The good days are coming to an end. Maybe that means you're hoping for an Indian summer to fill your September agenda with late summer festivals and outdoor parties. However you look at it, the days are getting shorter and darker. Don't worry, the arrival of autumn also means the clubs wake up from their summer sleep. We contacted three leading clubs to hear what they have in store for us in the autumn.
We started with La Cabane, the club that opened its doors this spring in Boitsfort, near Brussels. The team behind Play Label Records - the initiators of the club - emphasizes micro clubbing: with a capacity of 300 people, La Cabane is fully committed to conviviality and intimacy. This is reflected in the club's layout: the DJ booth is within reach of the audience, which benefits the interaction between artist and visitors. For Julian Leclercq, artistic director of the club, it's important that the DJ’s can tell their story here. Not only through long sets, but also using short films on the social media channels of the club. In 'Dans Le Bac', the artist gets the opportunity to tell you about his favourite records and musical influences. Via Radio Cabane you can listen to the sets that were played in the club.
Every Friday night, La Cabane organizes its own Club Cabane nights with a mix of international guests and up-and-coming talent. Most are already confirmed for the coming months: Funkineven, Tama Sumo, Patrice Scott, Kornel Kovacs accompanied by resident DJ's such as Bendrik, Max Telaer, Tom Smeyers and Toolate Groove. On Saturday, the club is open to other collectives, so Cosmic Pop Records will give a showcase this Saturday, celebrating the release of Loumana’s debut album.
Finally, the club is committed to sustainability: the lion's share of the club's decoration and upholstery is made from recycled materials. In collaboration with Wecircular, all cigarette butts are recycled; clubbers who come by car-sharing, bicycle or public transport get free consumption, and plastic cups and straws are banned from the club.
For 25 years already, Fuse is on top of the game. The fact that the techno institute is joining forces with Kompass for a 14-hour-long Rave Rebels party in Palace 12 on October 12 is already well-known. But what do both clubs have in store for the rest of the autumn?
Fuse took advantage of the summer to implement several improvements. For example, the main room's sound system was not only upgraded, but there’s also a new light show. On Friday September 20 Richie Hawtin, Fabio Florido and residents A.Brehme and Karla Böhm will take care of the improved sound. On Saturday September 21, it will be the turn of Âme’s honour to play the first live set of the new season. Another fun, new addition to Fuse: there’s a new chill-out room on the top floor. No DJ’s, just a cosy space to catch your breath and have a cocktail.
They haven't been sitting still at Kompass either. Traditionally, they continue to bring the very best of the techno scene to Ghent every week. Besides, the club is experimenting for the first time with a concert set-up. On Wednesday October 30, Skepta will give an (already sold out) live show as part of a grime and hip-hop night in collaboration with Trillers. Dubstep and drum 'n' bass will also get a spot on the agenda (on October 19 and December 22 respectively). On November 23, The Subs will take over the factory for a live set and a DJ set all night long. Finally, on December 28, Kompass will be the setting for Extrema Noir - the darker indoor version of Extrema Outdoor. Let the good times roll!