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11 May 2005 - Sven Vath surprise at Afterparty
Sven is a real party head, we all know that... he dances while he mixes, he loves to spin for a crowd and he often joins the dancefloor after his gig. But last Sunday morning, when Fuse (Brussels) closed, he didn't felt like sleeping and he moved at 11:00am to the LinePhase afterparty ... +- 1km from the Blaes street. But guess what? He took the decks and mixed for an hour... just for fun and for the 100 ppl dancing in the club! And it was really a surprising gift.

Ayeh, just to remind all of you: LinePhase started with a Before-Party at DisqueAuBar early at night (21:30), then did a big After-Party at 6:30am on Sunday morning in the Lounge club with a techno line-up. But they really never expected anything like Sven Vâth coming... and mixing. Follow LinePhase, it seems that their passion attracts true party souls.

by Nicolas
21 April 2005 - Breaking News: CityParade is back to Luik/Liege !
Finally confirmed! With Da Housecat, DJ Rush, Steve Rachmad, Kevin Saunderson, Chris Liebing, and many more... Yeh! The City Parade organisation said it, and now they do it:
for the 2005 edition, after two years in Gent, the City Parade is back to the large avenues of Luik/Liege. Actually there has been a lot of discussions about it, since Hasselt was very enthousiastic about inviting the now famous gathering of 250.000 party people around the trucks of all styles. But beeing back to Liege was kindof a symbol that City Parade had to consider... and it did.

Reminder: the City Parade started its long run in Liège 2001, then Liège again for 2002... then (as its name suggests) it moved to another city, Gent, for two brilliant editions leading to a 50.000 ppl party in 2004. So, in 4 editions it grew from 80.000 people to 250.000. Nice rate hm?

Actually, if the final field was really great in a postindustrial area just outside Gent, the avenues filled with the CityParade weren't really "in" the city itself. (Afrikalaan, etc) Which was a bit of less fun, since there was almost no houses along the way, then no one stood at the windows to wave arms. Well, the Parade was a great success anyway, but with that detail... it could have been a bit more magic.

And that will be the point in Luik, since the Parade will ride across the center of the city. Remember Parc d'Avroy 2001? Remember the Place Leonard 2002? That's it... and who knows... Hasselt 2006? Oostende 2007? Mons 2008? Liège 2009? Gent 2010? Woaw... sounds good to us :-).

And for the 175 years of Belgium, that has style and energy.
by Nicolas
19 April 2005 - One of the best Techno clubs in the world just closed
Tresor Club ... the legend stops
Owow mates... this is quite a shocking news: due to the sale of the area where it stands since 1991, the Tresor Club has been definitely closing on Saturday 16 April. The story ended on a two weeks nonstop party (from 1 till 16 of Apr.), aiming at the last night with Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos and all the Tresor residents (Micha, Pacou, Mad Max, Troy, Trias,Liquid Sky, etc).

In 1991 there was only two hype clubs in Berlin: the Fish and the Tresor which just opened. Standing in a disused warehouse of the Leipziger Strasse, next to Potsdamer Platz, the Tresor immediately became one of the few leading European clubs in the Techno scene. It has and always had numerous international deejays as residents at his decks, such as Blake Baxter, Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Robert Hood or Carl Cox, but also a whole list of German talents like Tanith, Jonzon, Rok, Kid Paul, Pacou, Jorg, and many more. Not even speaking about those who came just once... it's almost the whole phonebook of the Techno planet.

It's also been one of the strongest links between Detroit and Europe. In Belgium we had the BWP parties and the Rave Explosion serie, but back then the Berliner Tresor was the unique weekly club inviting members of 'Underground Resistance' (Jeff Mills, Mad Mike and Robert Hood) or visionary souls such as Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter and Scan 7 to perform on their German stage.

Since a few years it was weekly a Techno, House and Drum'n Bass club ... and of course an obvious after-Love-Parade meeting point. But it had many problems with the Berliner Police Authorities in 2003 (see our news "31 August 2003 - Cop razzia at Tresor Berlin"). However it is not the reason why it closed last week-end... which is way more about real estate and about the owners.

It's the end of the Tresor club... but it seems that the crew would soon open something new in Berlin. Future will tell.

Now, as weekly strictly leading Techno clubs, you still have 'The End' in London, and 'Fuse' in Brussels. A tear for the legend... and a smile for the future.

Thanks to the Tresor crew and public for the fantastic story it was.
by Nicolas
06 April 2005 - No smoke at night?
Smoking, illegal in our clubs?
That'd be the end of the party for Reggae, House, Techno, Electro... for sure.

A threat is running around our nights. It seems to be isolated at the moment ... but for how long? Rudy Demotte, the federal Minister for the social Affairs and the Public health, is since a long time in war against tobacco. But he recently decided that the laws would take a harder direction for all the horeca department in Belgium. He thus invited several delegates of the Belgian horeca (primarily restaurants and bars) to an information-tour in Italy and Ireland ... and now this leads to a private bill prohibiting the tobacco in all the public places. But is a club simply a normal public place? This law applied to the clubs is inevitably the death sentence for half of them. That's why we wonder: who could stop it?

Italy, Ireland and Norway already choose the hardest prohibition. Some studies already show a loss of 20% of the sales in Ireland! When in Belgium, horeca is gathering 500.000 jobs for 55.000 bars, restaurants, hotels and clubs... that sounds really scary.

Sure, tobacco is a bad thing for health. But do we really think that we'd have had a Gainsbourg, a Bogart, a Billie Holiday, a Chet Baker or a Georges Simenon without their smokes around?? How came Jazz and Rock if it was not in the small misty clubs of USA?

And, however they'd stop smoking in the clubs... what about the smoking-machines, the incenses, the perfumes?

There are three aspects of the situation:
1) the most seen in the press: tobacco kills, and that costs too much to the community.
2) the tangent: horeca is essential, it is the main supplier of new jobs (62% in 2002).
3) the hidden one: one of the forces of our Latin-European states resides in their cultural creativity, in their support for the artists and their cultural independence.
----- How to stop this independence? ** by closing the places which ensure the specificity of the European public, or at least by reducing the amount of those places.
** To prohibit everything that brings them a public.
------can one prohibit the music?
** They tried in United Kingdom around 1992, and that didn't work.
----- can one prohibit tobacco?
** Yes.
The same method was applied over California since about ten years... and in San Francisco the nights are from now on a disaster. Some foreign artists refuse to perform there, night traffic has been reduced, everyone at home... the victory of television and clandestine bars.

And what's the result? Well, total prohibition to smoke in the bars and clubs in Norway did not have the expected effects: the Norwegians smokers from 16 to 74 years old reduced only of 0,3% in 2004, when it reduced of 3,1% in 2003.

Actually, according to some recent information we had, it seems that the nightclubs will fortunately not be concerned by this new law. The question is: for how much longer? And what about the dj-bars and the independent parties? We'll wait for the law to get an answer.

by Nicolas Deckmyn
24 March 2005 - Finally a massive meeting about the Faces of the Urban Nightlife!
That's happening in Brussels, with many speakers from Europe and even Canada.
What? Easy: a big meeting, a large debate about what is the current urban Night, and what will it be in the close future. A big conference gathering city light engineers, delegates from French and Scandinavian Police, artists, ministers and aldermen from Belgium, Paris, Helsinki, Bari, Oviedo, London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Tromsoë, etc
You all know that the right to party is THE essential thing that matters to, and that's why this Meeting looks to us as a great first step to create a link between the nightlife community and the City authorities. And maybe even to share the ways to fix the exhausting fights neighbours vs party-people. But wow... what a surrealistic goal, heh. Let's give a try anyway.

If this could lead to a serious awakening of the Belgian Authorities about the nightlife issues... the youth... the creativity and the support to new artists... the ways to bring more quality of life, but also more joy and more atmosphere in our fantastic urban magma... wow, then it's useful.

Well, ok... it's from 80 to 300 Euros to subscribe to all the debates and meetings, but the point here is not to bring the clubbers there... nope. It's all about telling you that finally something happens. As it does in Paris, Chicago or London... this is now official: NIGHT MATTERS!

In the meeting, on Friday 1st of April:
You'll see many chats with: the minister of Tourism for Brussels, Freddy Thielemans the Mayor of Brussels City District, Charles Picqué minister-president of the Brussels Region, Henri Simons First Alderman at the City of Brussels, but also Federal Ministers and Ministers of the Flemish Region, many scientists and delegates from major cities in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, UK, Canada, etc... including as well cultural as security and police representants.

The subjects:
Workshop 1: The limits of the urban night - is there a life at night?
Workshop 2: Economy of the night - is the night a market to be developed?
Workshop 3: Night mobilities - How to move in the city at night?
Workshop 4: Urban citizenship - Which strategies for the urban night?
Workshop 5: Health and Emergency Services - Which public services should be open 24/24?
Workshop 6: Work at Night - is human made to live and work at night?
Workshop 7: Youth - Which activities for the young people in the districts?
Workshop 8: Insecurity - How to keep the city safe and friendly at night?

