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04 June 2003 - Healthier times around Tournai
Less drugs on the roads and in the clubs... it is a good sign. "It is true that it's now a little better in our district", specifies the Pecq Police chief. "We're hopeful. With our colleagues from Tournai, we keep an important presence on that field. We have services which exclusively work in this field and regularly return inside the venues to detect the deal of drug."
And things also get better on the roads says a Commissaire from Tournai: "There has been less of serious accidents for a few months. Our increased presence on the roads certainly explains it. Large operations with the Federal Police force are organized every two months. [...] And on Monday morning, we are very often near the accesses of the mega-dance clubs."
by Nicolas - source LaDH
03 June 2003 - Poppers soon illegal?
Last month, the Police force organized the complete inspection of a known sex shop next to the Brussels North Station. The Operation Was baptized 'Flacons!' and had the Poppers as target. Result: the magistrate seized a stock of 600 poppers bottles. The general accepted idea that the poppers would only be used by the gay community is now totally false. Sex Shop owners state that they sell it as well to gays as to hetero couples. It is even sold in the discotheques. Is Poppers legal or not? No one really answers since there is no law yet about it, and no specific composition by any European FDA. Poppers is Alkyl Nitrite ... and inhaled it is supposed to increase heartbeat + body heat. Most of them are produced in USA, Netherlands and Germany. It can be lethal if ingested, and is a strong skin and eye irritant. No need to say that it has nothing natural.
by Nicolas - source LaDH
03 June 2003 - FM Brussel still needs help
After 3 years of outstanding music broadcasts and cultural integrity, the (almost) only bilingual FM radio in Brussels has been burglarized on 2 March 2003. It was an ashamed act which sanctions a team of great quality. FM Bssl always supported the new cultures with deejay shows, programs with hybrids of opera and futuristic electronic musics, some French-speaking Hip Hop hours, etc ... a very wide range of styles and expressions. But 3 months ago the burglars took all CD players, minidiscs, reporter tools, the mixtable, 25 microphones, the headphones and 11 PC computers... so the studios were just left empty. Now FM Bssl recovers its shows step by step, but THEY STILL NEED HELP ... so if any of you can help them with microphones, headphones, any radio material... call them at 02-507.14.52 or go at the website here below.
http://www.fmbssl.be
by Nicolas
02 June 2003 - Night Birds in nature
Two non-profits associations are setting up evening-promenades to watch night birds (real ones, with wings!) in the province of Namur. The ASBL 'Aves' and 'Noctua'. The first makes it for 1 Euro, the second for free. You can reach them at 081-21.49.69, and at 071-71.44.52 to do it at Bambois lake (Fosses-la-Ville).
Yes, in Noctis we talk about the parties... sure... but we also love the night for what it is: a magic time.
by Nicolas
02 June 2003 - Parade Controversy
After the cancellation of an envisaged counter-event, Appletree.be now gathers the organisations not involved or ignored by City Parade to set up a radioshow. This show shall support all the organisations of Ghent who are not involved with the parade (including Kristmas Kitchen Lab, and other crews). More info soon about this.
http://www.appletree.be
by Nicolas
01 June 2003 - Some Summer Tips
1) complete 10 Days Off line-up is in the Noctis agenda. -
2) the biggest names of Dance Valley (next to Amsterdam) too. -
3) and also for Geel Reggae Festival and Esperanzah World Festival in Floreffe. -
4) Fuse makes it free for the girls for all summer. -
5) Free Vibes remains free at Café d'Anvers on Friday.
by Nicolas
30 May 2003 - Blow-Up + Food = 1 ticket
We juste received this mail from Frank Food and Blow-Up club: "One entrance for two clubs & seven great deejays. For the last party for Blow-Up Club & Food Club we have decided to join forces to give you an unforgettable night. You pay one entrance for both clubs ! People who pay entrance at Blow-Up are free for the Food & vice versa.
Blow-Up Club (Open from 00h00 till 06h00) presents Cosmo Vitelli (Solid, Virgin, Paris, Fr), Cosy, Mozzy, Mandrake, S-Venus ... Food Club (Open from 00h00 till very late !) presents Geoffroy, Régis, Raoul.
