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Fri 03 July

Max & the Cuties - Afscheidsshow and release ‘O Nostalgia!’

Max & the Cuties play their very last show on Vessel 11 in their hometown Rotterdam on July 3rd 2015. For many years Max & the Cuties offered fresh, adventurous pop music. On this evening they will also release their last new songs on the split-single ‘O Nostalgia’ on the Canadian label Fallen Love Records with Laughed the Boy (CAN) on the other side of the single. As support act they bring a new cutie named On Eva who brings witty lyrics on beautifully composed, composed pop music.

Thu 04 June


Poetry, music and dance comes together at MELT. It is a fresh and new concept. Roots & Routes will launch the first edition of MELT on april the 2th.

Sat 13 June

Niek Hilkmann presents: Knak

Knak, Niek Hilkmann’s first full length album after putting out two 7” singles, has been officially released by YCR!

Sat 30 May

HAUSMAGGER (RELEASE: TEKST & UITLEG) support: De Likt en De Dood


Wed 17 June

Natalie Prass

For lovers of soul, infused with Dusty Springfield and Jenny Lewis (for whom she was backing vocalist): meet the American singer-songwriter Natalie Prass. Recently she rocked the stage at SXSW and Later With Jools Holland (and the editorial office of Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The New Yorker… do we need to continue?), and on Wednesday June 17th, Natalie will join us at BIRD with her sincere seventies soul pop songs.

Wed 27 May

Liebeskrank, by Mechanical Duck - premiere

A story about love and insanity. Classical music (Schubert) by Mechanical Duck in a new jazzy outfit with spectacular images.

Sat 06 June

RoosWiesBlauw; Kom op Voet!

Kom op voet! Zappy moments of sound recordings, text, music and live play related to questions such as how to be naked in a world full of clothes. By яoo﹩ωḯes♭lauw, a duo of Wiz art’s and Rosetta the Machine.

Tue 26 May

Pantropical: Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski (et/au)

Highly anticipated live show of Hailu Mergia with the hard-to-beat rhythm section of Tony Buck from The Necks (drums), and Mike Majkowski (double bass). This trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia’s music, while not forgetting to throw in defty bits of funk. An evening of the coolest ethio jazz grooves topped off by a pre/afterparty by the Rebel Up! / Pantropical selectors!

Sat 30 May


Minyeshu is a child of two worlds. The Ethiopian singer has lived in the Netherlands since 1996 and combines Ethiopian dance music with Western soul and funk elements.

Sat 20 June

Noah Guthrie

Already millions of people have enjoyed his performances on YouTube and on popular TV show Glee. It is therefore quite remarkable to have Noah Guthrie playing in Rotown with a capacity of 250. This will be his first European tour, so it is a unique chance to catch Guthrie live.

Fri 29 May

Elida Almeida

Elida Almeida, the new star of Cabo Verde, has an extraordinarily charming voice. The prestigious label Lusafrica recently released her debut album, titled Ora Ora Doci Margos.

Sat 16 May

Rogier Telderman Trio

The music on the album is best described as cinematic, contemporary, and melodious. Versatility is the key in the compositions of Telderman. Besides inspiration from jazz (Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and Esbjörn Svensson), he also gets ideas from minimal music, pop and classical music. The compositions often provide the starting point from which the musicians encourage each other to continually step outside their comfort zone.

Tue 14 July

Entrepreneurship Training for creative entrepreneurs.

Are you a creative entrepreneur or want to get started as an entrepreneur? Would you like to learn more about the business side of the creative profession? Would you like to follow an entrepreneurial training that directly connects to your daily practice? Then the training Routes To Employment (R2E) is something for you!

Mon 18 May

Textuur #33: Le Cercle des Mallissimalistes (FR) + Albatre (PT/DE) + Shetahr (BE)

3 bands, 3 cities and 3 distinctive styles. Atmospheric post-rock from Bordeaux (Le Cercle des Mallissimalistes), full force jazzcore from Rotterdam (Albatre) and trashpop from Brussels (Shetahr). Come get your rocks off on a manic Monday…

Tue 07 July

Dennis Kolen The Breakfast Club / North Sea Round Town

Experience the ultimate Sunday afternoon vibe with The Breakfast Club at BIRD. It’s a home away from home for people who want to finish and start the week in relaxing manner. On Sunday, July 5th you can start your afternoon with a brunch consisting of a wide selection of delicious delights. Afterwards, enjoy the warm and smooth sounds of Dennis Kolen.

Wed 13 May

Pat Martino Trio

The guitarist born in 1944 started his career in the bands of Jack McDuff, Willis Jackson, Don Patterson and Groove Holmes. Pat Martino suffered the nightmare of every musician: he lost his memory in brain surgery in 1980 and then had to learn to play all over again.

Sun 10 May


Lau is honored as the most musically adventurous trio in Scottish folk and won the Award for Best Band at the BBC Folk Awards no less than four times!

Sat 09 May

The Dave Weckl Acoustic band

With: Makoto Ozone, Tom Kennedy & Gart Meek.

Fri 08 May

Omar Sosa

It’s been over six years since the Cuban pianist Omar Sosa appeared for the last time in (the old) LantarenVenster. That means it’s time for a renewed acquaintance at the Wilhelmina Pier!

Sun 17 May


After more than 3 years of living-room-kind-of-performances in this old but cosy building on the Paradise Lane 130b we quit. But, to do this in style, we organize Feest.

With lots of performances, garage sale and food.