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25 September 2005 - Coming up next: Groove City
The concept is back for the 5th edition on 26 November at Kartexpo in Brussels. And this year will be as big as I Love Techno was in 2001. Even wider, since they'll get Drum'n Bass and House music too!
Check this:
-- Drum'n Bass: Ed Rush & Optical, Shameboy, Brekbit, Zinc & Jenna G
-- Techno & Electro: Jeff Mills, Luke Slater, Kevin Saunderson, Monika Kruse, Electronation featuring Terry Toner
-- House: David Morales, Ian Pooley, Slam, Todd Terry
and many more in Techno, House and Drum'n Bass.

In the 4 rooms, you can guess for 20.000 party people, and a huge huge atmosphere. The door-damage will be 24 Eur. (presales = 19 Eur)

When it started, back in 2001, nobody really figured how big Groove City could grow. And it was almost the only massive event featuring a Drum'n Bass room. Kindof a serious challenge that finally reached its goal with 15.000 ravers and a true atmosphere, and came back every year since then. It's now probably the only serious challenger to I Love Techno.

More news about it here soon.

http://www.skynetgroovecity.be
by Nico
24 September 2005 - All artists at I Love Techno
Now it's public and confirmed. The 10 Years edition of I Love Techno will see the pioneers alongside the upcoming stars of the planet Techno. Check the list:
Underworld live (UK), Dave Clarke (UK), Tiga (Germany), Super Discount 2 live (Fr), Richie Hawtin (Canada), Sven Väth (Germany), Miss Kittin (Fr), Derrick May (da one from Detroit, the nest of Tech), Vitalic live (Fr), Collabes live (Chris Liebing & Speedy J), Adam Beyer, T.Raumschmiere live, Matthew Dear live, Robert Hood (the wild one from Chicago), Magda, The Glimmers (Mo & Benoelie), Tobi Neumann, T-Quest, Fixmer & McCarthy live, André Galluzzi, Dr Lektroluv, DJ Bone, Christian Smith, Troy Pierce live, Deg, Rony Rohr live, Pierre, Naughty, Tom Hades live, Jan Van Biesen, Spacid, and Franco Cangelli.

Wowow... who's gonna have enough ears for all that sound? :-) Guess easily for 30.000 party people... and 36 € as a presale (so, probably 45 at the door, if it's not sold out before).

A big list of great names in Techno and Electro, many true masters of the worldwide scene, a continental sized event. What can we say? The story continues.

http://www.ilovetechno.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
21 September 2005 - 303: the birth of Acid Sounds
We won't bother you often with music-technical related stuff, studio engineering etc... but if you love Acid Techno, Acid House, or even Psytrance and Breakbeat, you really should know about what is a TB 303, the electronic keyboard created by Roland in 1982. And if you want to watch a fantastic description of how the Acid sound arrived to us through the years and this small machine... then watch this Quicktime Video report. It's a great compilation of all the basic informations about the bassline-keyboard TB 303. A rich half an hour full of sounds and deejay names. There : TB 303 Video [quicktime player]
by Galahad
20 September 2005 - 10 Nov: the doors of Paradise
Since 1991, when Peter and Patrick went back from Ibiza with this new concept, Paradise was filling the Cafe d'Anvers with fat House and Tech sounds, excess atmospheres and a real deco. Inviting Danny Rampling, Jeremy Healy, Remy from Den Haag, Dimitri from Amsterdam, and many other international deejays alongside our national champions Koenie, Steve Cop, Kenneth or Geoffroy, with often 2000 people in the club, the 4 Paradise nights per year went legendary. But it suddenly vanished in the late 90's because Peter was too busy with his Fuse club and the "I Love Techno" concept, and because Patrick was far away in Ibiza to create the "Kilometre Cinquo" bar-club. Then came the years without any Paradise... something was really missing.

In 2003 Patrick Soks went back in Belgium for the winter, and decided to give a one-kick event... the rebirth of Paradise. That party in October 2003 was so huge and gathered so many people that a comeback was obviously awaiten. So was the message ... and Paradise came back a second time in November 2004, for another great success, bringing the right party music to the right party people.

And... but this was now easy to guess... Paradise will shake it again! On Thursday 10 November at night, with the groovy Laurent Garnier, Graham (Pacha Ibiza, KM5 Ibiza) and Voijtas (also directly from KM5 Ibiza).
No doubt that Laurent Garnier will play some of his classics ou of his collector box as he did in the previous editions.

I stop here. But be there. ;-)

http://www.cafedanvers.com
by Nicolas
17 September 2005 - How many kilos of music?
Yes yes, it's that time again.The KiloSales are back at the recordshop USA Import in Antwerp! So, Save every euro you find, stop drinkin stop smoking, live cheap and loot your bank account... all for music.
That means that all records will be sold by the kilo.The more you weigh The more you play.
This will happen on Saturday the 17th of september from 12h till 19h at the shop, 75 Sint Jacobsmarkt - 2000 Antwerp
http://www.usaimportmusic.be
by Kiloman
16 September 2005 - Are you a recycling designer?
The "looplab" is looking for 10 designers. During 6 weeks, ten creators will receive material, tools, space, and budget to create appealing and viable products on basis of industrial leftovers...
Loop leaves the traditional conception process behind : the material research comes before the project (conception tends to rely first on available materials and their possible combinations).

The boredom resulting from mass-consumption has led to a demand for originality, soul and uniqueness. The former life of a product becomes an valuable argument, but only if the ergonomical, practical and esthetic side of the product are fully adapted to an urban and contemporary lifestyle.

LoopLab combines these issues with a challenge to make a product realisable in a matter of minutes, with a budget of a few Euros.

Plan B - Tav. Loop - Kazernestraat 37 - 1000 Brussels

http://www.looplab.be
by Looplab Kom
13 September 2005 - NEW: français & nederlands
Après des années en anglais "à la belge"... NOUVEAU: vous pouvez ajouter vos infos nocturnes en français et néerlandais sur Noctis.com -- (nu ook beschikbaar in het nederlands... hier al mogelijk. Stuur maar door. ;-)

Bien entendu il y a une modération par nos soins pour éviter de sortir du cadre des infos nocturnes, mais il était temps que ça débarque sur Noctis.

http://www.noctis.com/info-en-francais

http://www.noctis.com/info-nederlands

by Galahad
12 September 2005 - Nuit Blanche is back - 1 Oct in Brussels
Yeh! That's back and full of fruity parties! This year it's no less than 6 parties that are announced in the most unexpected places. Bulex + Nemo + Crema-e-Gusto + Steph X + Ar'n Besk (Hydra Drum has been cancelled) ... All for a 5 € pass... plus many free concepts without pass. All those parties are created by some of the best organisers in town, and it should offer one of the widest exhibition of night musics to everyone.

But that's not it... you can count on many shows, visits of unusual locations, and even a "University of the Night" at the Brussels Chamber, where manytopics will be discussed... such as mobility, neighborhood, security, culture, economy of the night, etc etc.

The parties:

-- at the Royal Library/Bibliothèque Royale:
for the kids, 14h till 20h: Coccinelle Party
Enfants : 2,5 € - Parents : Pass Nuit Blanche

-- in the Galeries Anspach : Crema e Gusto
art and party, sonorités éclectiques.
www.cremaegusto.be

-- at the Cité Administrative de l’Etat: Bulex
culture, red pepper, party and colours... in a large lounge + the garden. 4 themes.
www.bulexasbl.be

-- at Recyclart : Ar ‘n besk by Merhaba asbl
A journey into oriental fusion party music.
www.merhaba.be

HOT! at the Bains de Bruxelles (place du Jeu de Balle): The Pool Club - «Original Caberdouche» by Matrix Art and Steph X (Dali's, Vaudeville) Pool at will! Swim at night!! bodycare, exotic and live music + latinogroovyelectro deejays.a Noctis must see!

-- The Drum party expected at Ravenstein or at the Pool has been *cancelled*. There's an Hydra party on 23 Sept at Kultuur Kaffee, but not anymore at Nuit Blanche.

-- in another hall of the Cité Administrative de l’Etat: Undergroundadventures by N.E.M.O.
with a Danish Techno guest + the residents, Plastic Soul Orchestra, ...
www.undergroundadventures.be

-- Lounge Music along the Kanaal... 10 soundsystems!!
Free ride along the canal, between Porte de Flandres and Dansaert/chée de Gand... open cafés, 10 open air soundsystems playing lounge and chill music. Artificial moons!

http://www.nuitblanche2005.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
08 September 2005 - Noctis on the radio, and in Out Soon
Nicolas is currently writing a history of the Belgian clubbing for Out Soon magazine. It will be published monthly and it starts in the next issue.

Also he'll keep on presenting a frenchspeaking radioshow about the Brussels nightlife every Friday night (since Sept. 2004) on BXL 101.4fm (www.bxl.fm). A change? Yes, now the show will be 2 hours long instead of 1. More newsies, more interviews, more music!

http://www.outsoon.be
by B
01 September 2005 - A US Missile base was for sale
You want an outstanding location? This is a unique spot for a rave camp!
A disused nuclear missile base is for sale in the East of USA, and it's a public auction on Ebay.

 

"The Atlas-F missile base is a rare property consisting in: the main silo itself with an underground tunnel connecting to the Launch Control Center, plus a hut of 4,000 square feet" (great for a 5000 ppl rave with camping and several chillouts).

 

It's a disused underground nuclear missile base, designed to withstand a nuclear attack, built in 1960 and decommissioned in 1965. Most of these properties are rough after 30 years of neglect, but with some clean up and reconstruction inside it could be a nice location for large parties. It is free and clear, and it is ready to be sold immediately.

 

The construction cost of the underground structures in 1960 has been estimated at over $100 million dollars, and the current bid on Ebay is 135.100 dollars (108.428 Eur).
It would be sad to loose such an opportunity to use the Army money for music. :-)
Address is: 67 Missile Base Road, Champlain NY, which is 2 miles from the Canadian border.

 

You can also make your home there... it's one of the strongest structures ever build by man, and even a wind of 800 km/h could not destroy it. You'll be safe.

update 12 sept 2005: the item has been sold and is not online anymore on ebay.com

http://www.ebay.com
by Galahad
30 August 2005 - 10 Years Floating into Kozzmozz
Kozzmozz is not a big company without a soul... it's a totally handmade castle protecting the soul of electronic musics. It's REALLY it since 1995.
Because everything started on a boat in Gent, back in September 95... the Theaterboot. A fantastic place, nearby Steendam, where Mathias Kerckhof started the parties with the mixes of Stefaan (T-Quest), Mo & Benoelie (The Glimmers), Black Francis and the duet Trish & Kash.
Pure and only Techno ... Detroit Techno, Wave Techno, Acid Techno, but strictly Techno at its highest quality level. They soon invited Kenny Larkin (Detroit), Robert Leiner (Sweden), Adam Beyer, Secret Cinema, or belgian references such as Deg and Acid Kirk (BWP collective). Mathias and his partners ran about a dozen Kozzmozz nights there. But in 1997 the public went to be so big that they had to change their venue, the boat was getting really too small.

That's how they came to the Internationaal Congress Centrum (ICC), and turned the large Kuipke hall into a heaven of electronic sounds for several years. It was just revolutionary. Just to name a few guests in those years: Dave Angel, Richard Bartz, Slam, Pure Science, Marco Carola, Anthony Rother, Mike Dredd, Thomas Chrome, DJ Hell, Rush live, Damon Wild ... and of course, a pillar of the UK Techno: Mr C.

That was the rise with no fall... and since the people was following, Kozzmozz then started to produce events in Drum'n Bass (with Doc Scott, Grooverider, Brekbit, Millenium Kru, Wontime), Electro (Swayzak, I-F, Spacid, Joost de Lijser), House (Geoffroy, Koenie, Raoul), or even Chillout with Pete Namlook live or dj Morpheus.

Seriously mates, they really moved their ass to reach that level. And they took some cold baths too... or maybe you remember the House-Torhout festival that unfortunately appenened only twice. That was an expensive fun for them, which could have killed the organisation. But hey... it needs more than a festival to kill Kozzmozz.

