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Introduction => 97-08-15&16&17 HardCore – The Next Generation festival

The Czech zine Barricada #2 mentions ‘Starmarket’ switched places with ‘Endstand’…

‘Instinct’ was a – “positive old-school” (Steve Noyelle’s words) – band with people from my hometown Tielt (and Deinze). Alex Dierickx & Thomas Hauttekeete played guitar, Vincent ‘Pit’ Maes sang (was also in ‘Hundred Years Of Forgetting’, later ‘The Deal’ & ‘Rise And Fall’), Pedro Tallieu did the bass and the drummer was Tuur Delodder. They’d played the V.V. before (probably a few times that year: 97-03-01, 97-06-27 & 97-07-12)… They did a 7” on Marc Decaigny’s label Braveheart recs, entitled Friendship, A Lifetime Commitment (release-party 98-04-18).

On the internet (the German Outspoken forum – outspoken.de) one could read “In 1997 Purification made it to the most important European hardcore festival of those days, the Vort’n Vis fest in Ieper (Belgium).”.

‘Purification’ was a Roman vegan sXe metal-core band and they were inspired by (hardline and pro-life bands) ‘Vegan Reich’ & ‘Earth Crisis’, and influenced by American Straight-Edge. The members were: ‘Puritan’ Maurizio ‘Er Vegano’ Ricci (vocals on the demo and here aswell) – later Matteo ‘Cumenda’ Ferrari (‘P Bird’ or ‘Caustic Bird’, switched from bass – which he played here – to vocals), Andrea ‘Monster’ Campanelli (guitar; later together with Emiliano ‘Er Frusinate’ De Santis), Fabio ‘Kappa’ Cappabianca (drums; Demian Campora informed me he wasn’t in the band at that time). They did a demo in 1996 entitled Arkangel. The Vessel Of Wrath 7” was released on Maurizio Ricci’s label Surrounded recs (xCatalystx recs in the US) in 1998. They also had a track on the Animal Truth compilation that SoberMind recs did. Hans also released their 1996-2000 compilation-CD in 2001.

Barricada #2: “I was really curious about ‘Purification’ because their demo is really good. But I was surprised when the new songs turned out even better than those on the tape. A sympathetic band that talked a lot about veganism and ecology. They also played an ‘Earth Crisis’ cover, The Order That Shall (from the compilation Stones To Mark A Fire). Their performance may have taken a wrong turn with the infernal dancing of the Italian fans, but otherwise I was content.”

‘Purification’; courtesy of Adam Malik

‘Clouded’ was a “new-school” metal-core band from Antwerp (Kontich) with Björn Van Loy (bass), Jeroen Verelst (vocals), Serch Carriere (drums) and Wout Bosschaert (guitar; he replaced Kurt). They started rehearsing November ’96 and did their first show March ’97. The 7” Inheritance was released by Genet recs in ‘98. They played a show at the V.V. pub (98-05-10) and also did the ’98 & ’99 fests.

‘Endstand’ was a HC/punk band from Riihimäki consisting of Jani Kivijärvi (drums), Janne Tamminen (vocals), Joel (Asseri) Sipilä (bass) and Mika Kaukonen (guitar). They’d done a demo-tape (Fear Of Future) in ’96. A split-7” with the Swedish band ‘Outlast’ came out on Grey Days recs / Bridge Of Compassion (‘97). The same year as their Tolerance 7” (on Arto Savolainen’s label Rising Justice recs). The next years there was the Freedom mCD (’98, on Impression recs, the later Lifeforce recs) and a split mCD with ‘Aurinkokerho’ (Halla Julkaisut ‘99). Learn more about the band’s history from the documentary Fire Inside that is on the www.

Barricada #2: “I went to relax in the car when ‘Starmarket’ was supposed to play. About half an hour later I went to the hall and I was horrified: instead of the Swedes, ‘Endstand’s show was in full swing. I only saw the last 6 songs but these were full of energy, which was evidenced by the people piling up on stage. The guys in the band said it was their best concert ever.”

