Summer essentials

La Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs until 7th July at Flagey, Brussels

As is its yearly custom, Flagey pays tribute to the prestigious The Directors’ Fortnight, held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, screening those films chosen by an independent panel of jury. Expect over 20 movies ranging from soon-to-be-cult documentaries and short films to essential author cinema. file View on Flagey's Webstite

Basic Moves invites Astral Industries on Friday 5th July at Walter, Brussels

Brussels-based record imprint Basic Moves, headed by Walrus and Islas, invite the UK’s Astral Industries, best known for its laser-like focus on what is loosely defined as chill out music, to Anderlecht’s Walter for an evening sure to stretch the definition of ambient sounds. Essential. file View the event on Facebook

Pasdesoucis x Soulful Sessions on Friday 5th July at Muhka, Antwerp

Muhka opens up its beloved rooftop to local collectives Pasdesoucis and Soulful Sessions for a night of art (Yasin Ndong Mboulou, Sam Druant, Mozes Mosuse, Until Then and Yasko Bracke) and music (Amsterdam’s Kamma, Vice City’s DJ Boats and Manteiga). Best way to say hello to the summer season. file View the event on Facebook

Oops Wrong Planet with LNS on Friday 5th July at Amigo Amigo, Ghent

The Oops Wrong Planet crew bring Canada’s LNS to town for a four-hour set of long-forgotten early 90s IDM vibes. Support duties handles by PJ Snacks, Charlie Shake and Dãzzle Dãve. Tip. file View the event on Facebook

Kiosk Radio x Spek x See u Open Air on Saturday 6th July at See U, Brussels

Kiosk Radio, Spek and See U team up for the launch of the later’s brand new space – a sprawling former army barrack dedicated to culture, education and innovation – with Public Possession’s Bell Towers, Call for Cuts’ Louis Vogue, Spek’s Sixsixsixties and many more on DJ duties. file View the event on Facebook

CdB Free Open Air on Sunday 7th July at Woodpecker, Brussels

Brussels-based French DJ and producer Nobuo and Doctor Vinyl’s Geert Sermon headline this mid-afternoon outdoor shindig in Brussels’ Park Royal hosted by digger collective Les Chineurs de Belgique. Roll through. file View the event on Facebook

Ptit Faystival 2019 on Saturday 13th July, Ptit Fays

Most probably one of the world’s most underrated and lowkey festival, Ptit Faystival continues in its long tradition of focusing on the sweet and small with a line-up that includes Bruit noir, Astereotypie, Dry speed, Annelies Monsere, as longitude & Amarante-Cerisier as well as DJ New Sensation. One you’ll have to go to at least once in your lifetime. file View the event on Facebook

TCBE, Alex Deforce & Kontakt DJs on Saturday 13th July at Forbidden City, Antwerp

Brussels-based imprint Kontakt and Forbidden City join forces for two live concerts (TCBE, the Leuven-based experimental trap outfit that recently released a tape on Kontakt as well as The Word Radio resident Alex Deforce, whose poetry was recently released on Knekelhuis backed by production from Victor De Roo), DJ sets by Victor De Roo and Cosmo Knex as well as an exhibition by Kevin Senkbeil. file View the event on Facebook

Horst Exhibition on Sunday 14th July atAsiat, Vilvoorde

Taking as starting point the curatorial theme of “Fallen Empires and Refound Desires”, Horst hosts a cross-disciplinary exhibition consisting of in-situ works, collaborative projects, stage design, scenography and architecture. The show runs throughout the summer at its newly-found location Asiat in Vilvoorde, coming to an end at the actual festival, taking place from 13th to 16th September this year. file View the event on Facebook

Unbuilt Brussels from 5th July to 18th August at Civa, Brussels

In its third year running, CIVA’s Unbuilt Brussels series hands the curatorial endeavour to 31 architecture Masters student, tasking them with exploring the museum’s considerable archive in a bid to re-create, re-interpret and re-translate their existing and pre-conceived notions. Loosely based around Raymond Queneau’s view that architecture, in fact, consists of researching new forms and structures, it brings the practice of architecture per se closer to the realms of art. file View on Civa's Website

