With less than three weeks to the festival, SHARPE unveils the final names of 12 acts, a carefully curated electronic stage Nočná as well as a grand opening on the first festival evening! SHARPE 2023 brings in total 3 days of music with over 60 concerts across 7 stages!
In cooperation with Slovak national radio station, SHARPE festival will host a special opening on Thursday. SHARPE Radio_FM Night will offer three special sets by some of the most acknowledged Slovak artists. Lash & Grey will perform some of their yet unreleased songs from the upcoming album with special guests as Lash & Grey with Strings. Multitalented musical innovator FVLCRVM will present his special AV set and the DJ and producer, winner of the Radio_Head Award for electronic record of 2022, Blame Your Genes, will close Thursday night with his live set enriched by singers.
Among the most recent names added to the line-up, there are several foreign artists that experiment in music and work across genres. The French musician and a visual artist Stéphane Clor creates minimalistic, instrumental compositions with string instruments and electronics, complemented by elements of cartography, paintings and photography.
Next in the program is the Jamaican-British artist AGAAMA. She is combining experimental pop with jazz vocals on beats inspired by the UK bass music. Her compositions are tense, energetic, elegant with poetic lyrics.
Second act from the British isles that will be visiting Bratislava, offering their unique fusion of genres is the avant-punk-jazz band Taupe. Group of long-term friends, whose wicked improvisations on alto saxophone and guitars are deliberately deviating from metronomic precision. Their fusion of jazz culture with anarchic punk aesthetics as well as electronic experiments is definitely one to not miss live!
From a geographically closer country, adding to the variety of the line-up is the noise-rock band Nemeček from Zagreb, Croatia. “Helped by the magic of the new age and Slavonian tambura, they erect a Balkan wall of sound which evokes ancient times, but also the ones that are yet to come.”
The program will also feature other projects with an international cast. An example of this is the Charms Kids who will perform together with the Slovak singer and guitarist Matúš Oravec as Charms Kids and Matus. Oravec’s energy and radiance revived the band’s inspiration until he became its main lyricist.
There will be no shortage of musical duos either. One of them is tAngerinecAt, a queer duo formed by multi-instrumentalists Zhenia Purpurovsky from Kyiv and Paul Chilton from the United Kingdom. They create an enchanting sound world using electronic production, vocals, whistles and many other sounds. Their new album “Glass” topped the Bandcamp charts and was voted as one of the 100 best albums of 2022 by Louder Than War.
The Slovak band Buy Her Sugar returned to the scene in 2021 with the single Ticking and has been performing since then as a duo formed by Anna Óváry and Martin Polák. The band’s sound is more energetic and confident compared to their previous repertoire. Another hidden gem and a duo project will be a joint act, undefined by genre, of the guitarist Ondrej Zajac and the producer of ambient electronic music Stroon. As a duo, they have already played several concerts together in Slovakia and Sicily. They flow freely with time, just like their minimalistic, even contemplative music, combining honest craft with magnificent emotion.
Among the new names is also music producer Karaoke Tundra who is originally from Ukraine, but has been active on the Czech and Slovak scene for many years. He creates his own beats and sets in which he combines hip hop impulses with experimental electronics. A combination of the golden era of rap music and the dirty lo-fi sound of jazz and soul, will be presented at the festival by a Slovak producer Viktor, known as FOM (FollowOriginalMessage). The Slovak trio Adam (Beton), Vlado (ONNN) and Alica Volf from the electronic project NDS will play a recipe for a rave in which breakcore, techno, techno, house, noise and ambient are connected. Finishing the first festival night off with their virtual sets of experimental ambient and high-bpm old-school rave, will be in the hands of the multidimensional collective Fairycore Syndicate. Definitely a more than an adequate Friday afterparty!
This year will also showcase the new as well as the traditional on the European techno scene with the Underground stage curated by Nočná – a series of techno parties based in Nová Cvernovka celebrating freedom, light & stage design, art installations & subliminal activism. Nočná will present fresh dance music, starting with the Hungarian musician and visual artist Alley Catss and his mix of techno, jungle and juke, followed by a fresh breeze of wind on Prague’s Prague electronic music scene, SJ yellow. As a well-known producer and representative of the Slovenian electronic music scene, filling our dance floors with her fast-paced techno wil be dvidevat. Closing the nights off will be two industrial techno projects; Warhorse from Slovenia and C4AT from Czech Republic, emerging straight from the Prague underground scene.
SHARPE festival has also revealed the complete program of the conference! This year, we will welcome 36 speakers from different parts of Europe, from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, France, through Germany and Austria to music professionals from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The conference program will include workshops focused on art and music management with Lydia Kirschstein, but also on mental health and how to detect burnout syndrome early and prevent it led by the psychologist, Matúš Bakyta.
Unique opportunities will definitely include a practical workshop with Bastl Instruments, where participants will learn to assemble their own Kastle 1.5 Synthesizer Kit. There will also be a speed-meeting Meet The Festivals, with the participation of festivals such as Colours Of Ostrava (CZ), MENT Ljubljana (SI), Mad Cool festival (ES), Monkey Week (ES), 8 Festival (LT) and many others. The main points of the program will be dominated by keynote interviews with music mastering legend Vlado Meller and British executive Stephen Budd. Next, discussion panels about monetization in digital streaming or the German festival market, which is one of the largest in the world. Check the full list of panels and workshops here.
See you in two weeks!