‘Endstand’; (1)&(2) from Hobson’s Choice #4 zine, (3) by JanCoert Toerse

‘Reiziger’ evolved from ‘Kosjer D’; their music was described as “post hardcore” and “emo-core”. I think they were an ‘indie’ band on the edge of the DIY scene… The band consisted of Sven Gielen (drums), Pascal Hens (guitar), Kristien Hendrix (bass) & Geert Plessers (guitar/vocals). At this time I think they were about to release their 1st (12”) EP Don’t Bind My Hands (Genet recs)… They’d just done an intimate show at the V.V. pub (97-06-14) and would return for the ’98 fest.

Barricada #2: “Things calmed down a bit with ‘Reizger’. Pleasantly affectionate emo!”

‘Reiziger’; pics courtesy of the band

‘Spineless’ (from Kortrijk) played their first gig at the Vort’n Vis on the fest in August ’96. They were Kristof Mondy (bass; Yoda zine; later ‘AmenRa’), Colin H. Van Eeckhout (vocals; later ‘AmenRa’), Pedro ‘Fifi’ Fioen (guitar; also ‘Congress’), Mathieu Vandekerckhove (guitar; replaced Koen Sandra ex ‘The Jedi’ in ‘97; later ‘AmenRa’) and Stefaan Buyse (drums). Their music was brutal sXe H8000 metal-core. After their initial demo (’96) Hans Verbeke of SoberMind recs released the Painfields 7”/mCD (1997) and the A Talk Between Me And The Stars album (1998).

Barricada #2: “After peace had filled our hearts, a more violent band came along. A very compact mix of HC and metal, in the vein of ‘Morning Again’. Their new MCD is very brutal.”

Not the first time for ‘Facedown’ (‘new-school’, metal-influenced, vegan SE-HC band from Kontich, near Antwerp) either… Thomas Baeken (bass), Youri Baeken (drums), Daniel Mies (vocals), Niko Poortmans (guitar) and Geert Ceuppens (guitar) saw the Ferket brothers (Evil Twin recs) release their 7” Friendship Is Everything (recorded at Studio 195 in July 1996) but Bruno re-released it – with some additional tracks – on Genet recs this year… … The same for the split-7” with ‘Earthmover‎’ (on Moo Cow recs). “Powerful, brutal, moshing emo-core”…

Barricada #2: “Evening fell when ‘Facedown’ came up. They surprised us last year but now it was really worth checking them out. The whole hall rumbled when they played songs from their EP and also new ones that should appear on the new album. As a bonus, they added ‘Earth Crisis’ Firestorm – that was screamed along by all.”

‘Facedown’; by JanCoert Toerse

The 3rd appearance (after 94-08-20 & 95-08-19) of the Swedish SxE band ‘Abhinanda’. In ‘96 they had released their self-titled CD. As Mel Hughes put it: “hardcore passion…metallic riffs speaking to you in poetic tones; fuelled by the power of ‘Verbal Assault’, ‘Shelter’ and ‘Inside Out’…”. It was recorded with José Saxlund (vocals), Pär Hansson (guitar; replacing Kris(tofer) ‘Stone’ Steen), Adam Nilsson (guitar), Mattias ‘Abris’ Abrahamsson (bass) & Daniel Berglund (drums; replacing Jonas Lyxzén). When they recorded in spring of ’98 for the album The Rumble, Niklas Rudolfsson played guitar instead of Adam. Niklas also played at this gig. Their set was recorded on video.

Barricada #2: “The Swedes appeared with a new guitarist and drummer. During the first riffs everything seemed calm but as soon as the singer started, a wave of people rose and made their way to the stage, striking the microphone. The musicians disappeared in the piles of people, sometimes the guitarist and the singer peeked over the heads of the crowd. They played songs from the last album but also old hits such as Senseless or Needle. All rocking and thrashing. The classic Let’s March! dragged some 100 people along. The best show of this Friday – as could be expected.”

‘Abhinanda’; (1) courtesy of Adam Malik, (2) by JanCoert Toerse

Two years after their first performance ‘Veil’ (from the Hannover area) returned. Jens Lauterbach (bass), Flo(rian) Schul (drums), Raoul Festante (vocals) and Nils Nordmann played metallic hardcore. In 1996 Ferry Krop (of ‘Crisis Of Society’) had released the 7” Time Will Tell (Threesome recs label) after he did their first self-titled one. The same year their LP The Burden Of Life was released (Frontline).