In the meantime they created subsections for the several music styles: Star Warz, Elektron, Muzzic, and many more concepts providing the futuristic sounds of our planet, usually at Vooruit ballroom. And since 1997, it's obviously one of the four major Techno organisations in Belgium, there is just no doubt about it.
So now what happens? A giant party on 10 September at Vooruit, with Len Faki, Deetron, dj Nasty, and about 15 more deejays. Now, get ready!

pictures by nico: Kozzmozz 2001 @ Kuipke hall

http://www.kozzmozz.com
by Nico
28 August 2005 - France: Great Teknival in Crucey
ex-NATO base
France has finally a free teknival which runs completely well.
Facing the obsessional refusal of the citizens of St-Martial-sur-Isop in Haute-Vienne (where the festival was supposed to be), the authorities had finally given their authorization to install the festival on ex-NATO base of Crucey (not far from Dreux), a field of more than 500 hectares on the border of Eure-et-Loire. And there's right now 50.000 ravers who have danced for two days and will keep on until tomorrow Monday afternoon on the sound of more than 40 soundsystems... Techno, Psytrance, Drum, Gabber and Chillout.

According to the French press today (Sunday 28 Aug), the results seems to be fantastic: very few serious medical problems, way less drugs than the past years editions, and especially an organization which collaborates with the police forces to circumvent the obstacles and to make the most beautiful event possible.

One could criticize Sarkozy (French Minister of Interior Dep.) and he's not always perfect indeed ... but he's the first in France to have established a reasoned discussion with the teknivals and free-techno organizers, so that the situation could change in a better way. It is thanks to him and to the organizers if the organization of a rave is now not only a fight between young people and villagers. Cheer.

The Red Cross, some teams of Samu (medical emergencies), as well as representatives of Medecins du Monde (MDM) are also present on the festival.

In the first chosen village, the advertisement of the Teknival had caused the mobilization of elected officials and local farmers, very upset about the potential impact of that gathering of several thousands on their cultures and environment, despite the promise of cash refunding for the requisitioned grounds. Anyway, the organizers of the festival recently also expressed their preference for another area, if possible an unused field or owned by the French State. That's what finally happened... fortunately.
And there was no police repression there... only controls on the road, which was easy to guess and probably better to avoid car-crashs on the way back. (776 controlled cars on Sunday, 14 drunk drivers caught)

A great Teknival in Crucey? Nice one. :-)

http://www.darkkorp.net
by Galahad
23 August 2005 - 30 July: Czech Police repression = 1 kid has been killed for a party
On the videolink you can watch the police attacking the party. Hear the gun shots, watch the tear-gas, point at the blood. That was 30 July 2005 in Tsjechische Republic Tchèque, at the Czechtek Festival. A free teknival, entirely legal as there was a contract, and the field was rented. But apparently, the State Authorities didn't like it much. Blood. Sweat. Tears. And a young man lost his life under the wheels of a vehicle.

Is that the Europe that we want? Is that the kind of freedom restrictions we'll see in the future?

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A boy is dead because he was dancing in a party, and do you see that in our newspapers? on our televisions? Not a word. That's kinda shocking, and that's why we have to spread that news... tell it to your friends! Repeat this so it couldn't happen again, in Czech Republic or in our areas.

A boy is dead... and what says Jiří Paroubek, Prime Minister of Czech Republic? "We have to count with disturbance of environment care and elementary hygiene starting with spreading AIDS, Jaundice, Salmonella etc… and ending up with infesting whole locality with trash and litter."
Should we understand that Techno lovers spread more AIDS and Ebola than other music lovers? Woaw. Impressive conclusion. We'd like to know where Mr Paroubek found that scientific source.

Very short video of the attack: http://fernet.kbx.cz/action/records.php?idrecord=113
5 minutes of unacceptable Police violence: (needs Quicktime... it's a 'mov')
http://cluster-superhosting.policejnistat.cz/3ka.mov

Official website of the Czechtek festival:
"You may stop the party, but you can't stop the future" !!! http://czechtek.freetekno.org/

Un bon résumé en français / in French: http://www.e-torpedo.net/article.php3?id_article=389

All pictures: http://kait.fucksheep.org/c23chtek05/
and www.techno.cz by T-Rex

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http://czechtek.freetekno.org/
by Nico
23 August 2005 - Culture Club for sale? Not anymore!
Hey... that was fast! According to Moyersoen office, Culture Club has already been sold to a new owner. We don't know who, or anything about the sale, but now it's done and signed. Let's see the results in September. [thanks 2 Coconut for the info].

11 August, we wrote:
Wanna buy a club to your love? That is now official since a few days, a curator is looking forward for someone to buy the Culture Club.
Nicely crowded on Saturday, hosting the famous 'Body to Body' nights, and running two stages at the Tomorrow Land festival, the money really seemed to be flowing in Culture Club (Afrikalaan - Gent) which quiclkly profiled itself as one of the best clubs in Europe, on the edge of Electro-House. But actually the debts piled up badly.

The financial problems weren't apparently really new. The judge already broke the contract between BelMondo (the staff managing the Culture Club) and the company which was owner of the club, because they didn't pay the loan for some time.

So, now you can see on the Moyersoen real-estate website a complete discotheque for sale. Three dancing rooms with professional sound and lightshow. The sale even mentions all furniture and equipment including the deejay booth and 68 cases of beer.

If they don't succeed to find a new owner and to conclude a new lease, all goods will be sold to the highest bid. But the curator Koen Steenbrugge says that there are already several candidate to take over the Culture Club. (our question: is Clear Channel one of them? or ID&T? or maybe Kozzmozz?)

According to Het Nieuwsblad, whenever the club manager Rudy Victor Ackaert didn't say anything about what actually went financially wrong, it seems that the staff keeps a strong hope to reopen the club just as it was, by the end of September.

Important: their 2 stages at the Tomorrow Land festival remain perfectly confirmed, no problem about that.

