Personal Anecdotes from the Writer’s Desk
As we look back fondly on SSFB 2017, some of our contributors share their stories of the day.
We want to thank all of our visitors and the artists for being there with us last Sunday. Thank you for being the best festival crowd in the world! It was a day filled with magic and great performances by all artists. Enjoy these moments that were captured by the lovely Bibian Bingen and Marinka Grondel.
Sunday night may be the first time many of us will be acquainted with the Turkish powerhouse known affectionately as Selda, but for Suzan Yücel – a child of Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands who grew up side by side with Selda’s music – this name strikes a far more familiar chord.
To get us sufficiently warmed up for this Sunday, Mutant Beat Dance unleashes a second set of 5 exclusive snippets from their new 25-track album; plus a candid interview featuring Steve Summers, the new addition to the project. The trio will make their European debut at Strange Sounds From Beyond 2017.
In the 20 years since Antal Heitlager co-founded Rush Hour, it has become so much more than the initial store and mail order service for more obscure house and techno records. In 1999, the record deals between Dutch artists and companies overseas led to the birth of the Rush Hour Recordings label, which has released hundreds of titles over the years. Today, their events for like-minded music lovers make it to major cities around the world such as Tokyo, Paris and London. I met up with Antal at the Rush Hour store – which has been upgraded to a much bigger location a bit further up the Spuistraat last year – to talk about how it all started and how Rush Hour came to be the household name it is today.
For just one day this coming June, by the waters up north in Amsterdam, the typically tranquil grounds of the Noorderlicht will come to life once more as Strange Sounds From Beyond enters its second run. Earlier last month, we kicked off the first round of line-up announcements as a pre-taster for what’s to come this summer. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the line-up for SSFB 2017 and we believe we have arrived at a sweet spot.
Sunday, June 25th will see the return of Strange Sounds From Beyond to Noorderlicht for our second instalment of the festival. After an encouraging debut that sought to infuse unexpected new flavors into Amsterdam’s festival scene last summer, we have attempted to piece together a new program meant to invigorate the senses and broaden one’s experimental musical palette.