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New pop stage plan

It looks like Maastricht will finally have a pop stage. The mayor and councillors have suggested that the Maastricht Music Hall (MMH, at the Griend near the Maas) be turned into a pop stage, and rooms at Kumulus (in Wyck) be used for recording and practising music.

The discussion about a pop stage in Maastricht has been going on for years. One staunch advocate of the pop podium is Wim Smeets, director of the Muziekgieterij. While its current building at the Bankastraat can hold 250 people, the MMH would have room for 800 to 1,000 visitors. Smeets is enthusiastic about the plans, but urges the city council to take a decision quickly as the Muziekgieterij has to leave its building at the Bankastraat in September.

There are still some snags to the plan. The owner of the building, beer brewer Heineken, and the city council have to approve it and the contract with the current operator has not yet ended. And some think Limburg already has enough pop stages.


Cleo Freriks



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