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Intro: 98-09-18&19 10th Leedfestival

[all pics here by Henk Loobuyck; except ‘Link’ courtesy of Michael Maes]

Both ‘Oi Polloi’ (Deek Allan was accompanied by Calum Mackenzie – bass / Ade Crawford – drums / Ricky White – guitar) & ‘Doom’ had been here several times before (The Scots even less than half a year: 98-04-18); no need to introduce them. ‘Oi Polloi’s 7” THC was recorded right after this. ‘Doom’ had recorded for the split-10” with ‘Cress’ (out on Sned & Alec’s Flat Earth recs) in March with Chris Gascoigne (bass), ‘Stick’ (drums), ‘Bri’ & Denis Boardman (guitar) & Wayne Southworth (vocals; R.I.P.).

‘Doom’

‘Oi Polloi’

‘Filth Of Mankind’ (Gdansk, Poland) hadn’t been able to play the year before because of the general cancellation of the festival (see 97-09-20). This time they were invited back…

This is from their website (www.filthofmankind.nsm.pl): >>The organiser of the Leed Festival asked us (and ‘Money Drug’ to come over and do 3-4 shows with ‘Doom’. Unfortunately, a few days before we left, it turned out there were only 2; and when we got to Ieper we were told that there was only going to be this one at the fest. Bummer! Even before the journey it was clear that Maciek [Kowalski; vocals] couldn’t travel along, Milosz [Gassan; guitar] & ‘Balon’ [Paweł Szymański; drums] took the roaring nam upon them – off course a enormous mental task. We played early on Saturday; the first part of the V.V. hall started to fill up. Milosz wanted to get things started but – still numb of the night before (alcohol & co) – had to look really hard to find the right strings. Once tuned, it seemed another key than the rest, so he started anew. That took about 10 minutes (if not more)… When we finally managed to get going, things were OK and the audince seemd to like it…<<

I believe the others in the band were Lazej/Anders Storm (later Michał Jędrejek) on bass and Pawel ‘Scream’ Rzóska (guitar). The band did a 7” (Czas Końca Wieku [End Of The Century]; ‘99) and an LP (The Final Chapter; 2000) on Scream recs. Their music was described as “Apocalyptic Crust” (dark, heavy and metal-influenced)…

The band ‘Link’ had people from the Ieper/Ypres & Lille (France) area: Vort’n Vis ‘shitworkers’ Michael Maes (guitar) & his partner Inge Cappoen (vocals), and Greg ‘Briko’ (bass) & ‘Juju’ Julien Dejonckheere (drums). After a couple of demos their 1st CD The Last Sacrifice (recorded with a drum-computer) was released in 2000. The music: “brutal metallic HC with a serious crust-punk edge & raging female vocals”. One reviewer actually believed Inge was really from Sweden… They’d played the V.V. a few times already (97-09-12, 97-12-26, 98-04-18; those last 2 times also with ‘Oi Polloi’).

‘Link’

‘Sarah’ were Bretons “fighting for their future, their language”. Their address stated “Breizh via France”. Breizh is the Breton name for Brittany (Bretagne, a region in the North-West of France). They wrote: “The French laws are improper for what is going on in Britttany, e.g. concerning water-pollution, agriculture,…” but they didn’t see themselves as nationalists: “We are communists.”. They were also a SxE band…“to show people that it is possible to live without drugs or alcohol”. They played hardcore/punk and also did a zine named An Eeunded. This was also their second appearance at the V.V. (after 98-04-19). The band consisted of Fabien Lecuyer (vocals/fiddle), Michaël Genevée (drums/accordion/fiddle), Erwan H. (guibasse/mandoline/piano) & Jérôme Bouthier (bass). They did 2 demos (Herzelomp Betek An Trec’h & Latcho Drom) and in 1999 they released Ez Eterninmens (4 track CD).