Entrance for both parties: 8 € ... or 5€ after 06h00am.
last Blow Up at Athanor Brussels, and last Food club at Lounge Brussels. You walk only 3 min betweet both clubs, so, move & shake all night long ! Blow-up & Food thank you for your presence. Hope to see you there."
This is a very cool idea revealing the real spirit of the Belgian nights: unity for the right to party. Where will they move after this week-end? Blow-Up will come back at Palace from 28 June with Tigersushi... but we don't have that information yet for Food. Of course Food Lge continues at Phoenix twice a month, exactly as it was.
http://www.blow-up.be
by Nicolas
27 May 2003 - The Glimmer Twins do Cannes (with MTV to follow)
The daring duo of Mo & Benoelie, aka The Glimmer Twins, have just returned from Cannes, where they played several storming sets for the Stella Artois Screen Cruise. The pair notably played two sets on the beach of the Carlton Hotel, at parties attended by "Lord of the Rings" star Ian McKellen, Ky-mani Marley (the son of Bob, in town to premiere his Romeo&Juliet remake called "One Love"), Hooverphonic, Phaedra and Talking Movies presenter Tom Brook. One party they missed was the MTV bash in Pierre Cardin's Palais des Bulles. "I'm not sure why, actually," said Mo. "We'll be playing at a number of MTV parties across Europe over the coming months."
by The A.L.
27 May 2003 - Mons under control last week-end
160 police officers of the Federal Police Force from the 6 zones of the district of Mons checked the roads of the area in the night of Saturday to Sunday between 3 and 7 hours in the morning. The operation aimed at drivers under the influence of alcohol (tests and fines from 150 to 400 Euros) or of drug (vehicle search and justice prosecutions). 440 vehicles and 384 people were controlled during that operation called "drugs and drivers". 36 statement for high traces of alcohol in the blood were drawn up and 13 withdrawn licences. 6 statement for drug driving were established. 3,6 grams of haschisch and 2 grams of weed were seized.
What to say? We have to state that about 6 young boys and girls died at night last week on the Belgian roads ... and more than zero will always be too much. If all drivers could be clean, police wouldn't spend their time on controls. As long as they'll find drunk drivers they'll keep on controlling... that's fair. Once again we say: please TAKE CARE OF YOU! And if you MUST drink, then find a clean driver... or take a taxi or a train. All the party people should think about that ... at least stay alive.
by Nicolas (source Soir & LtNws)
23 May 2003 - Antirave law voted in USA
On April 10, the 'Protect Act' passed in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. The 'Rave Act' was attached to this bill at the last moment, so it also passed. On 30 April 2003, the president signed it into law.
This law will make it easier for the federal government to prosecute owners and managers of clubs, bars, parties, festival grounds, etc if customers, ravers, employees, tenants, or other persons on their property commit a drug-related offense. Persons convicted under this new law could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, fined $500,000 and have their business or property confiscated.
The club scene in Belgium can't ignore these kinds of laws which will consequently limit the freedom to party in the USA... and we all know that these American laws put ideas into the heads of our local authorities. We recently passed really close to a closing time of 6:00 am, so we still have to pay attention. Will public transportation be punished for participating in these events? Or will festival organisers be punished because drugs were found on a kid in the audience? That's just nonsense.
https://secure.ga3.org/05/raveact
by Nicolas from US sources
22 May 2003 - Democrazy at Gentse Feesten
This year Democrazy will be present at the Gentse Feesten with a project called "Red Light District". Located behind the stage of Trefpunt (St-Jacobs), they're planning a warm and cozy tent with downtempo-grooves and lounge sounds. Imagine a melting-pot of movies such as Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Time of the Gipsies and Exotica. Tapas, cocktails, gigs & deejays in a lounge atmosphere from 19th to 27th July.
http://www.democrazy.be
by Nicolas (source: democrazy.be)
20 May 2003 - Audiopad: Immaterial Music
Only three small blocks to move on a table. No buttons, no machines, no wires... just some purple lights running over your hands... and your music starts. Yes, it is a fantastic tool to manage samples and loops, probably one of the best aids for the live performers of the coming decades. Who did it? James Patten and Ben Recht, both students (probably graduated now) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Media Lab Section. The Audiopad is the first immaterial (and real) interface to compose electronic based music. In their words: "Audiopad is an instrument for electronic musical performance that aims to combine the modularity of knob based musical controllers with the expressive character of multidimensional tracking interfaces." ... at this point you have to know that the technology used is based on the Sensetable, another creation in which James Patten was involved. Audiopad is sort of a musical continuity of the Sensetable. "It is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on the same table."
