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Tallinn Music Week to include 100 free concerts in unusual locations

A concert at Apollo book store in Solaris Shopping Centre in Tallinn.
A concert at Apollo book store in Solaris Shopping Centre in Tallinn. Source: (Tallinn Music Week/Flickr)

Over the course of four days, more than 100 artists will perform free daytime concerts at a few dozen unique locations around town as part of Tallinn Music Week's City Stage series.

According to a TMW press release, the City Stage program will kick off on Wednesday, March 29 at 1 p.m. with a DJ set at Viru Keskus shopping center featuring Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi, beatbox world champion Bellatrix and Gene Pritsker, a.k.a. Di.J.NoizePunk, which will be followed by an improv jazz quartet consisting of Estonian musicians Kadri Voorand, Jaak Sooäär, Liisi Koikson and Paul Daniel.

Viru Keskus will host nearly 20 concerts through Saturday featuring artists ranging from Canada's the Mariachi Ghost and Bahrain's the Flamingods to Estonian rapper Azma. A TMW info desk will also be open from March 27 through April 1, where festival passes can be exchanged for wristbands.

On March 30, Nordic Hotel Forum will also host a "queer-folk soup drama" hotel suite concert by Estonian punk poet Indrek Spungin as well as unplugged sets by indie rockers Go Away Bird and Frankie Animal. Solaris Shopping Centre will also host two stages featuring artists ranging from Canadian rapper Def3 to Swedish troubadour Albert af Ekenstam.

As part of the ongoing Children's and Youth Year of Culture, TMW will also offer a special children's program. On March 29, Student Academy members from Tallinn University will host a concert at the Tatari location of the Uuskasutuskeskus thrift store chain with performances by aspiring boy band Beyond Beyond and Estonian Generation Z indie-rock group the Boondocks. On April 1, the Estonian Children's Literature Centre will host a concert by Estonian folk singer Mari Kalkun and Georgian instrumental trio Four Lines.

New venues, old favorites

Several new venues will be included in this year's City Stage program, including the Palm House at the Tallinn Botanic Garden, Puänt bookshop, Endover real estate office, Asian restaurant Riis and Velvet design office.

Three families will also be opening the doors of their private homes for free concerts, including by the likes of Ewert and the Two Dragons' guitarist Erki Pärnoja, sound designer ekke, Moo Latte, a Polish producer with African roots, as well as Estonia's bluegrass band Curly Strings.

Among old favorite repeat venues are Must Puudel, Biit Me record store, Jooks bicycle studio, Telliskivi Creative City's Homeart interior design store and Reval Café as well as NOP Café.

City Stage concerts are free for everyone and open to all ages. A full schedule with location info can be found here — be sure to filter by City Stage.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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