‘De Nacht Blijft! (Thuis)’, live stream episode with Mink Records (interview & DJ set)

Last friday PIP Den Haag and N8W8 Rotterdam visited my house, for a live stream interview about Mink Records & a DJ set. The episode was part of their online series ‘De Nacht Blijft (Thuis)’, which aims to bring nightlife to you via livestreams, now that clubs and venues are closed. Other institutions who featured on episodes include WORM, BIRD, Het Magazijn, Today’s Art, Weelde, Rotown, Paard and many more.

The Mink Records live stream can be found in two parts, here’s the first one, that contains the interview I did with Gino and Sam (in Dutch, sorry), about Mink Records, recent projects I’ve been working on (like a proposal we submitted to The Hague’s city council that contains a plan to convert a derelict nuclear bunker from the Cold War era to dozens of music studios and rehearsal spaces, amongst other things). The second part is my DJ set, which can be found here.

Thanks for tuning in, x

Torii Confirmed for Le Guess Who Festival! [cancelled]

UPDATE 4 september: Le Guess Who has unfortunately been postponed to next year due to new Covid measures.

Torii have been booked for this year’s edition of the wonderful Le Guess Who Festival, that takes place in Utrecht. It’s one of our favourite festivals – “Eclectic and probing” – New York Times / “LGW proves that even in times of political divide, music and art can bring us together into a more hopeful future” – The Line of Best Fit.

Tickets can we found on the LGW website. 

Torii live at Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg! [cancelled]

Update: Unfortunately due to new Covid measures and restrictions, all Dutch artists set to play international showcase festival Reeperbahn this weekend will not be able to travel to Germany. We hope to be back next year!

Torii have been booked as the closing act at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg! They play the Imperial Theatre on Saturday the 19th at 22.30 PM. Check out the full Reeperbahn Festival line up on their website. 

Mink Records Festival at Paard, Covid-proof! [postponed]

This event has been postponed – see below for latest update
Our offering to you… dear friends, music and art lovers: Mink Records Festival
on October 2nd  ? a Covid-19 proof festival in The Hague at Paard to celebrate music and the arts in tough times, and support each other.
‘Independent record label Mink Records presents a musical line up featuring Torii, The Visual, Illnoledge, Real Farmer – DJs, visuals, a vinyl and vintage clothing market and art exhibition at Paard Den Haag, on October 2nd 2020.’
⤖ Live Music: ToriiThe VisualIllnoledgeReal Farmer
⤖ DJs: Silk (Natousch Gerritsen), Solyaris Soundsystem, Condition: Mint (Marieke McKenna)
⤖ VJs/Visuals: GlitterstudioOrisun
⤖ Art Expo: Jamel Armand, Philine van den HulBadriah Hamelink
⤖ Market: 3345 vinyl recordsEspresso RecordsZusjes Vintage Boetiek
Poster by Michiel Mutsaerts & Marieke McKenna
Tickets: €10, on sale now – limited space due to Covid-19 measures, so be quick if you want to attend.
Hope to see you there!
Update: Sad news! Mink Records Festival at Paard that was supposed to take place this Friday has been POSTPONED until further notice (it will take place though, as soon as restrictions are lifted)! Stricter Covid-19 measures were announced by the Dutch government and it seems that this sneaky virus keeps outsmarting our attempts at keeping the faith and undertaking perhaps somewhat hopeful/optimistic BUT theoretically doable and guideline following endeavours (although we really did get unlucky with the timing, AGAIN).
Within a month, we pretty crazily pulled together a socially distanced festival including live music, dj’s, sculpture, painting, photography, (live)visuals, a market with vinyl and vintage clothing – out of solidarity, love and support of the local creative community that I’m so grateful to be surrounded by – but alas, we must wait for a little longer to admire each other’s work in person and together. The festival was pretty much sold out so all of those who bought a ticket – it will stay valid for December 5th, alternatively you can get a voucher from Paard for another show or a refund if you contact me – more info here.
This past half year has been wild – we’ve had to cancel album release shows, international tours, and now a festival. Seeing so many talented individuals in this industry switching careers out of sheer necessity is heartbreaking because the cultural scene will be so much poorer without them when this all blows over. The effort from the venues, artists and industry has been legendary – despite the disheartening environment, humans are pretty adaptable species, especially those utilising imagination and creativity.
Thanks for the support beautiful people – ONWARDS!
Love, Marieke

Torii Album Release Tour Dates

So looking forward to finally releasing Torii’s brilliant debut album ‘Return To Form’ this Friday  the record will be available digitally and on sweet 12” vinyl in record shops, online and at shows. We would love to see you at one of the release shows this week, in Utrecht (EKKO) and Amsterdam (De School, i.c.w. Subbacultcha).

All dates:

21/2 EKKO, Utrecht, The Netherlands
22/2 De School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
29/2 V11, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5/3 VERA, Groningen, The Netherlands
13/3 Het Magazijn, The Hague, The Netherlands
26/3 MIL Showcase Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
27/5 Woodstock, Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
28/5 Asteriks, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Photo by Philine van den Hul

Pitou at L’Olympia, Paris

Last night Pitou supported Tamino at a sold out show in legendary venue L’Olympia in Paris. We are so proud to see how far she has come, and how she keeps developing as an artist.Pitou is currently working on a new album. Her first two records can be found on streaming services, and on vinyl & CD in our webshop and record stores.

Image by Ramy Moharam Fouad

Mink Records DJ Set at Le Guess Who? Festival

Founder of Mink (Marieke McKenna) will be spinning records at the amazing Le Guess Who? festival this weekend! Two sets on Sunday, in the main hall (Ronda), between 18.30-19.30, and 20.23-21.35.

Read more about the festival on the official website. 

Make sure you check out the line up for this amazing festival, which kicks off today.

It truly is the most adventurous music festival The Netherlands has on offer in terms of line up.

Hope to see you there!

Image by Pierre Zylstra

The Mighty Breaks Host
‘Master Club’ Album Release Show

Last Friday we released The Mighty Breaks’ debut album ‘Master Club’ in style at our very own night club ‘Master Club’, named after the real deal in Italy, for one night, at The Grey Space in the Middle. The turnout was more than we dreamt of in advance, thank you all so much for being there, for sharing this special moment with us.

You can listen to the record here, it’s also available on 12” vinyl, in our webshop and record stores.

The always amazing Philine van den Hul took some cool pictures of people attending the event, to be seen here.


Much love!