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27 January 2001 - Belmondo starts a bar in Gent
Once upon a time, a few fab guys from Gent decided to make a party including Hip Hop, Drum'n Bass, House music and Reggae. Then started the Eskimo nights in the disused Eskimo factory... for 400 ppl at the beginning in 1997, and 4000 ppl at the end in 2000! 5 different halls, 60's decoration and chairs, big names at the desks, even a restaurant, ... simply brilliant. Forced to change its name (for copyrights reasons or something), "Eskimo" became "Bel Mondo" and moved since a year to the S.M.A.K. Museum (a very stylish area near Citadelpark). The point that deserves the respect is that they don't even say the deejay names on their flyers... their party name is enough to get the people. Bel Mondo still runs at SMAK Museum almost every two monthes, but they start a bar! No doubt we can blindly wish you to go there... there's no Eskimo but great Moods! It's the "Club 69" at 5 Oude Beestenmarkt - 9000 Gent. Fonkyyyy ridddddimss!!
by Nicolas
27 January 2001 - Live Drum'n Bass from Inside Party
live broadcast of the Inside party at Recyclart in Brussels! On Basic Realaudio player required.
by Nicolas Noctis
25 January 2001 - New Jazz Club in Brussels
The Music Village offers highlighted names of the belgian Jazz scene every thursday, friday and saturday.
Try it! It bops! Rue des Pierres (near Beurs/Bourse) 1000 Brussels
by Nicolas
22 January 2001 - Butterfly has landed!
Every friday there's a new club in Brussels called Butterfly, turning on House/Disco/Groove/friendliness over two nice levels. Deejays such as Svenus (Dali's), Cosy Mozzy (Movida), Juss Will (UK), Murvin Jay (Mirano), Lorenzo (Ondulations radioshow), ... Just for people who want a warm atmosphere and no particular star-deejay but the right music for a smooth party. By the way their programme features a lot of national collaborations. The initiators of this new venue are Murvin Jay, Steph X (ex-Vaudeville manager) and Svenus... trust them and check it out. At Factory, 4 impasse de la Fidélité - 1000 Brussels (near rue des Bouchers)
Since then, Butterfly stopped about 2 months after its start. (april 2001)
by Nicolas
31 December 2000 - Night Transports for New Years Eve
All till 6 am. Brussels: from 1 till 6 in the morning for free. 17 buslines, 2 tramlines. All lines on Charleroi: 10 free bus from Charleroi-sud & Palais des Beaux-Arts to Sinatra, Lindberg, Oxy, Palladium. Brabant wallon: 6 lines including Doudingue, Palladium, Retro, Beach, Hannut, Orp-le-Gran, Dodaine.
Liège: 40 lines! All classic lines (except Fleron-Verviers) + DiscoTec bus.
Luxembourg: 10 lines (Arlon, Vaux s/Sure, Marche, Bertrix, Bastogne, Durbuy.
Namur: 5 usual lines + 12 special lines. Including Namur, Sambre-et-Meuse, Sombreffe, Gembloux, Eghezée, Hannut, Condroz-Famenne.
Hainaut: 10 Tec lines + all free service from 21:00 till 9 am.
by Nicolas
16 July 2000 - 10 Days Off online!
During the Gentsefeesten, 10 Days Off finvades the Eskimo Factory. 10 nights of madness with the biggest artists of the electronic scene (House, Techno & Jungle). Names as Grooverider, Mateo & Matos, Deep Dish, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Andy C, DJ Hype... and so much more also available on the web at Netbeat 100% free, 100% live from Gent + interviews & rebroadcasts. Don't miss that amazing opportunity to be at 10 Days off without moving from your sweet home :)
by Nicolas
14 June 2000 - News for Katsu
Nieuwe veranderingen op komst in de Katsu. Vanaf zaterdag 08 juli worden de twee stijlen van de katsu club bij elkaar gesmolten. Tot nog toe waren er op vrijdag enkel techno en drum&bass feesten, op zaterdag programmeerde men House. De twee stijlen worden dus op de zaterdag geplaatst. De samenvoeging luidt ook de opening van een nieuwe ruimte in met de naam "Living Room". Eveneens wordt het openingsuur vervroegd naar 22h00 en kan je gratis binnen tot 24h00. De resident DJ's blijven echter ongewijzigd. Voor de techno ruimte is dat G-Force, Xentrix en Steve Curling, in de house ruimte: safe P. en Level Jay. Naast de weekly residents, de monthly resident zijn: T-Quest, Lowdown, Marco Bailey en Thierry Princiotta. In 2001 zou dan een derde ruimte bijkomen met drum & bass als muzikaal voedsel. Katsu club verstevigt hierdoor zijn koppositie als het gaat om kwalitatieve dansmuziek in Limburg en Luik. -------------------------------------------------------------- Des changements au Katsu club (Heers). Dès le samedi 8 juillet, les deux styles actuels du Katsu seront réunis. Souvenez-vous, le vendredi accueillait de la Techno et de la Drum'n Bass (G-Force & Xentrix) et le samedi accueillait de la House (Safe P, Level Jay). Désormais le samedi sera Techno et House, et une nouvelle salle "Living Room" sera ouverte (en attendant une troisième salle Drum'n Bass en 2001). Notez aussi que l'entrée sera gratuite de 22h à minuit, et que les deejays invités aux côtés des résidents seront de stature nationale (T-Quest, Lowdown, Marco Bailey,...).
