Brussels’ Listen Festival, which is being held from Thursday, March 29, till Sunday, April 1, is more than your average event. Next to workshops, an expo, talks, concerts and just downright clubbing, they introduce Showcase Thursday: a night filled with - and curated by - some of Belgium’s better waxstamps, a.k.a. labels. We had a quick chat with Koen Galle for the 411.
So… Listen Festival, not ‘just’ music, right?
"We like to take the opportunity during our festival weekend to give a stage to talented new artists and DJs. That's why the Thursday evening during the Listen Festival weekend will be called 'Showcase Thursday' from now on. Think of it as Casual Friday, but much more fun."
Which labels are coming over for a showcase?
"We made a list of our favorite Belgian electronic music labels, and asked them to make us an artistic offer. The result shows the vast variety of the Belgian electronic music scene. House music will be represented by We Play House Records, Kalahari Oyster Cult and Play Label. More on a techno trip with Curle Records and on the experimental techno/electronics side we have Vlek. Tangram and Cosmic Pop Records show the urban side of Belgium, while the Stoemp Poppunt concert circuit (not really a label, but hey) also curates a lineup."
What is the goal you wish to achieve as a festival with these showcases?
"Simple: offer a high quality lineup of yet to be discovered live acts and DJs, free of charge, and easy accessible. All of that in the city's favorite local hangouts and bars such as Café Belga in Ixelles, L'Archiduc in Rue Dansaert or Café Maison Du Peuple on the Parvis de Saint-Gilles."
We noticed they’re all Belgian labels. Conscious choice?
"Yes. We feel it's our task as a Belgian festival to support the local scene."
Already announced to perform: Antal, Floating Points, Lefto, John Talabot, Hunee, Asa Moto, Bicep, DJ Stingray, Hiele, Cid Rim, AliA and many more.
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