Attention musical adventurers: BRDCST is back! The line-up for this 6th edition is now complete and we’ve curated a fine selection of artists based on one key question: does this music make your heart beat faster?
On the 7th, 8th and 9th of April 2023 we’ll submerge you in the coolest new music. Cancel your Easter plans or tell your mum you’ll need to leave early. BRDCST is on. Expect a surprising mix of Moroccan punk, avant-garde pow wow, Tuvan throat singing, (transcendental) jazz, layered electronica, improv, underground rap, Gregorian chants, Turkish psychedelia, Japanese folk, a big load of post-punk, Chicago footwork, South African gqom and contemporary classical music.
Listen to this playlist from programmer Kurt Overbergh to get in the mood and find out which of the artists will send your heartbeat soaring too.
NEW CREATIONS x ROUGH DIAMONDS
BRDCST is a discovery festival so it’s only fitting that a lot of artists are coming to showcase their new work. One of them is electronica pioneer James Holden. On the opening night of the festival he’ll take you on a journey through his newest record ‘Imagine This is a High Dimensional Space of all Possibilities’. You can also expect new music by Ambassade, Tim Hecker and by the unexpected duo Steve Gunn x David Moore, the pianist behind the minimalist/ambient ensemble Bing & Ruth.
Gaye Su Akyol - our first Turkish headliner - will be presenting her most recent album with some impressive guest features. Although Kode9’s album ‘Escapology’ was released a while ago, it’s getting a long overdue Belgian premiere, hosted by Hyperdub founder Steve Goodman. You can expect some serious audiovisual effects!
And Fat Dog will be showcasing ‘absolutely nothing’. They’re flat out refusing to give us some new stuff, but make sure you don’t miss their energetic live set!
LONDON JAZZ SCENE
The marriage between BRDCST x LONDON JAZZ SCENE has been a happy one ever since our first edition. And so far we’re still not sick of eachother. We invited Tom Skinner (see: The Smile and The Comet Is Coming) who in turn brought even more top musicians from the London scene such as saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael (SEED Ensemble) and Kareem Dayes (see: Yussef Kamaal). The most exciting London avant jazz group of the moment is without a doubt Ill Considered. They’re following in the footsteps of titans such as John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Drummer Sarathy Kowar also brings along some talented mates, like baritone saxophonist Tamara Osborn (Collocuter). London represent!
REMARKABLE VOICES: GREGORIAN CHANTS x TUVAN THROAT SINGING x AVANT-GARDE POW WOW
Tuvan throat singing? Gregorian chants? Avant-garde pow wow? BRDCST has it all! We’ve got the honour to lend our stage to a living legend: the 66 year old Tuvan Sainkho Namtchylak. She masters all seven octaves without breaking a sweat. The Wire: ‘Namtchylak can easily manipulate her vocal chords to sound completely inhuman and demonic.’ Alright, let’s say she’s an ‘undead’ legend. And we swear you’ve never heard anything remotely like Joe Rainey’s avant-garde pow wow music. What is pow wow? Sorry, no spoilers!
It’s early days, but let us introduce you to a true BRDCST revelation: the Japanese vocal acrobat Hatis Noit. ‘She can do operatic, yodelling, Ibeyi-esque chanting or guttural growl.’ (Loud And Quiet) It’s no coincidence she’s at the top of our list.
(OUTSPOKEN) MUSICAL ACTIVISM
With their activist hip hop and punk - about squirting for example - queer rap act LIONSTORM recently took the Dutch underground by storm. And we’re betting they’ll have the exact same effect on the BRDCST audience. LIONSTORM flips the finger to heteronormativity: “We’re just as clear and direct about our sexuality as a lot of male Dutch rappers who are very clear about the sex they have with women.”
Sarathy Kowar doesn’t go easy on xenophobia and the Turkish Gaye Su Akyol was arrested in 2019 in Istanbul because of her criticism towards the conservative regime. The Moroccan punk band Taqbir even cover their faces on stage out of real fear of repercussions. BRDCST is proud to provide a platform for these artists.
GUESTS OF HONOUR TAQBIR, ELVIN BRANDHI AND STEVE GUNN: SO NICE WE BOOKED IT TWICE (OR MORE)
BRDCST is so impressed by the Moroccan punk band Taqbir we are putting them on the menu as a daily special.
Every day they’ll play you ‘a 15 minute blast of compressed rage’ (The Wire).
The Welsh sound/noise artist Freya Edmondes will also be playing several times. Solo as Elvin Brandhi but also in a duo with her dad as Yeah You. Their delightful improv noise pop is a by-product of their long car rides together. Cute right?
The American songwriter Steve Gunn will step out of his comfort zone twice during BRDCST: once together with pianist David Moore (Bing & Ruth) and once more with the 22 year old saxophonist Zoh Amba who will blow your socks off. Think: Albert Ayler 2.0.
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF CAN CLASSIC ‘EGE BAMYASI’
Reworking a legendary classic, it takes a lot of damn guts. But BRDCST has got blind faith in theatre director / musician Ferre ‘Sergeant’ Marnef and his disciples Oï les OX, L. Jacobs, Milan W and the Japanese saxophonist Shoko Igarashi, who is currently living in Brussels. Last year they did what they do best with Can’s 70’s album ‘Tago Mago’, this year they’ll reinvent the equally legendary album ‘Ego Bamyasi’.
BRDCST BY NGHT: DJ MARCELLE x WALTUR (BURENHINDER)
On FRI the 7th and SAT the 8th of April we are diving into the night, onto the dancefloor and into the arms of Waltur of the all-female rave collective Burenhinder and DJ Marcelle, who’s back by popular demand! Last year she brought the house down using her three (!) turntables and switching swiftly from dub to jungle to post-punk and techno. Waltur is serving us some hard electronic music as an ode to femininity because: “It seems like anything that’s female needs to be sweet and cuddly which is exactly what we’re rebelling against.” Let’s join that rebellion. To the dance floor!