We have a great pleasure to announce the first artists to be heard during the 14th edition of Audioriver. The festival will be held – as every year – in last weekend of July in Płock. Audioriver 2019 line-up opens: ANNA, Ańii, Black Sun Empire, FJAAK live, Jon Hopkins live, Kobosil, Mall Grab, Polo & Pan live, Sam Paganini, Seba ft. MC Conrad and Stavroz live.
The first artists from the 2019 Audioriver line-up are revealed a few days before the end of the sale of the 1st pool of tickets. 11 announced artists are a strong reason to get tickets and plan next year’s last weekend of July in Płock. Until 2nd December you can buy tickets at the lowest price – 200 PLN for two-day ticket and 270 PLN for three-day. There is no doubt that the programme of the festival will be extensive and diverse: during the previous edition of Audioriver 103 concerts took place on 9 stages.
The power of meditation in music
One of the headliners of this year’s edition of Audioriver will be Jon Hopkins. Jon is a pianist and one of the most recognizable producers of electronic music in the world. Initially he was a keyboardist in Imogen Heap, then – thanks to Brian Eno – he had a big influence on the sound of Coldplay, and finally devoted himself to solo creativity, as well as fulfilled his dream having the opportunity to work with David Lynch. A breakthrough in his career was the release of the Mercury Prize nominated album “Immunity”, with which he toured more than 160 times a year. After a break in performing and creating new music, Jon finally returned with his new album “Singularity” in May 2018. As he emphasizes, the sound of the album was strongly influenced by his experiences with meditation, which helped him unblock the particles of his unconsciousness and the ideas hidden in it.
Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush
Sam Paganini has been warming up club floors since 1997 – his vision of techno is music filled with great energy. Today Sam is a world-famous producer of electronic music, but he started as an instrumentalist. “I started playing drums at the age of 5, then I also played guitar and piano. I was a drummer in local rock bands for several years, and at the age of 15 I tried DJing. A lot of time has passed since then, and the most important moments in his career are his collaboration with two popular labels – Plus 8 (followed by Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva) and Drumcode, managed by Adam Beyer. In 2016 Sam founded his own label, JAM, where he released an album entitled “Zenith”.
Sam Paganini – Rave
ANNA, or Ana Miranda, is one of the most famous figures representing Brazil scene. “Hidden Beauties”, her track released on Kompakt, has been a huge success, resounding in sets of giants such as Richie Hawtin and Sven Väth, as well as gaining recognition from Pitchfork and Mixmag. However, Anna’s musical journey began years ago, as her first official performances took place when she was only 14 years old. “I’ve been playing for ever. My father was also a DJ and ran a club when I was little. I remember going to record stores with him when I was only 9 or 10 years old and we spent the whole day walking from one store to another and listening to new records”. Her high skills and experience are confirmed by the vinyl DJ set for Cercle from February 2018, which received more than a million views on YouTube. A remix of her track”Singularity”, originally produced by Jon Hopkins, also premiered recently.
ANNA vinyl DJ set @ Les Pavillons des Etangs for Cercle
Born in 1991, Max Kobosil grew up in Berlin during the post-war structural changes and discovered techno when modernity emerged from underground subcultures – this strongly influenced his determination and commitment to the city. As it turned out, Max’s first visits to the cult club Berghain (in which he regularly performs as a DJ today) were of great importance for his future, thanks to which he later established cooperation with Ostgut Ton and was noticed by Marcel Dettmann. Two years ago his debut album “We Grow, You Decline” was released, on which Kobosil showed a spectrum of deep sounds, containing elements of techno, ambient and experimental electronic. “I want future generations to see my album as music – not only as techno.”
Kobosil @ Awakenings Festival 2017: Area X
FJAAK is a Berlin trio, created by great enthusiasts of analogue equipment, who, after experiencing the production of various genres of music, decided to devote themselves to the sounds of the city – techno music. The turning point in their career was 2014, when the owners of 50Weapons (Modeselektor duo) decided to take Felix, Aaron and Kevin under their wings. The cooperation turned out to be very promising, as they released several well-received EPs and their full debut album. To this day, despite their young age, FJAAK have already played several hundred live concerts, promoting their characteristic analog sound all over the world – from Berlin, to Los Angeles and Beijing.