‘Sarah’

‘Alcatraz’ (from Oulmes/Niort/Poitiers) was the band of Gérome Desmaison (who did the zines Cheval de Troie & J’ai le Regret à la Joie Mélé) and Séverine Rambaud (Acajou zine & Soja Service zine-distribution). She was doing bass/vocals, her brother Thierry ‘Titi’ Rambaud (also ‘Robotnička’) played the drums, Gérome did guitar/vocals, and Laurent ‘Ballon’ Daudin (guitar; ex ‘Peu Être’) & Mickaël ‘Mike’ Ramounet (vocals). Gérome & Laurent were also running a distribution called Le Brun, le Roux Corporation. Mike did Opale distro (together with Stéphanie Courret; nowadays his partner). People called their music emo-core.

‘Alcatraz’

‘Outrage’, from the Herentals area, were Sigi Loots (drums), Steven Van Goubergen (guitar), Ringo Van Dingenen (vocals) and Nico Peeters (bass). This was after their 7” To Terrorize Ear And Mind (“a DIY product distributed by a network of friends”; recorded November ‘97) got out… They had played here a few times before (96-03-24, 96-08-16 & 97-03-01).

‘Outrage’

‘Reller’

‘Reller’ were the guys from ‘Outrage’ (Nico – here vocals, Sigi – drums, Steven – guitar & Ringo – here guitar) with Yannick Daems (vocals; later ‘Vuur’) & An Caers (bass; Nico’s partner at that time).

Brob

‘Peu-être’ have split up but 3 of them and 2 other people have formed an other band: ‘Alcatraz’.

Mike Ramounet, personal communication Dec. ‘96

I was proud to be able to play in that fabulous place that was the V.V. I’d already been there as a spectator and I never thought I’ld play there one day. To me the Vort’n Vis was like ABC No Rio. I remember we were wel recieved by everyone. This was a punk festival so there were a lot of people.

Mickaël ‘Mike’ Ramounet, ‘Alcatraz’ vocalist

I don’t remember much about the festivaI where I played with my band ‘Alcatraz’ except for the ‘Oi Polloi’ and ‘Outrage’ concerts (great!). Nico from ‘Outrage’ was very nice. We stayed at his place and I think it’s him who brought us to a woman whose job was producing great tofu. We had some of course :-).

Séverine Rambaud, ‘Alcatraz bassist’

We were and are always close to Breton and Basque separatist circles. Our bassist has been in prison for 2 years, accused of terrorism (he was acquitted). We did over 100 concerts in various countries…

Fabien Lecuyer; ‘Sarah’

That was my first performance ever! I remember that people from France video-taped the gig but I’ve never seen the footage.

An Caers

We did indeed also play with ‘Reller’… I Recently found back an old demo…trying to digitalise that… I know the ‘Alcatraz’ guys filmed our performance…

Nico Peeters, ‘Outrage’ bassist

The atmosphere was rather relaxed, contrary to HC ’98 in August. Only a few idiotic brawls outside the Vort’n Vis.

Stef Goos; personal communication Oct ‘98

I remember this concert. One of the few posters I kept…with the old ‘Link’ logo I drew…

‘Juju’ organised concerts in Lille for more than 10 years with his association Rock’n’Roll Jihad…

Greg, ‘Link’ bassist

excerpts from the V.V. guestbook:

additions wellcome!…

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98-09-18&19 Leed

(full posts with photos of some bands playing are planned…)

18 sep ’98: Money Drug (Pol), Hellfiller (Bel), Charlie Don’t Surf (Bel), King Creole (Bel), Lieselotte (Swi)

19 sep ’98: Doom (UK), Oi Polloi (UK), Link (Bel), Outrage (Bel), Sarah (Fra), Alcatraz (Fra), Filth Of Mankind (Pol), Reller (Bel)

98-09-18&19 Leed announcement' (-)

After the prematurely aborted 97 Leed fest, Michael Maes of ‘Link’ took it upon him to organise this one… Bruno was probably too busy running the Pyrrhus record-store in Gent. Of course there was the V.V. crew behind Mike…

Brob

We also played with ‘Reller’… I Recently found back an old demo…trying to digitalise that… I know the ‘Alcatraz’ guys filmed our performance…

Nico Peeters, ‘Outrage’ bassist

The atmosphere was rather relaxed, contrary to HC ’98 in August. Only a few idiotic brawls outside the Vort’n Vis.

