BlackEaster Festival

Line-up complete! New location Zappa (Antwerp) confirmed!

We must admit, we ourselves almost began to worry but today we are very happy to announce the Black Easter line-up is complete!

When Black Easter inspirer (and fellow Peek-a-Boo founder) Ward De Prins unexpectedly passed away on 14 February last year, some of his best friends decided to still make his dream come true. After all, Ward had already started to plan a new edition of Black Easter for 2019! Based on a wish list and a selection of artists who performed on one of the previous editions, we think we have succeeded in putting together a rather impressive and diverse line-up.

From the early start on Saturday 20 April they kick-off strongly with Post-Goth-Rockers YOUR LIFE ON HOLD (B). Up-and-coming Belgian talent who surprised friend and foe with their debut album 'Burning for the Ancient Connection''.

Then THE BREATH OF LIFE, who already played Black Easter before in 2015, will enchant you with a firm dose of Gothic-Rock drenched in the angel-sweet voice of frontwoman Isabelle Dekeyser.

Also EVI VINE (UK) and her following stand ready to take you on their Folk-Tronica trip. A journey interspersed with dreamy sounds and dark atmospheres with which she mesmerized the Black Easter 2016 audience once before.

As a co-headline, none other than artistic centipede and Gothic icon MONICA RICHARDS (US) (Faith & The Muse), together with her musical partner in crime Anthony Jones (US) (Monastic), will take the Zappa stage. Did you know, the Black Easter's poster background of this edition is based on a painting by Monica Richards herself?!

Finally, to finish off this great first night with a true feast, CLAN OF XYMOX (NL / D) has also been added as a headliner! Chief Ronny Moorings and his band members will present you with a mix of new work and, of course, a lot of their classics!

On Sunday 21 April there seems to be no time for a warm-up as this Easter Sunday will immediately begin at a high level with SIEBEN (UK)! The solo project of violin virtuoso and eccentric Matt Howden. Matt Howden worked in the past with almost innumerable artists like Sol Invictus (UK), Tony Wakeford (UK), L'Orchestra Noir (UK), L'Ame Immortelle (AT), Emilie Autumn (USA), Faith & The Muse (USA), The Wand And The Moon (DK ), Larsen (IT), Spiritual Front (IT), Shock Headed Peters (UK), Hekate (DE), Job Karma (PL)... Whilst only armed with one microphone, one violin and a loop pedal, he still manages to create the impression that there is a whole band on stage!

Something JO QAIL (UK), who uses approximately the same arsenal, is very good at too. But instead of a violin, she chose to bring her cello along as her favourite instrument. This pleasant and entertaining appearance also succeeds in mesmerizing her audience with her musical creations. No music genre is out of her league as you will hear!

One of the big surprises of this Black Easter edition is the appearance of no-one less than ALEXANDER HACKE (EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN) and his life companion DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO (SPACE COWBOYS). Together they travel the world and the seven seas performing and composing beautiful music under the moniker HACKEDEPICCIOTTO. Their compositions are mostly built around cinematic drone sounds with avant-garde influences and elements from world music, Krautrock and so much more.

And of course, there is no better way to end this Black Easter weekend than seeing the German über Goth band GOETHES ERBEN perform! OSWALD HENKE and his entourage were already present at the very first edition back in 2015 and always deliver a great concert! As we are used to from them Henke will not only play some new stuff but will also spoil his fans with a bunch of Goethes Erben classics!

And oh yeah, due to reasons beyond our control and last-minute, we were forced into finding an alternative venue ... It was a hard and long struggle but finally, and completely by surprise, we landed safely back at the wonderful Antwerp venue, Zappa. As loyal Black Easters goers will know this is the venue where the Black Easter story began!

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Black Easter Festival
20 + 21 April 2019

August Leyweg 6
2020 Antwerpen