Revolutionary? The future is tasteful.

http://web.media.mit.edu/~jpatten/work.html
by Nicolas
15 May 2003 - Alive 2003 vs Electronics
The next Alive Festival 2004 is confirmed for the summer in St Vith, with a blend of heavy rock and cosmic electro-techno. This year will be very Techno oriented with Claude Young, Marco Carola, Space DJ'z, Kitbuilders live, and a whole bunch of local artists such as Joost de Lijser, Deg and, most likely, also Psychogene. That, plus of course, the Rock line-up should be loud enough to satisfy the most demanding rock-addicts.
As you all remember, last year saw a few disturbing instances, such as an overly nervous and restrictive security staff... or the artists not being looked after properly, even the ones playing for free... but the public had a lot of fun, and from that standpoint it has been a success.
Roger, the festival manager and creator told me today that these problems will be fixed for this year's edition. He went on to say, "... the security has to be very self confident because we can't afford to be overwhelmed by gangs of rock bikers... security has to be ready for almost anything, so they maintain a cold and clean-cut image. We have a very wide range of visitors and they have to be careful." But is it useful to be rude? "That will certainly be discussed." And what about the artists? "Do you really think I want artists not to have a few drinks just to save some money? We lost a lot of money in 2002 despite a larger than expected attendance, and a drink or a pass won't change anything.. We had 1500 guests last year, and that's a huge thing to manage. There was a ticket system for artists, but it seems there were problems with the distribution... but we'll be working on that too."
http://www.alive.be
by Nicolas Noctis
13 May 2003 - Noctis on Cybercafe 2.0
Cybercafe 2.0, the highly acclaimed tv-show about the internet, whichhas been airing since the mid nineties, mentioned Noctis.com tonight. Many thanks to Laurent, Xavier, Brice, Jean-Christophe, Richard, and the crew at the show. That's really cool. And yes, it's true, you can now suggest your own night-life related events on the site... just browse the forms to add links, clubs, bars, parties, shops, night shops, late-night eateries, erotic clubs, gay places, .... This site has been yours for about 9 years and will continue to be so.
http://www.cybercafe.tv
by Nicolas Noctis
08 May 2003 - Electro at Fuse
That's on 28 June (yes, a Saturday!) "Plug in those jacks for some raw electro sounds! Brought to you by The Hacker (FR, Gigolo, Goodlife), Belgium's electro pride Spacid & Joost De Lijser, and Fastgraph (NL, Klakson) with a fresh live act." A highly anticipated night at Fuse Brussels.
By the way, throughout the entire summer, Girls Get in Free All Night Long Every Saturday, so after the outdoors fun in the sun, feel free to drop in.
http://www.fuse.be
by Nicolas / Nick Fuse
01 May 2003 - Teknival is back today! ... but observed
All of you remember the big clash between Teknival organisation and French government in 2002... it was so difficult to resolve that Teknival moved to Italian frontier, at the last moment. Since then, the French authorities created a line of communication between themselves and the "free party scene" ... and this Teknival 2003 is the result of that interaction. Located in Marigny near Paris (district of La Marne),Teknival starts today and will go on until midnight on Sunday May 4th.
There have, however, been some changes this year: no fire allowed, no cars around the soundsystems, the police will be checking people for alcohol and other drugs on the roads around the site, etc ... but for once the event will respect both the ravers and the neighbours! Water for everyone, a 'Medecins du Monde' tent, info by SMUR and other French associations ... everything has been put together for a safer electronic sound event in the middle of the countryside.
All requests and advice (in French) should be directed to the following URL : http://3boom.net/coll-soundz-fr/traxx1.jpg
The French 'Collective of the Sound Systems' was formed after the first Intersoundz-meeting in France held in January 2000, not far from Lyon. The meeting's goal was to discuss the concept of a council consisting of soundsystems, free-party organizers, etc... thus, creating a channel to address the issues generated by the teknivals and the 'frees' and the embarrassing direction those festivals took. (too many drugs, no information, no respect for the environment, etc). Because they challenge the people chosen by the French Minister of Interior, they become an alternative lobbying group..
More about it in French in Le Monde daily press.
Also check www.freetekno.fr
http://coll-soundz.fr.st/
by Nicolas Noctis
28 April 2003 - Fresh Food in Liège
The Food club, residency of Geoffroy, Régis and Raoul, has a southern division since mid-March in Liege. It stands twice a month in the Phoenix, a disused porn theatre in the 'quartier Cathédrale' ... not far from La Chapelle. Red walls, heavy doors and shiny bar... the environment is a little straight but still a great warm venue for 300 to 450 ppl. It recently presented Lance Desardi from Chicago, Cyril K from Paris and Murvin Jay, of course along the three Food residents. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, it's probably still in a test phase and could be weekly soon. Next edition on Friday 02 May will feature Geoffroy (he now owns Hi-Phen rec.) and Koenie (the House Knight from Antwerp, Wally's Groove). Some Food classics ... to feed the party. Address: 10 rue de la Sirène - 4000 Liège.
by Nicolas Noctis
27 April 2003 - Last Night for La Villa
Since 1995, that club became one of the rare large clubs around Liège. But their website doesn't say why they definitely close the doors on 30 April.
Maybe it's good to remind that this Villa is not the Villa of Kortrijk, neither the one in Asse. Back in 1988 or maybe 1989, Laurence Van Loo started the story of At The Villa in Kortrijk with deejays such as Phiphi or Johan. In 1995, when At The Villa started to have troubles (changing location, going to Asse, permanent pressure, etc), another club launched in the south of the country... near Liège with a very close name: La Villa. The problem is that it had no relation with Laurence and 'At The Villa', but was using a very similar name. It remained so for 8 years, and now comes the last night of that club in Henri-Chapelle. In the meantime, At The Villa closed it doors in 1997... so now there's no funkin' Villa anymore in Belgium. Anyhow it's always a loss to close a party place.
30 April with deejays JP Nols & Koody. 51 chée de Liège - 4841 Henri-Chapelle.
http://www.lavilla.be/
by Nicolas
24 April 2003 - Netherlands in a Queensday
Of course, for the Wednesday 30 April there will be many many parties (Retro Acid at Vooruit Gent, Tiesto at Sportpaleis Antwerpen, Disco2Disco Antwerpen, Paul Johnson in Mons, Mr C at Silo Leuven, T-Quest at the Steed Liège, Kenny Larkin in Forest, Daddy K at Claridge, Junior Jack at Mirano, ...), but don't forget the fantastic atmosphere of the Queensday in Netherlands. And if you want to (respectfully) make a street party with them all in Amsterdam, get an orange shirt (that's the colour of the Queen) and go for one of the hundreds concerts or open-air parties ... from the morning until midnight. After? Go in a local club or come back in Belgium.
http://www.koninginnedag.nl/
by Nicolas Noctis
22 April 2003 - Yearly Fatality for Fataal
Fataal Thursday club in Leuven will close its doors until October 2003. As every year, the location has another purpose until then. So, don't miss the last one for the next 6 months: Deejays: Raoul (Food club), Prinz (Café d'Anvers) + Hip Hop lounge room: TLP.
Door: 4,5 Eur @ Musicafe, 5 Muntstraat - 3000 Leuven
http://www.fataal.be
by Nicolas Noctis
15 April 2003 - Felix not in Brussels
According to a mail of his agencies in Belgium and UK, Felix Da Housecat won't come next week-end (19 April) at Halles of Schaerbeek in Brussels for Beats & Peace. The problem appears to be administrative related. As far as we can verify, the agencies claim since four weeks that he won't come ... weird situation since the management kept on promoting his name (and they still do at this very moment). All other artists of this event on 19 April are confirmed anyway: Llorca, Stacey Pullen, Edmundo Carneiro, etc...
