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Hospitality Antwerp

Hospitality Belgium

City Spotlight: Antwerp

antwerp trixAntwerp is a major city for drum & bass, being home to the world’s biggest indoor drum & bass and dubstep event, Rampage. Since 2011, the Hospital team have joined the city-of-bass tearing up Antwerp with our world-class line-ups. On the 17th December we will be returning to the Belgian city with London Elektricity, Maduk, Metrik, Krakota, Hugh Hardie, Ownglow, Carasel, Mota and the mighty founder of Rampage himself, Murdock!

The Belgian home of our Hospitality events is Trix, one of the largest clubs in Antwerp with a total of 3 rooms, holding 1,700 people. Trix predominantly caters to alternative music, so here you will find metal bands, psychedelic rock, indie and punk to name a few. Then every now and again Hospitality take over the venue for a night of drum & bass and liquid tunes.

One of the most pinnacle venues in Antwerp is Sportpaleis, the huge stadium that hosts the infamous Rampage that attracts 15,000 global D+B and dubstep followers to Belgium throughout the year. It was built in the early 1930s and, at the time, was the biggest indoor area in Europe. Today it is one of the most visited arenas in the world. Although it is initially a 23,000 capacity venue, the modesty of Murdock retains it at 15,000 so there’s room for that much needed chill out zone we all love to retreat to at some point during a big drum & bass night. Sportpaleis is primarily used for pop stars like Justin Bieber and Beyonce, but the world awaits for Saturday 18th February when Murdock puts another Rampage rave into action.

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A venue that has grown rapidly as an important place for electronic music is Ampere. This 1000 capacity club has been open for just a year, but has already hosted legends City Flow Music, Alix Perez, Cocoon and a night with Jeff Mills and many more major names. Amphere is a venue that centres itself around culture and creativity, with a stylish, modern and spacious interior perfect for big electronic events. It’s promoted towards a younger generation, hailing up and coming artists from the scene alongside big names with a dedicated following.

One of Antwerp’s newest venues in the electronic scene is Klub Goud, located on the 21st floor of the A-Tower. The A-Tower is the third tallest tower in the city offering a skyline view of the whole city. Klub Goud focuses mainly on house and techno, showcasing each night through a blasting sound system. Alongside it’s stunning city views, it is unrivalled by any other urban cosmopolitan club in Antwerp.

To fill up these clubs with world-class music are multiple D+B promoters. Stealth Bombers started in 2005 and is one of the longest running drum and bass events in Belgium. With some of the biggest names such as Friction and Sigma shining on their lineup they are still one of the leading promoters in Antwerp. Rampage has grown into one of the biggest drum & bass events in the world, selling tickets in over 35 different countries. Murdock has cultivated an amazing following over the last two decades, going from DJing in squats and unconfirmed events to selling out the huge Sportpaleis arena. Since Rampage, many other drum & bass promoters have been popping up in the city, including City Flow Music, which began 6 years ago. Their most recent birthday celebrations brought a massive line-up with the likes of Goldie, Ivy Lab, Technimatic, Benny Page and many more taking to the decks. City Flow Music encompasses a myriad of D+B styles, including Jump-Up, Breakcore, Jungle and Neurofunk. Few promoters provide such an eclectic range of styles, so City Flow Music can entice the ears of anyone.

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Another essential event in Antwerp is Skank n Bass (not to be confused with our good friend’s Skankandbass’ YouTube channel), one of Belgium’s leading jump-up connoisseurs, although they don’t shy themselves away from a bit of dance floor tunes every now and again with artists such as DC Breaks, Dimension and Enei. Skank n Bass launched in 2013 and hold most of their events at Petrol and Factor, two clubs in Antwerp that cater for a variety of musical styles and genres. They also have an indoor Skank n Bass Festival that has welcomed the likes of Annix, Logan D, Total Recall and Guv to name a few.

The levels the promoters reach in Antwerp is truly astounding, with unparalleled production and an amazing crowd, it’s easy to understand why the scene flourishes so much in this continental capital. However with no artists, there would be no music, and Belgium has nurtured a number of prolific D&B producers across the years. Beginning in Antwerp we have the current king of Belgian D&B: Murdock. A resident on Belgian national radio with the only weekly D&B slot, this man is at the forefront of the industry within Belgium and his tunes have been released by legendary imprints such as V Recordings and C.I.A.

If we look beyond the capital, there is a name that needs no introduction, a true D&B/Hospital legend: Netsky. One of the biggest names in international D&B, Netsky’s trademark sound broke international barriers and truly launched D&B into previously unheard realms, and will be, forever, a hero in our book. Alongside these two sterling artists we also have Axi; an amazing producer with hosts of releases under his belt on Corinthian, Mindtech and Fallout, this Belgian beast has produced (and I’d challenge anyone who disagrees) one of the D&B great’s of the last decade: Receptor. Released in 2005, this angelic power roller both decimates dances and enlightens audiences across the globe.

The electronic scene in Antwerp is thriving and prosperous, with a die-hard and dedicated set of promoters each doing their respective thing (and doing it well). There will always be somewhere to get down and boogie in the Flemish gem that is this fine city. The rich array of clubs, promoters and artists alike lead to Antwerp being a melting pot of music and culture, one that has amalgamated to provide the perfect habitat to nurture the amazing talent that has been discussed in this piece. Antwerp, we love you.

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Words by Philippa Ghosh & Ed Priest

Posted 28th November 2016 in Blog, Features

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