Belgian Indie Rock Band Balthazar Performs in Istanbul


The time has come for the new edition of the performance venue Salon İKSV’s satellite concerts in Istanbul called Gezgin Salon, sponsored by +1.

This time, on 20 November, Belgian indie rock band Balthazar takes the stage at Volkswagen Arena. Tickets are available as of Friday, 30 July.

Balthazar, who have previously performed at Salon İKSV with their solo projects, visits Istanbul to play their new songs live and spread the joy of live music in Istanbul once again after a long time of confinement, within the scope of +1 Supports Gezgin Salon: Balthazar.

The soulful pop rock of Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere, high school friends from Ghent, Belgium, takes a new turn with their new album Sand, written largely while touring around the world in 2019 and recorded remotely under the pandemic. On their fifth album, Balthazar sounds every bit as fresh and energised as they did back in 2010, when their debut album Applause vowed critics and the public alike. Their masterful command of melody and pace is on full display – Sand is unique in the way it melds minimally arranged pop to elegant electronica and sophisticated grooves. Inspired by the joy they find playing live, the album meets Istanbulites for the first time in the scope of the duo’s post-pandemic tour, in which they will avenge their days away from the stage.

Tickets are available on Friday, 30 July

Tickets will be up for sale on Friday, 30 July at 10.30 at İKSV box office and through

For the Tulip Card holders that constitute the members and first-hand supporters of İKSV, tickets will go on pre-sale with discounts on and İKSV box office. Black Tulip Card holders will purchase their tickets on Tuesday, 27 July, White Tulip Card holders on Wednesday, 28 July, Red and Yellow Tulip Card holders on Thursday, 29 July as of 10.30. Blue Tulip Card holders can buy their tickets with discount on the day of the general sales.

Black and White Tulip Card holders are entitled to a 25% (with an option to select seats), Red and Yellow Tulip Card holders to a 15%, and Blue Tulip Card holders to a 10% discount.

About COVID-19 measures

Balthazar concert will be held in compliance with public health measures against COVID-19. For the measures to be implemented at the concert venue and the COVID-19 Activity Guide, please refer to

About Salon İKSV & Gezgin Salon

Located at the entrance and first floors of İKSV’s building, Salon has become a new stop on the line joining Galata and Şişhane in Istanbul, at the crossroads of the city’s hub of culture and arts.

With an audience capacity of 150 seated and 400 standing, Salon hosts classical, jazz, rock, alternative and world music concerts, theatre and dance performances along with panels and conferences. Presenting a large variety of events, Salon is open from debut October to the end of May; hosting about 20 different events each month. A member of the Live DMA network, Salon participates in the Live Style Europe project, which is co-funded by Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Gezgin Salon took off in 2017 when Salon decided to grew out of its walls. It hosted King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Agar Agar, Mac DeMarco, Kiasmos, Wolf Alice, Amyl and the Sniffers, Pantha du Prince, Polynation and Pional in its first four editions at various locations around the city.

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