The holidays are upon us! Other than long family dinners, overcrowded winter markets and an overdose of Mariah Carey it’s a time for giving and – more importantly – receiving gifts. Now, what to give an electronic music enthusiast? We know, we’re a hard breed to buy presents for. That’s why the entire Red Bull Elektropedia team got together to list their personal gift ideas that won’t get you bankrupt. Maybe some of these can put you on the right track - going from concert tickets to records and expo’s. Happy holidays!
- Food, music and merch at PIAS, Brussels.
Grab your significant other by the arm and drag them to the already impressive looking PIAS HQ in Brussels. Not only can you buy about every PIAS release there ever was in its own record shop (picture above), you’re also able to cop some merch of the label’s finest. To top it off, be sure to reserve a table at the restaurant that houses within PIAS’ walls: Humphrey. Awesome service, even better food and wines that’ll make your toes curl - in a good way. It’s a fusion food-sharing concept. Great way to end a day in our capital during the holidays. Link here.
- Vinyl at Music Mania, Ghent.
Next to being a legendary institution when it comes to selling vinyl in Belgium (especially in Brussels and Ghent) and its vast selection, Music Mania is also loved by its fans because of the great customer service. Looking for something new? They’ll help you out with on-point suggestions. Try it! It’s almost scary - as if they can read your mind. Head over to the shop in Ghent in St.-Pietersnieuwstraat and describe what you would like to give your buddy, pal, lover or yourself. They’ll set you up with a package that you or they will definitely adore. Link here.
- Red Bull Magazine: The Holiday Special.
If you’re a fan of our platform, you know we have a Red Bull Elektropedia Magazine for over a year now. And, if you didn’t know: now you know! How about we send you editions 1, 2 and 3 as a gift, and add a subscription for the 2 forthcoming editions in 2019 to it as a Holiday gift? For you or someone you know that would like to add it to their collection of cool coffee table magazines. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your empty coffee table, proving us you desperately need some paper-based awesomeness sent your way. And, if you do so, use ‘GIVE ME THE MAGS’ as description. May the emptiest table win. Bonne chance!
- Tickets for WE ARE OPEN at Trix, Antwerp, February 8.
One of the better showcase festivals in my opinion. Each year they book a wide range of different, local artists on the verge of breaking through. With 3 different rooms, there’s something for every kind of music fan. Link here.
- ‘Tsar B – The Games I Play’ on vinyl (picture above).
One of Belgium’s most underrated new pop sensations. She’s already playing across Europe and she dropped her amazing debut album recently, which is released completely independent by the way! Link here.
- Tickets for Hamza at Palais 12, Brussels, April 13.
Other than that other big rapper, they don’t really come any bigger in Belgium at the moment. Hamza had to cancel his initial tour because of a huge personal loss, but he’s determined to come back bigger than ever. Ten thousand people singing along to ‘Life’ (video below) or ‘Jodeci Mob’? Yes please. Link here.
- Devine USB 50 USB Microphone.
Do you also have that one friend who’s always talking down other artists’ rapping skills? Now you can encourage that person to give it a go and contribute to the scene themselves. Who knows, you might just have started the career of the next Kanye West. Link here.
- Tickets for BeraadGeslagen at Muziekodroom, Hasselt on April 7.
The brand new project from STUFF.’s Lander Gyselinck and Fulco Ottervanger is set to hit cities across Belgium. Hasselt’s turn is up in early April – and we all know Sundays in Limburg are always well spent. Limburgse vlaai anyone? Link here.
- A Bandcamp gift card.
We probably all know someone who makes music and releases it on Bandcamp, the platform that allows you to sell your digital music, vinyl or merch directly to your customers without interference (and commissions) from third parties. It’s just the most efficient way to directly support your favourite artists. Special shouts to my brothers Pippin and Susobrino, who both released their debut EP’s on there this year. Support your local scene! Link here.
- Merchandise at Crevette Records, Brussels.
Support your local record store! Next to the amazing record selection (both new and second hand), Crevette has a great merch catalogue. Get yourself a tee or sweater straight from the Brussels underground scene such as Zwangere Guy, Vlek, Basic Moves or Crevette Records of course! Link here.
- ‘Na Kenda – Zazou Bikaye’ on vinyl.
When in Ghent, get yourself a copy of the latest Ensemble Records at Music Mania. Yes, that's my own label. Yes, I'm always selling. Yes, that's how I make a living. No, I don't have a swimming pool at home. Link here.
- Tickets for the exposition ‘Night Fever – Designing Club Culture 1960 – today’, Brussels Design Museum (picture above).
Always a good idea: going to the Brussels Design Museum, right next to the Atomium, to visit this impressive exhibition on nightlife and design. My personal highlights: the new beat clothing collection by Walter Van Beirendonck, the piece of the historic Haçienda dancefloor in Manchester (aka Madchester), the Keith Haring designs for Larry Levan, etc. Oh, and the catalogue is even more impressive! Link event.
- The album ‘Discophilia Belgica: Next-door-disco and local space music from Belgium 1975-1987’.
This is a whopping 30-track compilation of obscure and surprising Belgian funky tunes. A fresh and remarkable selection compiled by cratediggers Loud E & The Wild in collaboration with groove-heavy record label SDBAN. A no-brainer if you are in love with the 'Funky Chicken' & 'Funky Chimes' compilations. Available on all formats. Link event.
- A Soulwax / DEEWEE Football Scarf (picture above).
Winters tend to be cold. Let Soulwax cool keep you warm. Link here.
- Tickets for Zwangere Guy (picture below) at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, March 28.
This might be the must-attend event of 2019! After already selling out the first date, Zwangere Guy is throwing an second show to celebrate his debut album release at Belgium’s most famous concert venue. Link here.
- ‘Dijf Sanders – Java’ on vinyl.
This guy is hugely undervalued – what a record! Just as Bill Laswell, Sanders uses field recordings to make a truly beautiful album. If you want to find the perfect gift for your hipster uncle, this is what you buy. Link here.
- Tickets for Laurent Garnier at Kompass, Ghent, February 1.
The perfect present for your little cousin who wants to go out raving for the first time. Take them along to a party that they will remember for the rest of their life. Techno as it should be in an amazing club that was rightfully elected as Belgium’s Best Club in the 2018 Red Bull Elektropedia Awards. Link here.
- Tickets for Roméo Elvis at Vorst Nationaal, Forest National, Brussels on April 20.
Belgium’s favorite rapper is now all grown up. By April, he will have a new album, a new show and a new production – ready to conquer the mainstages of all the major festivals this summer. Link here.