http://www.jazztronaut.be
by Nicolas
14 April 2003 - first names for 10 Days Off in Gent
Dillinja & Lemon D, Marky & XRS, Richie Hawtin, Derrick May, Metro Area, Jack De Marseille, Tiefschwartz, Hakan Libdo, Steve Bug, Radioactive Man. More to confirm soon. [thanks Protesta@futureworldfunk] This year the 10 Days Off will take place from 18 to 28 July in Vooruit hall for the Gentsefeesten, and also from 16 to 20 July in Melkweg Amsterdam. Presales are available since 15 April in all Fnac.
http://www.10daysoff.be
by Protesta & Nico
13 April 2003 - 6:00 in the morning? Go to party!!
It seems the limitation-law has been refused by the Senate. I'll get more precise news soon, because many different opinions come to me. Some say it has been totally refused, some others say it has only been delayed till the next government. Anyhow, since the originators of that suggested law are from the Ecolo party, we now know that the supposed "supporters of the youth" they always pretended to be actually are dangerous conservative politicians. They closed MadeInBrussels, grew an artificial pressure on many night venues in Belgium, and now they tried to limit our nights! What is that new game they play since two years??
Why am I that angry? Because I personnally voted for them sometimes in the past ... and that law they tried to validate deeply changes my mind about them and their goals.
With faith and passion in the night...
by Nicolas Deckmyn
30 March 2003 - 6:00 in the morning? Go to bed!! - Ecolo & VLD attack the night!
Sample of the Senate discussions, 5 december 2002 :
Vers. Fr. voir suite.
Vraag om uitleg van de heer Michel Guilbert aan de minister van Binnenlandse Zaken en aan de minister van Overheidsbedrijven [...] over «de problematiek van de megadancings» Demande d'explications de M. Michel Guilbert au ministre de l'Intérieur et au ministre des Entreprises [...] sur «la problématique des mégadancings»
Réponse / Antwoord:
Rik Daems [minister van Telecommunicatie en Overheidsbedrijven, VLD]:
"[...] Ik ben bereid een wijziging van de wet van 1973 te overwegen om op het hele grondgebied eenzelfde sluitingsuur in te voeren. Ik stel evenwel vast dat sommigen zich in een geest van opbod tussen de megadancings op een onverantwoorde manier gedragen en de onveiligheid in de hand werken, hoewel ze tegelijkertijd aandringen op meer veiligheid. Het verwondert me dat de federale regering wordt gevraagd een probleem op te lossen dat op basis van de bestaande wetgeving al kon zijn opgelost. Ik wil mijn verantwoordelijkheid geenszins uit de weg gaan. De wet staat me niet toe in te grijpen, maar ik heb met de heer D'hondt afgesproken dat we de toestand ter plaatse zullen opnemen en een verslag zullen opstellen.
U zegt dat het sluitingsuur in Frankrijk vijf uur 's morgens is. Het uur is niet zozeer van belang, maar het moet in elk geval overal hetzelfde zijn. Ik zal de toestand ter plaatse bestuderen en me daarbij baseren op de statistieken die ter zake bestaan. Anderzijds zal ik informeren naar de plannen van de besturen van de betrokken gemeenten. Ik zal ze overigens op hun verantwoordelijkheid wijzen.
In overleg met de buurlanden, namelijk Frankrijk, Nederland en Duitsland zullen we proberen de wet te wijzigen als dat het enige middel is om dit ernstige probleem op te lossen."
De heer Michel Guilbert [Ecolo]:
"[...] Dit probleem moet dringend worden opgelost."
Source: www.poldoc.be
Rik Daems [ministre des Communications et des Entreprises, VLD]:
"[...] Je suis prêt à envisager une modification de la loi de 1973 pour instaurer une heure de fermeture identique sur tout le territoire, mais je constate cependant un manque de responsabilité dans le chef de certains qui, dans un esprit de compétition entre les mégadancings, contribuent à l'insécurité alors qu'ils réclament, par ailleurs, un renforcement de la sécurité. Je suis étonné que l'on demande au fédéral de prendre des mesures afin de régler un problème qui aurait déjà pu être résolu sur la base d'une loi existante. Cela dit, je ne veux pas échapper à ma responsabilité. La loi ne me permet pas d'intervenir, mais je me suis accordé avec M. D'hondt afin d'organiser une visite in situ et de rédiger ensuite un rapport tout à fait concret sur la situation actuelle. Vous dites qu'en France, l'heure de fermeture est fixée à 5 heures du matin. Peu importe l'heure qui sera éventuellement retenue, mais il faut en tout cas qu'elle soit identique partout. Je compte donc, d'une part, vérifier la situation in situ, en m'appuyant sur les statistiques existantes, et, d'autre part, m'informer des intentions des responsables des communes confrontées à ce problème. Je les mettrai d'ailleurs face à leurs responsabilités.