From 22:00 till 3:00, five shuttles will pick up the audience from the City Hall to many destinations.
Bus 1: Culture at Night by Gaetan Bergez (theatres, arts)
Bus 2: Surprise by Carl de Moncharline (guess the best)
Bus 3: Night traffic by Yves Rouyet (where to go, how to go)
Bus 4: Clubbing by Nicolas '' Deckmyn (featuring many meetings with several club managers, deejays, security staff, party organisers, etc + some (soft) drinks in two or three dj bars)
Bus 5: Social night by Pascale Peraita (visits at a train station, Social Care, etc)

And the second day, Saturday 2nd of April
First, a common debate about the shuttle tours. Then the last workshops.
Workshop 9: Art and creativity - does the night scene support the creativity?
Workshop 10: Festive night - Which evolutions for the festive night?
And of course a conclusion: Are we slowly coming to a 24/7 city? A non-stop urban system.

As you can see, this is not exactly about dancing half-naked on a podium to impress the crowd, neither about kicking the best out of some records... but it's all about opening the doors to a better understanding of the nightlife by the politics, the city council, the officials and maybe even the police... and to start a chat including all point of views, all elements of the fantastic... the faithful and bouncing nightlife.

Is that spring? Taste good, fellaz... taste good.
by Nico Noctis
08 March 2005 - Felix Tuesday in Brussels
Indeed, thee Electro Cat from Chicago will spin tonight at Dirty Dancing (Mirano) for 300 ppl in the Cube-room (first floor). The entrance is 10 Euro... no guestlist, no vip... Be there early, mates! By the way, Felix Da Housecat recently released a fun Playboy Mansion official compilation. Is thee Cat chasing bunnies??
by Nicolas
03 February 2005 - US Dance Music Crisis
Once again another DJ has cancelled his tour of the US due to unacceptable demands concerning his working visa. Laurent Garnier is the latest DJ to go down this path. His official statement is copied below. "I am very sorry to have to cancel my forthcoming U.S. tour due to what I consider to be completely unreasonable demands by the U.S. Embassy in France in order to renew my work visa. - In order to obtain this new visa, the rules have once again changed since November 2004 and I would now have to not only fill out an exceedingly probing application form, but also be interviewed by a member of the Embassy staff, and provide proof of ownership of my house, details of my bank account, my mobile phone records, personal information on all my family members and more. I consider these demands to be a complete violation of my privacy and my civil liberties and I refuse to comply. I am horrified by these new regulations and feel really sad that this is what some call freedom and democracy. It has now become almost impossible for an artist to come and perform in the United States. And until this new procedure changes I will unfortunately refuse to comply with this nonsense." Dance music in the US is in crisis. All dance fans in the US deserve our sympathy and support. Laurent Garnier our plaudits for standing up to such "nonsense".
by SuzeeKay
10 December 2004 - 1984 - 2004: 20 years of House Music!
Everything started in Philadelphia back in the early 70's. From that city came an amazing Funky sound that soon gave his touch to the EastCoast Disco in America. Then Disco tookover the clubbing for about 7 years and went to a final point around 1983. But then? Does anybody think that clubbing suddenly vanished into the dark? Of course it didn't, and from a blend of European Electropop/New Wave with the American Disco, some night-wizards spent their time in Chicago to create the most influencial phenomenon since Rock'n Roll: the birth of House Music. People such as Ron Hardy, Frankie Knuckles, Pharris Thomas, Mr Fingers, Chip E, DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Ralphie Rosario, Robert Owens, Todd Terry, Felix, ... oh seriously I won't list them all here it would take half a page, but mind those men really created the clubbing music as we know it since 20 years all over Europe. They seriously deserve to be celebrated AT LEAST every 20 years... and that's what's all about for this Saturday at Dirty Dancing.

