DANS DANS

DANS DANS

Dans Dans unites the talents of three musicians at the absolute top of their game! Jazz without stuffiness, rock without blinkers and avant-garde without pretentiousness.


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Dans Dans is the utterly unique musical collective featuring Bert Dockx (frontman of the acclaimed Flying Horseman), Frederic Jacques (bassist for the great Mark Lanegan and himself a formidable songsmith and singer under the Lyenn moniker) and Steven Cassiers (a sought-after instrumentalist who has collaborated with the likes of Dez Mona and DAAU). Since their debut in 2012, the trio has been astounding listeners with music impossible to pin down in a single genre. Instrumental, atmospheric, hypnotic, delicate and wild: Dans Dans tirelessly construct their own musical universe and time and again demonstrate why they are one of the most intriguing bands currently working in Belgium and far beyond.

Although until recently the band was known for their imaginative covers of the work of other artists (Nick Drake, Ennio Morricone, Ornette Coleman, David Bowie, Robert Wyatt, …), on the fourth album - the blazing, magnificent Sand - nearly all of the compositions are their own. And as always, for these three natural-born musicians, the compositions are merely a jumping-off point for the improvisational exploration of an unheard spectrum of musical landscapes and emotions. Improvised, but with a flawless ear for an unwavering narrative logic and infectious melodies.

Sand was produced by the indispensable Koen Gisen who provides a sound that is transparent, deep and urgent. Recorded in barely four days’ time, played live (without overdubs) in a single small room, the sound of this album is like a journey through a foreign land that you'll never want to leave.

In the words of the award-winning author and Dans Dans-admirer Peter Verhelst:

On SAND, you'll find highly spatial music, music that takes you places you've never been before, for the simple reason that they hitherto didn’t exist, or at least not in that way, where everything can be utterly transformed in an instant. One second you’re standing in the desert with your arms outstretched to grasp the breathtaking canopy of stars, and the next second you’re nestled in the voluptuous cushions of a shisha lounge, smoking a hookah, following which a herd of wild mustangs storms past you, and then suddenly you find yourself in a mosh pit. The music is cinematic, but also literary: every time you listen, new stories effortlessly come to mind.
As quirky and capricious as the music may be, SAND is dreamier than their previous records. At times lethargic, pensive even, or vulnerable, at times exhilarating, driving, ecstatic, now raw and abrupt, momentarily whimsical, and then again melancholy, consistently generous, intuitive, hypnotic, but never pretentious, slick or predictable. Perhaps nocturnal is the best description: because at night everything is sultrier, more seductive, sharper, more intoxicating, more random, looser in the hips, but also more soothing for the battered soul.
The last song closes with a witty sample from Hitchcock’s film ‘Shadow of a Doubt’: ‘Sit down!’ a male voice commands. To your amazement, you discover that there you are, shaking your hips, listening to Sand. In your own living room.

From garage jazz, psychedelic blues and ecstatic noir soundtracks to spacey rock-‘n-roll: a lot of labels get thrown at Dans Dans and they’re all appropriate to a certain extent.

Members:Bert Dockx: Guitar, Cassettes
Fred Lyenn Jacques: Bass, Synths
Steven Cassiers: Drums, Percussion

Tourdates

Date Band Location Tickets
16-10-2016 Kölner Philharmonie DANS DANS Köln, DE TICKETS
27-10-2016 Blå DANS DANS Oslo, NO TICKETS
29-10-2016 Sound of Music DANS DANS Groningen, NL TICKETS
09-11-2016 FANTASTISCHE MUSIK @ Birdland DANS DANS Hamburg, DE TICKETS
10-11-2016 FANTASTISCHE MUSIK @ Orpheus Theater DANS DANS Flensburg, DE TICKETS
11-11-2016 FANTASTISCHE MUSIK @ CVJM DANS DANS Lübeck, DE TICKETS
12-11-2016 FANTASTISCHE MUSIK @ KulturForum DANS DANS Kiel, DE TICKETS
17-11-2016 Punto DANS DANS Bern, CH TICKETS
18-11-2016 Royal DANS DANS Baden, CH TICKETS
19-11-2016 La Parenthèse DANS DANS Nyon, CH TICKETS

Tour History

Date Band Location
04-06-2016 Nattjazz DANS DANS Bergen, NOR
23-04-2016 Jazzahead DANS DANS Bremen, DE
25-02-2016 Westrand DANS DANS Dilbeek
05-02-2016 One of a Million Festival DANS DANS Baden, CH
10-12-2015 Glimps DANS DANS Gent
21-11-2015 Paradox DANS DANS Tilburg, NL
08-11-2015 November Music DANS DANS 's-Hertogenbosch, NL
09-10-2015 Rumor 81 DANS DANS Utrecht, NL
04-10-2015 Fluor (+ POLAR BEAR) DANS DANS Amersfoort, NL
03-10-2015 Rataplan (+ POLAR BEAR) DANS DANS Antwerpen

Press

20-09-2016

"Close Your Eyes" is one of DE MORGEN's songs of the day

12/07/2015

"World Class" Dans Dans at Cactusfestival 2015 by FOCUS KNACK

05/05/2015

8 out of 10 from UNCUT

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26-09-2016

"Close Your Eyes" is on 22 TRACKS Brussels' Indie Playlist

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20-09-2016

"Close Your Eyes" is one of DE MORGEN's songs of the day

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19-09-2016

First single from "Sand" at DE STANDAARD

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08-07-2016

The 11 favourite Belgian releases of Gent Jazz's Davy Van Robaeys. THE WORD

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09-01-2016

Bert Dockx on ALLEZ ALLEZ at Radio 1

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01-10-2015

TUMULT.FM on Dans Dans in Vooruit

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20-09-2015

Dans Dans at Leffingeleuren, 4 star review by DE MORGEN

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03-08-2015

"An impressive live act" ENOLA on Dans Dans at Boomtown

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26-07-2015

Review by HET NIEUWSBLAD of Dans Dans at Boomtown

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12-07-2015

Nice pics of Dans Dans at Cactusfestival 2015 by CUTTING EDGE

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12-07-2015

"World Class" Dans Dans at Cactusfestival 2015 by FOCUS KNACK

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12-07-2015

"Out of this world" DE MORGEN on Dans Dans at Cactusfestival 2015

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08-07-2015

"A Liberated Guitarist" Interview with Bert Dockx in GITARIST

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07-07-2015

"The most exciting (impro-) Jazz"  Announcement of Dans Dans at North Sea Jazz by DE VOLKSKRANT

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16-06-2015

Frank Sinatra's in good company! JAZZISM 2015 with Dans Dans plus REVIEW

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27-05-2015

3 VOOR 12 on Dans Dans at Ik zie U graag in Breda

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08-05-2015

FOCUS KNACK on Bert Dockx's award,'Culture Prize' of the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven)

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07-05-2015

3 gets a 4 out of 5 from NARC.MAGAZINE

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05-05-2015

8 out of 10 from UNCUT

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26-03-2015

MUSICZINE.L'AVENIR on 3

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30-01-2015

FILEUNDER review of 3

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11-01-2015

Hulst turns into Amsterdam according to PZC

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02-01-2015

DARK ENTRIES'S 2014 List with Dans Dans at N°2

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31-12-2014

Interview with Bert Dockx (Flying Horseman, Dans Dans, Strand) by ENOLA

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26-12-2014

According to DE VOLKSKRANT Dans Dans sounds closer than ever, a 4 Star Review

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23-12-2014

Dans Dans at Stuk by VETO

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22-12-2014

Dans Dans are one of DUYSTER'S best Belgian's of 2014

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18-12-2014

Autumn's 5 best albums according to CUTTING EDGE

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18-12-2014

Dans Dans is crossing borders in MOUSTIQUE

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17-12-2014

DE MORGEN'S 50 best albums of 2014 with Dans Dans

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15-12-2014

3 VOOR 12 saw Dans Dans at State-X New Forms in The Hague

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15-12-2014

INDIESTYLE puts 3 in their 2014 list

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14-12-2014

2014 in retrospective by INDIESTYLE

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12-12-2014

The videoclip of "Zephyr" by Philippe Werkers, online at DE STANDAARD's website

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12-12-2014

"A dangerous record" says PROXIMUS GOFORMUSIC

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09-12-2014

Dans Dans at N°6 in FOCUS KNACK'S top 10 albums of 2014

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09-12-2014

'Oui’ and ‘Ja’ to Dans Dans. Belgium’s Finest according to MTV IGGY

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09-12-2014

According to DEMOFARM 3 is the best Belgian album of 2014

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09-12-2014

“3” made the “Albums of the month List” of december by ROUGH TRADE

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07-12-2014

Best 50 albums of 2014 by CULTUSONLINE with Dans Dans at N°4

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05-12-2014

Bert Dockx was the host of Late Night Last Call on national radio KLARA

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05-12-2014

According to TUMULT.FM Dans Dans's concert at Handelsbeurs could be best described as an "experience"

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05-12-2014

Dans Dans in Paradiso Amsterdam by MIXEDWORLDMUSIC

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05-12-2014

ENOLA writes: "Dans Dans ruled supreme in a full Handelsbeurs in Gent"

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05-12-2014

Triple AAA review from KICKING THE HABIT

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04-12-2014

"Inexhaustibly inventive" FOCUS KNACK on Dan Dans in Gent

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04-12-2014

SKYLINE REVIEWS on Dans Dans at Handelsbeurs in Gent

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02-12-2014

DRAAIOMJEOREN.BLOGSPOT were at De Singer to see Dans Dans

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28-11-2014

DE VOLKSKRANT puts 3 in their list of this week's best new music

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27-11-2014

"Buy, shut up & listen!" FOCUS KNACK on 3

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26-11-2014

3 is "Intriguing Art" according to SNOOZECONTROL

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24-11-2014

Dans Dans's performance at AB in Brussels through the eyes and ears of MOTHERLOVEMUSIC

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24-11-2014

THE QUIETUS; “For insomniacs everywhere, Dans Dans have just made your nightmares come true”

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22-11-2014

Dans Dans's new album on VPRO LUISTERPAAL

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21-11-2014

A review from 3 on DNEVNIK, Slovenia

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19-11-2014

3 gets a 9,5 on 10 from DEMOFARM

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19-11-2014

Three Cheers from ENOLA

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18-11-2014

Exclusive preview of "3" in DE STANDAARD

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18-11-2014

Interview with Dans Dans in HUMO

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18-11-2014

Dans Dans vs Foo Fighters; 4 out of 5 from INDIESTYLE

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17-11-2014

COBRA in the studio with Dans Dans

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17-11-2014

3 = 3,5/4 according to HUMO

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17-11-2014

DAMUSIC with a lot of praise on 3

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17-11-2014

3 reviewed by AGENDA MAGAZINE.BLOG

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14-11-2014

FOCUS VIF on 3

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10-11-2014

OOR with a lot of praise on 3

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05-11-2014

QUINDO on Dans Dans at Parkjazz 2014

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03-11-2014

Nice interview with Dans Dans plus a review by RIFRAF

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22-10-2014

Skopje Jazz Festival 2014 with Dans Dans by JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

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05-09-2014

3 VOOR 12 on Dans Dans at Into The Great Wide Open 2014

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22-07-2014

Interview with Bert Dockx (Flying Horseman, Dans Dans, Strand) by DARK ENTRIES

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19-07-2014

HET NIEUWSBLAD on Dans Dans at Ghent Jazz 2014

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16-06-2014

Damo Suzuki & Dans Dans by ENOLA

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06-06-2014

ENOLA on Dans Dans and Marc Ribot's CErmaic Dog in Gent

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26-04-2014

"A must for those with ears." COBRA on I/II

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07-04-2014

Dans Dans and Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog in Gent by SKYLINE REVIEWS

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26-02-2014

POPPUNT had a nice chat with Fred "Lyenn" Jacques

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17-01-2014

FOCUS KNACK, KICKING THE HABIT and DAMUSIC about Dans Dans at Eurosonic 2014

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12-01-2014

Nice article about Dans Dans in JAZZISM

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24-12-2013

I/II at N°4 in ENOLA'S List of 2013

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20-12-2013

KWADRATUUR about Mist Festival with Dans Dans

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16-12-2013

5 Star Review by CUTTING EDGE of Dans Dans at De Roma

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13-12-2013

SKYLINE interview with Dans Dans

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13-12-2013

Glimps 2013 with Dans Dans by DA MUSIC

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13-12-2013

Dans Dans at Glimps by TUMULT.FM

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06-10-2013

A review of Dans Dans's performance in Ljubljana by RADIO STUDENT

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05-10-2013

Dans Dans's concert in Ljubljana, Slovenia on national radio VAL202

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04-10-2013

Another review of I/II from Slovenia, by DNEVNIK

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02-10-2013

RADIO STUDENT from Ljubljana reviewed I/II

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29-09-2013

Dans Dans at Dok by SKYLINE REVIEWS

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29-09-2013

TUMULT.FM about Dans Dans at Dok

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17-08-2013

Dans Dans at Pukkelpop! 4 Stars by DE STANDAARD; 3 Stars by HUMO; A lot of praise by LE SOIR, SKYLINE REVIEWS, GONZO (circus) and OOR; 3 Stars by FOCUS KNACK and 4 Stars by PROXIMUS GO FOR MUSIC

