Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 30 aug ’87

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87-08-30 Rhythm Pigs - Indigesti - Heresy

30 aug ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Indigesti (Ita), Rhythm Pigs (USA), Heresy (UK), Anti-Toxin (Ger)

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

87-08-30-anti-toxin-by-mark-vaelmin87-08-30-anti-toxin-by-mark-vael87-08-30-anti-toxin-by-mark-vaelmin87-08-30-anti-toxin-by-mark-vael‘Antitoxin’ (Bielefeld/Versmold): Christoph Ulbich (vocals), Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek (drums), Gerald Kirsch (bass) & Bert Hobein (guitar); photos by Mark Vael

There are some great pics of ‘Heresy’ & ‘Rhythm Pigs’ in Onno’s zine Peace Or Annihilation # 10 & 11 but apparently the originals got lost…

87-08-30 Rhythm Pigs - git+bass87-08-30 Rhythm Pigs - drums87-08-30 Rhythm Pigs - git‘Rhythm Pigs’:  Greg Adams (guitar) – Ed Ivey (bass/vocals) – Kenny Craun (drums)

87-08-30 Heresy (P or A #10 cover) (-)Mitch Dickinson & John March (on the cover of Peace Or Annihilation #10) * with Sproet & Erwin ‘Heibel’ on and front stage

87-08-30 Heresy (by Mark Vael)‘Heresy’: bassist Kalv, vocalist John, guitarist Mitch & drummer Steve (photo by Mark Vael)

I remember we did a great concert on August 30 1987 [Brob: a hot, sweaty sunday afternoon] in some kind of theatre [Brob: actually a parish-hall] there but we had start with a big delay beacuse the PA didn’t show up, so people had to find a equipment in a hurry. Maybe the show was supposed to be in open air [Brob: the crowd was desperate to go outside in between bands; Stinky (vocals and guitar in my band ‘Repulsives’) had so much to drink we had to carry him…] but I’m not sure. It was a big show with ‘Rhythm Pigs’, ‘Heresy’ and some other bands. [Brob: The day before ‘Repulsives’ was supposed to play with them in Winterswijk (Nl) but we couldn’t make it ’cause we were about to split…]

Silvio Bernelli, bassplayer for ‘Indigesti’

87-08-30 Indigesti

‘Indigesti’: Silvio Bernelli (bass), Rudy Medea (vocals), Enrico Giordano (guitar), Massimo Ferrusi (drums; replaced first drummer Massimo Corradino)

colour photos by Kockie, B/W by Onno Hesselink

87-08-30 Indigesti Rudy jump (Sharphill) by Onno

87-08-30 Indigesti (Sharphill) band-action (by Kockie)

87-08-30 Indigesti (Sharphill) git (by Kockie)87-08-30 Indigesti (Sharphill) bass (by Kockie)

Indigesti (Scherpenheuvel) Silvio+EnricoIndigesti (Scherpenheuvel) Silvio+Rudy



Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 5 oct ’86

86-10-05 Scherpenheuvel - Government Issue

86-10-05 Scherpenheuvel - Government Issue (bis)

5 oct ’86 (‘Parochiezaal’): Government Issue (USA), S.C.A. (Nl), Heresy (UK) [not on the flyer], Concrete Sox (UK), Capital Scum (Bel)

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

Photos by Onno Hesselink * ‘Government Issue’:

86-10-05 Government Issue' (Sharphill) by OnnoJohn ‘Stabb’ Schroeder (L corner: Ludo Van Noppen, photographing: Veerle Brion)

86-10-05 Government Issue (Sharphill) by OnnoJ. Robbins

Photos courtesy of Kurt ‘Kassie’ Rampelbergh * ‘Government Issue’:

86-10-05 Government Issue (Sharphil) by Kassie(L) ‘Witte’ Werner E., ‘Sox’ of ‘Capital Scum’, Pascal Mariën (Resist ‘zine) – Brob (?) central – Onno H. & Ludo VN (R)

86-10-05 Government Issue' (Sharphil) by KassiePeter Moffett

Photos by Helge Schreiber * ‘Government Issue’

86-10-05 Government Issue (Hageland HC) by Helge S J. Robbins – John ‘Stabb’ Schroeder – Tom Lyle

Photos by Kockie * ‘Strong Concetration Of Anger’:

86-10-05 S.C.A. (Sharphill) bandMarcel (bass), Folkert ‘Fokkie’ Walraven (vocals), Rob van der Pol (guitar) & Gerry Berthauer (drums)

86-10-05 S.C.A. (Sharphill) vox86-10-05 S.C.A. (Sharphill) git86-10-05 S.C.A. (Sharphill) drum86-10-05 S.C.A. (Sharphill) bass

86-10-05 SCA (Sharphill) by Helge SFolkert ‘Fokkie Outlawz’ Walraven – Rob van der Pol (Sproet in the background; Anne Ulrich from Trust taking pics) * Photo by Helge Schreiber

Vic ‘Concrete Sox’ (pics by John Van Den Broek & Stan ‘Zap’ B.):

86-10-05 Concrete Sox (Sharphill) by J vdBroek86-10-05 Concrete Sox - Vic

86-10-05 Concrete Sox'''‘Concrete Sox’ (photo by Stan ‘Zap’ B.)

Kalv ‘Heresy’ (pic by Jenny Plaits):

86-10-05 Heresy - Kalv (by Jenny Plaits)86-10-05 Heresy Kalv @ Sharphill (Jenny Plaits)

86-10-05 Heresy - Sharphill crowd (Jenny Plaits)‘Heresy’ & audience  (Jenny Plaits)

86-10-05 Heresy @ Hageland (Face Up To It)John March (‘Heresy’); photo by Veerle Brion (on the back of Face Up To It LP)

86-10-05- Capital Scum (by Stan 'Zap' B)Larry & Pies ‘Capital Scum’ (photo by Stan ‘Zap’ B.)

86-10-05 Capital Scum


Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 feb ’87

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15 feb ’87 (‘Parochiezaal’): Heresy (UK), Skeezicks (Ger), Sherwood (Fra), Cyclone (Bel), Repulsives (Bel)

There’s some more info about this on the introductionary page Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

Photos by Dirk (bassplayer of ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’)


Kalv Piper (bass), John March (vocals) & Mitch Dickinson (guitar) [Bollie on the extreme left]

Kalv [with Fons, Markus, etc. behind him…]


Armin Hofmann (bass) & Sunny (vocals)

Read the ‘Repulsives’ story of that day and have a look at the pics…

‘Sherwood’ played a show at JH Kameleon in Eindhout the day before [87-02-13; 14th was in Sint-Truiden]; I invited them from Paris to play our local small youthclub with a bunch of local HC-bands [Wut (Ger), Capital Scum (Bel), C.P.D. (Bel)]. The next day we all went to the H.H. show and ‘Sherwood’ begged to play a short set. Promoter ‘de Witte’, allthough on tight schedule, was cool with that. Hence they’re not on the poster. ‘Sherwood’ got to play a few songs.

Kurt Horemans

extras always wellcome!…


88-01-30 (Netwerk) Heresy – Ripcord – C.O.T. – Anguish (extra photos)

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 09:38

Fantastic photos taken by Agna Van Rillaer & scanned by Gunter Vaes. A true document of our scene!!!

see also Netwerk, Aalst, 30 jan 88 (Heresy)


Fons (bass) – Steve (drums) – Bart (vocals) – Kris (guitar) – Murielle (vocals) – Alain (guitar) [Steve is not visible on the pics; the guy in the checkered shirt is Bruno from Smurfpunx/’Hate Crew’]

88-01-30 Anguish (b&w)

‘Cry Of Terror’; Hans (vocals) – Wouter (guitar) – Walter (bass) – Pierre (drums):

‘Ripcord’; here with Buzby (vocals) – Baz (guitar) – Jim (bass) – John (drums):

‘Heresy’; here with John March (vocals) – Baz (guitar) – Kalv (bass) – Steve (drums):

[the pictures capture the intense atmosphere very well, there was electricity in the air; the crowd was going wild, the stage crowded with scenesters (e.g. Sproet, Fitzjoy, Guido ‘Hate Crew’, Bollie, Jos ‘Lärm’) & Smurfpunx (Kris F., yours truly)]


Hageland Hardcore concerts Scherpenheuvel

People keep asking about other fests from this era that were not organised by our Smurfpunx collective… So let’s try to incorporate some of them here then. Counting on anyone for help/contributions again!