<- these pictures resized from Moyersoen website

Original source article in Het Nieuwsblad.

http://www.moyersoen.be/moyersoen/TeKoop.aspx?lang=en&id=271
by Nico from Nieuwsblad/FactorX
18 August 2005 - Dirty... and Hurry
Very fast come back for Dirty Dancing indeed, on Saturday 20 August with the top level pyromaniac deejays Slam from Scotland (Orde Meikle & Stuart McMillan), and Riton which is one of the new pillars of the English Electrohouse scene.
Actually Dirty Dancing club announced to be closed until September, but it seems that 5 weeks silent was enough to them. And guess who's coming on 10 Sept? Felix da Housecat for sure. Hurry up! Have a dirt!
38 chaussée de Louvain / Leuvensesteenweg - 1210 Brussels (near Madou)
http://www.dirtydancing.be
by Galahad
15 August 2005 - Light up the Petrol !
Since a year every Friday and Saturday, Petrol, the club created in Antwerpen by 5voor12 organisation (10 Days Off), is really on the edge of innovative clubbing.
Their secret? The musical blend! Not only one style of music, but Rock + Acid + Funk + House + Breakbeat + Drum'n Bass + Electro + Hip Hop + Punk! And not only deejays, but also live concerts such as Brooks, Ed Rush and Optical, Booka Shade, Juliette Lewis, Therapy, Marc Moulin, Panache Culture, Seymour Bits, Gold Chains, t'Hof Van Commerce, or coming soon: Ghinzu and Mud Flow on 26 Sept, and Admiral Freebee on 5 November 2005.

But new: Petrol is now Petrol Deluxe for the summer edition until september, with an additional outdoor tent to reach the heat of the night. So... are you eclectic enough? Aright... then Tank a lot of that fuel!

21 d'Herbouvillekaai - Antwerpen-Zuid - 8 Eur before midnight - 12 Eur after midnight.

http://www.5voor12.be/petrol/
by Nicolas Deckmyn
13 August 2005 - Alcohol in our gens, drunk as a fly?
Little is known about the human alcohol and drug tolerance. One thing is sure: alcohol resistance is sometimes similar and inherited from the parents. That's why 13 scientists of the University of California are studying the fruit fly "Drosophila" (which has many similarities with human... despites the first look) to help establish the links between genes and drug or alcohol-induced behaviors.

What does that mean? That they drugged flies!
"After exposure to ethanol, flies display signs of hyperactivity, incoordination, followed by sedation and hypnosis. In addition, flies develop tolerance to ethanol and undergo 'withdrawal-like' symptoms upon ethanol removal." (ethanol is the lab substitute to alcohol)
So, junk flies really exist!

But that's not the end. We all know that some people get easily drunk with a few drinks, and some others need large amounts of alcohol. As well as some drunk people have a happy behaviour when some others have a violent, or a sad behaviour. Well, the UCSF scientists also work on ifentifying the DNA gens of the flies having different types of reactions. And they succeeded! Last monday in Nature.com, the laboratory announced they found out the right gene of high alcohol tolerance... and they named it Hangover.

"A gene that helps flies deal with stress also makes them tolerant to repeated alcohol intake, scientists have found. The researchers say that humans probably have a similar gene, which could help to explain some cases of alcoholism and possibly even lead to a treatment." says the magazine.

So they started to work fly genomes to eliminate synaptic transmission in specific brain regions ... and it worked! The flies with no 'Hangover' had no resistance to ethanol at all. Now they also study the responses to other psychostimulants such as cocaine and nicotine.

Pr Ulrike Heberlein says that such genes could be used to help identify people at risk of becoming alcoholics. The ultimate goal would be to identify potential drug targets to treat alcoholism. "Once you understand how tolerance works, you can potentially interfere with it pharmacologically."

Fantastic isn't? But it will also probably lead to another kind of restricted freedom for some people in the future. What about the kids identified as "low-tolerant to alcohol", will that stand on our identity cards?

http://www.ucsf.edu/neurosc/
by Nicolas Deckmyn
06 August 2005 - Line-up ILT 2005 - update
I Love Techno 2005 is coming on Sat. 12 November. Presale tickets will be sold at 36 €. Confirmed artists (from official ILT website) are:
Dave Clarke, Matthew Dear live, Robert Hood (UR), DJ Bone, Magda, Naughty, T.Raumschmiere live, Tiga, Nathan Fake live, Sven Väth, Tony Rohr live, Miss Kittin, Collabs feat. Chris Liebing & Speedy J live, Marco Bailey.
More will be announced soon.
http://www.ilovetechno.be
by Nicolas
05 August 2005 - All In The Woods!! parties & festivals
Do you want to dance in the nature? Ok... what's your choice? Drum'n Bass? Reggae? Techno? Electro? ... here is a short selection of the coming events IN DA WOODS... :) or at least in the nature for the coming two weeks.

Saturday 6 August:
-- Nightscapes FREE open air - Drum'n Bass
Deejays from Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.
Free party! In the afternoon hiphop and graffiti-jam/art-expo
@ Fields/woods, Veedijkstraat - Laakdal
www.nightscapes.be

But also in Brasschaat with a Tech party:
-- Bassphemy open air
About 20 deejays in Techno, Electro, Minimal, House
@ Bassphemy, Woods of Brasschaat, near militair domein - 2930 Brasschaat

Friday 12 August:
-- Forest Rave 5
With Marco Bailey, Tom Hades live, and 6 deejays from Tchecoslovakia & Belgium.
@ Montenau - East Belgium
www.jgv-iveldingen-montenau.be

Saturday 13 August:
-- NEMO/Underground Adventures: Open Air '05
7 Electro & Techno deejays, featuring Plastic Soul & Joost De Lyser
Meeting Point at 'Spoorloos' from 17:00 till 01am with 4 deejays from Dirty Dancing and Blow Up.
@ Spoorloos Station, Leuvensesteenweg 10a - 1970 Wezembeek-Oppem (Tervuren Museum)
www.undergroundadventures.be

And some more cool festivals not to miss:

12 & 13 Aug.
-- Forest Festival - Tech & Drum!
3 stages: Tech-house Techno + Disco Elektro Tech-house + Hip Hop Drum'n Bass Ragga
4 live sets, 3 Hip Hop bands, 19 deejays!
1 day 5 €, 2 days = 10 €. On football field - Papegem (Wetteren/Lokeren)
www.forestfestival.tk

