Gentse Feesten

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.

August, 16th – The Key Club (Leuven)
August, 19th – Nocturne Atlantikwall (Oostende)
August, 20th – Zomerfestival (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen)

PS: we are slowly but surely writing tons of new songs, more news later, I promise <3 

Support School Is Cool (Ancienne Belgique)

Dear all,
 
After crazy, busy, action month March, April was slow. Damn weird and damn slow. Challenging, too, behind the scenes… Some days time seemed to be holding its breath, right? And other days time went by faster than a death ride.
 
Most of the time all I wanted to do was to move forward, but something or someone always seemed to be holding me back. I know life is not about an external destination, but I was sooo glad when all the slowness suddenly changed, last week. When School Is School invited Leonore to play their support act for their sold out show at Ancienne Belgique 🙂
 
Even though only Kobe and I were free to play and even though we already had an other booked concert to play in Bruges, we just went for it. We decided to play as a duo for the first time, rehearsing at Ancienne Belgique (Huis 23) in the afternoon before the show, getting on stage by 8pm, hitting the road again for Bruges by 9pm, hihi. (Less ‘hihi’ because we probably missed a great School Is School party :/ )
In any way, I think we really nailed it at Ancienne Belgique. Please speak up if you don’t agree 🙂
 
Below are some pictures of the very talented Frank Nieuwenhuis. Kobe seems lost in his own world, while I’m looking depressed and tormented, hell yeah <3
 
And what’s next, I hear you think? Well, apart from playing some smaller shows (to stay in shape and to which you are always véry welcome), we continue writing and rehearsing (new) songs. One of them I’ll release by the end of August, with a beautiful video Frank Nieuwenhuis made (special thanks to Sean Willekens). In the meantime I’m thinking about a producer for the second album, does anyone have any good tips?
 
All my love,
Chloë
 

Spring news

Dear all,
 
Apart from a quick photo now and then, I haven’t been sharing much news lately. I was a bit absent/busy because I was focussed on a new and exciting chapter for Leonore 🙂
 
My spiritual friends had already warned me at the beginning of this month, that March 2017 would be all about ACTION! Seems like they were damn right! These are the adventures that we’ve been caught up in lately:
 
– Recording some new songs (with Tobie Speleman & Number Nine Studios). Not sure when we’ll share them with you, but in any case, it will be when the time is right!
 
– Working on a Dutch version of “Brussels” (with new arrangements and in the Brussels dialect), with the kind help of Fleddy Melculy, Jan Hautekiet and Johan Verminnen, which will be released in the autumn.
 
– Working on a new music video with Frank Nieuwenhuis
 
– Playing some live shows soon:
April, 7th, 2017 – Trefpunt (Ghent)
April, 8th, 2017 – Living room concert (Brussels)
April, 28th, 2017 – Belgiek (Brugge)
May, 5th, 2017 – Expo (Hasselt)
June, 11th, 2017 – GC De Maelbeek (Etterbeek, Brussels)
July, 16th, 2017 – Gentse Feestjes (Ghent)
July, 20th, 2017 – Gentse Feesten (Ghent)
August, 20th, 2017 – Festival Retranchement (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen)
November, 18th, 2017 – Brussels Tuub at Ancienne Belgique (Brussels)
 
I’d like to thank my band members Kobe, Jan, Arne and Ruben, for helping me write and arrange my songs. They bring the dreamy universes of my mind to life. They are critical, but always kind and supportive <3
 
Ow, and I have a new job, during the day, so I will do all of the above at night!
Tired but satisfied kisses!
Chloë