– Author Lena Bäunker –

Being asked for the perfect cosy autumn day, I would always have said “staying in bed all day, reading books. Add some hot chocolate and I’m happy.” Thanks to the team of Sofar Sounds Rotterdam, I know something even better now! Of course, warm drinks and books are still far on top of my cosiness-list, but imagine this: It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon in October (shouldn’t be too hard as it’s always raining in Rotterdam), and it’s very windy and cold outside. You sit all wrapped up in your favourite sweater on a couch in the corner of your favourite café, drinking coffee, and later wine or beer, with your friends.

Sofar is for “songs from a room”

The room is full of cheerful, relaxed people who nestle on the couches next to you or simply on blankets and pillows on the floor. Then, a live band starts playing. Everyone gets quiet, just living the moment and listening closely to the music. What sounds like a scene from a romantic movie starring Anne Hathaway, has happened at Café LaBru in Witte de Withkwartier during the last Sofar Sounds.

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Sofar is for “songs from a room” – a network of music lovers organising secret, intimate gigs in 385 cities worldwide. Their goal is to bring back the magic to live music by creating small events in homely environments, where people can actually enjoy the music and where artists are being respected for what they do.

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Lucky to us, Rotterdam is having its own Sofar team, which organises secret gigs in lovely spots around town every month, voluntarily! This time, Café LaBru opened its doors for three amazing artists and their audience. Who’s going to play is always a surprise, but trust me, you probably won’t end up disappointed. On Sunday, I especially fell for Berlin-based “future soul/alternative”-band Lionsphere (and not just because they’re from my home country Germany).

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Sofar’s concept works: Everyone seemed to enjoy the moment to the fullest, without being distracted by their phones or by endlessly taking videos and pictures for their Instagram stories. What’s best: You don’t have to pay for getting that feeling. Sofar events are free, but you can leave a small donation if you like.

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No plans for November 19th yet? Then check Sofar’s website and sign up for their next secret gig! Space is limited (depending on the venue), so a lottery decides whether you’re in. If not this time, don’t worry: I’m pretty sure the cosiness-factor works in any other month or season alike. If you get invited, the location will be revealed the day before the event (you’ll get an e-mail). Hope to see you there!

Sign up for next gigs:
– 19th of November: sign up link
– 17th of December: sign up link

Photo: Duy Vu Dinh

Photo: Willem Schelvis