12 & 13 Aug.:
-- Reggae & Ragga Westival
Concerts: Liberty, Skankin', Red Alert, Papa Pedro Entertainment, Lion I (live) + the Westflanders Dancehallqueen Contest
2 day festival with camping, foods, jamaican movies
@ watou, palingstraat - poperinge
www.westival.be

12, 13, 14 Aug:
-- Dance-A-Delic Psytrance Festival
CANCELLED BUT...
(new!) your presale ticket is accepted at Wonderland Festival in Germany !! (all details are in the more recent news on this page)
Full goa & psytrance freaks in the nature!
@ Odeignes, in the Belgian Ardens (E25, exit 50)
Infos: 015 21 15 23 & www.dance-a-delic.be

19 & 20 Aug.:
-- Open Air Digital Musette Festival
With Friday from 17:00: Michael Manteca (Studio 69, Lektroclash), Krook live, Bioxyd, Eurotrashman, Mers, Starn & Jess, Bioshoot ... + Rock & World on Saturday feat Bouldou and the Sticky Fingers (playing Beatles)
+ art expo + food + kids corner
All 100% free entrance.
@ rue Neuville à Saint-Hadelin (sous l'église) - 4877 Olne

..........

Don't forget a pocket electric light... always useful. ;)

by Nicolas Deckmyn
02 August 2005 - Gazon goes Prodigied!
Yes, Leeroy Thornhill, a former member of The Prodigy, will come next Saturday in the parc.
Leeroy Thornhill spent 10 years with the Prodigy on their worldwide tours, numerous festival events and all their "shenanigans". He was the amazing fast dancer you all saw with them in the 90's, a choreographic phenomenon.
Some years ago Leeroy left the band to concentrate on his own productions (Flightcrank), and to restart his deejay career. Remember that he was a deejay for five years before he joined the Prodigy. Next Saturday he should play from Breakbeat to Miami Bass to some original UK Hardcore and collectors. Not to miss, if you're not in a festival somewhere else in Belgium (Geel, Esperanzah, DanceValley,...).

Of course there will be a Drum'n Bass Gazon on Friday.
And of course we're all checking the weather reports every day... for the many parties in the woods (nearby Gent, around Brussels too) or for the Gazon.

Last week, the thunderstorms forced LeGazon to cancel Friday night, but it came back the Saturday for a great musical ceremony lead by the Plastic Soul Orchestra, the Surreal Soundsystem, Seal Phuric, and many more in front of a biiig crowd.

http://www.legazon.be
by Nicolas
01 August 2005 - Dance-A-Delic festival Cancelled ...
The festival will not be moved to Hoeilaart... next D-A-D is 2006.

PRESALES tickets for the D.A.D festival will be accepted at Wonderland Festival in Germany ! (400 km from Belgium, train at 20min)
Sorry for all the Psytrance lovers, but due to the refusal of the local authorities, Dance-A-Delic crew has been forced to cancel the festival on 12, 13 and 14 August.
[!!new: your presale ticket for D.A.D is valid for Wonderland Festival, check here below]
ALL presales tickets not used at Wonderland Fest will be refunded ... but wait a little time please, so they can raise the money to give it back to you.

The concept was great: Goatrance, art, poetry, ethnic music, camping, food, etc, for 3 days in the Ardennes. But it seems that the mayor of Odeigne didn't like it that much.

We really hope this won't kill the Dance-A-Delic organisation, since they've lost a HUGE amount of money in this edition. You want to help them? You know how to help them? Phone them or mail them quickly: 015 211 523. (for refunding, please wait a couple of weeks)

You don't want your money back and you want the music? OK... but it's in Germany, in a magic location. Your presale ticket for D.A.D will be accepted at Wonderland Waldfrieden Festival in Germany. IN A TRUE HIPPIE COMMUNITY AREA!! Artist list is impressive, from Portugal, Australia, New-Zealand, Italy, ... and they took some deejays from D.A.D. too. Check the great website to figure that event. But it's a fair solution! Unless it's in Germany, it's a HUGE Psyfest.
Precise address... Waldfrieden Bergstrasse 32 - 32351 Stemwede-Wehdem, Germany (it's 20min from the train station)
Wonderland Fest website

http://www.dance-a-delic.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
21 July 2005 - Festivals in August: More...
Reggae RAF, Reggae Geel, Esperanzah, Nandrin, Celtic Folk, ... more gathering for your souls. More Peace, More Music (and a bit more sun please). + the complete list of the European festivals we suggest. Camping is the key!

- Reggae Afro Festival 2005:
Friday 13, Sat 14, Sun 15 August ... in a real abbay!
Between Charleroi & Namur.
Some international artists & upcoming Belgian and French names.
Camping and market.
With: Abbey Sound, Blakkahill Sound, Ionyouth Sound + concerts by Mongozo, Pretchel Dave, Planete Bleue, Extinguish, Original Barbershop, Skamura Munchies, John Chris, Surinam Control, Narayana, Root'System, and the Moonraisers
3 days = 25 € ::: Sunday only = 15 €
Website: Reggae Afro Festival 2005.

- Reggae Geel 2005:
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August 2005... open air area near Zandstraat, outside the city of Geel (E313).
Camping and accomodations... rasta & hippie atmosphere. 15.000 ppl
Line-up features many Jamaican names: Skatroniks, Bob Andy, Gentleman, Cecile, T.O.K., The I-Threes (!!! Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths & Judy Mowatt backed by Jah Messenger Band featuring Dean Frasier), 18" Corner, Jah Youth (full set), King Shiloh (full set), Jah Shaka (Shiloh set), Selvie Wonder & Lion I, Bass Culture, Bong Productions, Boom a Ranks, Far West Crew, Kings of Swing, Skylarking, and more!
Website: Reggae Geel 2005.

- Dance Valley 2005:
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August 2005... massive electrnic dance festival on an open air area near Velsen (Amsterdam).
Carl Cox, Derrick May, Deep Dish, Erick Pridz, Lisa Lashes, Agoria, Tiefschwarz, Infected Mushroom,... + 140 deejays from all over the world.
Website: DanceValley 2005.

- Esperanzah 2005:
Friday 5 & Saturday 6 August 2005... world & folk festival in a college/abbey + world-market & food, mostly open air near Floreffe (Namur).
Actually this festival is one of its kind, presenting a very hippie-like atmosphere with a very open list of artists. The complete line-up is in the Noctis Agenda: 5 and 6 August 2005.
A big folk-hippie festival stood on the same location in 1976, 77 and 79... "Le Temps Des Cerises".
Website: Esperanzah 2005.

- Nandrin 2005:
nearby Liège... 5, 6 & 7 August 2005
Line-up features among others: Babylon circus, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Orishas, Ozark Henry, Vaya Con Dios, Buscemi, Hollywood Porn Stars, Joe Cocker, Alter Ego, Anthony Rother, Rinocerose, 69ers, ...
Website: Nandrin 2005

- Celtic Folk Festival:
12, 13, 14 August 2005 in the city of Ham, not far from Leuven
Line-up features: Mike Marriott, Paco Diatta (Senegal), Daraduna trio, Touche de Beauté, Ballroom Quartet, Julie Murphy (UK), Naragonia, Loubistok (Ukraine), Minuit Guibolles (Fr), ...
Website: Celtic Folk Festival

Le Temps des Pommes
Sat. 10 September 2005 in Blanmont (Brabant). 15 €, free for kids younger than 12.
with plenty of festive Folk concerts, street theatre, local food, peaceful atmosphere and apples everywhere. Until 1 or 2 am.
Le Temps des Pommes

Also, and that's just a list of what we wish you to see, in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy and Spain:
* Nyon festival. July in Switzerland.
* Feesten in't Park
* Eurockéennes de Belfort
* Astropolis festival (big and great) in Brest (Fr)
* Impulsives festival in the Médoc (Fr)
* Splash in Marseille
* Electronik'Art Festival in Nanterre (Fr)
* Elektrophonie (Nuit Bleue) in Franche-Comté (Fr)
* Ja'Sound in Bagnols-sur-Cèze (Fr)
* Electromind in Montpellier (Fr)
* Printemps de Bourges (more and more electronic) (Fr)
* Transmusicales de Rennes (not that great since 3 years) (Fr)
* FICA festival in Spain at Villanueva de la Serena
* Sonar festival in Barcelona
* Benicassim festival in Spain
* Rototom Sunsplash in Italy (Reggae)
* Solidays in Paris (Reggae)
* Summerjam Reggae in Cologne/Köln
* Francofolies de La Rochelle (following best or worse years)
* Jazz festival in Vienne, in Southern-France
* Reggae Geel (access by E313)
* Reggae Sunjam in Eindhoven
* Chiemsee Reggae Summer in Germany
* Splash Reggae in Germany
* Antilliaanse Feesten of course
* Gentse Feesten (crowdy and free)
* festival d'Avignon (750 theatre shows per day, mostly Frenchspeaking. from cheap to expensive)
* Fringe Festival (300 theatre shows per day, all in English) in Edimburg
* Lyric Opera festival in Arles (expensive)
* Les Pierres Levées in France
* les Vieilles Charrues in France
* les Fest Noz en Bretagne (traditionnal)
* Celtic-Folk festival nearby Leuven
* and some told us also about the Temps des Pommes in Wallonia.

by Nicolas
21 July 2005 - Do you believe in Tomorrow?

Everybody wants to clone the Dance-Valley in Belgium, but it's not as easy as it seems. To gather all the dance styles in one giant festival for tens of thousands ravers is not a small job. Especially in Belgium where it's hard to balance between commercial and non-commercial dance music. We already saw some tryouts in the late 90's, "Cirque d'Anvers" in 99 and 2000, "Clubland" in 2001, "House Torhout" also in 2001, "Antwerp is Burning" more recently, and even "I Love Techno" gave a try for a summer edition in 2003. But none found the key to the public as DanceValley did since 11 years near Amsterdam with its 60.000 to 80.000 party people.

Now it's the turn of ID&T, the Dutch organisation behind Thunderdome/Mystery Land/Sensation and many massive and successful commercial events in Holland, to attempt a takeover of that empty field... with the help of the former AntwerpIsBurning staff.
Six Belgian clubs and organisations are part of the event: Versuz, Q-Dance, Kozzmozz, Café d'Anvers, Black Hole, plus the Cocoon (the Sven Vath's club in Germany), all spread over 9 stages. But hey, nothing could land without a good line-up, so that has been the big job for the last 4 months:

Tomorrow stage: Sasha - Ferry Corsten - M.I.K.E. - Ghost - Ronald Van Gelderen
Cocoon stage: Sven Väth - Ada live - Richard Bartz live - Toni Rios - Pascal Feos - Marco Bailey - Josh Wink (USA)
Kozzmozz stage: The Advent live, Monika Krüse, T-Quest, Kozz, Secret Cinema (!!!), Cyrix, Andre Galuzzi
Q-Dance stage: Yoji Biomechanika (Jp), Technoboy, Promo, Yves De Ruyter, The Prophet (Nl), Luna, Coone vs Dark E, Darkraver (Nl), Pavo
Culture Club stage 1: Felix Da Housecat, Erol Alkan, Justice, Starski & Tonic, Fredo & Thang
- Culture Club stage 2: Chuckie, TLP, Mystique
Black Hole stage: Jon O'Bir, Eddie Halliwel, Cor Fijneman, Fred Baker, Mojado, Mark Norman, DJ Ton TB, Estuera
Versuz stage: Armin Van Buuren, Dr Kucho, Dave Lambert, Bart Maes, Tom Leclerq
Café D'Anvers stage: Andy Caldwell, Sven Van Hees, Prinz, Smos & Baby B, Isabel, Bartholomeo, Tweety, Filliz

One could point at the missing styles, such as Breakbeat, Drum'n Bass or Psytrance, but 60 deejays is already a gigantic challenge. And since the events by ID&T are always extremely organized (show, security, public management), you shouldn't expect ANY improvisation or accident. Let's just hope the sun will be part of it, but all stages are protected from the rain... only the in-between areas and the main stage are open-air.
Also similar to the Dance Valley, this Tomorrow Land festival will bounce in a large recreational centre (sortof recreated natural area) nearby Boom (between Brussels and Antwerp). Precisely at Recreatiedomein De Schorre, 83 Kapelstraat, at 2850 Boom. The music will play from 13:00 till 01:00 (so, there's room for afterparties). The ticket is supposed to be sold in presale at 40 € (+ shop costs), then we assume it should be 50 at the door.
Unfortunately their website has weird bugs on the TomorrowLand page (it depends of the browser), but all the infos remain easily available.

