Tallinn Music Week announces first artists for upcoming 10th festival ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

One of the oldest ska-punk bands in Latvia, All Day Long will perform at the 2018 Tallinn Music Week festival as well.
One of the oldest ska-punk bands in Latvia, All Day Long will perform at the 2018 Tallinn Music Week festival as well. Source: (TMW)

Tallinn Music week has announced the first artists to come to its 10th festival, to take place from Apr. 2 to 8 this year. Concerts will be arranged across multiple venues in the city on three nights by 250 artists from all over the world. So far, 67 acts from 18 countries have been confirmed.

The core of the weeklong TMW anniversary festival is the Creative Impact conference at Tallinn Creative Hub

At the core of the week-long festival is the Creative Impact conference at the Tallinn Creative Hub, where the bigger events of the Estonian EU council presidency took place last year as well.

“In 2009, at the first ever festival we had exactly the same number, 67 artists altogether,” Raimond Põldmaa, head of the festival's music programme, said in a press release on Monday.

“This will be the tenth edition, and so much has changed compared to the very first festival, where I as a high-school student saw my favourite Finnish band Disco Ensemble in Club Hollywood. They were one of the two foreign artists in the programme. Today we are fortunate to produce an international programme and showcase wonderful new talent from 30 different countries.”

The music programme from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7 offers a selection ranging from experimental future sounds to charts pop, from jazz to metal, and from folk to classical music. Among the international artists to perform is a joint project by the Finnish legends Ismo Alanko and Kimmo Pohjonen with their vocal experimentation and sonic adventures.

The Yugoslavian-rooted DIY rapper, singer and songwriter GNUČČI and the glitter-punk riot girl band The Magnettes will join the festival from Sweden. From Denmark the soul band D/troit – a favourite of BBC's Craig Charles – and the futuristic noise rock band ZRN will play in Tallinn, from Austria the rising star of juke and footwork, DJ Franjazzco, from Canada jazz, electro and soul-exploring MC Arlo Maverick, and from New York the architects of the third wave of ska, The Toasters, will complete the line-up. 

19-year-old Suzi Wu from North London will treat Tallinn to her “cocktail of Ian Dury, Happy Mondays, and Patti Smith”. Romanian Karpov Not Kasparov will play their energetic live set based on the rules and strategies of chess. Russian artist Alexei Taruts will play with performativity and spectator perception, and the Icelandic instrumental trio Malneirophrenia will exhibit the mixture of classical and metal influences, with references to horror jazz.

27 Estonian artists have been confirmed by now as well, from household names to tomorrow’s stars. Among others there will be performances by folk stars Trad.Attack! and Mari Kalkun, the internationally acclaimed drum’n’bass unit Indivision as well as Blues Man of the Year 2017 of UK’s Severn FM, Andres Roots, with drummer Anneli Kadak, shoegaze band Holy Motors, who are soon to release a debut album under US label Wharf Cat, and the festival's 2016 artist prize winner I Wear* Experiment.

The Estonian Radio Children's Choir will perform with Eeva Talsi, the lead singer of the popular bluegrass band Curly Strings. Featured in the line-up are also Avarus Trio, who are masters of delicate interplay of composed and improvised music, deep house legends Ajukaja & Andrevski and Neuronphase as well as experimental death metal squad Neondertals. Brave new sounds and visions will be represented by sensual and surreal lifehacker Florian Wahl, the girl rap duo HOAX, and the mix of trap and pop sounds by KKPalmy and Mick Moon.

Tallinn Music Week 2018 is curated by a wide range of collaborators, including some new showcases and venues. The dark music festival Beats From The Vault displays the selection of artists from industrial to drone, Berlin XJAZZ Festival presents their line-up of Estonian and international jazz artists, the Blues Estonia agency offers an assortment of blues and rock combos, the Estonian Choral Association a lineup of its finest choirs. Sveta bar is the venue for juke and footwork showcase Booty Powder, while the legendary KuKu Art Club hosts the two-day art-pop spectacle CryptoMarket.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: Tallinn Music Week

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