With The Sound Of The Belgian Underground coming up next month, this December is all about our strange and diverse, little country. To find out more on what’s going on down South from our Ghent headquarters, we asked JF Jaspers from Go With The Flow to give us some insights on the Liège scene and where to go to this last month of the year.
What is the Liege cultural scene like?
Active I’d say. We have several places to go out and a lot of people and associations who love to make Liege feel alive, offering concerts, parties, exhibitions etc. We’re an historical principality and I guess rooting in this heritage, the people in Liege are used to try and make the city move, rather than to leave it (for Brussels or other Belgian cities). The fact that we have students and a university is certainly helping in that sense of course. We also love to party so if no one organises them, we should just start creating them ourselves.
Which are the spots to go to in Liege?
Like I said we have a good offer of places to go to, ranging from ‘bigger venues’ like Reflektor, Le Cadran or La Caserne Fonck, to cool and well established places like La Zone, L’Escalier, Le Pot Au Lait, or now KulturA (in the same building —Le Cirque Divers was the place of alternative and art from the seventies to the nineties). We also have a lot of cool smaller places like Cupper Café, Le Hangard, Lou’s Bar, Grand Maison, and some brand new one like Le Mentin and CA’DI Malavés. If you’re looking for books, you should go visit Le Livre Aux Trésors, and as for records, we’ve a new record store in town, Lost In Sound <3
Do you feel like there is some sort of division in terms of culture and events between the North and South of Belgium?
Yes and no… With the cultural split (education and culture are separated) it’s hard to have a common dream and cultural universe, even though I personally go more to Gent than I go to Namur for example. Apart from the language difference, I feel at home with all cool people and good vibes, so in some ways we’re all Belgians and before anything, citizens of the world.
Four top events for this month?
Besides the two events I set up this month at KulturA (Spirit Fest and Snapped Ankles), La Fessée #2 happening at KulturA on December 16 and it is definitely going to be a party (think Il Est Vilaine, Rubin Steiner and more). And the last one will happen not this month and not in Wallonie, but in January at L’atelier 210 (Brussels) with Zombie Zombie and Camera.
Snapped Ankles plays KulturA (Go With The Flow), Liège, 8 December. The show is free for members. Join here.