The nightlife circuit in Belgium’s second city has been getting punches left and right recently. It’s hard to say things are going well when both established and new clubs like Café d’Anvers and Bar Helder closed their doors in the space of a few months. At least things are looking a little better now. Café Capital, the much-praised micro-club in the green oasis Stadspark that rocked the city’s underground house and techno scene between 2004 and 2010 is reopening as Grand Café Capital soon. In its 6-year lifespan, the cosy venue attracted visitors from all over the country with big names like Robert Hood, Luciano, Green Velvet, Martyn, Marcel Dettmann, Four Tet, Theo Parrish, Netsky and more – which is quite remarkable if you consider its small capacity of only 200. 9 years ago, the club was tragically destroyed in a fire. It never managed to get back up on its feet – until now.
“Anthony (Van Isacker, founder and manager red.) has been working to reopen the club for years now”, says co-manager Carlos Michielsen. The current building, designed by architecture firm Bulk Architecten, looks impressive, offering an impressive terrace and restaurant for visitors of all ages the daytime, but downstairs the club kept its low capacity to retain the intimate atmosphere it was known for. “Like in the beginning, we’re going for cosy family vibes, something Antwerp’s nightlife desperately needs more of”, explains Michielsen. With its HK sound system, wooden DJ-booth and Japanese inspired interior designed by the renowned creative agency Going East, it does indeed look like the cosy kind of club you’re bound to have some good times in. For now, Grand Café Capital is not going to rush things. “We’re going to take it easy at first by predominantly hosting a couple of established concepts, B2B events and private evenings”, says Michielsen. “After that, we’ll see where things go, although I’m sure we’ll do the reputation of this special place justice”.
Grand Café Capital’s first announced dates (all hosted by local promoters) look a little something like this:
- June 9: Café au Lait
- June 15: One More Time
- June 22: The Love Below
- June 29: Hush Hush