Barricada #2: “They arrived last minute. People were screaming along to their best songs, such as Everyday or Time Will Tell. But it seemed to me that ‘Veil’ gave a bit extra that evening.”

Brob

It sure was quite an experience to play this festival in Ieper and I have good memories about it.

Joel (Asseri) Sipilä; ‘Endstand’ bassist

We did play at the V.V. in ‘97 (when ‘Abhinanda’ played there as well)… Actually we arrived so late that they were forced to play before us, so we ended up being the headliners of that night… I remember that so well since we got out of the car (had an accident during the day which was a reason for the delay) after an 8 hour drive… When we finally arrived, we stretched out and and got right on stage. Holy moly! I’m pretty sure the first crowd-shot on the intro-page was during ‘Veil’s set.

Raoul Festante, ‘Veil’s vocalist

What I always remembered is the good atmosphere, the warm welcome by the audience. Not obvious at that time , ‘cause ‘Reiziger’ was not a typical hardcore-band.

Sven Gielen, ‘Reiziger’

Our record Our Kodo was just out then… I remember we were the ‘the odd one out’… Geert started our performance with “Hello, we’re ‘Reiziger’ and we’re gonna play half an hour of pop-music for you.”. It was a legendary gig, incredible ambience, very hot on stage, warm reactions afterward aswell. One can hear on the compilation that Bruno released, that Geert’s voice was broken…

Pascal Hens, ‘Reiziger’

I don’t remember that much gigs we played with ‘Clouded’. But the ones I will never forget are the shows at the Lintfabriek in Kontich (our second home) and at the Vort’n Vis festivals. I think we played there the last two times before the festival moved outside, to a much bigger location. We still played in the barn (no other way to call it), with sweat dripping of every wall, people diving from the ceiling-beams,… Chaos, but in a very contagious way. It was amazing to see how much people actually fit in that barn :-) … I remember being knocked out after our show – too many people, too much sweat, too little oxygen – but also kind of high on adrenaline at the same time. The Fest always had the most receptive and the most enthusiastic ‘crowd’. People were singing along with songs we played for the very first time. Songs that had no lyrics yet (I just shouted something). When ‘Kindred’ and ‘Culture’ played (my favorite bands back then), the barn just exploded.

I don’t know what it’s like nowadays, but back then all the bands (also the American ones) stayed at the same camping-site. We all hung out in the city and we played soccer together. I made friends in Ieper that I’m still in touch with 20 years later. Sweet memories.

Jeroen Verelst, ‘Clouded’ singer

What I particularly remember of that show is that we, being a young band, got a lot of support from the audience. Our song Positive Kids was enregistred that day and used for the H8000 sampler.

Alex Dierickx, ‘Instinct’

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

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Workshop ‘Dismantling Patriarchy Using Jedi Mind Tricks’

– ‘Flopi’ (Buenos Aires, Argentina) & Laura Synthesis (London, UK)

‘Flower’ & Laura welcome males, trans, intersex, females and all those who identify with the women’s cause in quest for sex/gender equality to this workshop. We will delve into the Dark Side and beyond in an attempt to deconstruct, resignify and integrate sex/gender. The ultimate aims of the workshop will be experience-sharing, awareness-raising, empowerment, mental enhancement, innermosttransformation and collaborative endeavor so that we can keep on tracing the lines of a future -HERE AND NOW- we are so dearly longing for.

This Vort’n Vis event was for International Women’s Day, and ‘Flopi’, my Argentian friend, and I did a workshop. But I can’t remember anything about it now except that we all sat in a circle on the floor, people made contributions and at the end we did a nice evaluation where people wrote their feedback on bits of paper that were put together to make a flower. I really don’t remember much else of this V.V. event but I think you’re right, that Isabella did an acoustic set. If the programme from the event turns up, I’ll scan it…

Laura W. Synthesis zine and distribution (London); used to put on gigs as the x dot cotton grrrls crew x

At that time I was living in Göttingen [Germany] and would go to Gent [Belgium] on the weekends to visit my friend Bartje Praet [zine-maker]. Not sure how I ended up at the V.V. to be honest… I was 18 at the time. I improvised an accoustic set. There were maybe 15 people there.

