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Balthazar is a Belgian indie pop/rock group. The band consists of Maarten Devoldere, Jinte Deprez, Simon Casier, Michiel Balcaen, and Tijs Delbeke, who all come from the areas of Kortrijk and Ghent (Flanders).

Balthazar was formed in the second half of 2004. In the spring of 2005, Devoldere, Vanneste, and Deprez (aged 18 at the time) won the national Kunstbende competition for young people with the song "Lost and Found". On 3 December that year, they also won Westtalent, the rock contest of the province of West Flanders, Belgium.

In 2006, Balthazar won Humo's Rock Rally Audience award, the so-called "KBC Publieksprijs". In August, their first self-titled debut EP was released. In early 2007, after sixty performances, bassist Joachim Quartier and drummer Koen Verfaillie were replaced by Simon Casier and Christophe Claeys.

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