◆ Date: April 1st, 2017
◆ Location: Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium
◆ Music: havocCc, I Am Legendary Robot, Mega Thrive, Rymdkraft, Pain Perdu, Goto80, Shirobon, MONODEER, HEXADECI, Jotie vs. HIA
◆ Visuals: Beeld zonder naam
◆ View complete photo set: https://flic.kr/s/aHskShJ3Uq
BitGrid was my 2nd chip show in a three week tour. Luckily, my jet lag from shooting Overflow in Vancouver was helpful in keeping me alert until 5am when the show ended. I was really excited to see some of the artists I’ve met in the past 10 years as they came through NYC for local shows and festivals. I always considered myself extremely lucky to live in the city and have access to a number of international musicians. Stepping into the venue, I felt a tremendous amount of love and admiration as I was greeted warmly by strangers who were familiar with my work. I was extremely flattered and humbled by this and felt welcomed and at home. These strangers quickly felt like long time friends and it set the tone for a night that was incredibly nostalgic of previous festivals. Connecting with the European scene has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I felt very honored to be invited to Belgium to document the night.
The venue was larger than I had expected with professional lighting. Huge LED panels were set up at the front of the stage that mirrored the visuals being projected behind the artists creating an effect of the musicians floating in space in a sea of pixels. The bar to the right of the stage kept the beer flowing as the bartenders seemed to truly enjoy the show. Before the show started, video games were set up outside the theater for fans to entertain themselves. It was a long night, with the first of 10 sets starting at 10pm. Maybe it was my jet lag but it didn’t feel like there was a dull moment.
I’m writing this as I’m crossing the Atlantic back home to NYC and I’m already missing this night and the energy. Europe- I will be back but for now…