FESTIVAL GOES ONLINE AND REVEALS FIRST NAMES
After the successful edition in 2020, where Grauzone was one of the last physical music and art festivals, Grauzone 2021 will be an online edition due to the ongoing pandemic. Earlier, the festival weekend was moved from February to May. The first names of Grauzone 2022 will be announced during the online event and then the early bird ticket sales will also start. Grauzone 2022 will take place again in February.
Within the program, Grauzone presents a special section aimed at the ‘wave’ of urgent and exciting Belgian acts led by famous names such as Whispering Sons and Amenra. Grauzone has brought together some of the best and newest acts under the title ‘The Sound Of Belgium’. Several bands will present themselves here for the first time to a Dutch audience.
Amenra, who will play an acoustic set, is one of Belgium’s most influential acts. The concerts are unique events with a strong ritual character. The band plays an exclusive show at a special location.
Whispering Sons breathed new life into the post-punk genre and played on Grauzone before. The new, second album Several Others will be released in June and they will perform it for the first time on Grauzone. Sylvie Kreusch (ex-Warhaus), one of the most talented rising Belgian stars, is reminiscent of Lana Del Rey, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin with her mysterious electronic voodoo doll and her sultry voice. Sonsfrom Melsele play psychedelic garage punk and high energy post-punk and are, according to KEXP: ” one of the must-see live acts performing right now ”.
Tuareg group Kel Assouf, with frontman Anana Ag Haroun originally from Niger but now based in Brussels, play intoxicating North African desert rock in the style of Mdou Moctar / Tinariwen with Jimi Hendrix influences. Dark hypnotic electro comes from Rumours, with Brutus’ drummer / singer Stefanie Mannaerts on synths / beats and Hannah Vandenbussche with vocals that balance between Chelsea Wolfe and Fever Ray
Siem Reap is the shoegaze solo project of Gilles Demolder (Oathbreaker / Wiegedood). De Nooit Moedetakes inspiration from the 80s new wave with Factory / 4AD influences. Their 2020 debut EP was mixed by David Morley (Depeche Mode, The Orb). Bolis Pupul is Boris Zeebroek (The Germans and the other half of Charlotte Adigery) with analog synths signed on the Soulwax label. Think of Logic System, Telex and Kraftwerk.
Dutch sounds comes from Global Charming who mix Talking Heads and Modern Lovers and the psychedelic kraut duo Spill Gold. In addition, there is space-synth-krautrock from the brandnew supergroup 4B2M with members of, among others, De Staat and Go Back to the Zoo.
Berlin DJs Zanias (Linea Aspera), Reka and Pablo Bozzi (Imperial Black Unit) will let you dance in your living room until the early hours.