There are vibrant and varied Dutch music scenes thriving throughout the country, brought to life by musicians, their friends and their followers. They listen to each other’s music, play together, put on shows, release records, write about each other, photograph each other, film each other and above all inspire each other. You could call it underground. Artistic independence is at its core. Contemporary bands, producers and artists are persistently surfacing from the rich depths of this breeding ground. L.A.N. (Local Area Network) is geared towards revealing the intricacy of this network. The campaign, initiated by Subbacultcha, aspires to map out this network, and to encourage the discovery, support and range of its contagious energy.
To kick things off, the release party takes place in De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam on 30 October. Having invited a number of the network’s core nodes, we want to lay the foundation for L.A.N.scape; a continuously expanding map of the Dutch underground. The line up will feature Nancy Acid, Hun Bed, Waterlelyck, Homemade Empire, Vakantie’s DJ Gmail and the Bird On The Wire DJ Team.
On Saturday 12 December, L.A.N. will showcase and connect contemporary Dutch music scenes with a nightlong party, with more than fifteen acts in Amsterdam’s OT301. The evening will also unveil L.A.N.scape’s next step: a unique publication that maps out the Dutch music scene in a 1×1 meter fold-out. The publication will feature over one hundred Dutch bands, having sourced the connections from the artists themselves.
Meanwhile, L.A.N. joins forces with independent music festival Le Guess Who? in Utrecht. On Thursday 19 November, L.A.N. presents Rotterdam post-punks Rats on Rafts, the third official live band outing of lo-fi analogue wizard Dollkraut, The Hague producer and RBMA Tokyo graduate Torus, as well as newcomers The Homesick, Torii and HOEK.
In collaboration with fellow Dutch music platform The Daily Indie, comes L.A.N. sessions, a series of recorded live sessions featuring budding local artists. Also rolling out are L.A.N. workshops, dedicated to zine making, starting a label and other activities geared towards bringing the L.A.N. community together.
*Friday 10 October: L.A.N. Zine workshop in collaboration with Rekult; in Subbaculcha HQ (Amsterdam)
* Friday 30 October: L.A.N.scape Release – Work In Progress Party featuring Nancy Acid, Hun Bed, Waterlelyck, Homemade Empire, DJ Gmail, Bird On The Wire DJ Team; in De Nieuwe Anita (Amsterdam) 20:00
* Thursday 5 November L.A.N. – How To Start a Label workshop featuring Geertruida, P.N.R.C. & Subroutine; in Subbacultcha HQ (Amsterdam) RSVP
* Thursday 19 November L.A.N. @ Le Guess Who featuring Rats On Rafts, Dollkraut, The Homesick, Torus, HOEK, Torii; in Ekko (Utrecht) 19:00
* Saturday 12 December: L.A.N. Party featuring more than 15 live acts (to be announced soon); in OT301 (Amsterdam) 19:00
Partners & supporters: Academie voor Beeldende Vorming (AHK), Amsterdam Alternative, Bimhuis, Crossing Border Festival, De Nieuwe Anita, Down The Rabbit Hole, Gruismeel, Holland Festival, Incubate, Le Guess Who?, Lowlands, Melkweg, Motel Mozaïque, Neushoorn, O13, OT301, Paard van Troje, Paradiso, Patronaat, PITCH Festival, Red Light Radio, Sugarfactory, The Daily Indie, The Rest is Noise, TivoliVredenburg, V11, Vera, We Are Public, Where The Wild Things Are, Sonic Acts, Mediamatic, State-X New Forms.