Talks | Workshops
& Concerts at various locations in Brussels.
Ready for this week’s Listen! Festival? With more than 100 artists and 25 local curators at 15 different venues across Brussels.
Find below 8 acts you definitely shouldn’t miss at Listen! this year. And, if you feel like getting in the mood, start by listening to our Spotify playlist.
1. Opening Night w/ Tony Allen & Jeff Mills
Well begun is half done, and we couldn’t hope for a better start. Two masters of rhythm, the “father of Afrobeat” Tony Allen and techno pioneer Jeff Mills, will perform at our opening night at Flagey. Alas, tickets for this concert are not available anymore… If you don’t wanna miss other Listen! Events, get your tickets here!
2. Kamaal Williams ‘live’
Our main event at Horta Gallery will host 3 days of eclectic music with DJ sets and live performances in 4 different stages. On Friday 19 April, keys master Kamaal Williams, central figure in London's jazz renaissance (previously part of the acclaimed jazz-funk duo Yussef Kamaal) has prepared a special dancefloor-oriented live concert for our main stage (curated by Lefto). Back to the very “dance” essence of jazz as of 21.30. Don’t be late! Get your tickets here.
3. Techno is the new Easter
Once again Easter Sunday at Horta Gallery will let you dance with no regrets till Monday morning (Easter Monday = Public Holiday). Local techno and electro collectives Deep In House, Under My Garage & Basic Moves have prepared for you a sweaty ending with Karenn ‘live’, Helena Hauff, Objekt, Andrew Weatherall and many more. That’s what a Monday off is for! Get your tickets here.
4. Boiler Room stage
We are boiled with excitement to host our very first Boiler Room stage at Horta Gallery on Friday 19, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April. For the occasion, we have teamed up with SEAT Belgium to drive local artists to the next level. On the bill, lots of Belgian talent and some international toppers in an intimate setting. Didn’t get an invitation? Not to worry! As of 23.00 (each night) the Boiler Room stage will be open to all festival-goers, till full capacity of the room. Just get your tickets and come early!
5. Ammar 808 ‘live’ at VK Concerts
Belgium-based artists from different cultures will join forces to set the dancefloor on fire at VK Concerts on Saturday 20 April. The night, curated by the Rebel Up collective, will host a live performance by Ammar 808, Tunisian sensation mixing traditional Middle-Eastern singing with futuristic bass music, followed by Susobrino, a young and promising artist drawing influence from his Bolivian roots. Gan Gah and Rebel Up DJs will close the circle with bewitching global beats. Massive tip! More info & tickets here.
6. Posh Isolation label night at LaVallée de l’Image
Fans of avant-garde will be pleased by our collaboration with a brand new Brussels platform, Le Bureau Electronique. The event will focus on Copenhagen-based label posh isolation represented by its founder Croatian Amor and Varg (and supported by local talent SKY H1). The night will take place at LaVallée as part of LaVallée de l'image, a multidisciplinary festival focused on digital arts and mapping. Hard to find a better combination… More info & tickets here.
7. Thursday Showcases (free!)
Impossible to choose among the 7 different nights of our Thursday Showcases, an evening full of free showcases at various hangouts and key locations in Brussels, curated by prolific Belgian labels & collectives. For this year’s edition we have prepared a “pathway” along one of our favourite spots in the city: the Brussels Canal. Our tip? Do the whole tour, it’s all free entry! Find here the full schedule.
8. Listen! Sound District - our free daytime meeting point!
The Sound District will open its doors from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 April (noon to 8pm) at "Les Halles Saint-Géry", a late 19th century building in the heart of Brussels. Here you’ll be able to listen to live radio shows from your favourite DJs, attend talks and workshops, play with analogue synthesisers, watch a photo exhibition, buy records and much more… All under the same roof, and all for free! Check the full programme here.
Did you know that on Thursday Listen! always propose an evening full of FREE showcases at various hangouts and key locations in Brussels, curated by prolific Belgian labels & collectives?
For this year’s edition we have prepared a “pathway” along one of our favourite spots in the city: the Brussels Canal.
Attend the Facebook event here... And find below the programme of the 7 different nights:
● Actionnaires: Eclipse Tribez & Knekelhuis @ LaVallée (21h - 03h)
● Different Fountains & Ekster & LFI: Garland & Jonáš Gruska @ Centre Tour à Plomb (20h - 00h)
● Vleksi Disques invite Tropicantesimo - Tav Exotic - KG @ Chez Jacques Music-Club (23h - 04h)
● WPH x Play Label Records w/ Lakuti & more @ Kanal - Centre Pompidou (22h - 04h)
● Kalahari Oyster Cult x Le Pacifique: C.K & Ludwig Röhrscheid @ Bonnefooi Brussels (23h - 05h)
● Radio Martiko & Funky Bompa: Conjunto Papa Upa ‘live' @ Kumiko (20h - 03h)
● Bloom Hill x Cosmic Pop : Wu-Lu 'live' & more @ ViaVia Café Brussels (20h - 02h)
Le Bureau Electronique, a new information, promotion and networking platform for leftfield and off the radar music in Belgium, will team up with Listen! to launch its very first night in Brussels on Saturday 20 April. For the occasion, we've invited Copenhagen-based label Posh Isolation, with:
Croatian Amor is label founder Loke Rahbek's solo project. He just released Isa, a complex work of post pop electronics. Varg is mostly known for his killer techno but will create a special set for the occasion, combining his various musical influences. Special guest SKY H1 will play mostly new material.
More information is available here.
Tickets will be on sale soon... Stay tuned!
On Friday 19 April, Listen! and Ghent-based STROOM record label will team up for a night journey from introspective ambient to psychedelic techno in one of Brussels’ most evocative venues: the baroque chapel of Les Brigittines. The night will feature a rare live performance by Pablo’s Eye, a loose collective formed in Brussels in 1989 around Axel Libeert, whose music was defined as “a temporary atmosphere, like a taste, like a dream “. The concert will be supported by the ethereal folk sounds of Ghent-based Annelies Monseré and the solace-seeking ambient of Aponogeton from Bruges.
Tickets will be on sale soon, stay tuned...
More information is available here.
We are boiling with excitement to host a Boiler Room stage on Fri 19, Sat 20 & Sun 21 April at the iconic Horta Gallery in Brussels.
SEAT and Listen! team up to drive local artists to the next level!
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Listen! Sound District is the daytime meeting point of Listen! Festival 2019, featuring radio shows, expo, workshops, talks, feedback sessions, a gear and synth fair, the Independent Label Market and more.
The District will open its doors from Thursday 18 April to Sunday 21 April at "Les Halles Saint-Géry", a late 19th century building in the heart of Brussels currently dedicated to promote the city's culture and heritage.
Check the full programme here!
On Sunday 21 April Listen! will team up with queer party collectives Gay Haze (Brussels) and SPEK (Antwerp). To mess up your Easter, Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem), Carlos Valdes (Is Burning), Bjeor, Sixsixsixties, Fais Le Beau & Vieira.
Rest assured on Monday you can rest -> Easter Monday = public holiday.
Early bird tickets will be on sale soon... Stay tuned!
Listen!, Rebel Up & VK Concerts will join forces on Saturday 20 April for a global sounds night in the heart of Molenbeek at the historic VK. The night will take you on a global round trip with a multicultural lineup including the North-African futurism of Ammar 808, the amazonian sounds of Susobrino and the global beat & bouncy bass DJ sets of Gan Gah and the Rebel Up crew.
A limited amount of early bird tickets are available for only 5 Euros... Hurry up!
More information is available here.