Hageland Hardcore logo

For an overview: Concerts * NOT Smurfpunx

Some photoshoots:

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jun ’86

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 5 oct ’86

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 feb ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 6 jul ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 30 aug ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 13 sep ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 18 sep ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 4 oct ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 25 oct ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 1 nov ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 15 nov ’87

Hageland Hardcore, Sharphill, 22 nov ’87

A place where lots of hardcore concerts were happening was Scherpenheuvel, or ‘Sharphill’, as the guys from ‘Capital Scum’ would say (their hometown). Werner Excelmans of ‘Extreme Noise’ fanzine and Hageland Records was the main man behind all this… Collaboration was no idle words in these days. Werner ‘De Witte’ always arranged that bands could play elsewhere aswell and so I did gigs with him in my hometown, for Smurfpunx; and he booked them also in Antwerp, Leuven, etc.


I have a bunch of flyers of these concerts and also Moby, Pies ‘Capital Scum’ & Bert Petitjean provided me with some. If people have memories to share I can post them here…


The Hageland Hardcore ‘house-band’ – ‘Capital Scum’

Peter ‘Pies’ Laeremans, vocals – Paul ‘Larrie’ Laeremans, guitar – Jurgen ‘Jurgenowski’ Surinx (bass) – Sox (drums)

* pictured by Helge Schreiber:

to be continued…


88-01-30 (Netwerk) Heresy – Ripcord – Cry Of Terror – Anguish

Filed under: Netwerk, Aalst — Tags: , , , , , , — smurfpunx @ 15:51

I can hardly believe that ‘Heresy’ only played ‘Netwerk’ once… This band has been a big part of my ‘hardcore’ life. I’ve follewed them on tour (with ‘Lärm’ and ‘Heibel’ in the UK), organised tours for them and their follow-up bands, had a lot of contact with John March (whom I considered a friend) and Kalv Piper (mainly helping him out getting the vinyl from his ‘In Your Face’ Recs around)… Also ‘Baz’ Ballam (‘Ripcord’) played for them a while. This was also the last continental appearance of ‘Ripcord’ with singer Buzby who was about to be “kicked out” due to “personal reasons”. Next time he was replaced by their former bass-player Steve.

The performance of ‘Heresy’ was one of the best I ever saw. 500 people attended this gig! Even Jos of ‘Lärm’ came all the way from Amersfoort. ‘Heresy’ & ‘Ripcord’ both played a powerful set and there was lots of stagediving, etc. John (‘Heresey vocalist) ‘s words were very heartfelt. He came across as one of the most caring people in the international hardcore-scene and definitely had my support. His slogan ‘A Network Of Friends’ didn’t fall into deaf ears with me.

It was a fantastic night. Everybody was pleased.

‘C.O.T.’ were (line-up on their 1st lp) Pierre/Peter ter Bogt – drums, Wouter Maarse – guitar, Walter Raben – bass, Hans Aalbers – vocals. Ronald Hogeboom (‘W.C.F.’ guitarist ) was the 2nd guitarist for some months in 1988 but he didn’t play at this concert. Afterwards (1989) Marc Baks joined on 2nd guitar. Nardo Ahlte, who helped organise concerts at the famous Chi Chi Club in Winterswijk probably came along as their ‘manager’…


I think you’ve done a great job in organising these dates for us. We’re very grateful to you. THANKS! We set off Thursday-morning to pick up ‘Ripcord’ in Weston-Super-Mare, Trev driving the 15 seater mini-bus (had to fit the 2 bands and all the equipment), and played a ‘No More Censorship’ benefit in Brighton, then took the ferry to Ostend and drove Straight of to Holland. [Brob: I’d set up a weekend of concerts for both bands (Baz had started playing guitar for ‘Heresy’ aswell) – Aalst, Winterswijk and Eindhoven – this time.]

John March, ‘Heresy’ (personal communication ’88)

Our concert was terrific, great audience (it was ‘busy’), terrific sound, beautiful venue, good stage; everything was up to standards. Also the organisation was first-class. Thanks for everything!

Hans Aalbers, ‘C.O.T.’ (personal communication ’88)

a ‘Cry Of Terror’ promo-photo from that time… (action pics below)

What I remember after 20+ years is the packed venue with tons of good-minded and enthusiastic people (slamming, moshing, diving). The audience went totally crazy from the first moment as was always the case in Belgium. A very successful evening. What I also recall is that we played with ‘Heresy’ and ‘Ripcord’ twice that weekend: in Winterswijk (Chi Chi Club) [Brob: I arranged that…] and in Aalst ( Netwerk). I néver forgot that we had great and amazing times in Belgium!

