WECANDANCE developed into an adult with its own personality in just four years. Having a beautiful location, the beach of Zeebrugge, and being lucky with sunny weather, the electronic music festival had the basic elements to ensure a fun barefoot dance party. But the organizers obviously had something more extraordinary in mind.
The first thing that became immediately obvious was their love for fashion. With “Lost in Space” as the #WCD2016 theme, they encouraged all visitors to show off their most spacey outfits. Moreover, top designers were asked to design the #WCD2016 merchandise clothing and accessories – some of them were very creative. We are very happy with our “Phone home” sweater!
Secondly, the upscale selection of gastronomy definitely reached a higher level than what you expect at a festival – although pricey, all dishes and special drinks we tried were interesting, super delicious, and very classy presented. A huge VIP area reminded of the proximity of Knokke-le-Zoute (which is the Saint-Tropez of the Belgian coast). WCD definitely attracts a more glamorous and fancy crowd than most festivals.
Music-wise, there was a broad selection of different electronic music genres – from R&B and disco over EDM towards underground house and techno. We spent most of our time at the underground stage hosted by Roots of Minimal on Saturday and Labyrinth Club on Sunday, where we especially enjoyed the sets of two DJ ladies, Vaal and Amelie Lens. Local legend Tofke (who plays in all underground clubs in Belgium since 1989) played his melodic Tech house set. Recondite delivered, as always, with an experimental live set. We grooved in the sunshine to Jamie Jones’ funky beats at Kitsch Club stage and closed down the night with Dixon. Fireworks wrapped up another successful edition of WECANDANCE.
Pictures by Leyla Hesna: