Algiers at MENT Ljubljana!
23. 11. 2017, MENT Ljubljana
Only a few days after announcing Young Fathers will be performing on the first evening of MENT Ljubljana, Ljubljana’s winter festival surprises with another new and exciting act, Algiers. Hailing from Atlanta and now divided between New York and London – vocalist/guitarist Franklin James Fisher, bassist Ryan Mahan and guitarist Lee Tesche were joined by ex-Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong in 2015 –, Algiers have quickly established themselves as one of the most politically outspoken and intense live bands of today. Their second album “The Underside of Power”, released by Matador Records in summer 2017, took their unique, intense blend of raw post-punk, dark electronics and passionate gospel soul to the next level.
“Tanz mit Algiers!” exclaims the influential British webzine Quietus. A direct reference to the most important Slovenian music/art phenomenon Laibach (and their song “Tanz mit Laibach”) is right on point. As put by the Needle Drop: Algiers are taking the dark side of post-punk and, through the frustration and unrest of current-day politics, transforming it so well into catchy, stick-in-your-head songs that you can’t help singing along.
No fewer than 31 performers already announced
Over the past three years, MENT has established itself as a small, user-friendly festival with a rich and diverse programme. The final lineup of more than 60 performers from 25 countries will be announced in the middle of December. This year, the MENT conference attracted more than 450 music professionals (representatives of festivals, media, labels, agencies etc.), with an equal or even higher number anticipated by the organizers in 2018. The first key speakers announced are Helen Smith, Executive Chair of the IMPALA association of over 4,000 independent publishers, and Seymour Stein, a Vice President at Warner Bros. Records and the cofounder of Sire Records, who will share their views on the changes taking place in the music industry.
ALGIERS (US) / BLUE CRIME (NL) / CHUI (HR) / COJONES (HR) / DARLA SMOKING (SI) / DOGS IN KAVALA (RS) / FFX (SI) / FRAN PALERMO (HU) / HIGH 5 (HR) / HYPOCHRISTMUTREEFUZZ (BE) / IGRALOM (RS) / KARPOV NOT KASPAROV (RO) / KUKUSHAI (SI) / LUCIDVOX (RU) / MANON MEURT (CZ) / MART AVI (EE) / MOTHER’S CAKE (AT) / MRFY (SI) / NEOMI (SI) / NIEMOC (PL) / NIVE AND THE DEER CHILDREN (GL) / SEQUOYAH TIGER (IT) / SHEEP GOT WAXED (LT) / SHORTPARIS (RU) / THE GURU GURU (BE) / TOLSTOYS (SK) / TRAD.ATTACK! (EE) / ÚLFUR ÚLFUR (IS) / WANDL (AT) / YGT (SI) / YOUNG FATHERS (GB)
Festival pass (all three days, all concert venues):
→ Super Early Bird (sold out) = 25 EUR
→ Early Bird (limited amount) = 30 EUR
→ presale (until 30 Jan) = 35 EUR
→ during the festival (from 31 Jan to 2 Feb) = 39 EUR
PRO pass (festival and conference):
→ Super Early Bird (sold out) = 49 EUR
→ Early Bird (from 17 Nov to 15 Dec) = 59 EUR
→ presale (from 15 Dec to 30 Jan) = 69 EUR
→ during the festival (from 31 Jan to 2 Feb) = 79 EUR
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2053584178209241/