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COOL festival aftermath


COOL festival, an intense 4 day celebration of all things jazz, funk, soul, hiphop and beyond.

Our videographer Lars Bauwens (aka Vuori) took it upon himself to take pictures in between filming for the aftermovie. His weapon of choice? A Lomo’instant Wide camera that has all sorts of funny manual features and works with Fujifilm Instax Wide instantpictures.

We hand-picked some of those images to walk you trough our festival.

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Opening night and Matthew Halsall took the stage. The way he allowed his Gondwana Orchestra to shine was at times emotional to see. All of the musicians in his band are under 25 years old, the future is looking bright for them that’s 100% sure.

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A close-up of Nubya Garcia, without a doubt one of the biggest stars at the festival this weekend. The show of Nérija however proved to be a joint effort, an intense trip trough jazz and music in general. Levels of excellence were trough the roof during this performance.

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Confirming the back to back between Mr. Scruff and AliA was one of the coolest (pun intended) bookings we did for the festival. A Manchester based legend going in with AliA for what turned out to be a great club-night and a full house. Smiling faces all around both on and off stage on Friday.

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We warmly recommend all our colleages to book Barney Artist for their festivals and clubs. Preferrably for the opening slot…djeez did this guy kill it! Together with his deejay he completely owned the opening show of the evening. Energy levels trough the roof, love all around and a fair dose of humour to top things off. We will always love you Barney.

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After a double cancellation from both Slum Village and The Abstract Orchestra we can count our blessings that STUFF. were available and wanted to take their place…and how. It isn’t the first time they’ve played at Het Depot but this moost definately was one of theri best shows to date. They have grown immensly and have shown once again they are one of the best live jazz-acts in the world.

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The absolute don, mister LeFtO took the stage Saturday night. He has played at Het Depot countless times and every time is a blast. His eclectic selection was just what we needed after a very hectic and intense day!

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A cosy soulful closing night was what we had in mind for Sunday. Tawiah playing in our foyer was everything. She touched everyone’s soul in the room, perfectly executed her set with seemingly no effort at all and probably healed us of illnessess we didn’t even know we had. A very special lady, a very gifted guitar player and maybe even the best sho…I’m not going to finish that sentence.

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The last shot by Lars on Sunday. Rosie Lowe made sure we received a last shot of soul before we went home. Together with her 4 piece band she managed make everyone groove one last time.

Follow the link below for all pictures. There’s some great shots from Kwak and Critical, the Scheefdruk crew, Roos Denayer and so on…