En harmonie avec les pays limitrophes, à savoir la France, les Pays-Bas et l'Allemagne, nous essaierons de modifier la loi, s'il s'agit du seul moyen dont nous disposons pour régler ce problème qui est réel et grave".
M. Michel Guilbert [Ecolo]:
"[...] Le problème est grave et réclame une solution urgente. Je me réjouis en tout cas de votre prochaine visite sur place, monsieur le ministre."
Source: www.poldoc.be
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The problem with this? It was several months ago... Since then the minister Duquesne clearly stated that it was not under his responsability to limit the horeca status. But Rik Daems made it, and now they voted it at the Chamber of representatives! They still have to vote it at the Senate, but WE HAVE TO STOP THEM BEFORE! Make a move, and save that small freedom to party. USA bombs Irak? Does that mean we have to accept everything until Bush wins?? Does that mean that our usual freedoms have to be shorten that way, just because we have to be happy not to be bombed?? Oh no... that's not the way it works, Mr Gilbert and Daems. 6am is not the problem... but the problem is that a party has a spontaneous end... they can't decide of that. They say it's to stop the Afterclubs... and they really think it will stop the troubles related to some violent people coming around? Anyhow that decision is constitutionally illegal but you have to say it around unless they'll vote it anyway. How? Keep on coming here, we'll provide you some links very soon.
by Nicolas Noctis
20 March 2003 - Adios Bonzai
Bonzai records banquerouted. Some say it's sad ... I personnally don't. That big label promoted the worst commercial electronic pweetpweet sounds from 92 to 98 and then slowly came down by popular demand. They did put the shame on us for years because they produced that bad stuff (as well as Dance Opera). Over about ten years of productions, only three records remain outstanding and valuable: the Stockhauzen release by Liza'n Eliaz and the two BWP records (white label). The rest? Just forget it. There's so many good electronic labels today that no one will really regret it. [this is of course a very personnal opinion, but since many shady people pretend to be sad for them, I dare to say I'm not]. The reason of their banqueroute is not economical or due to the mp3, but well due to the poor quality of their music since the beginning. They made money with their moneymusic... why would they complain?
by Nicolas
13 March 2003 - New Social status for Belgian artists
Vers. Fr. voir suite.
Het Nieuwe Sociaal Statuut voor kunstenaars:
Op 1 juli 2003 komt er eindelijk, na ruim 30 jaar rechtsonzekerheid, een volwaardig sociaal statuut voor de kunstenaars. De federale regering heeft een statuut goedgekeurd dat precies is afgestemd op de specificiteit van het kunstenaarsberoep en dat ook rekening houdt met de verschillen binnen de artistieke wereld. In Vlaanderen werden vijf infoavonden georganiseerd. De Brusselse kunstenaars voelen zich in deze ook erg betrokken partij. Daarom nodigt Robert Delathouwer, Collegevoorzitter van de Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, alle kunstenaars uit op een informatiematinee over het nieuwe statuut voor kunstenaars. Deze zal doorgaan op woensdag 19 maart e.k. om 15.00u in het Kaaitheater, Sainctelettesquare 20, te 1000 Brussel. Minister Frank Vandenbroucke, minister van Sociale Zaken en Pensioenen, zal er de grote lijnen van het kunstenaarsstatuut toelichten. Het spreekt voor zich dat dit veel vragen oproept. Een panel van deskundigen zal graag bereid zijn om op al uw vragen een antwoord te geven.