Katsu: 49 Steenweg - 3870 Heers
by Katsu communication edited by
25 April 2000 - - No night trains after Werchter
The Werchter Rock festival will bang our heads with huge rock and popstars on 30 june, 1 and 2 of june (see line-up in our agenda). But (as in 1999 already) there'll be no night train after the shows! In 99 more than 600 people had to sleep in the trainstation for that reason.
Thank you NMBS / SNCB !! Very kind! Pffff! : (
by Nicolas
23 April 2000 - - Jazz Marathon in Brussels
Brussels Jazz Marathon 2000 is coming again! With all kinds of Jazz in the streets, the nicest bars and pubs and three public squares till late at night. Two nights long (friday May 26th & faturday May 27th) a fine selection of Belgian jazz musicians and international 'stars' offer a unique jazz circuit for real Jazz lovers. For 450 BF (presale 400 BF) you can get the badge that opens the doors of more than 50 different places (free for children -12, alongside with an adult). Concerts will be free on 3 public squares (Grand' Place, Sablon and square Sainte-Catherine/St Kathlijn). Jazz busses, free public transport or a shuttle service will bring you from spots to spots. And last but not least: sunday May 28th, 'Les Lundis d'Hortense' will set the Grand Place on fire with a closing concert night, from 18:00 till late. The Brussels2000 branded "Zinneke Parade" is also happening the 27th of may, end of afternoon (but why the same day???)
by Nicolas
20 April 2000 - - Legendary Farley comes back to us @ Food club
In 1984-86 in Chicago started something that no one could imagine as worldwide and huge as it is now: House music. Some names of House pioneers are Ron Hardy, Franckie Knuckles, DJ Pierre, Larry Heard, and... Farley Jackmaster Funk (listen to him here in 1996, and here in 1986 - realaudio - thanks to G. Rose). Farley is coming in Belgium at the Food Old Skool Flavour on june the 9th! Discover the genuine sound of Chicago in Silo (Leuven). A not to miss opportunity to dive in the Chicago House history, with also Geoffroy, Raoul, Pierre, Trish & Kash.
by Nicolas
17 April 2000 - Young Gods Back in Belgium
Big news for the industrial-freaks: The Young Gods will come on the second of june to Belgium. Their new CD will be promoted by their European tour. The only belgian concert will take place in The Steeple in Waregem. It’s been almost 4 years since they played their latest gig in Belgium. Plenty of reasons for not missing this unique happening. The Young Gods have already made 6 albums since they started in 1985. Their music wich is catalogued under industrial-new-wave, is a huge combination of electronic-sounds, heavy guitars and upwhiping rythms. What they perform is a pigheaded sound that never bores. Because of their leaden cracked riffs, they already built a cultreputation. This trio is leaded by Franz Treichler, the singer and head of the group. For a few years they were very quiet, but now they are back. Don’t say you were not warned! Ticket info: or on phone: 056.61 13 54 - @ The Steeple - Waregem
