An intimate look at the Belgian festival combining art, architecture and electronic music in a fresh and exciting way.
The decision was made easier by the lure of Asiat, a former military site run by Belgium's Ministry Of Defence from 1946 through 2008. Old documents tell of tanks and large-scale engineering projects. Today, Asiat has been taken over by plantlife, giving it a leafy yet industrial feel. Two gigantic white cooling towers—think the nuclear power plant in The Simpsons—loom large over a sprawl of hangars and dusty paths. As festival locations go, it's right up there.
The Horst team, who pair cutting-edge electronic music with specially commissioned art and architecture projects, transformed Asiat into an adult's playground. Four stages, each unique in look and feel, hosted some serious talent across the three days, from upsammy and Josey Rebelle to SPFDJ and Gabber Eleganza. Art and music installations, including a particularly striking piece inside one of the cooling towers, were littered across the site, well attended by the young, rambunctious crowd. Never has electronic music, art and wonderful Belgian beer existed in such harmony.
Call Super and Objekt relaxing before their Friday evening back-to-back in 90*360, a large warehouse with wild lasers and an in-the-round booth designed by the Berlin-based architecture practice Brandlhuber+.
Mama Snake followed Call Super and Objekt in 90*360, mixing from their last tune ("There's A Moon Out Tonight" by The Capris) into a thumping trance banger.
Shanti Celeste was all smiles at The Opposite Of Lost, a simple yet powerful stage that sat in the shadow of the two cooling towers.
During the day, visitors queued up, beers in hand, to climb inside one of the cooling towers as part of a sound installation by the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh.