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I get loads of hits on the translation I did of Philippe Cornet's interview with Annik Honoré. I need to write something now she's passed from this world. Fortunately, others have had more eloquence.

 

Richard 23, Front 242

 

Annik was one of the first person believing in Front 242 in our very early days. She's the one who made us play gigs in Brussel's Plan K where only the best band could eventualy come and play.

A little later she was in charge of promotion for our first label and made so much noise about us everybody was obliged to know who we were! She was with us on our first USA tour back in 84 as tour manager (pic).

Ever since we were friends. Annik is sadly no longer with us, she left our world last night at the age of 56.

RIP Annik et merci.

 


Gilles - Denner

 

This morning, I learnt that Annik Honoré, a friend from Brussels had passed away aged 56, after losing a two month fight with an acute illness.

 

Annik was a radient person, gentle and passionate about music. She was the co-founder of Brussels label “Les Disques du Crépuscule”, the cousin and European bridge-head of Factory Records. With a handful of music loving friends, she organised gigs at the (in)famous Plan K, Manchester Street, Brussels. You couldn’t make it up…


Annik’s story, young intern at the Belgian embassy in London, crossed that of Joy Division and Ian Curtis in July 1979, at the Nashville Rooms in London. There followed a fusional intellectual relationship between the two of them, which ended tragically 10 months later with Ian’s suicide. Annik would always avoid the subject – despite the slurs and criticism. She respected the family’s pain, even if her own was also dreadful. She was always reserved on the subject and seldom spoke about it.

 

She always listened to lots of music. Loudly – she was an activist. Always looking for new sounds and listening to newcomers, enthusiastically underwriting new albums, as she did for us, Denner.

 

I had only met her, through a friend, her ex-compangnon, in 2007 or 2008… From messages to the “Des Jeunes Gens Modernes” exhilition in Brussels, and Italian lunches at her place, she had entrusted me with some of her archives for a book project on Rock in Brussels at that exciting turn us the ‘80s. I hope we will be able to finish that adventure with Les Editions de Juillet and her Brussels friends.

 

Just for her

 

We’ve lost a very beautiful person.

 

 

Paul – Str8line records & No Tears

 

Sad news indeed. I was lucky enough to meet her and talk at length about music. She was a passionate woman, with a wide culture, who really liked the artists. Strength to those close to her.


 

Yvan - De Volanges


A beautiful person in every way you can use the word… We will all miss her… Than you Annik for all you have done…


 

James Nice, LTM records:


Annik wouldn't have wanted any big fuss made but it's so nice that people care.


 

Marc Deprez – The Names

 

Sadness, of course, but let’s remember her radiant smile and her infinite charm. A beautiful person, something that all who met her agree upon.

 

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March 1 2010 2 01 /03 /March /2010 15:08

Lots of stuff to write about...

 

Boutik Rock at the Botanique on 10, 11, 12 & 13 February

 

I was impressed by the psychedelic country folk rock from Too Much & the White Nots – excellent tunes and a very original orchestration. Full on in-yer-face metal from Liege band Set The Tone – a real rock’n’roll treat. A great stand-up comedy & solo set from Sharko frontman David Bartholomé. The charming 60’s influenced folk tunes from rising star Faustine Hollander. And a raucous performance with a few delightful twists from band of the moment Vismets.

 

Various Soirées Cerises events

 

Fabulous uncategorisable stuff with drums and strings from Illinois band Pillars & Tongues. Delicate hippy folksy ballads from Erinn. French cowboy-folk stars My Name is Nobody. Delightful pop with some wonderful musicianship from Ruacutane. And incomprehensible drivel with dull string arrangements and atrociously unimaginative songwriting from Hano-ah

 

MusicBrussels.com launch night 27 Febrary

 

An acoustic performance from My TV is Dead showcasing some of the tunes on their excellent new album. Garner on fire for their new album launch. The Diplomat showing us what rock is all about. And The Vogues with a storming performance straight out of 60’s London. And Nige Bray – the best pub singer in Brussels.

 

 

All on the way...

 

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