I visited pop center Musicon, located in The Hague’s district Escamp, for the first time sometime in covid-year 2020. I passed it by during my work-from-home lunch walk and afterwards I decided to buy tickets for a Sunday afternoon spoken-word performance there. Musicon is very close to my house, so no unnecessary traveling was needed. And spoken word is an artform I like, but not often see. In other words, that Sunday afternoon at our local pop center was my perfect break from monotonous global pandemic times.
Through the carmine door
Pop center Musicon was founded in the Nineties by Cesar Zuiderwijk, drummer of the former Hague band Golden Earring and Alejandro Milberg, documentary maker and Argentinian dissident. It houses a lot: a music cafe, a music school, rehearsal rooms, party rooms, festivals, and a t-shirt webshop. Also, its program is diverse: metal, rock, jazz, pop, r&b, folk and to my great delight, flamenco.
From the outside, Musicon may seem a bit inaccessible due to its massive carmine front door and its location near the intersection of two major roads. Once you enter you’ll notice that this pop venue is actually a likable sort of fusion between a community center and a pub. The ambiance within Musicon is welcoming and its visitors are laid-back and in general talkative. I myself intend to become a Musicon regular.