Isabella Gargiulo, bassplayer of ‘Dominatrix’ (São Paulo, Brazil)

Maria-Florencia Kais (from Buenos Aires, Argentina) used to be the singer for the all-female Argentinian straight-edge hardcore band ‘Venus GenetriXXX’ (featured on the Emancypunx – Polish label ran by Jenni Ramme – compilation x The Sisterhood x) and is a political activist. She’s also a DJ at Salón Pueyrredón, an anarcho-punk club in Buenos Aires (as DJane Mary Flower).

My friend Laura W. was the editor of the feminist straight-edge zine Synthesis and ran a distro (zines and books) in the second half of the 90s, she was also active in London anarchist women’s collectives and co-ran the London Social Centre Network. Later they did a workshop entitled ‘Dismantling Patriarchy Using Jedi Mind Tricks’, at the Noc Walpurgis Fest in Warsaw (invited by Jenni). The aim of that workshop was to get men thinking and talking about how they are affected negatively by patriarachy.

Brob

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

H8000

interviews: Kristof Mondy, Vincent Tetaert / camera: Bert Degraeve

put on-line by Vincent Tetaert

(in West-Flemish, no subtitles)

1/ interview with Hans Verbeke (includes ‘Blindfold’ @ Vort’n Vis ’97)

2/ interview with Hans Verbeke (includes ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis ’91 * ‘Spineless’ @ Ieperfest ’99)

3/ interview with Hans Verbeke (includes ‘Liar’ @ Vort’n Vis ’98?)

4/ interview with Joost Noyelle (includes ‘Congress’ & ‘Wheel Of Progress’ @ Joost’s bakery, Langemark ’92-93?)

5/ interview with Joost Noyelle (includes ‘Congress’ @ Dilsen ’95)

6/ interview with Dominiek Denolf (includes ‘Shortsight’ @ Joost’s bakery, Langemark ’92-93? * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis 92-12-20)

7/ interview with Dominiek Denolf (includes ‘Solid’ @ Beselare ’95? * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Pedro’s garage ’97 * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis ’97)

8/ interview with Dominiek Denolf (includes ‘Nations On Fire’ @ Bissegem ’98 * ‘Spirit Of Youth’ @ Vort’n Vis ’97)

Vort'n Vis front

Some people might not realize that besides the regular hardcore/punk shows there was a hell of a lot more going on at the Vort’n Vis. When there were no gigs, the bar was also open for the local ‘alternative’ crowd. And sometimes people (punx or other) who were travelling through Europe ended up there because they wanted to check out the place (not necessarily to see bands). They’d heard about it by hearsay or read about in publications like e.g. Book Your Own Fucking Life…
Brob

I stayed at the Vort’n Vis in 1996 on a bike-trip across Europe with a friend. We had only been biking for a few weeks at that point. A short stay in heaven! We were the only ones staying there at the time; there were dry beds (vs. rain), we ate hot food and met really generous/ cool/ interesting people. There was a radio powered by an onion and someone there [Jan Claus] worked at an observatory and took us at night to look through telescopes. I thought the horrible mattress someone mentioned earlier were great… and so was pretty much everything about the people and place.
I was just looking through an old sketchbook/ journal and read some things I wrote about my stay there…which was amazing. My friend knew of the space – I can’t remember how – we didn’t get to see anyone play.
My travel-partner was Adam. I knew him from Boston, where I lived at the time. But he was from Poland. We’re both from the punk-scene, I grew up in the punk-scene in Memphis (Tennessee). Nowadays I organise a small show-space (called Lalaland) in Fayetteville (Arkansas) where I live. I’m a painter…
Stephanie Pierce (stephanie-pierce.com)

 excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

VV 96-09-09 - (book C) traveller Stephanie Pierce (C)

VV 96-09-09 - (book C) traveller Adam W (C)

