without a doubt l’usine is the best countercultural venue in the entire country. the dutch equivalent would either be the legalized squat, OT301, in amsterdam’s oud-zuid neighbourhood; or WORM, conveniently located near rotterdam’s museum district. nevertheless, nothing will compare with the visceral scenes which inhabit this space (edit: vrankrijk might come close). i cannot speak for how the institution is run today but ten years ago this was the place to be on any night of the week.
(this is also where i discovered the yellow swans—then touring with the grey daturas promoting copper/silver.)