Helden van het Zuiden

Björn van der Doelen, Gerard van Maasakkers, Anneke van Giersbergen e.a.
Exclusief in het Parktheater
Fri 16 Sep ’22 and Sat 17 Sep ’22
Brabant musicians honor their musical heroes
Fri 16 Sep ’22
Sat 17 Sep ’22

Where are we without our heroes? Everyone has a hero, big or small. And we like to honor them. Helden van het Zuiden is a brand-new musical performance in which well-known Brabant musicians honor their musical heroes. After a successful first edition in 2021, we are now presenting a second edition!

An intimate evening with music, conversations and stories. Led by Björn van der Doelen and his band the Huursoldaten, Gerard van Maasakkers, Anneke van Giersbergen, Melissa Jansen, Sem Jansen and Leif de Leeuw deliver their interpretations of their favorite songs. In the setting of a rehearsal room, in which the coffee is flowing, and the bottles of beer are cold, they plop down on the couch next to Björn. They share their personal stories behind the songs, their fascinations with their heroes, play a part on a creaky pickup, and play the songs in a way that suits them.

More about the cast

Björn van der Doelen
Originally from Goirle, former professional football player Björn van der Doelen (PSV, Standaard Luik, FC Twente and NEC Nijmegen) stopped playing football before he was 30 to start making music, among other things. Since then, he has been tried and tested, and after the release of his last album Eerwaarde Vader zegen mij want ik heb gezondigd was he five albums along. A theater tour with Karin Bruers and Henk van Straten (2014), a club tour as support act for Guus Meeuwis (2016), a theater tour with his band the Huursoldaten (2017 and 2019), and a few hundred performances (since 2007) in large and damn-small halls, theaters, living rooms and festivals have ensured that van der Doelen is now extremely comfortable on stage. A character whose smile is never far away. Who can tell a story. No poetic bullshit, just honest words.

Anneke van Giersbergen
Anneke van Giersbergen, who comes from Sint-Michelsgestel, has a lot of musical instruments. After thirteen years as the front woman of the band The Gathering, she continued solo in 2007. Since then, her creativity has known no bounds. The 2012 album Everything is Changing was a milestone in her solo career, receiving two Edison Award nominations in the categories Best Female Artist and Best Album. In 2019, Buma Cultuur honored Anneke with the Buma ROCKS! Export prize for the most successful Dutch artist abroad in heavy music. In 2021, Anneke released her new solo album The darkest skies are the brightest.

Melissa Jansen
Melissa Jansen, aka Alissa May, is a power chick who brings raw pop with attitude. You may know the Eindhoven singer from her participation in The Voice of Holland in 2015. She was also the support act for Davina Michelle's Skyward club tour.


Helden van het Zuiden is a production by Parktheater Eindhoven, Theaterbureau de Mannen and Björn van der Doelen.

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