MENT Ljubljana - FESTIVAL
31.01.2018 | 19:00 | Različne Lokacije Po Ljubljani
Music creativity, enthusiasm and new energy will take over Ljubljana for the fourth time, from Wednesday, 31 Jan, to Friday, 2 Feb. More than 60 bold fresh acts from all over Europe will be featured across three winter festival evenings, while the trends and dilemmas in the music industry will be at the forefront of the MENT Conference. The first announced key speakers are Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, the Independent Music Companies Association, and Seymour Stein, a Vice President of Warner Bros. Records and the cofounder of Sire Records, for which he signed the Ramones and Madonna, among others.
MENT Ljubljana announcing the first 29 performers from no fewer than 18 countries
The dub-charged folk tunes of two-piece Darla Smoking, the avant-garde pop trio Kukushai, the dreamy Neomi, the Novo mesto rockers MRFY, the electronic duo FFX and the dancefloor-friendly YGT represent the Slovenian selection of the first festival announcement. Out of the ex-Yu region, we’re showcasing Croatian trap lords High 5, live jazz of the best kind Chui, the heavy riffs of Cojones, the blend of expressive Serbian rock ‘n’ roll and West African rhythm Igralom, and the psychedelic Dogs in Kavala, the latest acquisition out of the Belgrade talent hatchery BIGZ.
The flagbearers of Austrian prog-rock Mother’s Cake, the post-RnB of the co-author of likely one of the best German rap records of the decade Wandl, the shoegazing Czechs Manon Meurt, the innocent dream pop of Slovakians Tolstoys, the vivid and colourful Fran Palermo from Hungary, and one of the most promising Polish alternative bands Niemoc will show us what’s new in the Central and Eastern European region. They’ll be joined by the audacious dance groove of Russian decadents Shortparis and the tripped-out garage rock rush of their compatriots Lucidvox, as well as Romanian duo Karpov not Kasparov, whose debut “Soundtrack for a Game of Chess” was praised by Vice Magazine.
Scandinavia will be represented by Úlfur Úlfur, the top dogs of Icelandic hip-hop, and Greenland’s fairy-tale ensemble Nive and the Deer Children. The Baltics will send over Estonian magicians Trad.Attack!, Lithuanian jazz electronica trio Sheep Got Waxed and the esteemed Mart Avi, the recipient of the best Estonian electronic album award. The West will serve up the noisy Dutch Blue Crime and the extravagant The Guru Guru, with Belgium also represented by the devilishly fun Hypochristmutreefuzz, while musician Sequoyah Tiger got the idea for vintage rock ‘n’ roll in Italy.
From independent publishers to label giants
The first announced key speakers of the MENT Conference 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, to which he signed Ramones, Talking Heads, Madonna, Ice-T, The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths and others during his illustrious career.
The list of confirmed conference speakers also includes Helen Sildna (Tallinn Music Week), Serene Sass (Warner Music), Mirca Lotz (We Make Waves), Andras Bodrogi (New Media Expert), Daniela Grecnerova (Tootoot), Magdalena Jensen (Chimes Agency), Ania Kasperek (Chimes Agency) and Eric Eitel (Music Pool Berlin).
MENT Ljubljana will host meetings of various networks, including the Board of the IMPALA Independent Music Companies Association, the Liveurope network of 14 European concert venues, and the newly established INES platform, consisting of eight European showcase festivals. In addition, MENT 2018 will also be the site of the first meeting of journalists of the most worldly music media outlet, beehype, which will also host its own stage at MENT.