WILSONIC FESTIVAL OF PROGRESSIVE BEATS SUCCEEDS FROM THE SAME-OLD

Popular music seizes castle

FOR a short time after the end of World War I, Bratislava leaders pushed to establish their own European city-state. They named the new city Wilson after US president Woodrow Wilson, who argued for the dismantlement of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - the event that gave Bratislava's inhabitants the dream of independence from the new nations rising around them.

JAZZANOVA try not to fall to pieces.
photo: Courtesy of Wilsonic

FOR a short time after the end of World War I, Bratislava leaders pushed to establish their own European city-state. They named the new city Wilson after US president Woodrow Wilson, who argued for the dismantlement of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - the event that gave Bratislava's inhabitants the dream of independence from the new nations rising around them.

No wonder, then, that the organizers of Wilsonic seized upon the name to describe their annual festival of music that insists on following its own exploratory path. Treading somewhere between jazz and pop, rock and electronica, this festival refused to tie itself to any one genre.

For five years now, the Wilsonic festival has pushed musical boundaries in an enjoyable way, presenting famous international performers, local acts and musicians from across Eastern Europe. The result is an atmosphere

JAZZANOVA try not to fall to pieces.
photo: Courtesy of Wilsonic

somewhere between a concert, a club and a party that attracted around 2,500 people last year.

A taste of the lineup this year are the four DJs of German group Jazzanova, who will play their warm electronic jazz to the accompaniment of Clara Hill's soulful voice. Also from Germany hails Apparat, whose emotional microtechno goes beyond just beats. Englishman Chris Clark will carve out his own kind of instrumental hip-hop and DJ Vadim and One Self will lay down solid grooves and melodic, funky raps.

The festival will also play host to quality artists from Russia to Croatia and many spots in between, putting these

MAX Tundra.
photo: Courtesy of Wilsonic

rising stars of Eastern Europe on stage with their more well-known counterparts.

A surprise of this year's festival will be Saturday afternoon performances at the Bratislava Castle. Brave are the hearts of the city officials who allowed this festival into the city's symbol of power - the organizers just might use the opportunity to launch a new independence movement.

Wilsonic takes place June 10, 20:00-6:00, at Bratislava's PKO centre and June 11 from 13:00-22:00 in the Bratislava Castle and 21:00-6:00 at PKO. Tickets to both nights cost Sk750 presale, Sk850 at the door while one

POLAND's Innocent Sorcerers put on their tough faces.
photo: Courtesy of Wilsonic

night costs Sk450/Sk550. They are on sale at Notape (Jakubovo námestie 13), Dr Horák (Medená 19), Ticketportal (in Aupark and Polus) and Eventim (Heydukova 17) or online at www.eventim.sk and www.ticketportal.sk.

See www.wilsonic.sk for more information.

ALVIK from the Czech Republic.
photo: Courtesy of Wilsonic

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