ANCHOR - Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award
The Haunted Youth is the band centred around 28-year-old Joachim Liebens from Hasselt, Belgium, allowing him to channel his innermost feelings into music and lyrics. Liebens writes songs to dream away to, wrapping them in a rich and velvety sound, echoing the beguiling shoegaze of Slowdive, the lulling dream pop of Beach House and the downtempo indie rock of Current Joys.
2021 was a massive year for THY. Debut single ‘Teen Rebel’ took off immediately in Belgium and the neighbouring countries, a success even surpassed by follow-ups ‘Coming Home’, ‘Gone’ and ‘Shadows’. The band attracted attention in the rest of Europe and even the US, earning praise from big names such as KEXP, Consequence, KCRW, NME and gaining international Spotify support. And despite the difficult times for artists to play live, The Haunted Youth made a big impression on stage as well, raising the roof of several festivals in the Low Countries and standing out at the renowned showcase events.
If 2021 was a dream year for the band, 2022 is destined for a triumph, set in motion with ‘Broken’, their fifth single and next step in attracting an ever-growing fanbase.
The Haunted Youth are playing festivals all over Europe this year, followed by the release of the highly anticipated debut album in November. Time to start dreaming.