93-10-03 Shortsight-Blidfold tour93 tourpasstour-pass (kindly donated by Chat’n)

93-10-03 Shortsight-Blindfold tour93 (Superfluous1)tour-schedule; from Superfluous #1

93-10-03 Shortsight-Blidfold tour93 drawing (Superfluous1)drawing; from Superfluous #1 (zine done by Françoise ‘Hazel’ Lepers, ‘Shortsight’ guitarist):

Wim Vandekerckhove – David ‘Mong’ Dumont, Kurt Deprez, Hans Verbeke, Sacha ‘Chatn’ Baelen, Françoise ‘Hazel’ Lepers, Saskia Verbeke, Bjorn Lescouhier, Jan ‘Harai’ Maelfait

93-10-03 Shortsight collage by Saskia (Sweet Me 1)collage from Sweet Me #1 (zine done by Saskia Verbeke, ‘Shortsight’ singer)

[tour-report available for those involved…]

This was a few months before they played at the Vort’n Vis with ‘Four Walls Falling’ (93-10-03)…

The Vort’n Vis…for young an old… Wonder who he (the kid, not Kurt) was a fan of? [94-08-06] (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

97-08-15&16&17 * Hardcore – the Next Generation festival (source unknown)

the audience during the performance of ‘Go!’ [91-06-08] (by Karl Penando)

discoparty after a fest [93-05-01]… Rudee P & Alec Mac showing off their silly dance-moves ;-) (by Karl Penando)

93-05-01 Alec Mac raving…more Alec Mac raving… (courtesy of the ‘Sedition’ lads)

Leed ’95 crowd relaxing outside the V.V. on the Kiekenmarkt (By Ivan Brun)

That’s entertainment… A DIY beer-can catapult ;-) (shot by Ivan Brun)

the AJC (autonomous youth centre) Vort’n Vis in the 90s… Kiekenmarkt 7 (pic kindly donated by Williy ‘Hiatus’)

‘shitworkers’ Jan (nicknamed ‘Doomy’) – Bruno – Kathy (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

‘shitworkers’ Wim – Hans – Chat’n (‘Blindfold’) (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

‘shitworkers’ Kurt (‘Shortsight’) – Edward (‘Nations On Fire’) attending the bar, more or less… (pic donated by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

‘Doomy’, the ever conscientious shitworker, cleaning up YOUR mess after a festival… (photo courtesy of Martin Vantomme)

Jan Claus @ VVJan ‘Doomy’ Claus, the Vort’n Vis upstairs room…

Jan ‘Doomy’ Claus a.k.a. Jan’ll-fix-it repairing a window with some ‘support’ of Michael M.

Distro-stalls during Leed ’95 (pic by Ivan Brun) [Joeri H. spending his hard-earned money…]

Marleen (?; see comment) (photographed by Willy ‘Hiatus’)

French visitors at Leed ’95; with Bumpy (white t-shirt) from ‘Sea Shepherd’ (Orléans), died in a car-accident in 1997… [the alley opposite of the V.V.] (photo by Ivan Brun)

friends having fun (Azill ‘Hiatus’, Stef DL, Annabel)

Inge C. & Michael M. (‘Carcer Molochi’, ‘Link’) in the V.V. catacombs (they eventually got married in 2012)

Wim (‘Blindfold’) & ‘Macca’ (Mark Wilkinson); pic by Vique Martin (’95)

Greg & Yannick @ Vort'n VisGreg & Yannick ‘PikPik’ Moulière

2 ‘frequent flyers’ (Leed fest 1995): Wim De Leersnijder & Gratiën W.

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Graffiti

H8000 fascist attitude (VV mural)

VV upstairs (Valerie Afschrift)VV upstairs' (Valerie Afschrift)VV upstairs'' (Valerie Afschrift)impression of the ‘upstairs-room’ by Valerie Afschrift

VV fridge‘fridge’

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We fought the law and…

Leed festival Sep ’95 – the cops wanted to interrogate a guy who did graffiti or tore down a traffic-sign; they feared the situation would get out of hand because the crowd was so big… (pics by Ivan Brun)