We had an absolute blast at the Welcome to the Village Festival a few weeks back. Together with the festival organizers and InDeKringloop (IDK), we hosted our very own Village Sessions, a collection of intimate artist performances, which you can check out right here!

IDK 4Thomas, Paul, Jonathan and Patrick – part of the amazing IDK crew (picture by Tineke Klamer)

The Lytics (Canada) Growing up on a steady diet of acts like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and The Fugees, The Lytics’ mellow grooving beats have a twist of their own, mixing psychedelic synthesizers with vibraphones and adding swingbeat and afrobeat to the mix. For their Village Session however, they went a cappella, and did a great job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n89PtiHN0tE Remy van Kesteren (Netherlands) Dutch harpist Remy van Kesteren combines his more classical roots with pop, minimalism and a dash of jazzy improvisation. Watch him play his genre blending and kickass song ‘Leviathan’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK66hDXWvK4 The Hackensaw Boys (US) These good ol’ Virginian boys stay true to their roots, with traditional folk and bluegrass. Kick back and whittle on your front porch rocking chair and enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxbW12h5inU East Cameron Folcore (US) This progressive and political folk rock band from Austin, Texas cite Black Flag and Gustav Mahler as their influences. That’s a pretty broad spectrum, but their song ‘Nine Six Nine’ has a very cool Bruce Springsteen vibe to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CybM0tfV26E Canshaker Pi (Netherlands) Canshaker Pi’s sound has a grungy, raw feel to it, with screaming guitars and a droning bass. Watch them rock their song ‘What you are trying to say’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd0kRgGV14U Tjing Tjing (Netherlands) Tjing Tjing is the side project of established Dutch singer/songwriters Roosbeef and André Manuel. Check this intimate musical get-together and polish up your Dutch (!) language skills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vypew71QR4s Bewilder (Netherlands) How many Bewilder band members and camera crew can you fit into a caravan while still being able to play a cool folky song and film it live? Click to find out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIB7Xk5uEKc Hypochristmutreefuzz (Belgium) Instead of trying to pronounce or remember their name (which supposedly is a reference to a Dutch jazz musician) or categorize the experimental sonic violence of their music, why not just give it a listen? It’s worth it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMa-wUjOaUs Yung (Denmark) These Danish guys play melodic post-punk, with hints of melancholy and explosive guitars. Check out their song ‘A Youthful Dream’, performed at the backstage area of the festival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RBZWOPWmIs

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