Update: The Prague festival is sold out! There are 48 tickets available at the door.
We’re deep in preparation mode for our fast-approaching spring 2015 festival season, as it kicks off next month with indie electronics in Warsaw and continues with an alt-rap celebration in Bratislava. Today we’re rolling out the the rock/pop-inclined program for the upcoming Prague edition, which commences at the venue Divadlo Archa on March 13 at 20:00 sharp.
We’re stoked to report that Los Angeles indie rock quartet Warpaint will open the proceedings. The band was originally billed to play our Leipzig festival in 2014 but, due to unfortunate circumstances, they had to pull out, so we’re doubly excited to make good on our promise happen this time around.
They’ll be joined by Ibeyi, a project run by French/Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. The girls debuted on UK megalabel XL last year with the Oye EP, which combines ancestral Yoruba chants and French, English, and Spanish vocals with hip hop, jazz, and electronic influences.
Next up is Von Spar, a four-piece band based in Cologne whose combination of cosmic synth melodies, trippy pop, electro, and rock has inspired some to herald them as the new-generation krautrock ambassadors.
As with our forthcoming festivals in Warsaw and Bratislava, TMTS golden girl Adi Ulmansky is booked to close out the festivities in Prague. The singer/songwriter/producer’s style is a versatile, multi-genre take on pop, rap, and electronic music.
You can purchase tickets to the festival via Ticketpro.cz, T-music.cz, Archa Theater, or by using the Ntry form below.
Our bash in Bratislava is planned and the theme is alternative hip-hop.
As the inaugural date of our Spring Festival Season draws ever closer, we’re incrementally unrolling the lineups for the gigs that will hit Warsaw, Bratislava, Prague, and Cologne. Last month, we revealed the indie-pop and house-oriented acts that will perform at the EB Festival in Warsaw, and today we’re unveiling the roster for our Bratislava blowout, which takes place at the Refinery Gallery on March 6 at 20:00.
This time, the acts all have roots in odd rap. The headlining band, Archive, has traversed the grey area between electronica, trip-hop, and progressive rock since the mid-1990s. The London group’s most recent album, Restriction, hit shelves this week. Check out the title cut below.
We’ve enlisted American post-rock/alt-hip-hop auteur Son Lux to support Archive. He’s something of a jack-of-all-trades who has made soundtracks for films like Looper and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The former Anticon signee recently locked in a deal with the legendary Glassnote label.
Lux’s former Anticon labelmates Young Fathers are also on board. The Scottish rappers won the Mercury Prize last year for their last Anticon album, Dead.
Our TMTS graduate Adi Ulmansky will close out the Bratislava lineup. The Tel Aviv-based up-and-comer fits the bill for our festivals in Warsaw and Bratislava, as she skates the line between indie electro and rap with grace, attitude, and earworm pop hooks—which is why we’ve booked her to perform at both gigs.
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Although our plans to host a build-your-own drum machine workshop at the Electronic Beats Festival in Leipzig didn’t pan out last November, we were still determined to join forces with DIY audio technicians LeafAudio in 2015. In fact, we quadrupled our efforts, which means we organized workshops at each city in our current spring festival season. The LeafAudio crew joined us at events in Warsaw, Bratislava, and Prague to teach workshoppers how to construct the “noise to brain adapter,” a mini-synth the team designed and invented for our sessions. The chiptune synth’s name is a take on Telekom’s old NTBA devices. “Gamers will love it’s sound,” LeafAudio told us. “It sounds like the 8-bit sound generated by old game consoles and computer games. It has minimum nine different modes, three knobs for sound variations and features Gate & CV inputs what means you can play professionally with any analog sequencer or synth.”
With our final spring blowout in Cologne still to come, you still have a chance to get involved in the action. To get an idea for what LeafAudio has in store, you can check out a demo of the NTBA below, where we’ve also posted details on how to sign up.
Use the links below to sign up for our EB x LeafAudio workshop in Cologne. Tickets are 60 euro. The price covers the costs of materials to make your handmade synthie, plus you get to take the little fella home with you , which is a lot of innovative technology for your money.
Click here to RSVP for the workshop in Cologne on May 29.
Watch one of the founders build an 808 for a Slices feature from 2013.
EB’s Spring 2015 festival season kicks off with indie pop greats and jazzy DJ legends.
We’re counting down the days till February 27, the date of our first concert of EB’s spring festival season. Our first stop will hit two separate venues in Warsaw: the Palladium and Basen. We’re taking over the Palladium at 20:00 with a roster of indie pop and electro greats headlined by British electronic band Metronomy. The savvy foursome has been going strong since Joseph Mount launched the project from his bedroom in Devon, England, which culminated earlier this year with an extended full length titled Love Letters.
Update: We’ve added Oxford Drama to the lineup at Basen, as well as two local DJs: Wah Wah, who’ll be warming up the Palladium gig, and Diffriend, who’s opening at Basen. We’ve also revealed the running order, which you can peep below.
They’ll be joined by Norwegian group Highasakite, who have won over artists like Bon Iver and Coldplay with their captivating live shows. Their latest LP, Silent Treatment, arrived in February and delivered another batch of catchy melodies and prog-pop influences.
And rounding out the Palladium lineup this year is Adi Ulmansky, the Tel Aviv-based star of our recent TMTS workshops at Berlin’s funktastic Funkhaus studios. The one-woman act has plenty of experience hammering out pop hooks and prim rap verses over engrossing post-everything beats and bright, textured synths. We’ve been trying to get her Borgore collaboration “Was It You?” out of our heads since she showed us the video at Funkhaus.
While our electro-pop extravaganza rages on at the Palladium, BBC Radio host Gilles Peterson will headline our groovy house blowout at Basen starting at 23:00. Peterson’s Searching for the Perfect Beat show and his record labels (Brownswood, Acid Jazz, and Talkin’ Loud) have been responsible for breaking some of the biggest trends and artists in music since the 1990s, including Erykah Badu and Roni Size. He’s a veritable encyclopaedia of all sounds jazz and groove from around the world and a serious legend.
Supporting act Motor City Drum Ensemble also imbues his beats with a healthy dose of jazz and soul. The producer and DJ was born Danilo Plessow in Stuttgart, and his output captivated Peterson, among many smitten thousands of fans who have seen him perform live or heard one of his engrossing mixes. One such set is his flawless DJ-Kicks CD from 2011, which opened with a Sun Ra classic and ventured into deep house and techno with a taste for jazz and rhythm.
Tickets to both EB Festival events in Warsaw can be found in the Ntry form below. The official hashtag for social media is #electronicbeats.
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