http://www.id-t.be
by Nicolas Deckmyn
18 July 2005 - Dance Valley reigns since 1994
When some Amsterdam party heads started to talk about a big House gathering in 1993, many people laughed at them saying that electronic music would never stay for that long. But they kept setting it up, and they found the Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude... a very large recreational parc near Amsterdam. There's a fake mountain divided by two giant circles, many flat fields, a green hill and... a large green valley where to finish the party at night with the star deejays. The right spot. In 1994 they just started with faith for 15.000 people, to reach the 80.000 in 1999. Now Dance Valley is the single biggest electronic dance music festival in this part of Europe, covering almost all the dance music styles over two days with 150 artists from all over the world.
Of course, with the success came the critics and the official problems. When the local authorities started to complain because 80.000 was really too much to handle on the roads, one could read in the Dutch press that Dance-Valley was getting too expensive, too commercial, or even simply too big. But there's no growth without experience, and Dance-Valley managed their festivals to be the most joyful and organised ever.

This year, Dance Valley 2005 has the graphics of Psychedelism, with flowers, 60's text fonts, and a Psytrance stage... but don't expect no psyche-rock, it will be strictly electronics. Check this out... it's a whole BOOK about nightlife:

FRIDAY 5 AUGUST:
Main stage: Carl Cox - Sasha - Marco Carola - Christopher Lawrence - Nick Warren - Erick Pike
Eurogroove stage: Eddie Halliwell - Above & Beyond - Tall Paul - Jean - Ronald van Gelderen - Marcel Woods - Ian Bets - Ton TB
Reactor stage: Gaetano Parisio - Darren K & Preach - Jan Liefhebber - Vin-iLL - A.R.D. - Hardcell live - Carlos Rios & Vincent de Wit live - Oliver Kucera live
Renaissance stage: Deep Dish - Satoshi Tomiie - Nic Fanciulli & Behrouz - Marcus James - Nick K
Loveland stage: Eric Prydz - Derrick May - Sebastien Leger - Dave Angel - Jamie Anderson - Marnix - Vince Watson live - Joris Voorn live
HQ stage: BK - Lisa Lashes - JP - Mark EG - Energy Dai - Paul Glazby - Amber D - Fausto - Danny D - K-90 live
Electronation stage: Jesper Dahlback - Headman - Agoria - Dion - Nuno Dos Santos - Pablo vs Nauta - Alter Ego live - Jon Tejada live - Codex & Flexor live - Drillem live
Chill: Crystina - Zaven - Funky Paradox - Ambient Daan - MPS Pilot

SAT. 6 AUG:
Main stage: Deep Dish - Paul van Dyk - Ferry Corsten - Ben Sims - Nic Fanciulli & Dean Coleman - Trevor Rockcliffe - David Mas - Alexander Koning
HQ: Proteus - Tidy Boys - Tom Harding - Eddie Halliwell - Scott Project vs Derb - JP - Danny D - Rob Tissera - Jay Pidgeon - Rossi - Dark by Design live - Organ Donors Dex n FX
Global stage: Carl Cox - Chris Liebing - Umek & Valentino Kanzyani - Marco Bailey - Michel de Hey - Lucca - Vibe
Armada stage: Armin van Buuren - Markus Schulz & Perry O'Neil - Remy - M.I.K.E. - Stonebridge - Harry Lemon - Mischa Daniels
Eurogroove stage: Christopher Lawrence - Jean - G-Spott - Jochen Miller - Randy - Katana - Adam Sheridan - Ian Bets - Marcus - Scott Mac - E-Craig - Nu NRG live
Concept: Kevin Saunderson - Derrick May - Darren K - Preach - Anderson Noise - Shinedoe - Greg Martine - Alexander Kowalski live - Hertz live
Renaissance stage: Sasha - Steve Lawler - Hernan Cattaneo - James Zabiela - Redanka - Joyce Mercedes - Infusion live
Loveland stage: Seb Fontaine - Dr Kucho - Marnix - Benny Rodrigues - ErickE - Roog - Mustafa - Laidback Luke - Sebastien Leger live - Dimitri & Eric Nouhan live
Electronation stage: Basti/Tiefschwarz - Jacques Lu Cont - Steve Bug - DJ T - Terry Toner vs Herr Arter - Mason - Monika Electronika - Groove Addicts - The Youngsters live
Psychedelic Trance stage: Xavier Morel - Bansi - Riktam - Stella Nutella - Zen - FDG - Infected Mushroom live
Chill stage: Sven van Hees - Ambient Daan - Zaav - Ishtar - Ocean

And Sven Van Hees (Café d'Anvers) is the one and only Belgian in the whole line-up. Wow.

Reminder: Spaarnwoude is in the city of Velsen, at 17km from Amsterdam, 90 minutes from Belgium. Very easy to find from the highway.
What about money? Presale 62,5 € (+ shop costs) for the Saturday only. It's 95 € (+ shop costs) for the complete Weekend ticket. But there's more to spend at the partymarket inside... bring more bucks, and bring your smile. :)