Actually there were two major labels who released the first House Music records... "DJ International" and "Trax records". Trax has been co-founded by Larry Sherman and Jessie Saunders with the advices of Adonis and Marshall Jefferson. On those legendary fuschia-red and white stickers can be found monsterhits like "Love Can't Turn Around", "Housenation", "Move Your Body", "Your Love", "Baby Wants to Ride", "Phuture", and so many tunes still kicking our dancefloors today. And now what? Now it's time to party!
Dirty Dancing (at Mirano - Brussels) invites Trax Records for an anniversary celebration with Marshall Jefferson and Farley Jackmaster Funk... as they say on the flyer "two Gods of House Music"... along with Rachael Cain also known as Screamin' Rachael, the current president of Trax. You want more? Get the triple anniversary compilation by Trax: 1 cd mixed by Maurice Joshua, 1 by Paul Johnson and 1 unmixed with the original versions of all the massive classics. A must-have for anyone.
Saturday 11 December at Dirty Dancing / Mirano, 38 Chaussée de Louvain / Leuvensesteenweg - 1210 Brussels
by Nicolas Deckmyn
07 December 2004 - Out Soon FM ... turn on, tune in, drop out!
There already was an Out Soon radioshow in 1994-95 on Radio Crystal in Brussels, but this time on FM Brussel it goes far more interesting since many Belgian deejays are invited alongside some international guests, performing every week end with the best electronic sounds... and also on the web. Reach the show every Friday and Saturday night from 21:00 to 6:00 (GMT+1) on 98.8 FM in Brussels, or streaming from anywhere in the world. Run your recorders!
by Nicolas
07 December 2004 - Junior Jack & Kid Creme take a Belgian seat
Finally! After beeing touring around the world for the greatest festivals and spinning their records on the best dancefloors, the Belgian-Italian duet Junior Jack & Kid Creme gets a serious feedback in Belgium. Once again, it seems we got to be stars in USA before getting any recognition in our own country ... but now that's on the run! After the Ministry of Sound in London for a whole year and a football stadium in Newcastle, after Johannesburg, Moscow, Rotterdam, Paris, Miami, Tokyo, Barcelona or Ibiza (their summer residency), finally came Belgium with Nandrin, Pukkelpop, Rock Ternat, the You Club, Versuz in Hasselt, and now Café d'Anvers in Antwerp this Friday 10 December. Guess what? That'll Rock the House.
Junior Jack's LP "Trust It" is still available, and Kid Creme just released his new "Doin' My Own Thing" with MC Spike Shurakano (from Syndicate of Law).
by Nicolas
02 October 2004 - WaBMG44 back in town
On November 6 next, the Botanique will host a special Slam evening featuring about 20 performers including Senegal's WaBMG44.
Slam, spoken word, a-capella and an open mike session: the net will be cast wide on the night. D, Bam's and others are planned. The night will close with a show by WaBMG44 accompanied by the Belgians Vagabond, Lady N, Pasco and DJ Sminooz.
WaBMG44 have just released the album "Bxl-Dakar".
by The A.L.
02 October 2004 - Give us Food!!
Food is back and it was highly expected since about one year (or was it more? wow... even better that it's now back). This House club was, and still is, a reference in House Music since it started in Leuven 1996 at Silo. Then it changed location almost every 3 years, moving to the famous Fool Moon Theatre in Brussels for a long time, then for the Lounge club next to the Beurs/Bourse, before a couple of months at the top floor of the Fuse club. Then Food stopped cooking for some weeks, and kept some big parties up sometimes here and there (at Silo again recently with DJ Sneak). But the public went to be hungry and claimed for food! For more Raoul, more Geoffroy, more of their guests like Derrick Carter, Sneak, or mister Farina... more love to chew, more Food to dance. That's now the whole story led by Frank, the man behind the Food club, and there's a new chapter, every Saturday, back in the mothertown: Leuven. At Musicafé [5, Muntstraat - 3000]. Already back and kicking on the nightclubbing frontline.
by Nicolas
02 October 2004 - Yummy! Slurp! Glorps!
at the SlurpTim loves esthetics, he love colors, volumes, crossing curves, and he likes the Seventies (there's no secret ... that's a great time for the design). Tim also has ideas, he makes Internet sites of them ( and also an absolutely brilliant dj-bar. The 'Slurp'! That's the name of it, with classious furnitures and giant lightbulbs of which the colour slowly changes.

Now with the help of some friends behind the decks and behind the desk, that bar is turning into a top spot in the Brussels nightlife. Deserved score, indeed. Trendy (as it has to be when it aims at the clubbing public), refined, and strongly running on the Electro and House wave... but not only. We've heard Raoul (Aroma, Food) playing there tonight, and once again it was sooo good in the Housiest House ever. The capacity seems to be around 100, maybe 160 on a hot night.
Last but not least: the location ... heh, on the Grand Place itself, mates. Yeh, he did it... and he did it great, just in front of the CityHall, or some like. On the highest range of the Grand Place, on top of a double staircase made of genuine 17th century stones, at number 19. Check this out.

Not to forget: the other dj-bars in Brussels:
- Dali's bar (Pte rue des Bouchers - 1000)
- Café Central (Borgval - St Gorik - 1000)
- Soixante (x-PabloDiscobar - Marché aux Charbons - 1000)
- Disque au Bar (Nouveau Marché au Grain - 1000)
- Java (St Gorikstraat / rue St Géry - 1000)
- Full Moon (new, rue de l'Aqueduc - 1050)
- and many more to check on our 'Nocturnal Bars' page
by Nicolas Deckmyn
30 September 2004 - Sleeping is NOT an option! Brussels Party On!
Nuit Blanche is back in Brussels again, and bigger! Now it concerns the complete innerloop around all the ancient doors of the city: Porte d'Anvers/Antwerpsepoort Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort, Pte de Hal/Hallepoort, Pte d'Anderlecht/sepoort, etc ... all around the urban core of Brussels. A network of 10 Doors of the Night transformed to be the 'door of Africa', 'door of the ancient past', 'door of the skies', 'door of the dance', 'door of the water', 'door of the unexpected' (in some parcs), 'door of the Middle-East', etc... a fantastic journey into a nightfreak city, full of music, dance, food, sports, shows, circus, and pure entertainment. Furthermore, you could even walk with some happy dogs, run around the city in a magnificent limo, take part of a movie shooting in the Cityhall, ride with the roller-parade, or move your legs on a bicycle, even party your head off in 4 different parties! Everything starts at 22:00 and ends at 5 and 6am. Time to get you on!