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Nouveau Statut Social pour les artistes:
Après 30 ans d’insécurité juridique, un vrai statut social des artistes entrera en vigueur le 1er juillet 2003. Le Gouvernement fédéral vient d’approuver un statut qui tient compte des spécificités du métier d’artiste ainsi que des différences dans le monde artistique. Cinq soirées d’info ont déjà été organisées en Flandre. Les artistes Bruxellois se sentent également très concernés en la matière. C’est pourquoi, Robert Delathouwer, Président du Collège de la Commission communautaire flamande, invite les artistes à une matinée d’info avec pour thème le nouveau statut des artistes. Cette réunion d’info aura lieu le mercredi 19 mars prochain à 15h au Kaaitheater, square Sainctelette 20, à 1000 Bruxelles. Frank Vandenbroucke, Ministre des Affaires sociales et des pensions, exposera les grandes lignes du statut des artistes. Il va de soi que cette nouveauté soulève beaucoup de questions. Vous aurez l’occasion de poser toutes vos questions auxquelles répondront un panel d’experts.
by Geert Cochez and Marc Jacobs
05 March 2003 - Techno Nation New Location! Warning!
Techno Nation moved location by pressure of the Mayor of Zaventem, so they go to Groenendael Hippodrome where youth and music are far more welcome. All Line-Up remains as it was, with DJ Rush, Marco Bailey, Steve Rachmad (Nl), Claude Young (Detroit), Terrence Fixmer, Marco Remus, Zzino, Redhead, Deetron, Tom Hades, Tomaz, TC Brain, David Pereira. Hippodrome of Groenendael stands on the Brussels ring, between Uccle/Ukkel and Waterloo.
by Nicolas Noctis
05 March 2003 - Alka at Adrienne!
Alka Selzer was a party concept back in the 80's. It has re-emerged timidly since last year. Every first friday of the month at the Bodega. Since a few weeks, the Alka has moved in the Adrienne restaurant. This restaurant has been closed for years now due to the controversial Heron City project in spite of the will of the Toison d'Or neighbourhood. Great opportunity for the Alka to seize as this won't last long : the building will definitely be destroyed within 6 months. I'm deeply advising you to go there as soon as possible as the audience isn't completely jet set yet (remember we are in the Toison D'or/Guldenvlies). The music is quite commercial (kind of Jeux d'Hiver) but very acceptable (great dj, I don't know his name, the one who rides motorbikes and has excellent mixing skills).
It's the place to be but not for very long so pick up your boogie shoes and get your ass in there ;-).
Alka Selzer, every thursday, friday and saturday at Adrienne (Toison d'Or area, 1A rue Capitaine Crespel - 1050 Brussels). Entrance: 2,5 Eur.
Opens for a few months only!! Limited club duration!!
http://users.skynet.be/marcus/
by Nicolas Marcus
03 March 2003 - no House-Torhout & Leaf 2003???
Indeed, Sandra from Kozzmozz recently announced in the Limburgse press that there would be no House-Torhout Festival this year because of too much competition. Well, it's true that I Love Techno *open air version* will take place in Lommel on 19th of July, and that's to count with all the other electronic Festivals such as Dance Valley (Amsterdam, 1st saturday of August), Alive (St Vith, August too), probably Leaf (Liège), and of course all the bigger festival that have many electronic artists in their line-up, such as Dour, Werchter, Beach Rock, Pukkelpop, etc etc But is it deeply the only reason to drop down that festival? Shouldn't they try a smaller version some years, with local deejays and refined artists? Or a more specialized different style every year? That way could save one of the greatest festival concepts in our country. Well... it's just an idea. I myself hope that they'll will do it anyway.
[thanks Nightboy for the source... hbvl.be]
More: Gery just informed me that there would be no Leaf festival this year since the debt for 2002 was really huge... so, it means two electronic festivals less in the picture!
http://www.kozzmozz.com
by Nicolas
02 March 2003 - Dali's bar opens again!
As you now all know, there was a burnout at Dali's... and it destroyed everything on the groundfloor, including furnitures (chairs, artworks, bar, ...) and a whole record box of one of the resident deejays. It happened in the day, so there has been no physical victims, but the damage was huge. Now good news: Dali's is back since this week-end with his basement floor. So, now if you go to the 35 Petite rue des Bouchers (1000 Brussels), you'll have fun AND it helps them to recover their rank as soon as possible. Go go go Steph X!
http://www.dalisbar.com
by Nicolas
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