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09.11.2017 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek

Upcoming weekender probably doesn’t need another write-up: Call Super’s blog on the connection between the art of Anita Sarko and his approach to putting together this weekend was both a wonderful introduction and a way to get even more excited about what’s going to happen. I remember arriving in São Paulo, my first day ever out of Europe, being jetlagged, getting used to the heat – the first evening seeing many familiar faces because of Dekmantel Brazil the next day. A live band playing, fancy drinks on the other side of the street, and getting into a conversation with Call Super on the possibilities that open up when a DJ can play more than one set, expectations that can be mixed.

After that a mail conversation titled “Dreamy weekend” started, discussing ideas on decoration, time flow, and line-up. We found three other DJs to play twice: upsammy, Ben UFO and Objekt, over different parts of the weekend. Like always, when visiting one can get a stamp and get come back, and for this time there won’t be a timetable, with having all these great people on the program, we hope feel free to drop in anytime. Whether it’s Sunday morning at 7:00 or Saturday night at 3:00, there might always be something special happening.

On the first day of December - it's still hard to believe - Olof Dreijer, comes to De School. You might know him from his work with The Knife, his remix for Emmanuel Kar, his part in Noise Manifesto (in dreamy formation with Paula Temple, Planningtorock and Rroxymore) or his alter ego Oni Ayhun. (Or maybe even from the audio piece he installed in Rotterdam years ago.) It was Oceanic who’s biggest wish was to play on a night with Rroxymore and Olof Dreijer, so it’s Oceanic who’s opening the night, Olof playing second, and Rroxymore closing. Her latest EP on Don’t Be Afraid came out a few days ago – it’s great and wonderfully connected to Oni Ayhun’s work in strange ways. A week later Via App (tipped by Aurora, Shane and Bill Kouligas!), Tala Drums Corps and Sybil Jason play the basement. After obsessing over this interview and mix for our favourite music magazine, Herrensauna’s Jordan told me Sybil Jason might be in Europe at the end of the year (thanks!), and I’m super happy we got to the chance to book her. Yesterday she did a great mix plus interview again, that I also couldn’t recommend more. 

December also marks the next Tijdgenoten exhibition, that will be open from November 23 till Christmas. In collaboration with Het Vijfde Seizoen, our art curator Femke Dekker put together a series of works, presented as The Beautiful Distress Art Manifestation on Mental Illness. On December 15 Subbacultcha hosts their annual many-great-local-cool-bands-as-a-way-to-end-the-year-and-start-a-new-one-get-together and De School’s happily joining in. YungGods are on the bill, so is Petersburg Orderer, and I heard two of my favourite people will be playing records but that’s still T B A. Ofcourse everyone at the LAN Party can stay for the kinda local affair in our club basement at night – including Robert Bergman, Orpheu the Wizard (most exciting!) and Terekke doing a deep-as-the-ocean interpretation of his new album.
 
Around the holidays we organize five consecutive nights with sparkly designs by our designers Edwin and Jeremy (who we got to know through his design work for Dutch shining star Eefje de Visser), who have been doing all our artwork since day one, and hopefully keep doing so in the same fashion till our final night. Boxing day sees the return of DJ Dustin, on his request playing together with DJ Masda, continuing the spirit of their long set at Draaimolen (shoutout!) last month. Young Marco and Dekmantel Soundsystem shake-up Wednesday, while Tom brings his Trago Train Tour to De School on Thursday. The Black Madonna’s traditional December set happens on Friday, and we’re as happy that Octo Octa takes part of the first half of the night (I absolutely love all her new stuff, didn’t play one set without one of her tracks, but can I please add that this is still a jam?). For our final party this year we’ve asked Dasha Rush, Somewhen, Mor Elian (thanks for the still life!) and JP Enfant to take care of an extended night, perhaps till noon next day, to get into the new year's spirit in time.

And in this last month more traditions will take place: Hunee & Antal return for their one joint all night Amsterdam club gig this year, DVS1 returns after 364 days to share a night with Jasper & Maarten again on his request, Peter Van Hoesen (who will bring his drum computer for an extended set) and Sandrien get together for a night that’s been in the making since De School’s start, and Lucy will play our basement in the first week of December, from open to close, neverending fireworks.  

Tickets for December club nights will go on sale Friday November 10 at noon. The tickets for the five consecutive nights between Christmas and New Year's Eve are already on sale.
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