BELGIUM BOOMS LONDON 2013
#1 sat 5/10 #2 wed 9/10 #3 fri 11/10 #4 sat 12/10
A WEEK LONG SERIES OF PARTIES, GIGS, CLUBNIGHTS AND FILM SCREENINGS CELEBRATING THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF BELGIAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC.
‘Kicking off the week Belgium Booms heads to South London and Corsica Studios. Throughout the 80s and early nineties Belgium was a powerhouse in the world of electronic music, from EBM and New Beat to Techno the country’s producers were amongst the best in the world and their DJs the most forward thinking and adventurous, a story told in the new documentary film ‘The Sound of Belgium’. sic
Now for the first time ever Belgium Booms brings 2 of the original pioneers of ‘The Sound of Belgium’ to the UK, Dikke Ronny, resident DJ at the Ancienne Belgique club from 1985 to 1989 and the man credited with first developing the New Beat style and Eric Powa B, resident DJ at the legendary Bocaccio nightclub between 1986 and 1993. Rightly regarded as two of the best, and most influential clubs, in European dance music history this is a unique opportunity to re-live that moment.
Joining these Belgian legends we have the UK’s own Trevor Jackson, not only responsible for the stunning artwork for Soulwax’s ‘Any Minute Now’ album and singles, Trevor has long championed the New Beat and EBM sound, his recent Metal Dance compilations perfectly capturing the spirit of clubs such as Ancienne Belgique in their prime.
In the mid nineties as the Belgian authorities clamped down on the hardcore techno scene and many of the country’s leading clubs were forced to close, a new scene arose based around an anything goes spirit that mixed and matched everything from house and techno to rock n roll, disco and hip-hop.
Chief architects of this were the DJ duo The Glimmers whose Eskimo parties, and label, put Belgium back on the clubbing map. With more than 20 officially released DJ mixes to their name including contributions to both Fabric and !K7’s DJ Kicks series, The Glimmers reputation is second to none.
Joining them we have some of Belgium’s most exciting new talents including in-demand disco and techno producer Geoffroy MUGWUMP, whose releases on labels such as Kompakt, Throne of Blood and cult balearic imprint International Feel have all been championed by the likes of Andrew Weatherall; former Mustang member and current blog favourite ATTAR! and Moonlight Matters whose remixes of everyone from Adele to Lana Del Rey via Metronomy and Hercules & Love Affair have made him a regular at clubs such as Fabric.
This series of events is presented by Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, MuziekCentrum Vlaanderen & Sabam For Culture.