Klub Dramatik Festival returns with a 100% Belgian lineup

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The Antwerp festival hosts a transitional fourth edition on Saturday August 21 with a homegrown lineup.

After a cancelled edition last year, Klub Dramatik is ready to go back to work. What started as a small club night five years ago gradually evolved to a large festival hosting dozens of international headliners across the house and techno spectrum. The fourth edition lands in in August (instead of June) this summer.

“On our last edition, in 2019, we welcomed dozens of international artists across three stages”, explain Klub Dramatik's Matthieu Bosmans and Jim Van Eupen. "This year will be different, however. As you can imagine, we dealt with a lot of setbacks, making it impossible to organize a proper full-capacity edition on our usual weekend at the end of June". Bosmans and Van Eupen decided to opt for a transitional one-day edition with fewer artists instead of outright cancellation. "For us, it's essential to reconnect with our fans this summer, even if that means we keep it a bit cosier this year. We wanna build up Klub Dramatik again responsibly, step by step, and together with the whole scene. In 2022, we'll be back in full force".

That doesn’t mean the lineup looks anything less than tasty. "We wanted a diverse lineup with artists that have only one thing in common: they're all Belgian", Bosmans explains. "That's a very conscious choice and a way to give back to the scene.” On the bill this year: