We decided to skip the mandatory end-of-year-lists this year, but 2019 cannot end without a little write up. What a year it has been, not just for us at Linke Soto. Our beloved venue, the city and the connection between crews has never been stronger. So before we say goodbye to 2019, let’s look back, shall we?
We had a flying start into the year. Hot on the heels of an amazing launch of the event with Motor City Drum Ensemble and Robert Hood back in December, we also got offered the chance to start working with Boiler Room. It speaks for itself that this highly anticipated night didn’t go without any stress, but the result was perfect. Boiler Room went down like a charm and the night with Oliver Way, MCDE and Robert Hood was as hot and sweat as it sounded. But in a good way.
De Toko turned into a real Maastricht household name during the course of 18 months. With a mixture of great local artists and their crews, we couldn’t have been more grateful for the opportunity we got at Muziekgieterij. But with the closing of the old Muziekgieterij, also De Toko came to an end and it couldn’t have ended better than with Love Foundation and Lux on May 3rd.
With the end of De Toko it was only a matter of weeks until Soto Club saw the light of day. In the new ‘small room’ of Muziekgieterij we found our new home, with its beautiful windows. During the first months after the opening we had the chance to host Clone Records’ Serge and Leon Vynehall and Steffi. Also homegrown favorites like Ben Fata, Aarre and Dayak and Roy Habets shared the decks at Soto Club.
After their first appearance back in March, Boiler Room returned for re:ni’s European Tour. On October 4th London’s re:ni set foot in Maastricht for the first time accompanied by Oceanic. Local support came from Linke Soto’s honchos Dayak and Roy Habets. It was a really bass heavy night, at some point even the subwoofers were put to the test with the UK sounds that got a spin.
The cherry on top of the wide range of artists we had over this year were two techno heavyweights Ben Sims and Derrick May. You know, the Innovator from Detroit and his British counterpart. They both gave a lecture in next level DJing and we’re thankful for the opportunity that we were given om to host these gentlemen together with EPM Music and Muziekgieterij.
To conclude 2019 we couldn’t be more happier with the opportunities given and the great guests we had. It was a memorable year in which we closed some gaps and tied the Maastricht’s scene (Maasie in short) even more together. We cannot wait for 2020, what about you?