Tallinn being a creative breeding ground for some of contemporary & electronic music’s finest rising stars - Welcome to Sweet Spot Festival
- Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:41
Since announcing the return of Estonia’s Sweet Spot festival back in January, our anticipation for the weekend has been steadily growing. Held in Tallinn’s The KultuuriKartel, or Creative Hubon the 28th and 29th of July, the festival offers an incredibly diverse cultural and artistic experience, curating a stellar lineup across a plethora of genres.
The festival has just unveiled the first wave of artists set to soundtrack the weekend and, as expected, they have delivered. First to be announced is Swedish singer Lykke Li, whose blend of electronic and indie pop has been well received across Europe. Additionally, Grammy Nominated Alcoe Blacc, whose instantly recognisable ‘I Need A Dollar’ topped charts worldwide, will deliver his signature smooth grooves. Joining the selection of international talent is British Indie Rockband Friendly Fires, with what will be their exclusive performance of the summer. Also hailing from the UK, are electronic duo HONNE, bringing to Yallinn their foward thinking take on R&B.
With Tallinn being a creative breeding ground for some of contemporary music’s finest rising stars, it is refreshing to see a healthy amount of Estonian talent on the lineup’s first instalment. Noëp, the alias of Andres Kõpper, will bring his stripped back mix of mix of indie, electro and pop. 6-man band Lexsoul Dancemachine will deliver their take on raw street inspired funk, while Sander Mölder will perform a live set of the sounds that earned him “Debut Album of the Year" and "Electronic Album of the Year" at the Estonian Music Awards earlier this year. Duo Púr Múdd will bring their undeniably uplifting sound, complemented nicely by the Helsinki born Onni Boi. Rounding out the initial selection of artist is Tallinn’s own Pluuto, a rapper who is elevated by his forward-thinking style.
On the whole, Sweet Spot’s curation is marked by exceptional stylistic diversity, ensuring there is always something new for audiences to be inspired by. Lovers of house and techno can expect the announcement of artists to play at the Electronic Music Stage to come in April. The curation of the stage will build on last year’s established direction, with 2018’s edition featuring International heavyweights Jeff Mills, Soichi Terada, Bullion, Honey Dijon and Ford Romeau.
The unique experience offered by the festival extends beyond its musical offering: Sweet Spot opens a creative window into a vibrant city. With a thriving culture both underground and overground, there is always something to be discovered in Tallinn. Closer to the date, we will be bringing you our recommendations, however in the meanwhile, we recommend securing your tickets at www.sweetspot.ee
- Published on Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:59
This year Round Up will host a showcase at La Terrrazza in Barcelona, during the OFFweek of Sonar - a party which will happen throughout the daytime of Thursday 13th of June.
Round Up is a Prague-based events promotion organization. Started as a birthday event for Bruno Curtis and Agustin Alvarez in a small bar in the Czech capital, Round Up quickly grew into one of the most prominent promoters in the Prague scene, and recently started delivering its parties all over the best European venues. Apart from hosting the best music acts in the underground scene, Round Up puts emphasis on the visual aspect of its parties, by including original visual projections or installations on location.
The line-up still has to be announced, but considering the recent bookings of Round Up we are sure it’s going to be, once again, a stellar one. La Terrrazza is an open-air summer venue located on the mountain of Montjuic, an historic part of Barcelona. Apart from being one of the main venues for the Catalan city's house and techno nightlife throughout the whole summer, the club is one of the focal points for the Sonar period.
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- Published on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 10:30
Picnic will be celebrating its 7th birthday on March 30th, at FOLD, a venue located in East London. The ever growing party promoter have strewn together a very tasty line up for their huge 7th Birthday celebrations. Seven years as one of the most prominent promoters in the underground scene of London capital is no easy feet but the guys behind the brand keep pushing boundaries and exceeding expectations.
For this milestone event, Picnic have put together a special line-up! Joining picnic front man Andy Luff will be Julian Perez, Digby and Martinez.
Julian Perez is a Spanish selector with an impressive international reputation, playing in some of the most prominent festivals such as Outline in Moscow and Sunwaves in Romania, as well as in the finest underground club parties around Europe such as Rex, Fabric or Robert Johnson. Frequently invited to Sven Vath’s Cocoon Ibiza, Julian is guaranteed to heat up any dance-floor.
Coming from South Africa, Digby grew up playing in many bands for years before focusing on becoming a master of analogue sound. An obsessive vinyl collector across genres, he is rapidly becoming known for his esoteric sets and bold selections. Expect the unexpected from his set.
A familiar face at Picnic parties, Danish-born Martinez is regularly booked for the organisation’s events, which is not a surprise considering his great skills as a DJ along with an impeccable taste which gave him a strong reputation worldwide, allowing him to play in venues such as Space Ibiza or Panorama Bar in Berlin.
Founder and resident of Picnic London since it started in 2012, Andy Luff perfectly embodies the definition of a vinyl digger. Searching and collecting records for 6 years has brought him a selection coming from all angles, giving him the possibility to always express a different side to his style.
Unfortunately early birds tickets are already sold out, but you can get your hands on the first release tickets immediately following this link.
FOLD is a new institution for the arts based in the heart of East London. Home to music and creative studios with a 500 capacity, the venue promises to be the perfect place for this memorable party.
Words Giovanni Bodrato
Arupa Music Announces Second 2019 Event With Dubtil, Sepp - Win Tickets and Merch, Click for More Info
- Published on Friday, 01 March 2019 11:25
On March 23rd Arupa Music has planned its second event of the year, following the success of their mighty NYD party that started 2019 in style. This time the organisation is inviting two exceptional guests directly from Romania: Dubtil and Sepp. The event will take place at Overlock Arts in Hackney, East London, starting from 11PM until late hours. The line-up will be completed by Arupa’s founders and residents Carlos Ryan.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:06
Ivan Iacobucci is debuting on the landmark label we all love with a four track EP, to be released on the 22nd of March. The EP trotters between strong house grooves and IDM experimental beats, bringing its listeners into unknown territories - especially the title-track 'Logic Solution' manages to be a dancefloor bomb with a strikingly original sound, making us think it's going to be one we'll hear a lot at parties in the next months.
A1 Logic Solution
A2 Platinum Tooth
B1 Magic Tribulation
Originally from Bologna, Italy, and relocated in Berlin, Ivan Iacobucci came from a funk background before encountering electronic music in 1988 with the birth of Detroit techno and Chicago house, quickly resulting in him launching Hole Records, the first independent Italian house music label. He counts many releases on renowned labels such as Cabaret recordings and Imprints records.
You can already pre-order the vinyl here: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/ivan-iacobucci-logic-solution/722345-01/
Words by Giovanni Bodrato