Pias_Nights_2013Want to go to Brussels? Sure, okay…  So how excited is NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION to attend the PIAS [NITES] festival this February 15th and 16th? The answer is “very.” Put on by the label of the same name, PIAS [NITES] is a continuation of the culture of the Belgian label: to showcase the work of independent musicians in various genres. They have hosted nights in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland, with lineups that include established and up-and-coming musicians. The festival aims to be something more, a place of discovery and uniqueness, a “challenge to the senses” and a memorable party and music scene.

From the label that started in the early 80s with other groundbreaking labels of the era (Rough Trade, 4AD and Factory), they have signed everyone from the BUTTHOLE SURFERS to DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, DEAD CAN DANCE to the EDITORS. They represented American artists in Europe, like MY MORNING JACKET and DINOSAUR JR. This year features Mercury Prize winners ALT-J, JASON LYTLE, BOOKA SHADE and BALTHAZAR, plus more. The festival takes place at Tour & Taxis, Friday and Saturday, and the complete line-up can be found here.

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