Set in a 16th century monastery, there is nothing prudish or restrained about Cafè D'Anvers, Belgium's leading light for house and techno, set in the heart of Antwerp's red light district. Besides its celestial digs, there's little old-fashioned about it either; its first-class music policy seeing Jamie Jones, Gui Boratto, Henrik Schwarz and Joris Voorn commandeer the venue's high-powered soundsystem, soon to be part re-vamped, with Funktion One reinforcement later this year.
It's also Belgium's most heritable. First opening as a dance music venue in 1989, it celebrated 25 years as a club this year, its stonewalls serving as a cinema, a gay disco and a storage facility since the late '30s. Today, however. there is no mistaking its identity. Locking down Circoloco and Cocoon exclusively for Belgium, plus a branded stage at Tomorrowland, punters know exactly what they're gonna get at Cafe D'Anvers.