The Dutch Impact Party is an annual highlight of the ILMC schedule, offering as it does a magical combination of food, booze and tunes.
With showcases from three of the hottest new musical exports from the low country, Lewsberg, EUT, and Canshaker Pi (scroll down for more info), come and join Dutch colleagues and the wider live music industry for a mesmerising evening at a Grade II-listed public house.
The Greyhound boasts a huge selection of cask ales, and with it being just a few minutes walk from the Royal Garden Hotel, you won’t even need to rev up your broomstick.
The Greyhound, 1 Kensington Square, Kensington, London, W8 5EP
18:45 – 21:30 | Wednesday 6 March 2019
Brought to you by: Dutch Music Export | Powered by Eurosonic Noorderslag, Dutch Performing Arts and Buma Cultuur | With the kind support of The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Invite only: email for guestlist
Lewsberg are a four-piece rock group from Rotterdam, who take their name from writer and fellow Rotterdammer Robert Loesberg, famous for his dark and subversive 1974 novel Enige Defecten, which, with its theme of counterculture and big-city cynicism during the 1960s and 1970s, is a huge source of inspiration for the band.
After putting out The Downer ep and single Non-fiction Writer in 2017, Lewsberg released their self-titled debut full-length album in the Netherlands in 2018. Nine rudimentary and repetitive rock songs, full of a tough, nonchalant intensity. The English lyrics, delivered with a heavy Rotterdam accent, show a tendency towards existentialism and black humour. The album will be re-released worldwide in January 2019.
“Rotterdam Talking Heads/Television enthusiasts jut out with a riveting chugger of blase threat and moral ambivalence.” — MOJO
Bursting onto the independent music scene with a bold new attitude, Amsterdam’s EUT bring a fresh dose of energy to 1990s nostalgia. Drawing on influences from bands such as the Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Weezer, Hole, Wilco and Beck, EUT met at art college in 2016 and haven’t looked back since. Fronted by charismatic whirlwind front woman Megan de Klerk, the band combines beautifully crafted songs with captivating melodies, catchy pop hooks and immediate lyrics on topics such as youthfulness and coming of age. Part of a local scene that includes breakout band Pip Blom (now signed to iconic British label Heavenly Recordings) EUT are at once dynamic and intriguing, without sounding too polished.
The band started to make waves internationally after playing packed shows at the latest editions of Reeperbahn Festival in Germany and Les Transmusicales in France. Their sparkling and stunning new indie-pop single Supplies was recently picked up by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunder’s as a ‘Next Wave’ track and is starting to build momentum on UK radio. EUT’s debut album Fool For The Vibes will see a UK release later this year.
“Canshaker Pi will blow the world away with their sound. They are loud, young and not too snotty. They play guitar rock. They don’t sound like anything in the Portland Oregon high school system I can tell you that – confident, frustrated tunes beyond their years. Get in the way of these lads and sparks will fly for sure.” – Stephen Malkmus
Indeed, a Canshaker Pi show can be described as one big kamikaze run. The Amsterdam-based quartet’s inflammable brand of indie rock is a gleeful but high-stakes affair. The first thing you notice about Canshaker Pi is how they relish puerile dicking about, albeit never just for the sake of just “dicking about.”
Beneath their fidgety, high-strung stage antics simmers a piercing intensity, one that perhaps comes with a creeping awareness that the days of being young, wild and free will eventually pass. Canshaker Pi frantically capitalise on their youthful zest with a relentless now-or-never stride.