Focus on Belgium at ADE
Having lead the way in dance music’s early days the country is now leading a renaissance in the musical forefront in different genres.
Each year ADE turns it attention to a different country, focusing on the music scene and predominate actors therein. It’s an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the opportunities present within this select nation, while meeting some of the country’s representative experts and players. With a growing impact on the music community, and more and more leading talent emerging on the global scene, this year’s country of note will be Dutch neighbouring nation, Belgium.
Having lead the way in dance music’s early days, with the likes of R&S Records, and acts such as Technotronic, the country is now leading a renaissance in the electronic musical forefront in different genres with artist as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Lefto, Lost Frequencies, upcoming talent including Charlotte de Witte, Kiani and his Legion and Vuurwerk and festivals Tomorrowland and Transardentes. Leading the discussions and focus will be a dedicated panel, taking place Thursday at 3.30pm in the Felix Meritis. Focus on Belgium: How Local became International (once more), will feature the country’s following representatives; DJ/producers Basto and Lost Frequencies, Sony Music Benelux’s Michel Van Buyten, CNR Records manager Tom de Meijer and Black Planet Recordings’ Serge Ramaekers.
In addition to this, there will be select, leading Belgian talent performing at this year’s festival, including Aeroplane, The Magician, Netsky, Marco Bailey, the previously-stated Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and electro-jazz trio Stuff.. Furthermore, experimental musician Peter Van Hoesen will be on hand to discuss his latest musical accomplishment - a soundtrack to Heleen Blanken’s installation piece the Rembrandt House - during ADE Beamlab on Thursday at 8.30 PM.
Check the program listings to find out more about Belgium’s growing relevance in the music scene and how you can acquaint yourself further with the country’s growing cultural relevance. ADE have also put together a Spotify playlist of some of the country’s top hits for your listening pleasure:
Focus on Belgium: How Local became International (once more)
15:30 - 16:30
ADE Pro - Felix Meritis (F10 Panel Room), Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
The Art of VJing and Dance - Peter Van Hoesen and Heleen Blanken
20:30 - 21:00
ADE Beamlab, Compagnietheater (C6 Main Hall) | Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam
Photo credits: Tim Buiting