25 March 2000 - Boccaccio reopens its doors after 8 years!
No flyers, no news in magazines (except gossips and blablabla everywhere since few monthes), promoted only on ultra commercial TopRadio: Boccaccio reopens in Destelbergen!! The only true symbol of the birth of electronic music scene in Belgium takes back its place at original venue, near Gent. Boccaccio was between 1987 and 1992 the main House club of Belgium, under music selections of Eric Beysens and Oliver Pieters, with more than 5000 people every sunday evening, giant fields full of international cars all around (Italy, France, Holland, UK,...), and closing on monday afternoon. Back in 1992, it has been closed by Destelbergen authorities because of strong troubles with neighbours and usual drug accusations. Since then, the name has been sold to Pharao club (Halen/Diest) which tried to recover the reputation of extraordinary and historical Bocca, but without success because nobody can buy the past with just crap. Now the real Bocca has open its doors on sunday 23rd of april. Even almost without any promotion, there was a huge queue to get in (2 hours waiting!!). Boccaccio Life closes at 5:00 and is supposed to reopen every week-end (but we need more info to be sure about next dates). Music at reopening used to be the same than in 1992... So, no New Beat but the early Trance sounds we used to hear there right before the closure. (Boccaccio, 5 Solariumsdreef - Destelbergen. Near the crosspoint of E17 & R4, 10 min. from E40). Last news 23rd of may 2000: those two reopening nights where managed by TopRadio. It will happend again, but only once a month, maximum. Keep in touch with us, as soon as we get the info, we'll put it in the agenda. Latest news may 2001: now Boccaccio seems to be open very often, but under another name... such as "mega house temple" or something... I try to catch the info but it seems they really don't do lot of promotion.
by Nicolas
28 February 2000 - Reduced price for Jungle at AB
So if you mean to go at the "It's Like a Jungle" night at Ancienne Belgique on 11th of march, you'd probably like to save some cash, isn't it? 600 Bf at the door? Ouch! You prefer 350? Ok! Then go at the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (17 Sainctelette square - 1000 Brussels, before 16:00) and get a "Cultuurwaardenbon". Then you just buy your ticket at AB in presale (110 bd Anspach laan - 1000 Brussels) and YOU SAVE 250 Bf CASH! More info on phone : 02/208.02.23 - 02/208.02.00 Jungle Infosource and radio:
by Nicolas Noctis
25 February 2000 - New Ragga/R'nB/Drum'n Bass club in Gent
Now every friday in Gent, a new club is opening its gates for Funk, Hip Hop, Ragga, R'nB, Soul and Drum'n Bass! The Royal club, 174 Afrikalaan - 9000 Gent (next to Dampoort station)
by Nicolas
25 February 2000 - Brussels 2000 sponsored by Total
Brussels 2000, the big organisation that targets to make of Brussels the main cultural centre of Europe, is the source of lot of critics. Elitism is one of the subjects of those critics, as well as the fact that the enormous cash fund is given again to the same who had the subsidies before... well... all that is only a question of point of view. But what seems to be really strange is that Brussels 2000 is sponsored by Total that is under boycott since a few monthes for its attitude in the Erika scandal (oil slick in french Britain) and for its economical links with countries such as Birmania where human rights don't even exist. Is that the way Brussels authorities choosed to increase the belgian popularity? Do they wish a world definitely ruled by economists? Or do they think it's enough to claim against Haider? One thing is to tell... another thing is to act.
by Nicolas
22 February 2000 - One of the two attackers caught
There has been a great party on 19th of feb. in Brussels with 1000 ppl, hip hop floor with Rival + a crazy House set by Gilb'R from Paris on groundfloor. But a girl has been injured outside of the party, and police came to find the guys who did that. Police did not stop the party itself. But the girl has been raped by two boys in the neighbour parking. The party manager decided then themselves (it was 6 in the morning) to stop the party and to let people go out one by one. Thanks for that, one of the two guilty boys has been found. Some tell there has been a fight in the party, that is NOT true: the internal security has been perfectly done. (all that concerns the Worldwide party in Brussels at hippodrome of Boistfort/Bosvoorde)
by regular Noctis user
22 February 2000 - Gun shots at La Planète
A dispute between a group of young people and the doormen of a bar called "the Planet" (Marché aux Fromage / Kaasmarkt - 1000 Brussels) turned bad on weekend of February 10. One of the guards showed out a weapon and drew a shot in direction of the teenagers. There is no casualty, but the gatekeeper (who's in escape) is actively wanted to explain his gesture.
by Nicolas
21 February 2000 - - Eskimo is dead = new club BelMondo
-selected in the "Users Shouts"- After 3 crazy years of success and multiplicity of styles (4 to 7000 people for each event at the factory, 3 to 6 rooms with House, Pop, Hip Hop, R'nB, Drum'n Bass and Ragga), Eskimo stops it's way and turns on the new Belmondo club. The name is of course inspired by Jean-Paul Belmondo: Flic Sans Pitié, Criminel Audacieux, Playboy Malgré Soi, Toujours Supercool, Toujours Supersexy, l’Homme Fort, Dur et Tendre du Cinéma Français. And it's also a reference to Bel Mondo: Beau Monde, Beautiful Party People… No big line-up, but a true funny party for maximum 1200 people. Music will be a compilation of the best tunes from all times by deejays Jean & Paul et Alain & Delon (formerly known as M&B and T&D). But we can't say more about that. The event will take place in the sacred S.M.A.K.-museum in the Gentse Citadelpark … anotha mystery to enlight! Also the ‘lounge area’ will be a new rendez-vous obligé for people who want to slacken on the music of Tom Jones & co with playboys smoking cigarillos and femmes fatales slowly walking under their hungry eyes. Première? Saturday 26 february 2000.
by regular Noctis user
21 February 2000 - Fire at Macckenzie club
It destroyed part of the dancing, but there were no one inside. The firemen of Ath and Beloeil went on the spot to fight against the propagation of the flames. No more news yet.
by Nicolas
20 February 2000 - PP Café? No trespass!
On a friday night at the beginning of february, a man arrived at PP Café (rue Van Praet str.- Brussels) and has been refused by doormen because "arabs, blacks and yougoslavians are not welcome here". You can imagine he looked mediterranean. So, the visitor asked them to meet the manager. The only answers were the blows carried by one of the gatekeepers with his walkie-talkie while another opened the eyes of the victim to project paralysing gas on it. This type of behaviour is unacceptable. Ok, it's not easy to make a selection based on the style. It is necessary to be a psychologist and bodyguard at the same time. But the behaviour of the gatekeepers accurately follows the commands given by the owner of the place... and doing a selection based on the original race is absolutely scandalous. Violence for nothing must STOP! And the governmental training for doormen is only a half-solution.
by Nicolas
14 January 2000 - Megarave in Heizel/Heysel
A mega rave is announced for 22nd of april 2000, featuring Jeff Mills (USA), Laurent Garnier (Fr), Sven Väth (Germany), Dave Clarke (UK), Psychogene (Neuroleptic), Trish (Fuse), Yves Deruyter, Push (live),... @ Forest/Vorst National concerthall - Brussels
by Nicolas
14 January 2000 - Carl Craig isn't Talking Loud enough
Carl Craig (Planet E, Detroit) has been signed last year by Talking Loud label (UK) for his "Innerzone Orchestra" Jazz project. But it seems that it hasn't been successful enough... According to several people in the music industry, Innerzone Orchestra did not bring enough proceeds to please the label. Then Talking Loud just announced Carl that the next Innerzone's remixes would not be on their label anymore. It's hard to be refined.
by Nicolas
06 January 2000 - Fill Collins club goes in Leuven
After a successfull year in Antwerp with more than a thousand people every friday, Peter (the creator of Fuse, I Love Techno, ...) just decided to create a second Fill Collins, but in Leuven. So now, every saturday you'll find Fill Collins at Silo (29a Vaartkom - 3000 Leuven, near ring) with Stephanie, and a Funk room with Cosmic and Sake! + note of 14th of january - the queue has been really long for that event... total success.
by Nicolas
28 December 1999 - Oldest European Deejays Radioshow Stops!
First, there was "Acid Story" from 1988 to 1992... where the first House deejays spinned live once every 2 monthes on Radio Campus Brussels. The show "Some Like it House" started in summer 1992 (also on Campus) to guest deejays weekly and to offer the multiplicity of the styles generated by electronic music. It has in the studios (regularly): Poltergeist - Louis - Damien - Regis - Alain Freestyle - Bart - Skander - Mi-K - Michel Traxx - Murvin Jay - Olivier Gosseries - JOS - Mr Bolan - Marko - FX - Philarmonix - D-Jack - Pat Vision - Acid Kirk - Deg- Seal Phuric - Danny V. - Denis - Luc - Adam Brooks - Steve Cop - Koenie - Sandra - Pierre - Trish - Didier Darimont - Mike V. - Katrien Klausing - Geoffroy - Raoul - Gaetan - Exocet - Benjamin - Neil - Rumble - Usual Suspect - Carlos - Steph X - Unit-E "@ jected" - Toxic R-8 - Popane - MBX - Ian - Lenad - Morpheus - Kevin - Crol' - Tofke - Paul - Eric D. - Psychogene - Jane V8 - Mo & Benoelie - Wontime - Stephanie - Yves-E-Zone - Peter Boonen - T-Quest - Vincenzo Binci - Sven - Isabelle - Eric Beysens - Spoetnik - Eddie - Steph VDB - Philippe Traikos - Lukas and tons of other belgian deejays. As internationals: Jeremy Healy (1992), Fanon Flowers (Detroit), Armando (Detroit), Stacey Pullen (Detroit), Mike Dunn (Chicago), Gemini (Chicago), Common Factor (Chicago), Frambo (London), Angel Ruiz (Ibiza), ... But neighbours are the worst thing which could fight against a radioshow. So, it's because of a neighbours affair that Some Like It House stops its story. And no one at Radio Campus tried to protect the show or to find a midway. Then it stops. Sad end for a legendary show. To be continued on another station or on the web? We'll see!
