Ramp Jam 5 – Belgium

Koekie and the Knock Out Blocks crew put on their annual RAMP JAM in the countryside about 30 minutes from Antwerp, Beligum. The recipe each year is always the same: punk and hardcore bands, a sketchy ramp with as many gnarly features as possible, cheap beers, mayhem and destruction. Each year the Ramp Jam gets bigger and bigger and more chaotic. There were so many bands that wanted to play this time they started on Friday night, so already on Saturday people were thrashed from skating and partying and punking out the all night. Skaters from England, Germany, Denmark and of course both the flemish and french speaking parts of Belgium made it out to the 5th installment of the Ramp Jam, but only the strongest of the strange had enough energy to skate again on Saturday with some much needed fresh blood added to the mix of sweat, dirt, wood, concrete, beer, skin, and bones. The sun set, the fire blazed, and the skating mostly stopped as the bands continued to play, and the fans began to slay in the pit of mud and broken glass until the morning dew covered the ramp so that trying to run up it to sit on the deck would end you flat smack on your ass. I woke up mid-morning with the sun baking me laying on top of my sleeping bag between two cars, glad I hadn’t been unnoticed and ran over in someone’s hasty departure. Looking across yesterday evenings field of battle and beyond, most of the grassy parking lot had already vacated – an armageddon of burnt wood and metal and empty beer cans were all that remained, along with a few immortal lingering souls, who still had not had enough. Until next year amigos….

Photos + words + video: J. Hay

Bands that played at Ramp Jam 5: Cat Claw, Redding, Stonepiler, Chug-a-lug, Immigrants, Trouble Kids, King Terror, Cheap Drugs, Sons Of Disaster, Toxic Shock, Reproach, Your Highness.

Framed Ramp Jam 5 flyer on the side of the ramp. Artwork by Yoeri Vroemans.

Framed Ramp Jam 5 flyer on the side of the ramp. Artwork by Yoeri Vroemans.

Danger Dave. Rock to fakie on the tombstone extension.

Danger Dave. Rock to fakie on the tombstone extension.

Old school Jeff grind and grab off the over vert.

Old school Jeff grind and grab off the over vert.

Boob. Pivot to fakie.

Boob. 5-0 grind over the door to fakie.

Ratman. Texas plant.

Ratman. Texas plant.

I didn't catch the name of any of the bands. If anyone knows them, let me know. Band #3.

Immigrantes

Boob. Ollie over the door.

Mikkjel. Ollie over the door.

Band #3.

Immigrants

Horsey showed up from England and feeble to fakied over the door.

Horsey showed up from England and feeble to fakied over the door. Trick of the day.

Invert on the over vert.

Invert on the over vert.

Jonatan Amotz from Copenhagen, Denmark with a backtail on the oververt.

Jonatan Amotz from Copenhagen, Denmark with a backtail on the oververt.

Band #4

Trouble Kids

Danger Dave and the fire.

Danger Dave and the fire.

And then things started to get out of control.... burn baby burn burn burn...

And then things started to get out of control…. burn baby burn burn burn…

Pyromania.

Pyromania.

Band #5.

Sons of Disaster

Band #5.

Sons of Disaster

And the session went on into the dark. Horsey wallieing in over the door.

And the session went on into the dark. Horsey wallieing in over the door.

Frontside grind maybe to revert.

Frontside grind maybe to revert.

Crailslide. Don't know the guys name...

Crailslide. Don’t know the guys name…

More photos here.

One Response to “Ramp Jam 5 – Belgium”

  1. baron says:

    Hi
    when and where is the next ramp jam please?
    Thanks for answers.

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