Entries tagged with: Belgium
by Fred Pessaro
Belgium is a hotbed for a certain type of hardcore sound, embodied in bands like Rise & Fall, Amenra and others. Oathbreaker is another band that flirts with that particular oppressive-hardcore sound, yet this Belgian crew also dabbles in epic screamo (ala Envy) on their new LP Eros|Anteros due via Deathwish on August 20. Sure, black metal, post-rock, and punk/metal riffs are all present, but the band's melodicism also adds a different spin, making tracks like "Condor Tongue" that much more interesting.
Stream "Condor Tongue," alongside the band's tour schedule (no dates in the US), below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
photo by Stefaan Temmerman
Belgium is fertile with vicious hardcore, a trend that continues with the release of the new LP from Hessian, the latest entry in Southern Lord's crusty hardcore onslaught. Featuring members of Amenra, the band skips the slow build/pummel of that band in favor of a more direct assault on Mánégarmr, due on April 30. Stream the new track "Plague Monger" for the first time, plus their contribution to a split with Amenra, below.
Blur at London's Hyde Park in August (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Guess that post Olympics show wasn't Blur's last show after all...
Thank you for waiting... Rock Werchter is about to announce that Blur will headline next July. We're excited.. hope to travel in 2013 to play to more of our lovely fans who we haven't seen for a while. Don't know where yet, we'll tell as soon as we do..Belgium's Rock Werchter festival will go down from July 4-7 at Festival Park. So far, Rammstein is the only other act announced. More details on that fest to come.
Stand by.. [Blur]
The Rock Werchter 2013 trailer video and a video of Blur from that post-Olympics show are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The xx at Rock Werchter, 6/30/2012
Tickets to The xx's upcoming show at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx on October 28 go on sale today at noon. Chairlift open the NYC show and others on the tour. An updated list of dates is below.
UPDATE: 2nd Paradise Theater show added.
Recently, Jamie xx was on Australian radio station 3RRR where he made a 30 minute mix which you can stream at their swite (starts at 2hr, 30min mark as Fader points out). And if you haven't heard it, you can stream The xx's new single "Angels" below.
The xx meanwhile are in NYC next week for a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on August 2. Montreal artist and DJ Jacques Green has been added to that show as opener. All dates and the Belgium pictures, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Other Lives at Rock Werchter 2012
Other Lives, who recently played Rock Werchter in Belgium (pictures in this post), are currently making their way around Europe, and eventually to Japan and, after taking a 2 month break, the band will head out on a fall tour of the US and Canada with Copenhagen's Indians. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on November 28 and Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on November 29. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Indians will be in North America even sooner for a previously discussed short run of dates that brings him to NYC for a show at Glasslands on July 26 with Milagres and Zulu Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Indians recently released a new single, "I Am Haunted," which you can download below in exchange for an email address. If you missed it, two other Indians tracks -- "Magic Kids" and "New" -- are streaming HERE.
In other Other Lives news, a remix of their song, "Tamer Animals," by Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project with Flea and Nigel Goodrich appears as a b-side to the new Atoms for Peace single. The a-side is a remix of Atoms for Peace's own song, "Other Side." You can stream the Other Lives remix below, where you'll also find the single's artwork. The single comes out on limited edition white vinyl on July 30 (sold out) and regular vinyl on August 6 via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label for their 50WEAPONS series. You can order the regular vinyl issue here. As mentioned, Thom Yorke will do an Atoms for Peace DJ set at the final installation of this summer's Warm Up series at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss.
We also just mentioned that Thom Yorke will appear on the new Flying Lotus album.
In more related news, Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista announced their self titled debut LP today. It comes out October 2 via Temporary Residence. The cover art, tracklist and a video for "Static Light" are below. Live dates TBA.
A list of all Other Lives and Indians dates, more pics of Other Lives from Rock Werchter, the Atoms for Peace remix, the Indians MP3, and Ultraista album info below...
by Tim Griffin
Eddie Vedder & Beth Ditto @ Rock Werchter 2012 - 6/29/2012
"Rock Werchter is a Belgian annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, near Leuven, since 1973. It is one of the five biggest annual rock music festivals in Europe (the other four being Exit, Sziget Festival, the Glastonbury Festival and Roskilde Festival). The 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 festivals received the Arthur award for best festival in the world at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). It can host 85,000 guests daily, of which 67,000 combine all four days, to add up to a total maximum of 139,000 different attendees." [Wikipedia]You saw pictures from day one. Here we go with day two..
