Rebel Up! in Peru: Chicha Popular

In May, I spent 3 good weeks in Lima, Peru. Holidays, some dj-ing and digging for old vinyls were part of it, but the main goal of my trip was to kickstart a release project for a new label (name not defined yet, but perhaps just Rebel Up! Records).

Negativland In 167 Words

Experimental   sound collage   industrial   plunderphonics   avant-garde   sampling   San Francisco Bay Area   Content!   corporations   copyrights   copyright infringement   over the edge   Cut-Up   Creative Commons   Booper   entertainment      

F Word Festival Favs

The F Word is back! The 4th edition of the fantastic feminist festival will take place at Binnenpret and OCCII on September 23-25. To get you in the mood KNIK asked the F Word organizers to share some of their own feminist favs.

This Is Supposed To Be a Recordlabel

Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek/Beequeen/Goem) worked for independent record label Staalplaat from 1992 till 2003. In his upcoming book This Is Supposed To Be A Record Label he tells about the countless activities that were involved in working for Staalplaat: organising shows, publishing a magazine, distributing albums, hosting a radio show and

Filing the Underground

2016 marks the tenth anniversary of music blogs on the internet. The birth of music blogs meant a redefinition of traditional music history and the uncovering of previously unknown music to a broader audience.

Bier In De Buurt: De Afleiding

Dit jaar maakt Brouwerij De Afleiding uit De Baarsjes in Amsterdam limited edition-bier voor OCCII. Zo komt er een LenteBoccii, en kun je deze wintermaanden De Raaf drinken, een stout bier. We spraken de brouwers over bierapps, uit de hand gelopen emailwisselingen, en de toekomst.

Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band

On Thursday 19 November, Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band from Burkina Faso will play at OCCII with their special Mandingo style mixed with Afrobeat and punkrock spheres during the Rebel Up! Soundclash night. It will be their first ever show in the Netherlands and Amsterdam.

What if…? #2 By Jiro Ghianni

Jiro Ghianni is a genderqueer artist and a member of the Zsa Zsa Zine collective. His work will be part of DRAWING OUT OF THE BOX // feminism in comix which will be on view at OCCII from October 2nd till 12th 2015. “What if…” is an ongoing series, view more here.

What if…? A Comic by Jiro Ghianni

Jiro Ghianni is a genderqueer artist and a member of the Zsa Zsa Zine collective. His work will be part of DRAWING OUT OF THE BOX // feminism in comix which will be on view at OCCII from October 2nd till 12th 2015.

KNiK #3 print issue

From September 20th (OCCII Open Day!), KNiK #3 will be available at OCCII! W/ Rummelsnuff, Zeni Geva, Broken Water, Kinderpret, OCCII posters and more! Design and Production by Karoline Swiezynski  

Kasper Vogelzang Exhibition

Last spring we featured a series of Kasper Vogelzang’s music photography from 2014. This april OCCII showcases a collection of Vogelzang’s new work. The exhibition combines concert photos with landscape photography. According to Vogelzang these genres are actually quite similar.

Sonic-ability: An essay by Genevieve Hudson

“Grammar,” says American novelist and journalist Joan Didion, “is a piano I play by ear.” Like a musician tuning her instrument, guessing for harmony, pursuing euphony, chasing precise acoustic patterns, the attentive writer hears for hard syllables, slippery vowels, tough-edged consonants.

Organising Magic

Organising an underground show becomes in many instances a matter of finding spontaneous solutions; creativity takes the place of what spending money can sometimes solve, and sharing is neccesarily involved.

The Hut on Chicken Legs: OCCII’s Architecture

Visitors of OCCII often ask about the story behind the venue’s decorated facade. The general story we always believed was that the front of the building was an example of “folly architecture,” which basically meant that it was made to look bizarre without a purpose.

Op De Valreep: A Cartoon

In the same weeks that a graphic novel on squatting in Amsterdam was published, the news came out that one of the last squats in Amsterdam was going to be evicted. For artist Maia Matches, this was a reason to draw about the upcoming eviction during the book presentation of de Kraker, de Agent, de Jurist […]


The second printed KNiK zine is out now! Issue #2 is full of stuff, from articles and anecdotes to interviews (Corno Zwetsloot, Hysterics, Senyawa, Spermbirds, Butcher’s Tears), a tour blog (The Lock), a recipe for veggie bitterballen and lots of visual art (Peter Brötzmann, Helena Sanders).

New Graphic Novel about Squatting in Amsterdam

Three journalists and three graphic artists have joined forces to make a graphic novel about squatting in Amsterdam. Since squatting became illegal in 2010, the tenants of many squats have been evicted, with frequently clashing viewpoints from squatters, police and lawyers.


SUSANA MARTINS “I’ve always liked doing photography, but it was only a couple of years ago that I started doing concert photography. Music is a big passion of mine and I go to lots of concerts, so one night the idea just crossed my mind. I think the most important thing for a good photograph […]

Black Decades and GALG at RPM Studio

During The Sounds Of The Underground Festival, Do It Together (DIT), RPM Studio and KNiK collaborated on a video project. Two acts from SOTU, Black Decades and GALG, recorded a song at the brand new RPM Studio and DIT filmed it all.


Dutch photographer Kasper Vogelzang (Furthur Labelz, started to take pictures of shows because he wanted to discover new music while simultaneously contribute to the music scene. Digital photography and the internet made this possible, because it became cheaper to take photos and easier to share them. In his photography he focuses on the interaction […]

More OCCII photos!

English Nederlands Kelly Chambers frequently photographs OCCII shows, more of her work can be found on her Flickr page. All images © Kelly Chambers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores for Open Series at the OCCII in Amsterdam, May 17 2013 Chain and the Gang at the OCCII, Nov 19 2012 Body/Head (Kim Gordon & […]

Independent places: A photo series of OCCII

English Nederlands Miodrag Misha Pipercic (Sarajevo, 1968) is a light and sound technician, and a photographer. At the end of 2012 he did a photo series of OCCII, a venue he frequents. “I’m concerned that independent places like OCCII will disappear, that’s why I photographed this place,” he says. “I have thought a lot about […]