Comète (3 stars)

This article is from 2019


credit: Manou Milon

Perfect introduction to gig-going for kids

It's never too early to expose your child to their first live music experience; and in the case of the Belgian Compagnie Dérivation's in-house band Comète (which simply means 'comet'), it really is an early time. Half past ten in the morning might seem unnaturally early for parents to be dancing around to a rock group in a music venue, but it's probably the point in the day when children have the most energy to burn off.

Consisting of a quartet of musicians arranged in the traditional guitars-bass-drums format, Comète takes its members from a variety of Brussels indie groups, including Girls in Hawaii. Their show is conventional by normal rock standards, but for the younger members of the audience, it's the perfect introduction to the basics of concert-going. The sound is at normal gig level, if not abrasively loud, and the music includes a number of covers alongside the group's own material.

They play songs fit for different styles of dancing, including Hot Chip's 'Over and Over' and the Clash's 'Should I Stay or Should I Go', as well as more eclectic bursts of Francois Hardy and Trio's 'Da Da Da', the latter on 'the world's smallest synthesiser'.

By the end, most of the audience, young and old, have forgotten the time and are out of their seats and dancing in the aisles.

Assembly Checkpoint, until 26 Aug, 10.30am, £9– £11 (£8– £10).


  • 3 stars

Compagnie Dérivation It's never too soon to break out the Clash, never too late to submerge in the Beatles. And in between, float on Air, glide with Hardy and strut the Strokes! Covers and compositions blend into a true rock music awakening, a live show for curious kids and nostalgic parents sure to have you all singing…