The Voice is a popular tv show (much like Idols or X-Factor, but obviously with a different angle) all over the world, but here in cold Belgium, we’re gearing up for the second season, and I for one cannot wait! Coaches Natalia, Koen, Jasper and Alex battle with their teams, and try to come out on top. Glenn Claes ended up on top last year, and I cannot wait to see who’s going to be making it deep this year.
For the real The Voice fans there’s even a whole online team headed by Steffi Vertriest and Fabrice Chan. They’ll be back this year to cover all the action on Facebook and Twitter!
Below are a couple snapshots of what The Voice feels like in Belgium – and a YouTube video of last year’s winner Glenn!
Tomorrowland 2011 was already the 7th edition of the Belgian dance festival based on its Dutch sister, Mysteryland. This year the festival got prolonged with one extra day: instead of just Saturday and Sunday, Friday got added. Three equal days if you consider the line-up.
This year’s theme was“Alice in Wonderland”, so ID&T made sure everything looked as in a fairy tale. Colorful stages, little sparkling fountains, every corridor decorated and the right atmosphere set. Although the summer hasn’t been particularly great in Belgium, we had 3 days of sunshine at Tomorrowland. During the 3-day festival 60 000 party people passed De Schorre in Boom, and for each and every one of them there was something in the line-up. Whether you like hardstyle, trance, electro or mainstream, there is always a stage to your liking. Same goes for food and drinks, actually.
One of my personal favorites is Avicii. I believe we’ll be hearing a lot from this guy. Great catchy tunes, and he throws in nice vocals too. I enjoyed Basto!’s surprise act too – live piano at a dance festival? Only at Tomorrowland! Classic trance with Cosmic Gate: everybody moving, nice show. They know how to get the audience involved! And Promo is still a master of hardcore. Seamless transition from light hardstyle to heavy hardcore.
There is a reason Tomorrowland gets sold out faster each year. Tomorrowland sets the rules, it raises the bar for dance festivals all around Europe. No wonder it got the “Only for DJ’s” award as “Best Dancefestival”, and it got nominated as “Best Music Event” at the International Dance Music Awards.
I’ll make sure to get my tickets as soon as possible next year!
We’ve seen it before with Chumbawamba’s Thupthumping, but now it’s a Brazilian foul-mouthed hyperactive girl and her team called Buraka Som Sistema with their Wegue Wegue song. Loving it, and it’s all thanks to EA Sports’ FIFA 2010.
Belgian Superstar DJ Timo Dawson shared this amazing set on SoundCloud today, and I felt like sharing…
Click the orange play button and let the grooves take control of your body! Oh and if you’d like to meet the voice behind the genius mind, check out his great iPad Serato tool and the video in which he introduces it!
Belgian superstar DJ Timo Dawson aka Nitto Dawson has created this freeware controller for Serato on iPad. I’m highly impressed with the level of detail and his commitment to smoking while making his video.