Electronic Beats will return to Budapest, Hungary on October 16 and 17 for a two-day festival starring Omar Souleyman, Nina Kraviz, Âme and more. Our fall season starts this weekend, September 4 and 5, in Podgorica, Montenegro and continues at the beginning of October in Bucharest, Romania. As with the first two stops in our fall festival circuit, the forthcoming EB Festival in Budapest involves more than concerts; we’re also teaming up with Berlin-based design studio flora&faunavisions to create an exclusive and interactive sound installation using layered projections called Floating Sound and collaborating with Native Sessions, Native Instruments’ series of global live learning events and music workshops. The exhibition is free and open to the public from October 16 through 18 between 14:00 and 20:00 at Anker Klub.
We’re starting things off at the ship-turned-venue A38 at 20:00 with the Volkova Sisters, a London-based band that formed in Budapest. They’ll warm up for Fatima, the so-called “soul queen” of Floating Points’ Eglo label, and her live ensemble. The headlining acts are both past EB Festival alumni: Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman, whose music has become a popular global export thanks to releases on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label, and Hercules & Love Affair, the DFA-affiliated disco-house revivalists led by charismatic frontman Andy Butler.
At half past midnight, we’re heading to the Akvarium nightclub (which you can read about here) for a headlining set from the inimitable Siberian DJ Nina Kraviz, who we caught up with a few months ago during a conversation with LIES producer Gunnar Haslam. A few local heroes will open and close the night: NVC’s Subotage will warm up and S. Olbricht will shut it down. Olbricht, a former EB Radio contributor, is an important figure in the local scene both as the founder of one of the cities’ most famous labels, Farbwechsel, and as a member of the Lobster Theremin label roster.
We’ll be back at A38 on Saturday at 20:00 with TMTS graduates Ten Fé, who will also join us in Podgorica and Bucharest. Nozinja, whose recent Warp album we featured in the latest issue of Electronic Beats Magazine, will bring the frenetic sounds of Shangaan Electro to the stage before we hand things over to one of our all-around favorite acts, Howling. The Innervisions-signed duo of Ry X and Frank Wiedemann have contributed to every arm of the Electronic Beats operation: they’ve filed a mix for our radio station, filled out the most recent Counting With questionnaire in the magazine, starred in Slices and played a live gig, toured with us and played at the EB Festival in Cologne earlier this year. In between acts, local artist Seres will keep us entertained.
Wiedemann will return to the stage later that night at Akvarium alongside the constituents of his other highly-successful music project: Âme, Frank’s equally emotive dance floor collaboration with Kristian Beyer. Opening duties will fall to Budapest’s own Iamyank and Kiasmos, the project of minimalist Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen that appeared at the recent Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival in Poland. But before Akvarium opens at midnight, we’ll be in its little hall for a workshop with Native Instruments from 18:00 to 20:00.
Friday, October 16 @ A38 [Capacity: 700]
Fatima & The Eglo Live Band
Hercules & Love Affair
Friday, October 16 @ Akvarium [Capacity: 1300]
Saturday, October 17 @ Akvarium
Native Instruments Workshop
Saturday, October 17 @ A38
Saturday, October 17 @ Akvarium
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