Fjaak Boiler Room Tblisi Live Set
Return to roots Ańii (or in fact Ania Iwińska) moved from Poland to London some time ago to improve her skills in music production at the renowned Point Blank music school. When she joined Wired Studios, London became her home and a place to create music. As an artist she decided to devote herself to 4/4 sounds – combining deep techno and emotional, ethnic house. She has already released on major labels – one of them is the German Kompakt, where she published an EP entitled “The Dark and the Dark”. “Roots”, played in sets by Solomon and Michael Mayer, among others.
Anii – Korzenie
Stavroz is a project created in 2011 by IJsbrand and Gert – DJs and sound engineers who were looking for a way to express their musical tastes. Soon afterwards, Maxim and Pieter joined them at concerts and in the studio. All four members of the group have different musical roots, but despite the differences they uniquely combine the sounds of electronics with classical instruments – both in the studio and in subtle live acts, with which they travel around the world. Their music also works well at home – “relax, lie down, close your eyes and listen to the story told in a musical way, with attention to detail”.
Stavroz live @ Fort Saint Eynard for Cercle
One of the greatest revelations of the scene in recent years, Mall Grab, returns to his roots in a slightly different way, referring to the sounds of house music from years ago. His characteristic tracks, produced in an old-school style – such as “Orange County” or “Catching Feelings” collected hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, and his biggest hits – “Can’t” or “Feel U” have already had millions of views. Jordan’s passion for recordings is very visible during live sets – the Australian is an excellent DJ, who freely combines different genres and sounds. From lo-fi house to disco, electro and pulsating techno
Mall Grab Boiler Room Paris DJ set
Paul Armand-Delille and Alexandre Grynszpan are a French duo whose paths crossed a few years ago in Paris, where they both served as residents of the club Le Baron. Their joint project, Polo & Pan, combines the influences of the joyful sounds of classical French electro and elements of disco, resulting in an extremely danceable musical mix. What to do to find out about it? Just listen to their debut album “Caravelle”, see the duo’s numerous appearances on the Internet or…. just come to Audioriver. In Płock we will hear Polo & Pan with a full live band.
Polo & Pan live @ Serre Monumentale for Cercle
Drum & Bass
The Black Sun Empire was created in 1993, but the trio found their vocation only in the mid-1990s, when the sounds of drum & bass began to gain popularity. “At first we made techno and breakbeat/trip-hop sounds, but after listening to several tracks from producers such as Ed Rush & Optical, Dillinja and Photek, we decided to hit in this direction. As it turned out, it was the right decision, because the Dutch fans all over the world released six studio albums in their careers and had the opportunity to work with Foreign Beggars and Dope D.O.D. Moreover, thanks to their label and a series of events Blackout helped to promote other artists valued on stage – among them Noisia and Mefjus.
Black Sun Empire & Noisia – The Veil
Originating from Ingaro, an island just outside Stockholm, Seba (Sebastian Ahrenberg) has earned a reputation as one of the most famous drum & bass producers over the last 20 years. From his early releases on the famous Good Looking Records label, the legendary LTJ Bukema, to newer material on Metalheadz, Hospital and his own Secret Operations, Seba’s work still retains its freshness and unique character. MC Conrad, who will perform with him, is another popular representative of Drum&Bass, known for his vocal skills since the 90s. At that time, he performed as MC and was heavily involved in the development of the still illegal British scene, and today, after more than 20 years he presents no less energy than at that time.
Seba – Addicted
Only until 2nd December you will be able to buy three-day and two-day tickets for Audioriver at the lowest possible price. Tickets for the festival are sold via eBilet.pl: https://bit.ly/2PduJqS and in selected sales points all over Poland: https://bit.ly/2F8O10S.