It was really, really hard to choose 6 bands which should definitely be seen. There are so many good ones playing this weekend, but you can’t see them all, you can make sure you see these though.
BALLET SCHOOL (DE)
FLEX CAFÉ IS ALL I NEED SAT 4.OCT. 01:45–02:30
To say this band has been getting a lot of buzz recently would be an understatement. The Berlin-based multi-national synth-pop collective make music which leans heavily on the greats of the 80’s. Whether that is a good thing or not, is up to you. But they will be a name on everyone’s lips in the near future, whether you like it or not.
CHARITY CHILDREN (DE)
THU 2.OCT. 20:15–21:00 FLEX CAFÉ IS ALL I NEED
Based in Germany, but stemming from New Zealand, Charity Children are two lovers, who send their intimate melodies flying through the graffitied streets and smoky bars. Despite SiM’s general dislike of indie folk, Charity Children have made into onto these pages a few times. They have a natural, organic and at times gritty feel to their music, which a lot of bands in this category simply don’t. Just listen to the song below and you’ll know what we mean.
JAAKKO EINO KALEVI (FI)
PORGY & BESS SAT 4.OCT. 18:45–19:30
Another artist you will want to have the privilege of seeing “before he got big”. Big things are expected of the Fin and his hypnotizing blend of dream pop in the near future. As far as dream pop goes, you can’t get much better than No End.
XPEDIT LAGER FRI 3.OCT. 20:45–21:30
It is no surprise the Dane is back on Viennese soil after her show-stealing performance at Spot on Denmark earlier this year. She is a mesmerizing talent with a genuine stage presence which you will find hard to resist. So don’t.
FLEX IS ALL I NEED THU 2.OCT. 19:30–20:15
If you like your music to sound like some of the newer Maccabees stuff mixed with a bit of Foals, then this is most definitely for you. The UK sound runs all the way through this band, and you could perhaps say that they are guilty of taking their influences a little too directly. The three lads of Blaenavon are only 17 and 18 years old though, and there are not many bands that can produce such a mature sound at such a fragile age.
CARNIVAL YOUTH (LV)
PORGY & BESS FRI 3.OCT. 21:15–22:00
How many bands do you know that come from Latvia? Well, now you know at least one. Carnival Youth make extremely radio-friendly indie pop which will have your head bopping gleefully from side to side, and up and down if your feeling adventurous.
SODA FABRIC (IL)
ELYSIUM THU 2.OCT. 23:15–00:00
The lads from Israel make music which you would associate more with bands coming from the land of endless opportunity. It’s catchy, quick and instantly accessible. With their surf-indie pop, tight jeans and indie hipster look they tick all the right boxes, or all the wrong ones……….