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10.01.2018 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek
Picture by: Carista

The new year has just started and while we’re still in our first week of doing small parties in Het Muzieklokaal, we already have to look at what comes next. While we’re buying balloons and looking for the right laser for Job’s Sunday party, thinking about the best spot for the Dance With Pride t-shirt stand, the re-opening of the basement is already around the corner. On Friday February 2 the first basement party of the year will take place with Mozhgan, Woody and Ron van de Kerkhof. Hearing Ron play records at Bimhuis after an otherwordly Ex-Eye show last October was magical, I think it was that night I started wondering what his music would sound like in a dark basement.
 
Before the club opens on Friday, you’re invited to come and see the new exhibition in collaboration with Unfair. From 20.00 till 22.00 the doors are open, and entrance is free, for music and video-art. For the show we are building large scale video-installations with works that approach our contemporary way of working with the all-encompassing digital world around us. The same way we are looking into the fire, or dance on the volcano, we are building an exhibition design that engulfs the visitors on all sensory levels.
 
The first weekend of February also marks the arrival of Dekmantel’s intercontinental ocean liner: together we’ve brought together a mixed bunch of artists, elaborating on Dekmantel’s UFO theme. A year ago, when visiting their festival in Sao Paulo, my highlights were Juju & Jordash (live on a massive stage, right before Nina Kraviz, ending in a furious This is not America, it being two weeks after Trump’s inauguration) and Cashu, whose set was luckily recorded. Happy they’re both part of Het Weekend, exactly a year later. After moving up during the day, we move to the basement again on Sunday night for Interstellar Funk, Identified Patient and Helena Hauff – some already said the basement is made for her sound. And in a way I can imagine, when they started building this bike shed in 1960s, they already had Helena Hauff in the back of their minds, somewhere.
 
Last week during our annual De Nieuw party, two of my highlights were upsammy (Sunday Snooze Mix playing here at the office right now!) and Carista (thanks for the wonderful still life!) in Het Muzieklokaal (though I have to admit, really, there were only highlights – shoutout Marcel Dettmann too!). I’m happy they’re both joining in in February – upsammy opening for Palms Trax in the basement, and Carista with Bradley Zero and Elias Mazian upstairs.
 
The day after Bradley, Elias and Carista, Aleksi Perälä will bring his liveset to the basement. I love every track of his new album Paradox, also couldn’t pick one because of the impossible track titles. Looking forward to hear his synths curling, folding, twisting through the dark. Opening will be Jasper & Maarten, and closing is Solid Blake from the Apeiron Crew. A week before, on Saturday, Vera from Melliflow returns after playing a sweaty long set during our weekender in May, this time accompanied by Oceanic.
 
February ends with a local affair: Tom Trago from open to close on Friday, and Deniro, JP Enfant and Makam taking care of the Saturday, for a night in special service of the Foundation Amsterdam Night Mayor. Important to add, there's no need to stay up late if you like to hear good music in February: Subbacultcha brings Man Duo, King Dick and Bonne Aparte to our small low-key concert venue S105 on Jan 25, Feb 10 and Feb 17. Free for members and 8 euros for the rest of the world. Don’t sweat the technique.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday January 11th at noon. Check out the full program here.
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