Period : June 1-6, 1999
In this issue : Uncle Meat, Wizards Of Ooze, Lowpass, Akyra, Marktrock Zottegem,
Marktrock Leuven, Dranouter, Filet d'Anvers, Belgian R&B-festival, Johan Verminnen,
Raymond van het Groenewoud.
June 6, 1999
UNCLE MEAT BACK ACTIVE Uncle
Meat, the guys from Limburg who traded heavy metals of all sorts a few years ago
and were mentioned as the big hopes to succeed Channel Zero, were almost completely
gone in 1998 when singer Zonny and guitarist Daniel had left the band.
Those who remained haven't stood still in the meantime : they have put the band
back on it's feet again with new members (singer Peter E. and guitarist Danny
C.), have written a bunch of new songs, have recorded a demo ("The album
will be fucking great, more powerful and intense than anything you ever heard
by UM") and now there's even a new single : "In
More info on the whereabouts of Uncle Meat can be obtained at their official
WIZARDS OF OOZE BACK ON TRACK
The Antwerp band Wizards of Ooze have
got a new portion of acid jazz, funk and other danceable materials ready for release
onto the world. The cd will be called "Almost Bikini" and will hit the
shops somewhere in September.
As a taster there has recently been a release of the single "Big
a song that suggests they have ventured onto poppier paths. Record firm Arcade
also asks to watch out for the video that accompanies this song since it is "a
totally freak-out wacko masterpiece made by Wizards of Ooze member Peter Tops
LOWPASS IS NOW AKYRA Lowpass,
the triphop-band with Marlon Waegemans & Mario Vaerewijck & Canadian female
singer Juliette Caron is no more. However, two-thirds of the band (Marlon &
Mario) now have got a new act going under the name "Akyra", teaming
up with British singer Nina Babet.
According to the record company, the music will not be completely comparable to
the thing Lowpass was making : now it's "catchy hi-tech popsongs with strong
rock, rhythm 'n' blues & drum 'n' bass influences".
A first single will be "Future Culture", a full album will follow in
September, with mixes by Tony Platt & George Shilling.
June 4, 1999
MARKTROCK ZOTTEGEM Nice line-up the people in Zottegem have put together for their "Marktrock"
(Rockmart), on Saturday Jun 26th from 16h30 onwards :
1. Wrong in the garett (start-up from Nevele, winner of the "night of Zottegemse
2. Belgian Asociality
3. 't Hof van Commerce
4. De Heideroosjes (deranged nutty punk from Holland)
7. De Mens
For the first time this festival will be held in a tent, income is a mere 100
fr. More info can be found on their
website, or by phoning to 09/360.88.30.
MARKTROCK LEUVEN Marktrock Leuven, the big brother of all mart-rocks, is also getting ready
for their edition of 1999 (from 13 to 15th of August).
The first names that have been leaked are :
- Mozaïek, Volumia! and Clouseau on
the traditionally commercial Friday.
- Das Pop, Ilse De Lange and Purple
Prose (the new band of Dani Klein) on Saturday
- The Rosswells (winners of Marktrock-podium, Apollo 440 ("ain't talking
about dub", "Krupa"!!) and Jovanotti (dance-miracle from Italy).
FREE ENTRANCE AT DRANOUTER Those who want to attend the interesting folkfestival in Dranouter and know
to play an instrument of some kind, stand a good chance of getting in for free.
The organisers hold a free podium and reward those who participate with free weekend-tickets
to the festival. The concerts are meant for solo-artists or groups with a small
line-up. Those interested can send a description + demo to Dranouter, vrij podium,
Douanestraat 34, 8950 Loker. More info also available at 057/44.69.33.
Meanwhile, the largest part of the festival-line-up is also ready. Between 5 and
8 August the following artists will be there : Steeleye Span, I Muvrini, Laïs,
Zita Swoon, Manau, Tri Yann, Leahy, Bouquet
Garni, Marjan Debaene, Baaba Maal, Ruben Gonzalez, James Taylor en Afro Celt Sound
System. The complete line-up can be found at website
June 2, 1999
A NEW SLICE OF FILET D'ANVERS Charles
Van Den Bossche and company, who together make up the Antwerp "plezante liekes"-band
Filet d'Anvers, proudly want to announce a newborn single : "Wa
a night) is out on Hans Kusters Mucic and is being distributed by Dino. The single
is about a man who goes out into town and watches the Jerry Springer Show on his
return. The song is on it in two versions: a version with beeps and an "uncensored"
The group, that exists with a number of peronnel changes since 1985 already, has
specialized themselves in rather witty lyrics in the Antwerp dialecth, without
being - musically speaking - a new version of The Strangers.
You can find more info on Filet d'Anvers at their website hun
website, departement "Cold Cuts'.
PEER One of Belgium's most internationally renound festivals, the Belgian Rhythm
& Blues Festival in the little town Peer, has almost completely finished this
- On Friday July 16th there is a Belgian blues night, with Froidebise, Burning
Plague, Marc Lelangue Blues band and finally the impressive Fred & The Healers (still not in this archive, what a shame!)
- On Saturday July 17th, The Blues-O-Matics, Michael De Jong, Dana Gillespie,
The Paladins, Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, Roben Ford & The Blue Line
and Ruth Brown & Band will be pouring their sweat on the stage.
- On Sunday July 18th, The Boyd Small Band, Corey Bell & Band, Olu Dara, Kenny
Neal, Popa Chubby en Eric Sardinas have been signed.
More info on the history of the Bluesfestival in Peer at their
June 1, 1999
VERMINNEN RECEIVES VAN ACKER-PRIZE Johan Verminnen, the nice bard from Brussels with a history on stages of over
30 years, has been awarded the "Van Acker"-prize 1999. This award, called
after the name of a Belgian socialist Prime Minister with the first name Achilles,
goes every two years to "an artist or institution that has an oeuvre or endeavour
that has a strong social bias." The actual prize is a statuette by Vic Gentils
and a cheque worth 200.000 Belgian Francs in the bank.
With this award, singer Johan Verminnen
joins the ranks of other illustrious people who have been awarded this, including
Frans Masereel, Louis Paul Boon, Willem Vermandere, Hugo Claus, Toots
Thielemans, Jan Decleir en Walter Vandenbroeck.
RAYMOND VAN HET GROENEWOUD TRY OUT Raymond,
that other Flemish big wheel of the better flemish songs, is heatin up his engines
to get a new tour rolling. This Thursday, June 3, there will be a first try-out
of the tour at the Vooruit in Ghent.
The "Straffe Mannen" that will accompany RvhG
this time on his tour of the Culturan Centers of Flanders and Holland will consist
of Jean Blaute on various keyboards, Thomas Van Elslander on guitar, Vincent Pierins
on the bass and César Janssens on the drums. This time the tour will not
carry an official sounding name but will simply be called "Tot Morgen"
(See you tomorrow, the title of his latest CD).
Manager Johan Kerckhofs is also spreading the news that Raymond will say goodbye
to the current century in Bruges on December 31st at De Burg. There, he will play
a 2 hour-long concert that will look back on the century with his own songs and
hits from past years
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