TRANS: a new hideout for ravers in Antwerp


Belgium’s second city has had to endure a few closings over the last years: Bar Helder, Contrair, Petrol and Klub Goud are the most notable examples. But now, the founder of the latter has been coming up with a new project: TRANS, which officially opens its doors this Saturday. Technically, it’s not a new club, rather it’s a new, weekly affair hosted by Bert Vanlommel in a pre-existing Turkish venue called Faces. Besides Klub Goud, Vanlommel has cut his teeth in numerous other projects like Bar Gloed, Bar Leon, SPEK, Noord and Borgerwood Festival to name a few.

Located on Falconplein, right in the heart of Antwerp’s red light district, TRANS promises to be a welcome hideout for alternative-minded music lovers of all backgrounds. Some 400 people already had the opportunity to experience its low ceiling, heavy soundsystem and free-spirited atmosphere on New Year’s Eve on a 12 hours rave, when Vanlommel hosted a SPEK night. This Saturday however, the new TRANS saga officially begins.

“We will host TRANS at this venue on Saturdays from this week onwards”, says an enthusiastic Vanlommel, who fell in love with this venue back when he first set foot in here last summer. “It’s a perfect small, dark, loud and sweaty club – just how we like it”. It may indeed be small (there’s only a 200 capacity), but that didn’t stop Vanlommel to invest in a proper soundsystem and a professional, vinyl-friendly DJ booth. Furthermore, there’s a “naughty red room”, perfect to chill out when you need a break from the sweatfest downstairs. “We aim to host a lot of all-nighters and long sets, so the DJ’s can show their weirdest side”.

For its opening night this Saturday, TRANS welcomes Contrair’s A Local Hero and De School’s Elias Mazian. Follow TRANS on their socials to keep informed. //