The 4th edition of the annual Balkan Sessions
is a broad festival covering several cultural domains, exploring the
incredible versatile faces of Eastern music and its ability to fuse genres and people.
After two successful editions the Balkan Sessions festival is growing a tiny bit bigger, with film'n'food, dj-sets and 3 very different live (big) bands from all around the globe.
21:00 - 22:30 / Oratnitza live at Balkan Sessions #3
◕ Oratnitza 21:00 - 22:30 ▷ Kelderzaal De Centrale
The combination of orthodox traditional Bulgarian chant and fast spitting rap rhymes is mesmerizing. Two didgeridoos pretend to be a double bass, a Spanish cajón replaces the traditional percussion with an explosion of hiphop, trap and drum'n'bass rhythms. No wonder Oratnitza is considered the most popular innovative band from Bulgaria.
22:45 - 00:00 / Gypsy Hill live at Balkan Sessions #3
◕ Gypsy Hill 22:30 - 00:00 ▷ Turbinezaal De Centrale
The most solid party beats will be brought by the headliner of tonight. Their contagious mix of balkan brass, Mediterranean surf-rock, ska- and swing rhythms makes the perfect connection to the party section. The core of Gypsy Hill is the legendary producers duo from London responsible for some world-famous classic balkan party grooves you'll probably already know by heart. Their very first show in Belgium with the full live band set-up will be a unique experience. The sound of this London based band is innovative and traditional in the meantime; thanks to an exceptional combination of guitars, wind instruments, tuba and scratch turntables they'll turn the concert room into one big dance floor.
Bernard Orchestar live at binair01 Gentse Feesten St-Jacobs
The 12-piece strong Brussels based Bernard Orchestar turns East-European compositions and arrangements into irresistible and extremely contagious retro-modern balkan party music with a funky twist. They also opened our Balkan Sessions festival 2017.
Binair01 balkan sessions #2 aftermovie
Full line-up balkan sessions #2 finally revealed
The first Ghentish balkan festival since the confluence of Schelde and Leie with film, food, concerts and dj-sets in 2 rooms. Proud to present the line-up:
◔ film'n'food (Kelderzaal)
▸ food by Lekker Gec
▸ 'Black Cat, White Cat' by Emir Kusturica 18:30 - 20:30
CONCERTS 20:30 (Turbinezaal)
◑ Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra 20:30 - 21:45
◕ Kočani Orkestar 22:00 - 23:30
● PARTY 22:30 - 3:00 (Kelderzaal)
Radio Barbã dj-set
Mnsr Zéro (resident binair01) dj-set
binair01 # balkan sessions # w/ VETEX, Boris Viande, mnsr zér0
This edition is dedicated to balkan music. Tonight is a joyful celebration of its incredible versatile faces and its ability to fuse genres and people. Some of the best French and Belgian examples of this border crossing phenomenon will make you dance from second # one.