In early 2020, noise-pop trio The Homesick released the critically acclaimed SubPop-debut album
'The Big Exercise'. Almost three years later, the band left behind guitar and bass for two stations with
samples, keys, loops and cassettes. What remains are the trademark driving drums and the killer
song material, to be released on a new album somewhere in 2023.
Amsterdam based Yulya Divakova, performing under the moniker Giant Julie, is a versatile songwriter (and well-loved sound engineer). She carefully embellishes her songs with gorgeous detail. Her music sometimes channels the warmth of Shannon Lay, but at the same time manifests the subtlety of acts like Florist or Eerie Wanda.
Utrecht based quartet Combo Qazam released their second album 'Ghost Interior' in October 2022. On the album, the band pursues the suffering of being human. Ghost Interior is like watching a
terrible accident without feeling anything. It's like a festival experience that only takes place in your head. Ghost Interior is about crawling away on your own, when everything gets too much
Eerie Wanda released third album 'Internal Radio' in the Summer of 2022. Whereas her previous work leaned toward upbeat, guitar-focused pop, Internal Radio sounds like a more experimental, otherworldly, serious grown-up affair, venturing into sensitive emotional territory. The intimate, personal songs reflect the solitude many of us have felt these past few years, recalling artists such as
Lida Husik and Edith Frost.
On debut album 'Mediocre, brutal', Amsterdam based post- punk quartet Global Charming explore the monotony of daily routines, survival of the dullest; because boring is intense. Fuelled by the
lingering energy of repetitive rhythm, wayward guitars wash away the dead taste of vending machine coffee, breaking free from frustration with sharp jolts. Lyrics about cutlery and new coats blend with
Global Charming's lean compositions, marked by playful synths and percussion.
Maximum living on a minimum wage. Come party with Real Farmer! Board the fast paced train to headaches and regrets. Spontaneous combusting tempo's will be over before you know it. Inspired by heartaches and lonesome travels, we try to make your evening worthwhile. Without the people there is no Real Farmer, so all aboard and make it nice and cozy.
During their existence, noise rock band Space Siren made a huge impact, both on artistic contemporaries and listeners. Almost a decade after their untimely demise, the band present the 'DGDABE' EP with unreleased outtakes, demo's and other studio recordings. With the help of two members of HOWRAH, the band returns to Kult, a venue immortalized in the EP's cover, which is based on a picture of their memorable performance there in 2012. Expect a celebration of music, friendship, a couple of Fenders and an awful lot of guitar pedals.
he return of this festival would be absolutely unimaginable without a performance of The Avonden, the cult group around versatile songwriter Marc van der Holst. Since the last edition, there were four different releases of the band, including a 7" single with trademark Dutch adaptations of iconic singles by The Cure and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Expect some new songs.
For his fourth Homemade Empire album 'Fog Rolls In, the came out in April 2021, songwriter Bart de Kroon immersed himself even more deeply in ambient drones, cowboy psychedelica and fuzz folk. The result is an intriguing and adventurous album in which he drags to listener into his creative universe.
Last year, acclaimed debut 'It already does that' of Amsterdam mathrock / noise-punk adventurers a fungus came out. One of the best kept secrets of the vibrant Amsterdam underground, the band is
characterized by fusion of indie rock, emo, post-hardcore and post-rock. For fans of Slint, Karate, The Van Pelt and Blonde Redhead..
Indie all-stars Wax and Wane made their debut last Summer in VERA, covering the transcendental songs of Scottisch group Cocteau Twins. The band consists of Brenda Bosma (vocals, Spilt Milk), Erik Schumacher (guitar, Apneu), Roald van Oosten (guitar, Caesar), Niek Hofstetter (bass, Subroutine) and a drum computer. They return to Groningen for a reprise in the upstairs lounge of O'ceallaigh.
Eccentric lo-fi synthwave superstar Karel made a huge impact in the Dutch live-scene, when he first started showcased his breathtaking live antics on unsuspecting audiences. Unlimited and infectious live energy, with the artist swinging from a chandelier or climbing up the curtains, vibing to his trademark ecstatic blend of synth/pop and wave.
Groningen collective Schau Schau made their live-debut last Summer, in the illustrious Downstage of VERA. The band, with more than one familiar face from the local underground, plays catchy rhythmic post punk / new wave, as highlighted on their brilliant single 'Thermodynamics'.
Two of the band members also are responsible for this edition's artwork!
Trio Kalaallit Nunaat combines a love for noise, post-punk, shoegaze and krautrock into a hypnotizing wall of sound. A performance ideally enjoyed in dark basement with no stage, slowly dragging the audience around them into a sonic cascade of repetitive beats and melodies.