Lee Gamble & Flora Yin-Wong on Saturday 20th July at Fformatt, Brussels

British musician, producer and composer Lee Gamble – the man behind the UIQ imprint, with releases on PAN and Hyperdub and whose uncanny ability to weave notions of politics and philosophy within his musical narrative sets him apart from his contemporaries – and Flora Yin-Wong – former junior editor at Dazed Digital that’s gone on to carve a unique journey into the realms of electronic music for herslef – headline this Slagwerk-initiated night, with residents Terrorriba, Otis and Diony Lake on support duties. file View the event on Facebook

Lose It In The City Festival on Saturday 20th July at Magiq Spiegeltent, Antwerp

Vice City and Lucid Antwerp team up once again for their mid-summer festival Lose It In The City with the mother of all line-ups that includes, on the main stage, acid legend Luke Vibert, Bjørn Torske, DJ soFa, DJ Boats, Juicy the DJ, Hill Men and current office favourite Flapy. The second stage, hosted by The Word Radio, sees Hiele and Clara! Y Maoupa perform live, with a stack of b2b DJ sets (Victor De Roo b2b Alex Deforce, Mills Boogie b2b DTm Funk and Mika Oki b2b Offshore §) added for good measure.
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Chanoirs on Friday 26th July at Recyclart, Brussels

A collective in perpetual movement, Chanoirs – that originated in Paris seven years ago – functions like Voltron, as a sum of its many parts and different entities that evolve in the realms of painting, photography, graphic design and music. Billed as a celebration of love and disorder, this particular night at Recyclart sees Nyoko Bokbae perform live, Sasha Tumide going head to head with Disconsole and Lux 18 playing back to back with The Word Radio resident Antoine 80. Expect singularity and just the right dose of energy. file View the event on Facebook

Cocaine Piss and Velma Spell on 26th July at De Nor, Antwerp

Liège’s scream-punk outfit Cocaine Piss – who just released their latest LP Passionate and Tragic produced by Steve Albini in April of this year – and experimental electronic duo Velma Spell – fronted by Amatorski founding member Inne Eysermans – headline this night at De Nor. file View the event on Facebook

Groetjes uit Knokke from 26th July to 25th August at Cap Horn, Knokke-Heist

A seaside group show organised by Brussels gallery Rodolphe Janssen on the ground floor of new real estate project Cap Horn with works by Léon Wuidar, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Kendell Geers and Wim Delvoye to name a few. The showcase will also inaugurate a 21m tall sculpture by Thomas Lerooy. file

Supervue Festival 2019 from 26th to 28th July, Liège

Family-friendly festival whose line-up never ceases to amaze, with this year’s edition including DJ Marcelle, Veence Hanao & Le Motel, Miley Serious, Musique Chienne, Lawrence Ledoux, Susobrino, Milan W and many others. One to pencil into your agenda.
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Micro Festival 10 from 1st to 4th August, Liège

In its 10th edition this year, Liège’s alternative-leaning festival Micro Festival, spread out across three days, hosts a combination of local and international acts, including London-based Japanese doom-noise band Bo Ningen, Brussels-based experimental producer Monolithe Noir, Felix Kubin, The Germans and countless others. file View the event on Facebook

Habitat Festival on 3rd August in Leuven

Leuven does its bit to contribute to the summer festival madness with this 24-hour fest that enlists the selector talents of everyone from Dj soFa and GroverMusic to Kornél Kovács and Leonid Lipelis. Come through. file View the event on Facebook

Different Class 2019 on Saturday 10th August at DOK, Ghent

The Subbacultcha-initiated festival Different Class takes over Ghent’s DOK with a future-focused program including FAKA, coucou chloé, Juan Waviers, Bladee, Lauren Auder and Erika de Casier. file View the event on Facebook

Summer Bummer Festival on 23rd and 24th August at De Studio, Antwerp

This two-day summer jam held in Antwerp’s DE Studio combines a record fair, film screening, workshops and enough DJ sets and live concerts to keep you on your feet until the wee hours of the morning. Top of the bill are Peter Brötzmann, Farida Amadou, Anna Högberg, Niklas Barnö and many more. Expect free-floating, experimental vibes for all. file View this event on Facebook Day 1, Day 2