setting up a bus for the Belgians going to the Full Moon festival in Germany from 13 to 17 July for a price of 67 Eur all included. All infos at: ohmshiva@msn.com or by phone at 0497/27.13.84.
Festival infos at fullmoon-festival.de
Info source: goatrance.de .
by Nicolas
06 June 2003 - Deejay Fashion 2 - slipmats & needles

Now it's time to talk about the slipmats and needles... the only tools not listed in the previous text.

A slipmat is a plain fabric circle of the size of a record which stands in place of the rubber disc of the record player. Thus the record slips well and the dj can retain it with a finger when the rotor keeps on running. It is a cheap but essential element of the mix. The fast start of a record comes from the strength of the rotor of the turntable and from the good slipping of the record. And all deejays know how a fast start is important. The first slipmats were made of rigid antistatic plastic... but it was heavy and not that good for the records. The deejays made then their own slipmats for years... but it had to be done with a non-dusty and anti-static-electricity fabric. Wool baize was the most common used fabric... until the synthetic baize came, and the industrial brands arrived with their own made versions. Now almost all brands and labels do slipmats of their own... they give it out or sell it out. But choose it of a heavy weight, coz too light slipmats stick to the records and you got to put it back in place at every mix.

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The needles are something that came with the first music cylinders created both by Charles Cros and Thomas Edison. The purpose is the same for the iron cylinders or the vinyle records. The needle follows the furrow and forms the sound starting from the undulations dug in the plastic of the record. An easy test (to do with an old crap record you want to throw away) is to read a single 45rpm with a dressmaker-needle stuck in a cone of paper. This is NOT a good test to do with a collector item. At the start, the needle ended with a real diamond, but now it uses microscopic chemically recreated diamonds.

The head of the arm is usually made of 3 elements: the headshell, the cartridge and the stylus.
- The headshell is the structure of the head.
- The cartridge is the element transforming the needle impulses in magnetic impulses.
- The stylus is the element with the needle.
With the new versions (ortofon & stanton), the headshell and cartridge are one same element.

From the 60's, the two leading popular brands were Shure and Stanton. Their sound was just the best, and they produced many versions for all purposes. Shure was mostly advised for classical music and home soundsystem, when Stanton was already the reference for the deejays. One said that the Stanton was really 'sticking' to the record. Of course there were also some very specific brands for specialists, but those two really were everywhere a record was played, even until 1990.

     

www.stantonmagnetics.com (also for audiophile specials)  -  www.needlz.com (Shure deejay supply website)

And then came a big surprise: a brand for refined quality-addicts (those who may put 10.000 Eur for an amplifier)... a brand totally unknown by the public, Ortofon, created a revolutionary headshell based on the design of the Concorde airplane. And it was cheap enough for all deejays! That futuristic design + the extreme quality of the elements + the cheap price = the fastest success ever saw. In a couple of months, the Ortofon Concorde was on top of all the turntables arms in Europe and quickly in the world.

www.ortofon.com official homepage

Since then, many brands tried to duplicate the quality and the design of the Ortofon... but none took the leadership that Concorde keeps with the years. Only Stanton seems to recover a small part of the field with their new models available, mostly based on the Concorde

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by Nicolas
04 June 2003 - Deejay Fashion - classics and fun

The needed stuff for the professional deejays never really changed in the last 15 years. Two turntables for vinyle records (with needles and slipmats of course) + a mixer + a set of headphones + some record bags to carry it. Yes ok... But which turntables and why? Which mixers and why? These are some answers for info and for fun. There is nothing commercial in this... no one paid us to stand on this page. This is only a statement of what professional deejays use, done by observing the scene. I just added some fun tools that I found on the way.

There are three different types of turntables for vinyles:
1) the classic turntable for home and collectors
2) the dj turntable with speed control (pitch) and move by wire transmission (it's far too sensitive but cheaper)
3) the dj turntable with pitch and Direct Drive (the rotor is at the center of the circle and drives the records).
Denon was already doing Direct Drive turntables since 1980, but the pitch was a hard to use running button... and then came the Technics SL-1200-MK2, the legendary tool that satisfies the deejay scene since the early 80's. It was the most resistant and precise turntable ever, and it's still the leader today. Its handy pitch control, the easy start/stop, its great functionnal look, all made it a best-selling over the years. One could say that the SL1200 has been part of the evolution of music since 20 years. Now there are the SL1210 and all the new variations from it.
You may find a new SL-1200 in Brussels at 625 Eur (all taxes incl.)

SL1210 MK website

But no one ever invented anything more for years... until Numark changed the rules with the TTX1. Everyone has been surprised by this new machine. All deejays were bored of all the fake 'new' turntables, featuring unuseful crap... but this was something real. The same resistance and quality, but with many new handy options: digital control, stretch effect (changing speed but not the tone), reverse playing, beat calculation, special hiphop version, etc... and, well, even more expensive. It has not been a revolution yet, but this has really been a change and could hit the score soon.
You may find it in Brussels at 730 Eur (all taxes incl.)