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07-08-2013

I/II Review by THE POST ONLINE from Holland

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26-07-2013

CUTTING EDGE on Dans Dans at Boomtown

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26-07-2013

Dans Dans at Boomtown by SKYLINE REVIEWS

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22-07-2013

Interview with Dans Dans in METRO

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05-07-2013

Review about Dans Dans at PLAZEY

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08-06-2013

Interview with Dans Dans on national RADIO 1

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19-05-2013

HUMO is impressed by Dans Dans' show at Handelsbeurs

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18-05-2013

DE DIKKE DELVAUX on national Radio 1 about Dans Dans

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18-05-2013

More nice words on I/II from JAZZ INTERNATIONAL ROTTERDAM

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17-05-2013

4 Stars from KWADRATUUR for I/II

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15-05-2013

"A Sublime Evening", SKYLINE REVIEWS about Dans Dans at Stuk

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10-05-2013

Dans Dans is "The Most Exciting Band from Belgium" according to OOR

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08-05-2013

Interview with Dans Dans in FOCUS KNACK

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08-05-2013

The covers on I/II versus the originals by FOCUS KNACK

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08-05-2013

I/II is GONZO'S Editorial's Choice of the Month

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03-05-2013

Nice review of I/II plus interview in RIFRAF

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03-05-2013

Nothing but the best from DAMUSIC on I/II

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30-04-2013

I/II gets 3 Stars from HUMO

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29-04-2013

Very nice words from DARK ENTRIES on I/II

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26-04-2013

FOCUS VIF gives I/II 4 Stars

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26-04-2013

4 Stars from GVA for I/II

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24-04-2013

I/II Gets 4 Stars from FOCUS KNACK

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24-04-2013

Magna Cum Laude for I/II from SKYLINE REVIEWS

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22-04-2013

INDIESTYLE wants more "Fans Fans" for Dans Dans

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19-04-2013

I/II gets 3,5 Stars from DE MORGEN

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19-04-2013

A lot of praise from ENOLA on I/II

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17-04-2013

Berlin based blog BKLYN streams I/II entirely

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16-04-2013

"Perfect Storm" a 5 Star review by to DE STANDAARD

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13-04-2013

Dans Dans at A Track - More Music by ENOLA

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15-02-2013

Dans Dans'show at Trix we're Open by ENOLA

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26-12-2012

Nice review by HET NIEUWSBLAD about Dans Dans at Glimps

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15-12-2012

FOCUS KNACK about Dans Dans at Glimps

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07-12-2012

Willem Jongeneelen (OOR) puts Dans Dans at N°1 in 2012

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25-11-2012

Waterpoort is Pieter-Jan Symons' SONG OF THE DAY

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28-10-2012

Dans Dans at Mezz, praised by 3 VOOR 12

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28-10-2012

ENOLA about Dans Dans at Follow the Sound 2012

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16-10-2012

Live Concert at DE KREUN.TV

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04-10-2012

4 star review of Dans Dans at Sonic Soirée by DE VOLKSKRANT

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16-08-2012

DARK ENTRIES would like to hear more from Dans Dans

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15-05-2012

Praises from JAZZ INTERNATIONAAL ROTTERDAM

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18-04-2012

Personal TOP 50 by Pieter-Jan Symons (DE MORGEN): Dans Dans at N°1

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29-03-2012

"The most exciting thing on stage in Belgium these days..." from GONZO

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27-03-2012

Interview by DE STANDAARD with Bert Dockx about Dans Dans and Flying Horseman

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15-03-2012

Review by OOR

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15-03-2012

Review in FOCUS VIF, 4 Stars!!!

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30-01-2012

Review of Dans Dans's debut by ROCKBLOG

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30-01-2012

Release Concert in Arenberg by DE MORGEN, 4 Stars!!!

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29-01-2012

"Dans Dans, a Superband"; Review by RIFRAF

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28-01-2012

4 Star Review of Dans Dans's debut by DIGG

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27-01-2012

GODDEAU (ENOLA) about Dans Dans's debut; "The Next Big Thing"

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20-01-2012

GONZO CIRCUS on Dans Dans's Debut Album

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20-01-2012

Dans Dans at Charlatan by GODDEAU (ENOLA)

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19-03-2011

Dans Dans at 4AD by GODDEAU (ENOLA)

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03-03-2011

Review of Dans Dans at 4AD by GODDEAU (ENOLA)

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