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All and everything for 5 Euro... yes, Five. No more.
Count with a free breakfast at 6 and 7am.

Which parties?
1. Bulex will serve the freaky-kitschy-funky-disco-groovy stuff they love to play, but in a very 50's location: the Ravenstein 'shopping' Gallery (straight behind the Brussels Central Station)
2. A deejay will spin some dance tunes from 1am at Tour & Taxi, featuring many jugglers and artists from the Circus School... could look spectacular, honestly
3. A double party at Pyramides Rogier (place Rogier plein): one is classic Rock (in partnership with RTBf) and the other is more like Disco.
4. The kickass ride by which gathered some electro-tech-break-booty deejays in the surrealistic main hall of the Brussels North Station!
    After Le Gazon in the summer, and besides the webradio at their website, this is expected to be "the" electronic meeting of the Nuit Blanche 2004.
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by Nicolas Deckmyn
29 September 2004 - Owow!! Let's move on up!
Ok, all right... we're waking up da news again... seems we've been poor on the keyboard since the summer, heh. But as you can guess: the night isn't waiting for us and keeps things moving. Good! Guess what? You've been 42.000 in August to check our Party Agenda! Thanks for your trust and fidelity, keep on surfing us from time to time... you might be surprised. And so will we.
by Nicolas ... outta bed!
28 September 2004 - Hip-Hop at Theatre 140 !
[Frenchspeaking onemanshow with hip hop dance performances] L’autoportrait du danseur hip hop Hamid Ben Mahi (Alger-Bordeaux). Il a trente ans, il danse et raconte son parcours, à coup d’images projetées, son père boulanger en Algérie, son adolescence à Bordeaux… Danser sur la tête est un rite pratiqué avec fougue dans les banlieues de Bordeaux, Paris, Bruxelles ou Alger … De plus, il y a des danseurs belges en première partie: Full Effects (mardi 5 octobre) Bientôt en résidence au Centre Culturel Jacques Franck, Full Effects est chorégraphié par Saho, spécialiste en danse debout. Hoochen (mercredi 6 et jeudi 7 octobre) Ce jeune crew issu de la nouvelle génération est le vainqueur de la Freestyle Session Benelux 2004 The Outsiders (vendredi 8 octobre) Nouveau groupe (issu des Dynamics) qui va cartonner sur la scène hip hop d'ici peu!
by The A.L.
27 June 2004 - And the Winner is: City Parade !
190 pictures are online from the News page.
- Yes they did it! - And they did it good! 2001 was 80.000 people ... 2002 = 100.000 ppl ... 2003 = 150.000 ppl ... so... what do you think was the score this year? Actually in the middle of the afternoon we were ready to talk about 200.000 ... but the Police counted 250.000 ! YOU ARE FANTASTIC ! --- All our pictures are online from the link hereunder. Great memoriezzz...
by Nicolas
26 June 2004 - Belgotronique pictures!
Finally, the pictures of the Belgotronique open air party in front of Royal Palace on 18 June are now online. Check it out here! (on the News page) ... and notice the beginning under the rain at 17:00, and the massive crowd at 23:00. On these pictures: Skander, Miss Luna, Yves E Zone, Claude City Parade, Geoffroy, Whalid Fun Radio, Olivier Gosseries, Jean-Pierre Mels, Marko, Joost de Lijser, Tabi, Stel-R, Eric Beysens, Isabel... and 5000 of you party people ! Thanks to your support!
by Nicolas
25 June 2004 - Find me and get a Guest for CP!
Ok... we have a system to give you more guests: FIND ME in the Parade! If you find me and tell me something like "You're Nicolas? I saw you on do you have a guest for me?" ... then you'll have one of the last 10 guest tickets we can give! And please don't kick me if you're the 11th to ask for it... heh :-)

nicolas For sure you'll find me and my photocamera running in the Parade all the time from 14:30, and mostly between City Parade truck and Marko's truck. You want a guest ticket ? Check me out!
Now how to find me? This is a recent picture... it should help you.
Good luck!
by Nicolas (Noctis webmaster)
20 June 2004 - 50 Free Pass for City Parade - 26 June !
cityparade_2004 cityparade_2004 As you already understood, next Saturday there will be the Pre-Parade party, the Parade itself, the free party with all the soundsystems, and the (cheap entrance, big stars) final party in a large open air field. WE HAVE 20 x 2 GUESTS AND 5 x 2 VIPs FOR YOU. Send us your name, age and address (Street, number, postcode, city) where to send you the tickets by post. (Or if you better like, you can get it at Urban Groove record shop in Brussels, but say it so we can drop the tickets there).
Send all that to and wait for the answer.
Be fast, coz there's only 20 x 2 guests...
and for the VIP's, we ask this: how old is right now?

