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AB changes course in the new season: “We shotten the popgroepjes with one hit out’

More jazz, hip-hop and world music. That is the short summary of the new season in the AB.

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Next weekend kicks the Ancienne Belgique its new season as well, with Global Street Sounds, a free festival in which acts from Turkey, Colombia, and Tibet, brotherly next to each other are programmed. The event is a harbinger of the rest of the AB-year: less ‘normal’ pop and rock bands, more hip-hop, jazz and world music.

For the rapliefhebbers more than two gigs of Run The Jewels, the rapduo that this summer, Best Kept Secret still platspeelde, Machine Gun Kelly, Loyle Carner, Nitrogen , and Level 4, the all-starshow with Belgian hiphoptalent. The jazzcats can, after the almost over Jazz 100-theme year, to their heart’s content with Brzzvll, Taxiwars and De Beren Gieren, all in one night. For the lovers of exotic sounds, among other things, Joey Soldat from Burkina Faso, Amadou & Mariam from Mali to Brussels.

The turn is to come, says programmator Kurt Overbergh in The Standard. “Five years ago we noticed that the AB is a bit alienated was of the city. Since then, we are involved in kunstenoverleg, we organize free events, and we are working together with community organisations. We are now once in a different city, and want us to anchor. That you must reflect in your programming.’

Overbergh makes no secret that the variety of programming also a more diverse audience it must attract, but also play the developments in the music scene. ‘Rock and Pop are soggy and boring’, he thinks. ‘The real rock’n’ roll spirit and the experimenteerdrang sit today in hip-hop, jazz and world music.’

“A concert organizer know eventually what works and what doesn’t, but who are artiestenbestand wish to renew must also from his own comfort zone, Overbegh. “Now we are the anglo-Saxon popgroepjes with one hit from the AB Club shotten and the nieuwlichters of the London jazz convert. Otherwise who might just up and appear, now they fit in our broader story.’

AB lost the pop and rock, not at all. So play Future Islands and Fleet Foxes two each time. It is also no secret that the AB in both the Royal Circus as the American Theater aast, files that are blocked are in the Brussels politics.

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