It's Groezrock time!

We’ll be heading down to Groezrock tomorrow to see some of our favorite bands. But first the Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting II will be happening tomorrow (22:00h, BBQ area at campsite, facebook event).


After a successful edition last year, it’s time for edtion 2 of the Groezrock Acoustic Punk Meeting.

We’ve got a guitar and this is happening:
Versus The World (US) -
Leagues Apart (UK) -
Sweet Empire (NL) -
PJ Bond (US) -
Mark McCabe (UK) -
Oliver John Ward (UK) -
James Choice (AT) -
Translated (NL) -
Ray Average (DE) -
Slowyear (UK) -
ScrXtch (NL) -
Jimmy Holland (UK) -
The Lion And The Wolf (UK) -
Rob Lynch (UK) -
Violent City (BE) -
Crappy Fab (CH)-
Emma Hallows (UK) -
Social Distrust (DE) -
Barcelona DTD Punker Crew (ES) -
Bad Ideas (UK) -
A Great Notion (UK) -
Andrew Cream (UK) -
King Lui Van Beethoven (DE) -
The Attika State (UK) -
Communicaution (Lux) -
The Static Cult (UK) -
Xenon Razis (GR) -
Ren Spits At Magpies (UK) -
In Clear Sight (BE) -

When: Friday April 27th 2012 - 22:00h
Where: BBQ area at the campsite

Bring some booze and party!

See you there! Don’t forget to invite all your friends!

Info for bands:
- We’ve got one acoustic guitar, anything else should be brought along yourself.
- We’ll try to get some kind of stage available, if you have any ideas please get in touch.
- In case of rain we will probably cancel the event.
- Due to the huge line up, we can’t let you play entire sets. Probably 5 songs max, maybe even less. This is just so that everybody can play. Thanks for understanding.
- When you get to the BBQ area please try and find one of the North Empire Bookings guys to ‘sign in’.
- Any other ideas are very welcome! This is a thing we all do together (DIY yeah!), so any plan to make this a better/cooler/funnier/etc. event are more than welcome. /

Thursday, 26 April 2012, 00:00 Bert Hekman

New show: June 2nd

We’re proud to announce Ants! and Jack Holmes from Austria will be playing Crackers, Haarlem on June 2nd. Dutch support from Translated and Sweet Empire. Check out the flyer/poster.


P.S. Don’t forget to come over to De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer today for a great show with Spraynard (US), Caves (UK), Trails (UK), Translated, and Crack David. oi!

Sunday, 22 April 2012, 00:00 Bert Hekman

Next show(s): April 22nd & 24th

Two of the (probably) most fun shows ever are coming up real soon. You definitely can’t miss out on these:



Tuesday, 17 April 2012, 00:00 Bert Hekman

Interview: Trails (UK)


The next N.E. show on April 22nd 2012 will feature Trails, amongst others. Trails are a UK band who have managed to create a unique sound, blending punk, pop, indie, and everything a normal person should like. They combine this all with a fresh sort of mental illness. We had the honor to ask them a few things.

Could you please introduce yourselves?
Trails consists of 4 derranged mentalists on a mission to destroy minds and melt faces wherever we go.

What/who inspires you music-wise?
We have an endless list of influences but to name a few - RX Bandits, Mars Volta and Propagandhi.

How would you describe your music and what is your music about?
Lyrically we discuss everything from personal experience to political and environmental issues that we feel strongly about. Musically we try to combine originality and accessability to the best of our abilities.

We think you are a great mix between punk and indie. Do you think you’re more punk or more indie?

What have you done so far and what will you be doing in the near future?
We’ve played with the likes of Arcane Roots, Tellison, The Computers and Gay For Johnny Depp. We’ve just recorded two singles of which one, A Turn Of Phrase, is already released. We’re planning to get an album ready either late this year or some time next year. Other than that we’re just touring as much as possible.

How did you get the ideas for your crazy videos (links: 1 , 2 , 3 )?
The dangerous depths of our deranged minds. We’re masters of delicatable brain farts.

Old school question: Do you prefer CD or vinyl?
Vinyls win for artwork and collectability whereas more people have a CD player and this makes copying the content onto your compueter way easier.

New school question: Do you think the Internet has been a positive for the music industry?
Yes and no. Yes - the ability to digitally distribute your music to the entire world as well connecting with fans, labels and booking agents. No - the abudance of bands has caused a vast saturation of the music community making it harder to stand out from the crowd.

What do you expect from your upcoming mainland tour? Any special things you’d like to do / see?
We’re just really keen to visit some new places and play to some new people. Anything on top of that is a bonus. We’ve heard some great things about shows in mainland Europe so we’re really looking forward to them.

What can we expect of your show at De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer?
110% pure rock energy with crowd interaction, some good old rowdines; and whole lot of fun

Anything you’d like to add?
Check out the video for our new single “A Turn Of Phrase” at We’ll have this available to buy on CD at the gig along with our EP and vinyl copies of our first ever single “All The Other Humans”

We can’t wait to see Trails live set. Hope to see all of you reading this there too. April 22nd 2012 @ De Groote Weiver, Wormerveer, NL (15:00h, 5€). Be sure to check Trails out via the link above and be even more sure to check out their videos!

Friday, 6 April 2012, 00:00 Bert Hekman

New show / additions

Local heroes Against All Odds will be playing the already awesome show, but now even more awesome, on May 11th in Rockcafé Asgard, Beverwijk, NL (20:00h, free) with Crazy Arm (UK) and The 20 Belows (DK). This makes the line up complete. Can we say ‘show of the year’? This might be it!

Besides that we can confirm that acoustic wonder Jeff Rowe (US) will be playing somewhere cool in our area on Tuesday September 4th 2012. More on this soon!

Monday, 2 April 2012, 00:00 Bert Hekman