Hans Aalbers, ‘C.O.T.’

I definitely recall the shows of ‘Ripcord’ and ‘Heresy’ in Netwerk. What an energy! Such an atmosphere! Hundreds of people forming a ‘circle-pit’ and screaming from the top of their lungs full of enthusiasm. When you threw yourself in such a circle-pit, it was broiling; but standing tight next to it, it felt like a human fan that could cool us down a bit (smile). ‘Ripcord’ & ‘Heresy’ left such a unforgettable impression on me that I still remember it until today. Smurfpunx indirectly gave me and some others the inspiration tot start the Vort’n Vis in Ieper [Brob: independent youth-space for concerts, etc. that I would join when Smurfpunx folded…].

Jan ‘Doomy’ Claus

Reading ‘Trapped In A Scene’ by Ian Glasper and visiting the Smurfpunx site from time to time brings back good memories. One of the best gigs I ever attended was [this one here]: ‘Anguish’ from Belgium, ‘Cry Of Terror’ from Holland and ‘Ripcord’ & ‘Heresy’ from the UK. Can’t remember much of ‘Anguish’ but they were very political. ‘Cry Of Terror’ were a metallic HC band. They released a 7” and 2 albums on Old World Records and contributed to various compilations. And then came ‘Ripcord’ and ‘Heresy’! I was (and still am) very much into them and both played a great set which you can listen to here: Ripcord & Heresy Live Netwerk, Aalst 1988. There were like 500 people at the gig and the atmosphere was great. No troubles at all. If I could use the word positive hardcore then it should have been like that all the time.


I couldn’t agree more with Leffe: we were huge fans of both ‘Heresy’ and ‘Ripcord’, especially after catching the surprise ‘Heresy’ gig in Scherpenheuvel some time before. The most energetic and ripping band back in those days. ‘Network of friends’…it really was. I don’t remember the opening bands but funnily enough I do seem to remember I once made a T-shirt design for ‘Cry Of Terror’…


This is a concert burned deep into my abused brain’s pleasure-centre. My girlfriend (at that time) ’s band ‘Anguish’ played… I was, together with Brob, backstage and after I think the third song, we looked at each other and we shook our head: it was that good; a totally own sound.

Victor ‘W.C.F.’

<<That concerts cán be fun, snug and great, was proven by these 4 bands. ‘Anguish’ is a Belgian band with a male singer (who occasionally recites poems between the songs) and a female vocalist. ‘Cry Of Terror’ is a Dutch band from Winterswijk. I hadn’t heard of them before but they were excellent. After them the English band ‘Ripcord’ hit the stage, and these set the venue ablaze. There was a whole lotta stagedivin’ going on. ‘Ripcord’ was awesome. They ranted against animal-torture, meat-eating, etc. Last up was ‘Heresy’: unbelievably fast and above par. A lot of new songs so can’t wait for their new album (‘Face Up to It’).>>

‘What’s Up?’ #2 (’88; Dutch fanzine)

John & Baz (‘Heresy’) (photo by Mike Du Bois)

Steve & Kalv (‘Heresy’) (photo by Mike Du Bois)

‘Ripcord’: Buzby in action, supported by Baz & Jim (pic: Nathalie Guyot)

Baz (‘Ripcord’); photographer on the left is Werner H. (taken by Bart Van Mulders, courtsey of Nathalie Guyot)

88-01-30 Ripcord Buzby jump (Bart Van Mulders)Buzby – Fur Is Murder (picture by Bart Van Mulders)

88-01-30 Ripcord John - (Bart Van Mulders)‘Ripcord’s John Millier (picture by Bart Van Mulders)

88-01-30 Heresy @ Smurfpunx (Face Up To It) by Werner H‘Heresy’ pic from the Face Up To It LP, taken by Werner H. (Anmie Geeraets in the R corner)

More photos here: Netwerk, Aalst, 30 jan 88 (Heresy, Ripcord, C.O.T., Anguish) photos

Buzby in Keep Laughing zine…

‘Cry Of Terror’ pics (courtesy of Mike Du Bois) * Walter (bass), Hans (vocals), Pierrre (drums), Wouter (guitar):

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