Pride of the nation. Balthazar is a European band from Belgium that a) has made five superb albums and b) fills large venues in London, Montreal and Kyiv. Their live reputation is impeccable. ‘We play our best concert ever every time.’ Their sonic palette has subtly shifted in recent years from nervous indie rock to multi-coloured pop music with seductive grooves, danceable rhythms and graceful melodies. The dark disco of the latest offering, ‘Sand’ (2021) is clearly related to that other adventurous guitar band Tame Impala. The album came out in February 2021 but despite all the obstacles, they were able to perform it all over Europe. Including three times at the Koninklijk Circus and twice at Lotto Arena and Werchter Parklife; all national highlights. Circumstances scuppered a summertime ‘full monty’. Time to put that right.