In our latest Belgian music article we look at three hot tickets at the Ancienne Belgique.
Black Flower presents ‘Magma’
Black Flower are at the (provisional) peak of their creative powers. Having received glowing praise (from Mojo and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson) for the 2019 album Future Flora, the new album Magma embraces plenty of synth and organ sounds. Led by Brusselsbased saxophonist/flute player/composer Nathan Daems (Echoes of Zoo, Dijf Sanders), the quintet brings a vibrant, hypnotic mix of Ethio jazz, afrobeat, psychedelia and oriental influences, inspired by Mulatu Astatke, Fela Kuti and diverse Western music traditions. 16 February 2022. AB Club. €15.
Goat Girl and Speed Training
In what AB bills as “absurd postpunk from London”, this concert features Goat Girl and Speed Training. London foursome Goat Girl started four years ago with a self-titled album. Their vibrant guitar music marked a new wave in the London indie-rock scene. Echoes of their socially critical lyrics and furious sound can still be heard on the new LP On All Fours, although, says AB, “they sound crazier and more unpredictable than ever”. 17 February 2022. AB Club. €15.
www.abconcerts.beThe Sound of The Belgian Underground 2022
Under the title ‘The Sound of The Belgian Underground’, AB and Subbacultcha! has created a concert oozing local musical talent active on the fringe. The emphasis is on “bands that focus on artistic freedom and not necessarily the public at large”. This month’s exciting ‘underground’ bands live on stage are Antwerp rapper Kleine Crack, electronic drum and bass group Salome, Frankie Traandruppel, Knechtjong, Helenahm Azertyklavierwerke, Pega, Dushime, Naomie Klaus, Victor De Roo, Rachel Sassi and Meril Wubslin. 27 February 2022. AB Complex. €13 (free for Subbacultcha members).