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Periode: 2003 - 2014
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The ‘underground’ music venue Shadrak started off in the 1970s with the name The Troubadour. In those days the total space covered only half of what the downstairs area is now. It was a jazz café with live music performed by students of the conservatory and a house band.


In the 1980s the venue expanded, and the accent of The Troubadour shifted to pop music. There were five shows a week, and Dutch artists like Jan Akkerman and Ellen ten Damme hit the stage, among others. Ewald Chocolaad gave salsa-dancing workshops, which were popular throughout the Netherlands, and resulted in the formation of Latin dance schools.

In the course of time it became a lot harder and more expensive to stage live music, as the local government enforced strict regulations regarding noise pollution and payment for casual employment.  Also many people appeared to be losing interest in live music when they went out in the evening. When house music became more popular in the late 1980s, The Troubadour began to work with DJs.

Around 2003 Shadrak started off in the venue. The Troubadour/ Shadrak then covered four storeys: the basement (with paintings by an Israeli artist), the ground floor, and the first and second floor. The music styles varied from rock to reggae. There was a Reggae Night every week, and Shadrak also organized special parties.

The venue still offers a stage for several music festivals in town, including Gronings Peil (which included Tropical Gangsters and Raw Moon) in 2011.


Since 1999 it has been one of the main stages for the Eurosonic Festival. Bands like Planet Orange, Shikari, Lawn and more recently Crystal Fighters, MakeBelieve and Austrian Francis International Airport have featured in the line-up.