Go go go!! City Parade will bang the ground!

At the final party: Marco Bailey, Michel De Hey, Dave Angel (UK), Luke Slater (UK), Dr Motte (Loveparade, Germany), Technasia (Germany/Japan), Claude Young (USA), Danny Howells (UK)

* Parade in the streets from 15 to 18:30 ...
Open party from 18:30 to 23:00.
Parade Party (6 Eur presale, 10 Eur at the desk) from 23:00 to 04:00
Except if you got our guestpass... hehe :-)
by Nicolas
19 June 2004 - Tonight Free Bal in St Gery / St Goriks
Tonight Saturday 19 June, in the afternoon and from 21h for a party, Fête de la Musique at St Géry / St Goriks! fête_a_st_Gery_/_St Bal aux lampions / lampioenenbal, Musette, Guinguette, popular music, etc... Bandoneon and village gathering... a real popular feast on the famous place of the terraces (just near Beurs/Bourse). Yes it's free and in the open streets! This has been set up by the same person who's setting up the Roller Parade... Carl de Moncharline... so you can guess it will be a deep fun party @ place St Géry / St Goriksplein - 1000 Brussels
by Nicolas
16 June 2004 - Royal Palace Belgotronique - update
We did 400 ppl in the afternoon... and 5000 from 20h! [official count: 4200, organisation count: 5000, crowd at midnight in front of the stage: 2800] The people went mad for the performances of the deejays, and even danced under the rain (!!) and stayed anyway. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU !!

To open the week-end of the 'Fête de la Musique' on 18 June, a 'Belgotronique' Free Party (no charge, open street, no cars) from 14:00 to 01:00 in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels... on Paleizenplein / place des Palais. belgotronique

This unusual event was open air (+ vip areas by You club) and offered a wide choice of 10 supafreak Belgian deejays: Skander (Club XXX 90's, Vaudeville, Retro at Fuse), Miss Luna (Q bar), Yves-e-Zone (Vaudeville 70's, You), Steven Redant (la Démence), Olivier Gosseries (Pop Life, Fun Radio, You club), Geoffroy (Food, Hi-Phen rec), Marko (La Rocca), Joost de Lijser (Body to Body, Plug at Fuse), Eric Beysens (Boccaccio 80's, Rocca 90's, Backlash), and Isabel (Café d'Anvers).

(the web streaming has been cancelled) But this banged on location and the palace jumped ... just hope that Mathilde loved Electro.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
14 June 2004 - House Music Awards ... Vote!
Over the years, there has been some tryouts yet to start a respected House awards ceremony in Belgium, in USA, and even in Ibiza. And there's many polls, for almost every magazine (OutSoon, Mixmag, DJ Magazine, Traxx, Kiosque, TheTicket). house_music_awards_noctis But here comes now what is already supposed to be the definitive 'House Music Awards'. It says clearly House, so we guess it's not Drum'n Bass or Techno, and you can vote for it.

The first step asks the public (you) to vote, and to say the names of those you love (there's no multiple-choice-list ... you can say your real choice on their website... before the 30 June!)
The second step is the selection of the potential award from that big list.
The third step will come in September in London with the 1st House Music Awards.

There has been already more than 17.000 votes! Better to vote for real big names to compete ... but you can push up your Belgian big House names too... such as Koenie, Stephanie, Glimmer Twins, Raoul, Prinz, Geoffroy, Smos & Baby B, Isabel, Cosy Mozzy or Olivier Gosseries.
(You can mention as web source too, but there's so many websites ... or think to and
numark-ttx1 Two innovative technologies are the famous Numark turntable (TTX1) and a weird way to mix sounds with light objects: the Audiopad (Audiopad) ... but these are just suggestions if you don't have any.
Audiopad More info about these two technical tools on this Noctis page here.

Some of the Awards to vote: Best Single - Best Album - Best Label - Artist of the Year - Best Vocal - Best Live Performance - Best Remix - Most Innovative Music Producer - DJ of the Year - Breakthrough DJ - Best Venue - Best Club Night - ... - Best Magazine - Best Web Resource - Best Radio Station (FM or Internet) - Best Radio Show - Best Store - Most Innovative Technology - Contribution to House Music. There's also two Awards related to the WMC in Miami but we guess that most of you have not been there.