by Nicolas
23 December 1999 - Paul Van Dijk didn't come!
By a regular Noctis user: "I can confirm your suspicion on Paul VanDijk not coming to Zilveren Spoor in Moorsele. There has been a discussion about that on Belrave mailing list and I'll paste some of the posts. "Regarding Belgium, we haven't confirmed a new gig. Maybe in April / May but that's not confirmed yet. You can find Paul's next gigs on our homepage Paul van Dyk will spin in Sheffield for Gatecrasher on NYE and not in Belgium." "The promotors asked PvD about 7 months ago whether he would play at their Millenium Party. They got an 'okay' from the booking agency "If the artist agreed". And 'the contract would be send in due time". They heared nothing 'till end of October so they figured this would be okay, and they made the flyers WITH PvD's name on it. Not very smart without a 100% confirmation... In November they get a fax stating that Paulie boy will not be attending... So they give a flyer design WITHOUT PvD on it to OutSoon. Hence the confusion. So, PvD is NOT coming." "Paul Van Dyck and Psychogene are not playing and are replaced by TC Brain and myself. The organisation apparantly is not planning to do something about the information (mistakes) on the flyer. I was already booked three months ago, so they knew it already in advance." (Mail from DJ Spacid (FGA)) U can draw your conclusion about PVD (not) coming, and about the organisation."
by a friendly regular Noctis user
22 December 1999 - Free Drum'n Bass New Year!
Boups Kru strikes back with another free party including the roughest Drum'n Bass & Jungle sounds. Probably the unique opportunity to get a free New Year (except Brussels Grand'Place of course). Just get the information on the BoupsRadio website... or call on friday the 31st at 0496.31 28 08 (or 0495.35 55 70) after 20:00.
by Nicolas Noctis
22 December 1999 - The Scene is closed
It was first a gossip (25th of November), then it has been confirmed by BCM members... the club of Zzinno has been closed by it's official owner: Le Carré. Scene club still exists, but as a commercial mainstream club and with another name. It seems that The Scene did not get enough cash to please the boss. Mmmh... The Scene - Oudenaarde. Link to their site here.
by Nicolas
21 December 1999 - Hilarious razzia at Obelix club
The Police of Antwerp did last week-end an unexpected control at Obelix club located on Frankrijklei. They found six laughing gas bottles, and noted that the owner of the club was distributing balloons of this gas to all the customers. To own some of this gas is not prohibited in the country, but its sale and its distribution are prohibited over the Antwerps district because of its explosiveness and the absence of information relating to it. The only thing is: I would give millions to be there at the moment police arrived... hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe hihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihihi hohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohohoho hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha ... what a funny razzia!
by Nicolas
21 December 1999 - Never Underestimate the Unscrupulous Nature of Sony
Once, a guy from Sony Germany bought the "Knights Of The Underground" EP written by Rolando on U.R. famous label from Detroit, including the tune "Knights of the Jaguar".
That A&R manager just immediately wanted to licence it for a Sony compilation. But... problem was that UR strictly refuses any work and any relationship with the majors. What you have to know for understanding how far it goes is that UR means Underground Resistance, and is a symbol of integrity in the whole electronic music industry. They never accepted to be commercialized just as common music stuff since they started, back in 1990. Then... what did the Sony manager? He just covered the track note by note and made it done by another musician under the name "Jaguar". This is a sample of the email he sent to Rolando and Mike Banks (the creator of UR): "The philosophy of Underground Resistance not to cooperate with the industry is well known. Your title names like 'Message To The Majors' and the liner notes on your records are not misunderstandable. I understand that you don't want to have any relationship with companies like Sony. Nevertheless we have tried to license the track for a compilation via our vinyl partner Discomania but we did not get a response. As we don't want to be seen as guys who rip off or bootleg a well known track, we have chosen the way of rerecording the track tone by tone. Indeed the new version has lost some of the typical Detroit flavour, what makes me still prefer the original." And he pushes the dark humor saying "I still prefer the original". What a bitter and unrespectfull sense of music business. The only question is "who's next?".
by Nicolas
20 December 1999 - We don't want another Zero
The millenium bug works well! Will Mad max begin on January first? Nobody knows, but some already take their precautions. First: Goldie (the Jungle Master from London) which will spend New Year's eve in a bunker, somewhere in UK. Then Jérôme Bonaldi (French TV speaker, here talking on Europe 1) who also announces a travel in protected area, just the time of the new-year... or of apocalypse. Take care! Limited seats available!
by Nicolas
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