Day two of Belgium festival Rock Werchter kicked off for me with the still-reunited, classic California punk band X playing on the main stage. I stayed for their entire, great set which means I missed Belgium band School is Cool who were playing on the other side of the park. Judging by the bubbles seen on several attendees leaving that stage though, it looked like missed a fun time. Other bands on the second day, of this festival that featured so many big names, included Pearl Jam, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Deadmau5, The Gossip, Beirut and many others
I couldn't make it to every band on all three stages each day, obviously, but I at least have a good excuse for missing Mastodon: I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the fest (many thanks to FIAF and Rock Werchter for the hospitality - and WAFFLES!). They took me behind the fences and gateways, to get a glimpse all that goes on to keep things moving. The scale and logistics were pretty mind-expanding. Some bullets:
- Rock Werchter goes for 4 days at the end on June, but initial setup begins in early May.
- More than 8000 are directly employed by the festival, with thousands more as subcontractors.
- More than 25% of the staff are directly engaged in security and safety of the venue and audience.
- Most staff are sourced locally to ensure direct local benefits from the festival.
- Rock Werchter is practically a small town, with everything but a school system on site (medical services, residences, offices, supply depots, repair stations, food services (including storage and preparation), and even on site garbage sorting and recycling.
- Thousands of large steel road plates are used throughout the facilities to protect the ground from vehicle traffic, and thousands of square meters of field and audience areas are also similarly protected using plastic and wood flooring.
No pictures from backstage, but more from who was playing on the stages, along with Pearl Jam's setlist, below...
by Tim Griffin
The Cure & fans @ day 1 @ Rock Werchter - 6/28/2012
Flanders is a Festival! That was a new phrase to me prior to last week, and I've learned a lot since then underscoring the truth of it. For the uninitiated - Flanders (which includes Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Leuven) is rife with more than 280 music festivals per year. Belgium's Rock Werchter is one of the biggest, with three stages spanning four full days of music. It's been around and growing since 1974, and as it has grown, its line-up has grown with it -- this year's included The Cure, Garbage, Justice, Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and more, and that was just on day one.
I ventured to Belgium to cover Rock Werchter this year, and though exhaustion slightly delayed this report you're reading now, it was a great time, visits to Leuven and Brussels included (beautiful places to hang your hat for a visit). More pictures from the first day of the music festival along with some general shots from around Belgium, and video & the setlist from The Cure's set, below...
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
The Belgian music festival Pukkelpop Festival was hit with a severe storm today, which appears to have hit during or around the time of the Smith Westerns' set. Frontman Cullen Omori intially tweeted "Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke," but has since deleted it and followed up with, "Apologize to anyone who mistook tweet. Wrote direclty after running off stage. Just found out the extent of damage. All of prays go out to those hurt."
According to the Associated Press:
A storm swepts through an open air music festival in eastern Belgium on Thursday killing at least three people and injuring over 70 others, an official said.All details are still not known and are being updated frequently as the news learns more details. Other bands scheduled to play the fest today are/were Foo Fighters, Thirty Second to Mars, Fleet Foxes, James Blake, The Streets, Chromeo, Battles and many more.
Video from the site showed stage equipment dangling in high winds near the town of Hasselt, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Brussels, as rain-soaked concertgoers at the Pukkelpop music festival ran for cover .
More than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the festival ground outside of Hasselt, a small town in eastern Belgium.
Hugo Simons, Hasselt's head of emergency planning, told VRT radio that 11 people were severely injured while 60 sustained light injuries as a result of the storm.
Hilde Claes, Hasselt's mayor, said those injured are taken to several nearby hospitals. Some of those lightly injured were being treated at a local sports complex.
Chokri Mahassine, the organizer of the festival, said "we have for now put the festival on hold until we understand the situation completely."
Dutch NOS television reporter Rick Hoogkamp, who was attending the concert, said the sky got dark, winds picked up violently and hailstones pelted those gathered.
He said several tents collapsed. Images of the disaster also showed fallen trees and fallen lighting scaffolds.
The festival's website lists a number of stages where concerts and performances were to be held during the three-day event, which started Thursday. Reports say some 60,000 people are attending the event. [ABC/AP]
Stories like this are sadly and frighteningly becoming a common thing, seeing as a stage collapsed at Ottawa Bluesfest during Cheap Trick (who coincidentally play Brooklyn tonight), another one collapsed at Indiana State Fair, a camera boom fell during OMD's SXSW show, and The Flaming Lips experienced a similar disaster at the Brady District Block Party in Tulsa, OK earlier this month.
Our condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives and to the injured in Belgium. A video about the incident is at ABC's website, and there's two that showed up on Youtube already, below...