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KRAAK festival 2016

Che Chen (US), Timeless Reality (DK), Ilta Hämärä (BE), Volmacht (BE), Yeah You (UK), Księżyc (PL), Mark Fell (UK), Lino Capra Vaccina (IT), 75 Dollar Bill (US), Three Legged Race (US), Shetahr (BE), Viper Pit (BE), Widt (PL), Au Bout de Mon Sang (FR), Guttersnipe (UK), Coàgul (ES), Carrageenan (FR), Hermann Nitsch (AT), Brunch @ BSB, DJ Mark Harwood (AU), Films, record fair, DJ Kerm
Fri. 26 February — Sun. 28 February 2016
Beursschouwburg, Brussel
doors: 21:00

Beursschouwburg welcomes the 18th (!) edition of KRAAK festival, the extended version? Once again, KRAAK guides unsuspecting music lovers through the organised web of off-stream, avant-garde, post-internet and neo-romantic music. For 3 (three!) days st


Fri 26 February 2016

Beursschouwburg - Zilveren Zaal
20:30 Che Chen
21:15 Ilta Hämärä
22:00 Yeah You
22:45 Timeless Reality
23:30 Volmacht
00:00 & in between DJ Kerm

Fri 26 February 2016

14:00 Record Fair / DJ Mark Harwood (Café)
14:30 WIDT (Zilveren Zaal)
15:30 Lino Capra Vaccina (Gouden Zaal)
16:45 Film Program (Zilveren Zaal)
17:15 Coàgul (Rode Hal)
17:30 Księżyc (Gouden Zaal)
20:00 Shetahr (Zilveren Zaal)
20:30 Three Legged Race (Gouden Zaal)
21:30 75 Dollar Bill (Zilveren Zaal)
21:00 Au Bout de mon Sang (Rode Hal)
22:15 Guttersnipe (Rode Hal)
22:30 Mark Fell (Gouden Zaal)
23:15 Guttersnipe (Rode Hal)
00:00 Carrageenan (Zilveren Zaal)
00:45 Octatanz DJs (Zilveren Zaal)

Fri 19 February 2016

Beursschouwburg / Begijnhofkerk
15:00 Brunch (BSB café)
17:00 Herman Nitsch (Begijnhofkerk)

Che Chen

Che Chen is a New York based multi instrumentalist who takes care of the highly complex guitar riffs of 75 Dollar Bill. He is as well a master in subtile acoustic improvisations. He played together with a.o. Tetuzi Akiyama, Robbie Lee and Chie Mukai.

Timeless Reality

The future of music is — if she wants or not — wild, sloppy and psychedelic garage rock, where the Bay Area stops and the Danish underground begins. New Rock Radicalism will be its name. Timeless reality are the vanguards of this new metamorphosis of r

Yeah You

Vimeo meme and unlikely underground duo from Newcastle. With crappy synths and vocal processor they produce their own unique blend of outsider pop music. The world is there stage, as they express through their perfomances the need that music has be amo


The new brainchild of Dennis Tyfus and Floris Vanhoof. Angry and grandiose music from the place where a rural synaesthesia poet and a urban collage artist meet eachother.

Ilta Hämärä

Clash of two Belgian underground titans, at one side Bart 'Father Sloow' De Paepe, at the other Timo Van Luijk. Sloow is the head honcho of the legendary tape label Sloow Records, and will present a retrospective book at the festival. Timo Van Luijk is

DJ Kerm

Ghentish strong force in its cassette-based underground. Mixes crappy acid, hair metal and sound collages with a firm hand.


Księżyc is since their debut album, released in 1996, the best kept secret of Poland. Their music is an update of old Slavic folk music, in which electronic treatements and avant-garde spectralism are merged into songs which display an intense and prof

Mark Fell

Mark Fell (half of IDM outlet SND) focusses on the sonic version of a singularity. He deconstructs rave and electronic music to produce compositions and sound installations which are modernist critiques in themselves. Spatiality, pure sound synthesis a

Lino Capra Vaccina

Legendary cult composer and percussionist which created a unique version of American minimalism. With gongs, Tuvan throat singing, and stripped down analogue electronica he composed the revolutionary and meditative album Antico Adagio somewher

75 Dollar Bill

Rick Brown and Che Chen form one of the most bizarre r'n'b duo's of the Western world. With complex guitar riffs and street musician-style percussion the inject the dead genre with Sun City Girls-like jams and polyrhythms. Wherever they play, under a b

Three Legged Race

TLR is the solo outlet of Robert Beatty, also know for his neo surrealistic covers for Hieroglyphic Being and Tame Impala, and noising down Hair Police. As TLR he explores a bizarre world in which horror soundtracks, modular synthesis and post-industri


The unofficial kings of the Brussels music revolution which is called Crap Wave. They are not afraid to spit in your face, throwing beers and piss off would-be and real punks. A band we love.


There is something happening in Poland, based on the excellent s/t VHS by the crossmedia duo Widt (Antoinette Nowacka and Bogumiła Piotrowska). With analogue video, vocal and electronics they create a psychedelic jungle which bears references to the Pi

Viper Pit

Satanic, filthy and razor sharp crust punk, spit out by the Anderlecht underground. A superband with roots in bands which make your 14 year old niece pie in her bed. Like the notorious Bear Bones, Lay Low and Weird Dust.

Au Bout de mon Sang

Explosive mix of ragtime and trash metal. With just a distorted banjo and some pots and pans, Au Bout de Mon Sang gave the show of the year somewhere in 2014. The facts: it's a duo with parts of the band Charnier, they are rooted in the underground of


The New Wave of Northern England noise has finally arrived. Until 3 years ago, the scene was led by VCO and side projects, but a couple of youngsters took over the sceptre. Guttersnipe is one the hardest outfits, guitar & drum are their tools to ma


Coàgul is the musical project of the visual artist Marc O'Callaghan (Barcelona, 1988). In a desperate historical ultimatum to fight the dissolution and dispersion of the modern world, Coàgul's main function is to concentrate the energy of certain cosmi

Hard dystopian technoise made by the Brussels based underground star Matthieu Levet. He forms with fellow Brussels undergrounder TG the band Pizza Noise Mafia.

Selected by Gonzalez Entertainment.

DJ Mark Harwood

Australian prototype of the underground label boss: sympatico, an intense stare, and a great taste for music.

Film Program by Floris Vanhoof

Floris Vanhoof is next to great artist himself, more and more a highly acclaimed curator of film programs that open your mind for a next level cinematic experience.

– Around Perception - Pierre Hebert, 1968 (digitaal, allicht in blackbox)

Octatanz DJ's

Octatanz is a web magazine filled with audio and visual expressions of the inexhaustible music scene mostly inspired by the 80's. Behind Octatanz are two people who accidentally met through their shared interest in music in October, 2012. Oscar der Win

Hermann Nitsch

Apart from a world famous artist, a key figure in the Wiener Aktionismus movement and master within his Gesamtkunstwerk, is Hermann Nitsch a composer. His works are transcendental organ recitals that make even the most thourough hardcore minimalist loo