Bye bye paper membership cards
Nuits Sonores & European Lab Brussels is a project co-organised and co-produced by BOZAR and Arty Farty Brussels. This third edition offers you a divers programme, ranging from conferences to collaborations. The heart of the festival however is a cutting-edge programme of electronic music and jazz blended with world music and contemporary sounds. We took a closer look at four of our favourites in the line-up.
Text By Jacob McPherson
BOZAR Takeover / Studio
Cairo-based electronic music producer, Ahmed El Ghazoly / ZULI, returns to Brussels for Nuits Sonores after previously performing at BRDCST. His dark trip-hop electronic style found on 2018 LP Terminal is the result of combining hip-hop, techno, garage, grime, modern R&B, noise, and future bass. Collaborating with artists like MSYLMA, known for delivering poetic Arabic vocals, ZULI shares his universe with the Western world. Both familiar and foreign, he transcends cultures and genres with momentous beats and rhythms.
Nuit 2 : The Loop x NB / Kanal Pompidou
A manifestation of their identity journey, DJ/producer Lotic serves dark experimental music while exploring topics like gender, emotional expression, and masculinity in non-traditional spaces. With the appropriately titled debut album, Power, Lotic’s story is one of pushing through two worlds – dealing with America’s current growing pains and living in Berlin as a non-German faced with resistance. Throughout Power, there’s a feeling of tenacity. It’s a story of Lotic’s inner tension as a queer person of color caught between varying degrees of oppression. Their confronting style creates a space for societal questioning within the realm of electronic music.
BOZAR Takeover / Terarken
This Moroccan Paris-based DJ spins intergalactic, North-African inspired beats. As the antithesis to her conservatory years as a classically trained musician, يثر Glitter ٥٥ has found a new home in the Paris club scene. With platforms like Boiler Room taking note, she’s coming to Nuits Sonores to rocket audiences to another dimension. Serving up deep bass, techno, and tribal sounds, يثر Glitter ٥٥ ’s set are a mesmerising multi-sensory experience. Let the spirit of the cosmos captivate your soul as she turns up the heat again, even if for only one night.
BOZAR Takeover / HLB
Resident of C12 and Deep In House, Brussels-based Chris Ferreira holds his own against Nuits Sonores’ international heavy hitters. Delivering Chicago house, Detroit techno, electro, and everything in between, Ferreira represents Brussels’ globally inspired DJ scene. Taking it back to 80’s groove and funk, while moving in the future with atmospheric beats, turn up for a feel-good blend of old school and new age sounds. Chris Ferreira’s style is here to make you sweat.