At the end of the 80’s, Belgium was taken by surprise by the New Beat, a once immensely popular, almost surreal type of dance music. Its unexpected but short lived success didn’t only leave a mark on a new generation of musicians in Belgium in the years to come; its influence was felt in the dance music of neighbouring European countries such as the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy to name a few. International acts like the Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers have admitted more than a few times to the influence of this globally obscure music style.
But this brief period of Belgian music history did not just come out of nowhere. The story of the Belgian dance- scene is one that covers many different generations. It brings us back to the pre-war times of carnivals and funfairs with exuberant parties; to the smoke filled, neon lit dance halls of the golden sixties, to dark stages and deafening discotheques in the 80s and 90s.