Friday 11 August / Mainstage
22:45 – 23:45
“It all starts in a little dark room in my head”, says Mathieu Terryn, Bazart’s lead singer. In that shadow world that most of us like to keep locked away, Bazart’s big city melancholy is shaped. “Everyone has a dark side”, continues Terryn. “Everyone has secrets, dark thoughts, fetishes”. After the enormous success of their first EP (the band sold thousands of tickets with only 4 songs in their name, and the album was certified gold), their debut album ‘Echo’ entered the Utratop album charts at number one. Unprecedented in Belgium and it wasn’t the only record Bazart would break. Hit single of the year 2016 ‘Goud’, reads like glowing urban poetry in Instagram colours. The song was a real record-breaker and is the longest-running chart topper in Belgium ever. Bazart has definitely conquered a spot in Belgian pop history and is more than just a hype. “We treat words like sounds”, Terryn explains. Twisting, turning, folding, mangling, switching and sacrificing words to get the right flow for the song. “But of course there has to be a story in there somewhere. We’re not just singing random words”, assures Terryn with a smile. The harmony he creates with guitar player Simon Nuytten and guitar-keyboard player Oliver Symons, gives the songs a sinister quality. Three voices, one regiment of shivers down your spine. “At live performances we go all the way”, Terryn says. They sold out the Ancienne Belgique not once, but three times, played twice for a full Lotto Arena and announced a concert in het Sportpaleis by the end of 2017. It will also be their second time at Rock Werchter this year and they are more than ready to conquer the Netherlands after their successful club tour.