The History of Kloemprock

 179742_507505349317065_1282729023_nLast Friday during Kloemprock 2013, a lot of people asked me about the history of Kloemprock.  So here’s a brief history of this fine event.

Kloemprock has always been an event organised by JH De Kloemp in Bunsbeek (B). I wasn’t part of the organisation since the beginning but I went for the first time in 2000 and start helping out in 2001 or 2002. 2003 was the best year so far but in 2004 Kloemprock got a setback. After that I took some gap years (2005-2007, 2009-2010).

After those turbulent years, a small group decided to relaunch Kloemprock for the first time in 2008 (for the first time Kloemprock was not a part of the Kloempweekend) and back again in 2011. In 2013, for the second time, Kloemprock wasn’t part of the well known Kloempweekend.  Reasons for change of date was that Ieperfest and Hageland fest, both programming hardcore and punkrock were at the same weekend. A change of date also resulted in a change of venue.

Here’s an overview of Kloemprock line-ups with his ups and downs:

THE BEGINNING

1999

The Vibe, Strangle The Parrot

2000

Oversized, Scarrots, Stonedigger, Travoltas (NL), Belgian Associality

2001

Henkepak, Square One, Oversized, Funeral Dress, The Punkles (DE), Badness (UK)

2002

Wash Out Test, Cooperate, Oversized, Skin of Tears (DE), Not Available (DE), Funeral Dress, The Real McKenzies (CAN), Raemouns (DE)

2003

Far2Close, Madskat, Scarrots, The Kids, The Business (UK), Bad Manners (UK)

2004

Trust, The Porters (DE), The Agitators, Silverene, Fabulous Disaster (USA), Randy (USA), UK Subs (UK)

THE TURBULENT YEARS

2005

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2006

God’s Favorite, Black Valley, Raul D’Jam, Action in DC (NL), Gunz ‘n Rozes (NL)

2007

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2008

Airplane, Overweight, Smooth Lee, Mark Fogo’s Skasters, The Usual Suspects, Capital Scum, Funeral Dress, The Casulaties, Retired Punx

2009

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2010

An Apple, The Nursery Rhyme, Emperors of Decay, Okselvocht, The Belpop Bastards

THE COMBACK YEARS

2011:

Iese/Daase, Strung Out (USA), Real McKenzies (USA), Venerea (Swe), Misconduct (SWE), Shadows Chasing Ghosts (UK), Homer, The Devilles, Prowler.

2012:

Wolves Scream, Midnight Tattoo, 15 Minute Powernap, Black cat Bone Squad, F.O.D, Straightaway (FR), Arizona, Off With Their Heads (US), Grey Like Masquerade, Atlas Losing Grip (SWE), Get Off My Shoes, MXPX Allstars (USA), Antillectual (NL), A Wilhelm Scream (USA), Gino’s Eyeball, The Skadillacs

Cancellations: Left Alone (USA), Voodoo Glow Skulls (USA)

2013:

The Fellows, In Clear Sight, Orange Apple, Face The Fax, F.O.D., The Setup, Skin Of Tears (DE), Gino’s Eyeball, Mute (CAN), Strike Anywhere (USA).

Cancellations: Implants (USA), 7Seconds (USA)

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