House Music Awards needs your votes! Help your beloved deejays to reach the attention they deserve.
Yes, there's a registering... but it's just a form without confirmation. Go on!


Current potential Award nominations:
[and if you think it's not your choice, vote and make your friends vote!]

DJ Of The Year: Smokin Jo, Carl Cox, Junior Jack, Derrick Carter, Joey Negro, Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Kenny Dope, Seamus Haji, Ben Watt, Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Louie Vega, Brian Tappert, Mark Knight, Copyright, Neil Pierce, Danny Howells, Aaron Ross, Lee-Cabrera, Danny Rampling, DJ Gregory, Erick Morillo, Grant Nelson, Deep Dish, Tim Deluxe, Lottie, Kaskade, Nick Bridges.

Best Radio Station: Radio 1 (UK), Galaxy (UK), KCRW (California), House FM (London), Radio FG (Paris), Ministry Of Sound Radio (Global), Street FM (Melbourne), Viking FM (Yorkshire), Gaydar Radio (Digital/Global), Radio 1xtra (Global).

Best Venue: Ministry of Sound (London), Pacha (Ibiza), Fabric (London), The End (London), Neighbourhood (London), Tank (Sydney), Space (Ibiza), Cielo (New York), Ocean Rooms (Brighton), Crobar (Miami), Club Shelter (New York), The Cross (London), Club Seven (Melbourne), Pacha (London).

Best Record Store: BlackMarket (London), Vinyl Junkies (London), Satellite Records (New York), Central Station Records (Sydney), 611 Records (Philadelphia), Wax Records (LA), Juno (London), Uptown Records (London), Hard To Find Records (Birmingham), Vinyl Rebel (Melbourne), Eastern Bloc (Manchester), Flying Records (London), 12 inch (Paris), DanceTracks (New York), Blue Vinyl (Manchester), Plastic Fantastic (London), Virgin Megastore (UK), Covert Records (Brighton), Massive Records (UK), Grooveman Music (Miami), Amoeba (San Francisco), HMV (UK), Heartbeat Records (New York), Urban Records (Brighton), CitySounds (London).
by Nicolas Deckmyn
14 June 2004 - Soixante dj-bar
Pablodisco is now 'Soixante'. You all knew that the famous dj-bar Pablo Discobar in Brussels has been changing its management, and the winner is: soixante_dj_bar-brussels Laurence 'At The Villa'. Now it turned white, but it's still a dj-bar (woohow!), from Wednesday to Sunday... with Cosy Mozzy, Lorenzo Ottati (at the villa), Fred Hush (h20) , Mandrak (dirty dancing), Rudy (mad club), and more
Still at 60 rue du Marché aux Charbons / Kolenmarktstraat - 1000 Brussels

laurence_van_loo In 1989 Laurence Van Loo started the club At The Villa in Kooigem, which quickly went to be essential to the national scene velocity and engraved a groove made of Trance and House in our country for many years. Names like PhiPhi, Johann or Marko grew up under the heat of that brand. In 1994, At The Villa moved away to different locations over the years... at the Holy Ghost, then in Asse, in Brussels, and then stopped for some time. 15 years after its start, At The Villa is back on a monthly basis at H2O club in Pecq (Tournai), with Lorenzo Ottati, Cosy Mozzy, and guests.

by Nicolas Deckmyn
13 June 2004 - Belgian in Ibiza? Go Km5
Check our special page about KM5 dj-bar in Ibiza, km5_bar_ibiza created by Josh and our very own Patrick Socks (creator of Paradise parties, Hot Soks, etc) at 5 Km from Ibiza town. A hot spot for Belgians, and for any party people on the Balearic roads...

24 pictures in September 2003 featuring Patrick, Josh, Ben Biets, Tofke, ... and a charity auction of high rated paintings.

Go have a Hierbas (local liquor) under a palmtree, with good House on the dancefloor.
by Nicolas Deckmyn
09 June 2004 - Hot 'Milk' shakes in Brussels
A new club inspired by the intimate venues of Manhattan, stylish but not too big: that's the Milk club, where everything's around has been paint in white. Well, not that white when the lighshow runs... since everything will be a screen for colors, textures and pictures... that's the trick, plus many 60's/70's furnitures and chairs to feel comfortable. Moreless 350 ppl, a freaky communication and a lot of lights is the receipt (we nightbirds hope not too much light after 3am... heh).
milk_club_brussels Rock and funky beats on Thursday, Electro-Housy on Friday, Garage-House on Saturday, that's the line to follow.

Already confirmed to perform at Milk club: Tom Barman, Yvan Smagghe (Fr), Charles Shillings, Ariel Wizman (Fr), Geoffroy, Lorenzo Ottati, Dan Genhacia (Fr), Darko, Lady Jane, Murvin Jay, a live by Bamboola Prod ('Bahia' EP) ... and some already say that Kat Club and Statik'Dancin parties will move there from the next summer.

Now guess who's back behind this? Alex (WWL, Armani) and Carlos (Pablodiscobar)... two of the real Belgian nightmakers starting a "Baroque Electric Funland", so this sounds like good news for Brussels. Even more: Milk is announced to be the one and only Garage & Vocal-House club in Belgium on Saturday... and it's years that there was none of those.

They launch the first night of Milk club on this Thursday 10 June, at 40 rue de Livourne straat - 1000 Brussels.
You already know this address? Well, then probably you knew about what it has been in the 80's and early 90's: L'Equipe ... a club aiming at 35-40 years old people. But the story took an end in the late 90's, changed the name twice and quickly closed. 4 years of silence, and now the Milk took it over, for a modern nightlife story.
Have a fresh Milk?
by Nicolas Deckmyn
09 June 2004 - Drugs again ... beware...
The Scientific Institute of the Public Health rang the alarm bell regarding a new drug: the 4-MTA which made its reappearance in the area of Antwerp.
This drug, like the recent LDC, is derived from the ecstasy (MDMA). It acts in the same way as the 'traditional' pills but with a delay effect (retard / vertraging). Thus, when the consumer does not know it, he is tempted to take more drugs very quickly. The overdose is then inevitable and could in some cases be lethal.
We remind you here that, besides beeing totally illegal, that kind of chemical drugs strongly harm your body and especially your kidneys. For those concerned, please think about it.
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by Nicolas
04 June 2004 - A VIP-pass under the skin??
bajaclub_rotterdam Not a joke: a club offers to put its electronic membercard-chip under your skin.
This will probably be the identity card of the future... but do we really want it?

The customers of the Baja Beach club in Rotterdam can access and pay with a subcutaneous chip by the end of June. electronic_chip_implantation The chip has the size of a rice grain and is implemented invisibly under the skin of the arm (like the electronic-chip for the dogs, but for them it's in the neck, just under the ear).

Baja Beach club is indeed the first discotheque in the world to use that kind of identification and billing system... but it's also the first club in the world to aim at the physical integrity of the customers... this is as well cyberfun as it is also very scary (Who said "1984", "Brazil" or "Equilibrium"?). Some say it's Star-Trek fun... some others say "bill gates will make you dance, and that's just the end of freedom".

The Spanish club Baja in Barcelona started to implantate the chips since March 2004. Many of their vip's already have the chip in the left arm, and about 20 customers stand on a waiting list.
"We have a special zone at Baja beach Club where only VIPs are allowed, which has various exclusive services for these members" says Conrad Chase, the club director. "We are the first discotheque in the world to offer the VIP VeriChip. Using an integrated microchip, our VIPs can identify themselves and pay for their food and drinks without the need for any kind of document."
Make your mind, but we think it's scary. People are no dogs or cows.

Website of the club:
by Nicolas Deckmyn
03 June 2004 - Kiosque Agenda Deadline for July AND August !

Organisers, deejays, club managers... don't forget that the deadline for the next Kiosque magazine of July & August for Brussels is 11 June. Be sure to add your parties to the Noctis agenda before that date or i won't be able to sort it for the Kiosque (out on 25 June)... that'd be sad.

How do we select the parties from Noctis for the Kiosque magazine:
1) it has to be a special party or to have guests.
2) A residency will be sometimes announced once in a month if relevant (as Marko Sunday or Dali's Reggae Thursday).
3) The 'normal' clubs are listed in Kiosque in a regular board we publish two or three times per year, so it's no need to add every normal Saturday.
4) For Noctis we relay all night infos for all the country, but for Kiosque it's 70% for Brussels and 30% Antwerpen, Gent, Liège, ...
5) of course, the last decisions always come to the left space available... means that if there's too few space left on the pages, the editors will cut in the agenda to make it fit... and then it's usually based on the size of the event. But then it's not my call anymore. :-)

Anyway, thanks to all to make this website be a nightlife reference. 34.000 unique visitors in March 2004 ... now that's partying!
by Nicolas
31 May 2004 - Noctis in Out Soon magazine
Thanks to you all who wrote to Out Soon, the main Belgian free magazine for clubbers, to declare your trust in our work... thus Noctis has been selected to show up with 3 other nightlife related websites in this May-June issue #124 of Out Soon (with Miss Kitten on the cover). Since then, reaches 34.000 monthly visitors, and still has a flying cow in the chatroom. By the way, thanks to Out Soon too. Welcome to the newcomers and thanks to the regulars! "With faith and passion in the night."
by Nicolas Deckmyn
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