Stef Goos; personal communication Oct ‘98

I was proud to be able to play in that fabulous place that was the V.V. I’d already been there as a spectator and I never thought I’ld play there one day. To me the Vort’n Vis was like ABC No Rio. I remember we were wel recieved by everyone. This was a punk festival so there were a lot of people.

Mickaël ‘Mike’ Ramounet, ‘Alcatraz’ vocalist

Everything at Vort’n Vis was fine and well organised.

Selim, ‘Money Drug’ vocalist

98-09-18&19 Leed in newsletter (-)announcement in the V.V. newsletter

97-09-1920

19 sep ’97: Fanta’s Farm (Bel), Money Drug (Pol), Time Out (Bel)

20 & 21 sep ’97: [CANCELLED] Battle Of Disarm (Jap), Filth Of Mankind (Pol), … In a newsletter of that time ‘Rayzor’ and ‘Warcraft’ were also announced…

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>>The Leed Vistival 97 had started pretty good on September 19th and there was a nice atmosphere. While on stage with his band ‘Time Out’, around midnight Dirk Van Alboom (guitarist) suddenly collapsed on stage. [Under the eyes of his girlfriend, and bassplayer in the band, Tanja Vankerckhoven] He had a cardiac arrest. The bystanders started CPR and an ambulance was called. The efforts (of the bystanders and the paramedics) to reanimate him were unsuccessful. The party was finished immediately and we decided to cancel the rest of the festival. Nobody was in the mood anymore. No-one slept very well that night. Dirk had died while performing.

There was some gossip that Dirk had died of an overdose, even that he was stabbed in the heart during a fight or fell with his head on a plank with a nail, or broke his neck while stagediving… Strange that people who were never inside know everything so much better. Some drunks felt it was interesting to play the fool while he was dying. Idiots… Dirk was not a junkie or alcoholic but someone who lived a rather sober life. He was unfortunate to be suffering of a heart-condition.

Dirk had been attending our gigs for some 6-7 years. He was a friend of the Vort’n Vis. He had his life ahead of him, with his girlfriend Tanja and their son Yenten. Fate decided otherwise. We can only wish them strength.

Farewell Dirk! You were a great guy. Only 28. We wish you could have stayed a while longer with us.<<

Jan Claus (on the Vort’n Vis website at that time)

97-09-19 Time Out Dirk (krant)

We cancelled the 2 remaining days of the festival after Dirk of ‘Time Out’ passed away. No-one felt like partying, and the event had left such a big impression on us all that we didn’t want to organise things any more. We did receive all folks that have travelled far and offered them a place for the night. A Japanese band [‘Battle Of Disarm’] that were due to play were given a place to sleep and food.

Jan Claus

I saw the ‘Time Out’ presenation. Great memories! I don’t mind reporting about our last concert at the Vort’n Vis but personally I don’t feel like sharing recollections about it. Dirk lives on in my thoughts and in our son of course; and that’s enough for me.

Tanja Vankerckhoven, ‘Time Out’ bassist

97-09-19 Time Out Dirk (doodsbericht)

I was at the Vort’n Vis during the show Dirk of ‘Time Out’ passed away. That sure left an impression…

Bart Jansen, ‘Deonsume’ guitarist

‘Time Out’ were into their last song when Dirk suddenly collapsed. Stef [Quintens] and a guy from France started CPR but it was in vain…

Michael Maes, V.V. ‘shitworker’

It was really sad. We (‘Filth Of Mankind’) were supposed to play on Sep. 20th, but the day before, after the band we shared some members with (‘Money Drug’) played, the guy from the next band (‘Time Out’) died on stage because of heart-attack… So the rest of the festival was obviously cancelled. Having nowhere to go we had to stay at the empty club for next 2 days (together with ‘Battle Of Disarm’ who came next day with Martin of Malarie recs and Marta Jachimowicz (then from Malarie, now Active distro) until we finally left for a gig in Gent (where we took ‘B.O.D.’ who had yet another day off)… Both ‘Money Drug’ and us played at the V.V. fest the next year [98-09-18] (which was one of the worst gigs we ever played, hahaha!)

