Behind the scenes of the Bright Lights Sessions

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Published on 08/02/23

Ecstatic haven for experimentation 

Twice a year, Ha's stage fills with a melting pot of songwriters. Together with the backing band, they rehearse for one day in which new, brooding versions of their songs soon grow. 

This is how they box together a steamy show, good for a wonderfully spontaneous evening of music.

Behind the scenes

From the idea of founders Cleo Janse and Laura Cortese to the first time on the Ha stage to the now many editions since: we like to give a glimpse on stage and behind the scenes.

In the songwriter world, everyone sits in their own cubicle writing something. We thought it would be more fun if everyone got together sometime to sing those beautiful songs, with a regular backing band.

Laura Cortese

A special first edition

Bright Lights is an existing concept in Ghent. Twice a season it shines on the big Ha stage. The very first edition took place via livestream, during the aftermath of the pandemic on Feb. 24, 2021.

That at that moment musicians could get back together was very special. Songwriter Mooneye and Meskerem Mees, who participated for the first time, wrote the song "Bright Lights" together in the backstage at the time.

Listen to the song 'Bright Lights'

We immediately played the first version of the song that night as a bis. Mooneye released it afterwards as a single on his new record.

Cleo Janse


After that first time, the fence is drawn, and every so often Ha's rooms fill with enthusiastically rehearsing musicians.

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