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BIMFEST XVII
14 + 15.12.2018 - De Casino - St-Niklaas - B
(THE Belgian Independent Music Festival since 2002)

It is with great pleasure that we may announce our 17th edition of our Belgian Independent Music Festival 2018 (BIMFEST) !

Like every year, we try to compile a varying and appealing line-up in the best 'BIMFEST tradition!

Here are our first confirmed acts (Alphabetical order):


AGENT SIDE GRINDER (SE)

Agent Side Grinder is an electronic band from Stockholm, Sweden, which was formed in 2005. The band has made four albums and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their first two albums, Agent Side Grinder (2008) and Irish Recording Tape (2009) were rooted in post-punk, industrial and dark electro. The band quickly gained an underground following throughout Europe.

Their third album Hardware (2012) showed a bigger and more textured sound and was met with universal acclaim. It was named "album of the month" in Vice Magazine, topped several annual "best of-lists" i and won the Manifest-award (Swedish indie-grammy) for best synth album in 2013.

In 2015 they released their magnum opus Alkimia, a dramatic and melodic album that exceeded the success of "Hardware" (another Manifest win and cemented Agent Side Grinder’s position as one of Europe’s leading synth-wave bands. The album contains a guest appearance by Nicole Sabouné.

Agent Side Grinder has a reputation of being a powerful and mighty live band.

Agent Side Grinder have just recently released the long awaited new and stunning video/single "Doppelgänger"


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Agent Side Grinder - Doppelgänger (Youtube)
Agent Side Grinder ft Henric de la Cour - Wolf Hour (Youtube)


AMNISTIA (D)

Amnistia is a German electro/EBM duo who call the music they create BodyWave.

The band was founded in Leipzig by Stefan Schötz and Tino Claus. The latter is also know from EBM acts MRDTC and his solo project TC75.

The name AMNISTIA is both program and philosophy. In many languages it means amnesty. AMNISTIA releases from inactivity and gives freedom for creativity, it is an outlet and their work is the verdict of their minds transformed into sound.

Since 2003 they have done remixes for bands like Leæther Strip, Rotersand, Haujobb, AD:keY, Orange Sector and released several EP's six studio albums.

A new album is in the pipline!

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COVENANT (SE)

Covenants 9th studio album, 'The Blinding Dark', was released in November 2016 and showed a remarkable development in style, something that Covenant definitely wanted to do with this album - and not least because of the subject that they dealt with on this album. With this release, this Swedish / German outfit has probably released their artistically most ambitious album so far. As many music lovers and critics agreed, this album was perhaps also their most obscure and moody album since their first two albums Dreams Of A Cryotank (1994) and Sequencer (1996).

Therefore it was a more than logical consequence that we at BodyBeats, after their successful The Blinding Dark Tour’ passage in 2017, asked Covenant if they could be up to to the idea of presenting some gems from their first two albums to our BIMFEST audience. Being great admirers and supporters of BIMFEST, frontman Eskil Simonsson and his companions immediately agreed and started working. Of course, besides these lovely vintage songs, they will also play some of their most famous clubsongs to please their fans!

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Dreams Of A Cryotank (First album) - Replicant (YouTube)
Sequencer (Second album) - Stalker (YouTube)


LEÆTHER STRIP (DK)

It has been 30 years since the Dane Claus Larsen started his Leaether Strip project and released his debut on the now defunct Zoth Ommog label shortly afterwards. In addition to having more than a handful of side projects, this man has released already as many studio albums (30) under the Leaether Strip moniker.

No wonder he cant be ignored by dark music festivals and clubs from all over the world. That’s we he played already at BIMFEST 2009 and the BodyBeats Festival 2011. And this year he is returning to BIMFEST 2018 to celebrate Leaether Strips's 30th birthday with a special and exclusive birthday's and career overview show!

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Leaether Strip - Dont you dare die on me - official video
Leæther Strip "Love me or die" Official video


NZ (A)

NZ is THE Austrian EBM revelation of the last years and is a band that doesn't seem to make any efforts to cover up who influenced them the most. Even their own band name can be taken as a clear reference to one of the biggest names in EBM music history Nitzer Ebb. With their pounding beats, cutting sequencers and slogan-like vocals set every EBM fanatic in motion in no time. After their first DIY EP release 'Your Pure Heart,' the German Emmo.biz label signed them almost immediately, releasing another three very strong EPs. In 2015, these EP's were bundled in a 3 Cd collector box, so now we are looking forward to their new and first full album!

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STAHLR (NL)

With so far only one EP to her name, this female Dutch electronic artist can be called already the discovery from the low lands. Stahlr is about contrasts and opposing, overwhelming futuristic forms of Brutalist architecture, masculinity, concrete versus wavy lines, subtle expressions and femininity. Stahlr sounds like Cocteau Twins playing a musical version of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein in a concrete parking garage.

Convince yourself, click on the links below, and be enchanted!

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Stahlr - Two Sides (Youtube)

Stahlr - Into The Black


ZANIAS (AUS/D)

The stunning voice and frontlady of former Linea Aspera and Keluar returns to BIMFEST 2018 for an exclusive Belgian show with her new electronic solo project Zanias!

Zanias was born in Australia, raised in South-East Asia and now resides in Berlin. She was once known as the head and voice of bands Linea Aspera and Keluar, and now performs and DJs as a solo artist as Zanias.

Her debut EP ‘To the Core’ was produced in collaboration with Alex Akers of the band Forces, a process which was completed in a dilapidated beach house on Australia’s desolate and wild southern coast in February 2016, and released in September on Austrian label Noiztank. Tying together industrial rhythms and unearthly vocals, the four tracks explore an intrinsically human journey through loss and upheaval.

In addition to performance and production, Zanias is a member of Berlin's Fleisch collective, an amalgam of DJs with primary careers as musicians and designers, and a taste for Electronic Body Music, New Beat, Industrial, Acid, and the darker, wavier fringes of techno. In 2016 their parties gave way to the founding of a record label, which made its debut with Schwefelgelb's body music masterpiece 'Wie Die Finger Durch Den Nebel'.

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Zanias - Follow the Body (video)
Zanias - Through This Collapse (video)


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