Indie pop group Bazart round off successful first year with five MIAs


The band, who sing in Dutch, won five awards at the Music Industry Awards, including best group and best newcomer

Hit of the year

Indie pop group Bazart were the big winners at the Music Industry Awards, this week, claiming five awards.

The awards round off an outstanding year for Bazart, who sing in Dutch. Their first single, “Goud”, was named single of the week in April, and their second, “Chaos”, topped several charts. After a summer of festivals, they released their debut album, Echo, in September and sold out two nights at the Ancienne Belgique concert hall in Brussels a week later.

They picked up the awards for best group and best newcomer, best Dutch-speaking group and best pop act, and “Goud” was named hit of the year.

Another mother-tongue group, singing in the dialect of West Flanders, is Het Zesde Metaal, fronted by Wannes Cappelle, who won two awards for album of the year – Calais – and best lyricist and composer for Cappelle.

Other awards included Lost Frequencies as best dance act for the second year in a row, Emma Bale as best female solo artist, Stan Van Samang as best male solo artist and Goose as best live act.

There were also two special awards given out. Herman Schueremans, creator of Rock Werchter, received a Sector Lifetime Achievement Award with a video message from Adam Clayton and the Edge from U2; while there was a posthumous award for jazz legend Toots Thielemans, who died last year.

Photo courtesy Bazart