The guys behind the city's celebrated Club 11 are set to open their new venture at the end of the month.
Devoted fans of Amsterdam's recently departed Club 11 will be happy to hear that the team behind it are set to open their Trouw club later this month.
"11 symbolises the bundled creative energy Amsterdam has to offer. Design, video art, music—this is the place where it all flows together and explodes right in your face." That was what Amsterdam-based producer Patrice Bäumel had to say about Club 11 while it was still alive and kicking, and this is exactly what type of atmosphere that Trouw is setting out to achieve. When we spoke to co-manager Olaf Boswijk, he was keen to stress that Trouw isn't going to be one of your regular nightspots. "Trouw is not only a club, but also a restaurant and art gallery—a cultural space in every sense of the world."
According to Boswijk, visitors to Trouw can expect "a very raw industrial space with high ceilings—rough around the edges, but with a great soundsystem and lighting." But does Olaf think that they'll be able to recapture the vibe that Club 11 had? "Of course we hope and think it will," he states, "but it's too early to say anything about that. It will take time to create our own vibe and crowd."
Looking at the line-ups that they have planned for their first month, it's hard to believe that the launch of the new venue is going to be anything but a great success. Trouw opens its doors on Friday 27th February, with sets from Tokyo Black Star member Alex From Tokyo and Olaf Boswijk himself, whilst the following evening sees Cadenza's Alex Picone take to the decks alongside local producer Bart Skils. The quality of the bookings continues throughout the following three weekends, with Kode9, Supermayer, Pole, Seth Troxler, Pikaya, Dixon, Greg Wilson and Doc Martin all set to perform alongside a supporting cast from Amsterdam's rich seam of electronic talent.