27 May 2023, 16.00-00.00




BAK becomes a stage, one that is open to everyone to propose and perform;. Looking into the openness of the institution  for communities who need spaces to spend time and be together. An evening of live program with music, poetry, radio shows, dance and more.

THUNDER is a mobile device for music rehearsal and performance that lives between public and private space. It is offered as a structure to be used and claimed by underground musicians from Amsterdam, Utrecht, and their greater areas through open mics, jam sessions, and other formats as needed. THUNDER is also a graphic archive in current negotiation. It draws a historical and visual account of two city-based underground music scenes. A massive collection of flyers and and other graphic ephemera that have lived briefly in public space, unearthed from boxes and hard drives of its custodians, visibilizes the vital work of smaller cultural players who give cities unique character. Often, their contribution is overlooked and underfunded, leading to their disappearance and to the benefit of homogenizing cultural commodities more intent on pulling crowds than on nurturing community. THUNDER pays homage to the BAK building’s previous history as a music venue, acknowledging some (certainly not all) of the weight of that sonic legacy. Space for music becomes a flag to welcome other audiences who may not feel represented by the language of contemporary art but might be interested in the themes it circulates.

This event was programmed by Black Earth Events, Charley Ranzijn and Triwish Hanoeman, and initiated by Espacio Estamos Bien for UPS (Francisca Khamis Giacoman and Mariana Jurado Rico) 


Berk, Risoom, DJ DNA, hip hop cypher, k boy en de goed zo jongens, Gerson Main, Microloop, Tonto, Black Earth, Utrecht Connaisseurs, De Boulevard

Market by Merceria Clara, Casco Antiguo, Attack records

Printing station by Pad Mini and more!

Archive with the support of Bone, Jeroen from DB, Dima from ACU, Dig It!, ADM.

Special thanks to everyone who has contributed and supported this process, especially to Ying Que, Elaine W. Ho, Stranded FM, Iddo Music, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Clara Balaguer, Thomas Orbon and Julia Wilhelm.

Saturday 27 MAY 2023

17:00–24:30 hrs 

17:00-18:00 DJ diS-graCe & Kosiarz
18:00-19:00 MICROLOOP
19:00-20:00 DJ DNA + Cypher
20:00-20:20 Utrecht Connaisseurs
20:20-20:40 Gerson Main
20:40-21:20 k boy en goed zo jongens
21:20-22:00 Tonto
22:00-23:00 The Boulevard
23:00-23:30 DJ diS-graCe & Koriarz
23:30-24:30 Risoom


Ongoing performance by Berk
Market by Merceria Clara, Casco Antiguo, and Attack Records
Printing station by Pad Mini
And more!


Free admission. 

Complimentary snacks and drinks. 


No registration required.  

Come as you are. 

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