http://www.dancevalley.nl
by Nicolas Deckmyn
01 July 2005 - Even more new pictures...
20 more new picture galleries are now up on Noctis, featuring Elektron, At The Villa Vintage, Body to Body with Vitalic, Megotrip in the parc, Ragga Circus, Sunsetters Psytrance, Sensation, etc etc. Check the Party Pics page in the Magazine section :-) All those pictures are from January 2005 to June 2005.
by Nicolas
23 June 2005 - And What About The Summer? (updated)
Fataal, Culture Club, Fuse, Gazon, Dirty Dancing, Cafe d'Anvers,...? Well, it's all about it, mates... summer concepts, festivals, closures and free entrances. Up front:
- Fataal Leuven will end its season on Sat 25 June with a feast of black music provided by DJ Cause & Killa Tactics in the main room and the Bugalu Soundsystem in the Lounge. They'll be back on Saturday 3 September and on Thursday 6 October for the Fataal Thursdays. During Marktrock, Fataal will be hosting a 'Summer Special' on 13, 14 & 15th of August at their homebase MC in Leuven.
- Culture Club will close for the summer, last party: 9 July.
- Cafe d'Anvers will reopen the Free Vibes concept on Fridays, with Prinz and his friends on the wheel. Free entrance of course.
- Dirty Dancing is free entrance on 18 June and will close for the Summer.
- Fuse will be FREE for girls ALL nights for the summer... with Mr Dave Clarke, but also Deetron, etc.
- Le Gazon comes back at Parc Royal in Brussels from Friday 2 July until August ... they are ready and they have all needed licences. We're all waiting for it! One of its kind, Le Gazon is since 5 years an open-air club in a parc, and it's free entrance.
- YEH, yeh yeh... the 10 Days Off are back on the track! During the Gentsefeesten, we'll get a thick line-up!
- Also check around your cities, there will be a LOT of "secret" parties (drum'n bass or electrohouse) in the woods, in the farms and in many fun places. Rumors will be the best agenda, with Noctis.com of course :)
by Nicolas
21 June 2005 - More audio history by La Secte
Fantastic source: La Secte, the web host for D-Jack, Uriel, Enjoy Apocalypse, Laurent Debras, and many more artists of the Belgian Techno/Electro scene, now also hosts an amazing choice of archieved mixes from 1989 to 2005. It features mixes at the Boccaccio 1988, Mauna Kea 91, Barocci 91, Rave Explosion 94, Raveolution 92, etc etc. More than 26 historical files, and about 30 more new mixes. All carefully encoded mp3. Not even mentionning the many exclusive tracks by D-Jack, Analog B and friends. CHECK IT OUT!! That's rare stuff on a new dynamic portal & forum!
http://secte.forumactif.com
by Nicolas
20 June 2005 - Wow... thanks...
more than 59.000 Belgian party people visited Noctis.com in March 2005! We wish to be as useful as possible since end 1994. :-) Thanks for your fidelity, and for your energy. Vergeet niet om op de Noctis chat te komen 's avonds... N'oubliez pas le Noctis webchat le soir... Don't forget to pass by the Noctis webchat at night.
http://www.noctis.com/pages/redirect/chat.html
by Nicolas 'Noctis' Deckmyn
10 June 2005 - Festivals... ON! The names
for Dour, Couleur Cafe, Werchter, Klinkende Munt, 10 Days Off, Reggae Geel, Nandrin, le Temps des Pommes and Celtic Folk Fest.

- Dour:
14, 15, 16 & 17 July 2005.
1 day = 32 Eur. ... 4 days = 67 Eur. Large camping.
Line up features (among many more): dj hype feat daddy earl, felix da housecat, future prophecies (live), glimmer twins, hollywood porn stars, 100% isis, jaga jazzist, jeff mills, major deluxe, mampi swift & mc ic3, nashville pussy, slam live, the hacker, the herbaliser live, the penelopes, vitalic, Amon Tobin, anne clark feat implant, austin lace, dj gilles peterson ft mc earl zinger, dj touché, etienne de crecy feat alex gopher and julien delfaud, ewan pearson, hawkwind, hexstatic, horace andy & homegrown band, jack de marseille, lofofora, mylo, richie hawtin, the neon judgement, vive la fête, yellowman, alec empire, barrington levy, daniel darc, dj spinna, front 242, jaguar wright, jamaica all stars, mickey 3d, saïan supa crew, zongamin, alter ego clan, anthony b, babylon circus, heavy metal dj's, hermanos inglesos, israel vibration, jamie lidell, jay mayhem, killing joke, kool shen, roots manuva, soldout. Website: Dour Festival

- Couleur Café:
1, 2 & 3 July 2005, rue Picard in Brussels
Line up features: Alpha Blondy, Sinsemilia, Arno, Rokia Traore, Amadou & Mariam, Zita Swoon, Maceo Parker, Orishas, Neg Marrons, Zap Mama, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Youssou'n'Dour, Jane Birkin, Kool Shen (NTM), Le Peuple de l'Herbe, and many more in 3 areas + world-market + entertainments...
31 Eur at the door... 58 Eur for the 3 days.
Website: Couleur Cafe

- Werchter:
30 June, 1, 2 & 3 July 2005
Line-up features among others: New Order, Ozark Henry, Snoop Dogg, Chemical Brothers, Saul Williams, Kraftwerk, Armand Van Helden, Garbage, Faithless, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Daan, Bloc Party, The Mars volta, Foo Fighters, Soulwax, R.E.M., Ryan Adams, Zita Swoon, ...
59 Eur per day, or 120 Eur for 4 days.
Website: Rock Werchter

- Klinkende Munt, FREE music festival:
6, 7, 8 & 9 July 2005 in Brussels (Beursschouwburg & Nieuwegraanmarkt / pl. du Nouveau Marché au Grain).
Line-up features: DJ Reedoo, Soulive (USA), Das Bose Ding (Germany), Antibalas (USA), Brad Shepik trio (USA), Cor de la Plana (Fr), Da Woonder, Vanno, Boomfanfare, Ori Kaplan's Balkan Beatbox (USA), Kawa Jaipur Brassband (India), Bun-Zero, ...
Website: Kinkende Munt

- 10 Days Off
During the Gentsefeesten, we'll get a thick line-up: Luke Slater, Richie Hawtin, Jamie Lidell, Ken Ishii, Agoria, Marky, Hyper, Matt Cantor, Telepopmusik, Andrew Weatherall, Ed Rush & Optical, Black Strobe, Ricardo Villalobos, Captain Comatose, Max 404, Chloe, Christian Vogel, Darko, Alter Ego, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Morpheus, Neon Judgement, David Guetta, Groove Armada, and many many more over 10 nights.

by Nicolas
17 June 2005 - Free passes for City Parade party?
wow wow... all 3 x 2 tickets are gone. Maybe more soon? check back Noctis :)
by Nicolas Deckmyn
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