I am not a great fan of festivals in general (the crowds! the noise! the smell! the burning heat or the pouring rain!), but somehow I always end up at Gentse Feesten. Every damn year 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I love Gent (“Hènt”)! A lot! So of course I was proud that we were invited to play three times this year. At three totally different locations.
Our first stop was at Gentse Feestjes, a lovely spin-off, organised by David & Tieke. This year they chose a new location, at NEST (the old city library) and it was absolutely cosy and magnificent. We shared the stage with the timid Matt Watts, who invited a bunch of super talented musicians like Bjorn Eriksson. While we were playing our show, the audience was very quiet and attentive, almost too quiet to be comfortable, actually. I could hear my own heart pounding, following the rhythm and the soft beats of Jan’s SPDS. But when our little show was over, everyone kept applauding and asking for an ‘encore’. I felt a bit guilty that I hadn’t prepared one and had to say no. But trust me, if I feel I’m not ready to do an ‘encore’, it’s best for everyone that I don’t 😉
Next up was something to-tal-ly different. While Gentse Feestjes were inside, at night, small, cosy and with an indie loving audience, Sint-Baafs was outside, in the burning midday sun, the biggest stage of the festival and with a totally different audience. The fans of the Flemish singer Christoff, who’s show was programmed at 9 pm, were already awaiting him in front of the stage around 3 pm. I could only hope that I could distract them a bit from their long wait.
I felt quite at ease on that big stage, we played a good set and I really think we could do more big stages in the future (Pukkelpop 2018, stuff like that?). Afterwards, Jan, Kobe and I drank some fancy alcohol stuff in the VIP bar. Lots of passengers were frowning at the sight. “What are those sloppy, hippie looking wildlings doing in that super chique VIP area?!”. Haha 🙂
Last but not least we played at Laurentplein on Thursday, July, 20th. This was for a folk competition (MuziekMozaïek). We had to hurry to get installed and soundcheck, but here too, we had lots of fun. In general I feel so much more at ease and liberated on stage. I’d like to thank Jan and Kobe, by the way, for always coming with me, wherever we are invited 🙂
Really looking forward to the shows August. Be very welcome.
PS: we are slowly but surely writing tons of new songs, more news later, I promise <3
|29 Mar 2018||GC De Pianofabriek||Brussels|
|07 Apr 2018||Villa Tikkeneike (duo)||Antwerp (Berchem)|
|27 Apr 2018||GC De Kroon (duo)||Sint-Agatha-Berchem|
|19 May 2018||tba (Namur)||Namur|
|21 May 2018||Het Depot||Leuven|
|23 May 2018||Trix (w/Donovan Woods)||Antwerp|
|08 Jun 2018||Het Stadsmagazijn||Antwerp|
|05 Oct 2018||Living room concert (Namur)(email for address)|
|18 Nov 2018||Leiesessies||Wervik|
|31 Jan 2018||Botanique||Brussels|
|25 Nov 2017||De Spot (w/Max Meser)||Middelburg (NL)|
|18 Nov 2017||Ancienne Belgique (Brussels Tuub)||Brussels|
|29 Sep 2017||STUK (w/Barely Autumn)||Leuven|
|20 Aug 2017||Nocturne Atlantikwall||Oostende|
|19 Aug 2017||Zomerfestival Retranchement||Retranchement (NL)|
|16 Aug 2017||The Key Club||Leuven|
|20 Jul 2017||Gentse Feesten (Laurentplein)||Ghent|
|18 Jul 2017||Gentse Feesten (St.Baafs)||Ghent|
|16 Jul 2017||Gentse Feestjes (NEST)||Ghent|
|11 Jun 2017||De Maalbeek||Etterbeek|
|05 May 2017||Sehnsucht (expo)||Hasselt|
|28 Apr 2017||Belgiek (duo)||Brugge|
|28 Apr 2017||Ancienne Belgique (duo)(w/School Is School)||Brussels|
|24 Feb 2017||GC Brecht||Brecht|
|23 Feb 2017||GC Nekkersdal||Laken|
|29 Jan 2017||Archiduc (duo)||Brussels|
Leonore is the band of Brussels-based singer-songwriter Chloë Nols. They create dream pop that meanders gently between melancholy and comfort, guiding you to otherworldly atmospheres.
‘Sub Rosa’, the band’s new EP, will be released on March, 16th, 2018. The title is a reference to what is invisible and hidden, and to unspoken desire. Chloë’s voice sounds both fragile and powerful in a symphony of mysterious loops and fiery riffs. The overall effect is a warm harmony that burns deep and reveals hidden depths.
Leonore is Chloë Nols, Kobe Dupont, Olivier Penu, Alan Van Rompuy & Joshua Dellaert.
The press about Leonore’s debut album “Phoenix” (2015):
If ‘Phoenix’ proves one single thing, it is that Chloë Nols creates beautiful melodies, in which light and darkness alternate (…) Her talent, and that of her companions, is undeniable. Her train ticket to Destination Future burns inside her pocket, and believe me when I say that we all want to travel with her. (Knack Focus)
Vulnerable and fragile, but never a wallflower. A stunning debut. (De Morgen)
Chloë Nols touches you and grabs you softly by the throat. A stunning debut from a special talent. (OOR)
Her band supports her excellent voice, that sounds even more pure live than on the album. The young singer from Brussels seems liberated and her voice opens up with a controlled, disconcerting ease (…) We’d love to see her grow in the future (…) Don’t they say that the Phoenix rises from its own ashes? Well, on to the second album! (RTBF Culture)
This soft pop, which is more or less intimate, always offers something complex in a sweet and devoted way. (Le Soir)
Leonore shows her love for refined arrangements and her feeling for melodies This music is intimate and covered with spleen, and thus an album of the season. (Moustique)
Sometimes you just feel: yes, with this kind of pure songs one can only convince the audience. And you just ask yourself: why don’t we all embrace Leonore? (Kurt Overbergh, artistic director at Ancienne Belgique).
Leonore’s song ‘The Island’ was selected for De Nieuwe Lichting at Studio Brussel, ‘Brussels’ and ‘The Tempest’ had airplay on La Premiere and BRUZZ. Moreover, Leonore has shared the stage with Avi Buffalo, Amatorski, Intergalactic Lovers, Bony King, Marble Sounds, An Pierlé and Eefje de Visser at Ancienne Belgique, Botanique, Flagey, Vooruit, De Roma, Trix, De Studio, STUK, Het Depot, Rotown, Mezz, Muziekgieterij, Gentse Feesten, Boomtown, Brussels Summer Festival, Stoemp!, AFF, Labadoux and Beautés Soniques.
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