Lately Budapest’s music scene welcomes an apetite for cooperation and the will to create new, underground community platforms which the city lacks. The crew behind recently-launched Budapest studio of international online radio network Rts.fm teamed up with enthusiastic local djs to put together a refreshing collaboration called The Edge. Started as an open-minded forum of progressive and edgy techno music the project is comprised of various acclaimed collectives like Plug & Lay (Peter Bernath) as well as IKZ (Crimson & Chrom) and Lidokain Klub (DJ Naga). „The Edge is about cooperation, community, eachother’s respect and love of electronic music” says RoyalVic, founder of Rts.fm’s new Budapest studio. Rts.fm broadcasts live audiovisual streams from 13 studios of the network around the world.
Along with open minded attitude and a strong belief in the need for building up a local community, focusing on talented new producers is an essential statement of The Edge team. “There are some potential stars. We would like to offer a possibility for their proper introduction.” says Crimson from the IKZ duo. “This is a club night giving an alternative for a more open attitude, and we hope this creates a community and a positive vibe in the scene.” explains DJ Naga.
The first installment of The Edge started last week at Fabrik Art Café with renowned Technokunst-founder Isu, Plug & Lay member Peter Bernath, Andras Toth and debuting new talent Yngoma.
A chilly autumnal evening in the centre of Budapest was the setting for the latest Electronic Beats festival, and a packed concert hall at Millenaris was as the ideal location for this international meeting of established and breaking talent from around Europe. As the hall began to fill there was a distinctive buzz ,as many knew they were in for something different from the norm and everyone knew that the sold out event would be one of the highlights of Budapest’s musical calendar.
Local talents Realistic Crew represented the Hungarian music scene. Utilizing a mix of live acoustic and electronic music they showed their diverse influences, from broken beats, abstract hiphop and indie. Despite a slightly changed lineup from when they last appeared live, they performed with gusto and warmed the crowd up well.
After a brief break FM Belfast took the stage and really got the party going with their energetic and fun take on indie dance. By the end of their set, which they performed with enthusiasm and verve, the crowd was all hands in the air as they proceeded to strip to their shorts and vests and fire everyone up for the party ahead.
The explosve, raucous force of Does It Offend You, Yeah? took many by surprise as they drove their hard edged electro sound to the limit. With the power of a small tornado, they took us through a stirring rendition of recent material. While not to everyone’s taste, they left an impression that no-one there will easily forget.
Next was one of the highlights of the evening; the long awaited return of Apparat to Hungary, with Apparat Live. The mournful, raw emotive energy of Sascha Ring and his band’s performance truly moved the audience, and by the time they left the stage to rapturous applause, many young couples were in blissful harmony with the highlight for many being their performance of Rusty Nails.
Buraka Som Sistema was the finale of the live performances, and their unique angle on kuduru, best described as Euro-kuduru, with it’s punchy bass really brought the house down. To finish they called a dozen girls on stage to dance as they entertained the crowd with their rousing vocal banter kept the audience going after a long but engaging evening.
With excellent DJ sets from local talents Crimson, Naga & Beta providing the fabric for this exciting tapestry of fine electronic music, this was an evening to be remembered. As the night drew to a close, they streets of Buda filled with excited, if slightly exhausted party goers.
The highly anticipated launch party of Electronic Beats in Hungary was a huge success! Full house, stage diving, weird costumes and craziness!
Before the doors even opened up at 9PM, around 50 people were queueing in front of hip party venue Merlin of Budapest downtown. As the main attraction of the night, crazy Bonaparte showed up on the stage around midnight, the venue was completely full and around 80-100 people were still queueing outside.
As a warming-up c0p started the official launch party of Electronic Beats , then the electro-brothers Demon Superior electrified the place even more intensively. Their punishing live act, mixing East European cartoon music with a fashionable unique style was perfect for the dancefloor.
Glorious Bonaparte jumped onto the stage with a bang. As he and his weird-dressed friends turned on the energy for the rapturous crowd, hell broke loose as bears, nurses with gas mask, raven men and various fancy dresses appeared. The first row was happy to get some croissants or champagne from a messy Snow White, and went crazy for songs like ‘Anti Anti’, ‘My Horse Likes You’ and ‘Too Much’. The show reached its climax with several stage divings by people from the dancing crowd and by members of the band. After an encore with further hits and spectacular costumes of Bonaparte, Crimson rounded off the night. We can say people had an intense experience and a permanent memory of the Electronic Beats launch.
We are very much forward looking to the latest addition to an already fantastic Electronic Beats Festival-May. Not only will Cologne, Berlin and Prague see great live acts and big nights but Budapest is now a part of the Electronic Beats spring initiative. Check the lineup below and head to Budapest if you can!
Electronic Beats Live Special
Merlin Klub, Budapest