TTX1 website

By the way, a Direct Drive is not the magic word. It surely helps, but the magic word is: 'fast start'. And only a few brands can give that.
They also do turntables, but not of the same quality or duration. Since it's cheaper, it could help to know: Stanton, Gemini, Monacor, many sub-brands, (and JB-System but the pitch is reversed). You'll almost never see those in serious clubs.

The mixer (mixtable) is another thing, because American and European deejays have same needs but not the same references. In USA you'll see many Numark, Pioneer (the famous mixer with build-in effects) and Gemini ... when in Europe the most demanded name is Rodec (and sometimes also Pioneer). A strong tool for deejays, with wide frequencies, resistant plugs, the best VUmeter system available, and all single part can be removed and changed. After 15 years, nothing took the leadership of Rodec in the largest clubs of North Europe... clubbers know why. Now they even do cheaper reduced size mixers for home-deejaying.
You may find a new MX180 in Brussels at 1119 Eur, or a Mixbox at 450 Eur (all taxes incl.)

Rodec MX180 - Rodec MX300 - Rodec Mixbox

You'll also see mixtables by Numark, Ecler, Pioneer, Stanton, Vestax, Gemini, BST, ... of diverse qualities.

Here comes a really nice brand: Vestax. Not that the tools they build are the best on the market, but they really are inventive and searching for things we never would think of (or very late at night and badly drunk).
Well, their PMC-06T Mixer is a seriously nice and small tool for home-deejaying. The headphone output has a very handy split system.

But it starts to be interesting if you check this: thanks Vestax, now you can mix in your bed! Or simply upside-down. They created a turntable of which you can change the angle. The PVT-e2 Pivot Table. Look at this picture... no more comment.

You think they stopped there? No no... they also made the VRX 2000 ... a turntable with a cutting head that makes your own records. Yes, it puts your music onto specially designed Vestax vinyl blanks, from any source. Sure... it's expensive, and the blanks are sold around 30$ ... but it's a very innovative tool for all kind of deejays.

They also created a one-ear Deejay Headphone. Beyer did one, but it was half a professional studio tool... too heavy for most deejays. This one is more like a telephone (or a shower?). I saw some homemade on stages, but never a branded version. Now there it is.

 

Vestax website

And so, this is not really new, but it's what deejays use these last years to carry the records. The classic Magma DJ Solutions bag, and the classic Lynx hardbox. Name it flightcase or dj-case, whatever... each are between 70 and 100 Eur.
 


here is one possible shop where to find it but I found some at USA Import Antwerp.

 

Of course now there are some serious CD mixers and some specially designed effects box... even some very nice computer softwares to mix mp3 ... but here is a strict selection of the most demanded brands and tools for genuine professional deejays. Who said fashion?!?

Some of these are available online from Amazon
(at least they're safe, our selection on the dj-stuff page)
Some also available, with many others, at USL (online ordering),
                            11 Begonialaan - 1790 Affligem
Some also available, with many others, at Orbit Brussels (online ordering),
                             r.d. Marché aux Charbons - 1000 Brussels

by Nicolas
04 June 2003 - Trucks & Floats at City Parade Gent
These will be the trucks nd floats at the next City Parade on Saturday 21 June:
Perrier&City Parade - Cherry Moon - Kokorico - La Goa - DelMundo - Versuz - Le Motion - Alive Festival - Sottos - Mega-Tempel (Bocca 1972-1994) - Illusion - FFWD parade Rotterdam - Jim Tv - Donna - Studio Brussel - Axe - Coke Lab - Marko Truck - D&B - La Rocca - Culture Club (tbc) - Montuno Vibes - Papaya - Café d'Anvers (tbc) - Fuga - MB Elktroniks - Session - Kozzmozz - News rec - Music Man rec- I Love Techno (tbc) - Fuse (tbc).
Remind that the music of the Free Party will be only played by the different trucks ... the will be no podium. The Citizen party with international deejays will stand at Flanders Expo.
http://www.cityparade.be
by Nicolas
04 June 2003 - Limitation for clubs of Pecq?
However the local drug&road statistics look better, the Mayor of Pecq soon will apply a new decree aiming to the forced closing of the club doors between 8 in the morning and 20:00. "I will meet the owners of the mega-dancings and I'll explain them well that we will prosecute after two or three calls to order" says the Mayor to 'La Dernière Heure'. Marc D'Haene has five clubs of this kind on his city district.
But the clubs are patients. "We will respect this decree, until the Council of State states our rights in one or two years", says the legal adviser of La Bush club. "Nevertheless, we think that the closing of the dance-clubs will only move, and even amplify the problem. [...] The amount of police officers must absolutely be adapted to the important population which comes to these mega-dancings."
by Nicolas - source LaDH
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