Pawel, Scream recs (Gdansk, Poland)

>>20.09.97 Ieper, Belgium @ Vort’n Vis (Leed Vistival) – cancelled due to the on-stage death (heart-attack) of Dirk van Alboom during his band’s (‘Time Out’) set the day before. For the obvious reasons the rest of the festival was cancelled.<<

filthofmankind.nsm.pl

‘Time Out’ were from Lochristi (near Gent): Dirk Van Alboom (guitar & vocals), his partner Tanja Vankerckhoven (bass) and Rudy (drums). They played “political and anarchistic” HC/punk. They had a rehearsal-tape as demo. Here’s the review I wrote in Tilt! #9: >>Melodic HC with an anarcho-punk feel. Simple riffs but varied enough to keep your attention. Lyrics about life’s morality and evolution, violence, barriers in the scene and the religious right. Honest punk.<<

‘Money Drug’ (a crust/grind band from Gdansk) were the only band that played besides ‘Time Out’. They shared some members with ‘Filth Of Mankind’ and consisted of: Filip ‘Kalka’ Kalkowski (vocals; nowadays graphic artist), Maciek Kowalski (guitar), Miłosz Gassan (drums; nowadays in ‘Morne’), Paweł ‘Balon’ Szymański (vocals) and Sławomir ‘Młody’ Białecki (bass). They did a split-7” with ‘Wind Of Pain’ (Finland) on Scream recs (’95) and 2 live tapes (’96 & ’97). They came back the next year (98-09-18)…

‘F.O.M.’ was Miłosz Gassan on guitar, Lazej/Anders Storm (later Michał Jędrejek) on bass, Pawel ‘Scream’ Rzóska (guitar), Paweł ‘Balon’ Szymański on drums and Maciek Kowalski (later Tomasz Pawlak) on vocals. They did a 7” (Czas Końca Wieku; ‘99) and an LP (The Final Chapter; 2000) on Scream recs. Obviously they were also from Gdansk and they describe their music as “Apocalyptic Crust” (dark, heavy and metal-influenced).

‘Battle Of Disarm’ is a crust-punk band (originally from from Ishikawa, West of Tokyo): Ryuji Asada is the vocalist (he runs the label DIY recs, was involved in the Anarcho Punk Federation and used to breed rare insects & sell these through an online shop). Acchi played bass, Yuzi guitar and Chikkara was the drummer on this tour. If you want to know how they sounded like: there’s a 10” with live recordings from their show in Slovenia (97-10-10; entitled Crust Love And Peace Europe Tour 1997 and released by Malarie recs). In ’97 they also put out the Sons Of War! Old Resistance Days on the Portugese label MDC. Their discography is immense and the band is still active…

Brob

Didn’t ‘Battle Of Disarm’ play on Sunday? [Brob: nope!] Or did they play in Gent instead? [Tuesday, Sep 23rd ’97 (Boma Squat, Gent): Filth Of Mankind (Pol), Money Drug (Pol), Battle Of Disarm (Jap)] I know for sure that Manu & Bruno ‘Sloef’ saw them somewhere in Belgium…

Erik Minnen, ‘Cornucopia’ vocalist

I was there with ‘Battle Of Disarm’.

Martin Valášek, Malarie recs (malarie.eu)

I was at Vort’n Vis for this concert and on many other occasions. I went there mainly for that 3-day festival at the end of September for few years in a row and then visited with various bands. I always had a distribution with me and used to set up a stall with the usual things (records, T-shirts, tapes, patches, etc). I have very fond memories of the V.V., always had a good time there (apart from this one tragic incident), met lots of amazing people (and stayed friends with some) and I can say that the V.V. was hugely influential for me and a significant place.

Dan Koshan

I played one of my first gigs with ‘Fanta’s Farm’ here. That was a band with Sim Meerseman (‘Voices At The Front’, etc.), Stijn Dequidt (his brother Ward is/was (?) a metal-guitar-dude) on drums & Jeroen Beyens singing. A punkrock band. [Steve Noyelle: melodic pop/rock; Sim’s side-project – later also ‘Spirit Of Youth’] We opened this ill-fated Friday night… I believe Michael Maes [V.V. ‘soundman’; also recorded many local bands in his home-studio] still has the live-recordings. He once replaced ‘The Heartfakers’ drummer [see 95-09-08]; great bloke.

Korneel Barbry

additions wellcome!…