Concerts

“European Music Day 2010”
City of Athens |

European Music Day’s 11th year

What is European Music Day? It’s nothing less than the biggest live music event in Greece! It’s a true celebration of music, the musicians, the city and its residents. It’s a celebration that brings people, images and sounds for every taste together, free of charge. European Music Day offers a unique opportunity for thousands (160,000 in 2009) to enjoy culture by choosing among dozens of representatives of all music types. It’s also a rare opportunity for hundreds of artists to present their music to a large audience through a high standard production.From June 19 to 21 don’t miss the performances at one of the dozen stages set up in 22 cities throughout Greece.Besides, music is born and it develops in the streets.

All you have to do is sit back and enjoy it!

International Participation
For 10 years now European Music Day has had the honour to host a variety of groups from abroad: British, American, French, African and Balkan, all representing various music types. These artists have written their own page in the history of European Music Day by offering the Greek audience special moments. And no matter how difficult it is to single out one of the dozen live performances, all one has to do is remember past appearances made by Way Out West of Nick Warren, Nouvelle Vague, Scissor Sisters, Neneh Cherry, Birdy Nam Nam or Shantel. Now in its 11th year, European Music Day returns dynamically with the same spirit – despite today’s problems – and invites you all to enjoy a series of very appealing artists once more.

Le Peuple de l’Herbe
For over 10 years French group Le Peuple de l’Herbe have skillfully avoided any categorization of their sound. Formed in Lyon in 1997, their work was heard for the first time on the soundtrack of Virginie Despentes’ film “Baise – Moi” in 2001. Shortly after, their debut album “Triple Zero” followed and drew the attention of the music press. The audience immediately responded to their sound that was based on unexpected – and often funny – samples, musical instruments, rock references, dub and breaks. Next studio albums that followed were “Ph Test Two” in 2002, “Cube” in 2004 (many claim this album is their best work to date), the instrumental “Radio Blood Money” in 2005, “Live” in 2008 and the more recent “Tilt.” Throughout their music path things have remained the same: the diversity of their sound, mainly hip hop, in which elements of traditional African music to post-punk music can be detected. The group is also known for the clear political messages heard through its lyrics.

Masta Pi
A key figure in the Belgian hip hop scene, Masta Pi has achieved over the years not only to cross his country’s borders with live performances in many European countries but also to establish himself within the demanding and selective French hip hop music scene. He was originally known as a founding member of important Belgian bands such as “Associates,” “Les Ecrit 20” and “DAK.” In Greece, however, he will arrive alone carrying his first solo album in his luggage.

Ez a Divat
Ez A Divat actually translates to “This is fashion.” Known as one of the first groups to experiment with the mixture of electronic music and jazz, Hungarian group Ez a Divat released their debut album “From the Head to the Feet” in 2006 and received very flattering reviews in their country. Their second album “Hello from the Neitherlands” (2009) offered more funk and dance and ensured them an even greater audience that included celebrity fans such as Kid Loco. Their latest release is the remix album “We Felt So Mixed Up In The Neitherlands” with miscellaneous contributions of artists such as Flevans, Lack of Afro, Badboe and Jon Kennedy.

Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip
The exceptional electronica / funk / hip hop British duo. Releasing their first album, entitled “Angels”, in 2008 they debuted right on the UK Top 30 Chart, thanks mainly to Scroobiu’s characteristic voice and their heretical first single “Thou Shalt Always Kill.” For those of you who don’t remember it was the track boldly proclaiming that Nirvana, the Pixies, Oasis and the Smiths, among many others, were nothing more that “just bands”. They have appeared in major festivals such as Glastonbury (2007 & 2009) and are famous for their feel good sound and sense of humour.

Fallulah
Ethereal, refined, irresistibly pop, Fallulah is coming straight from Denmark, with the support of the Danish Institute of Athens, bringing along her first album “The Black Cat Neighbourhood.” Having been released in February 2010, “The Black Cat Neighbourhood” quickly turned Fallulah into Denmark’s favourite new act, also obtaining her a place in this year’s Roskilde Festival line up. Thanks to her signature sound filled with pop, electro, rock, and even jazz and folk elements, music critics are already calling 24-year-old Fallulah, the “Scandinavian Bat for Lashes.”

Kingdom Of Lord Owl aka K.O.L.O.
Having released their debut album “Songs for a Sleepwalker” in 2008, the Swiss band from Lausanne has been touring extensively in Europe and America ever since. In their own words, their music is a “mixture of light pop/folk and explosive rock n roll.” They share their time between New York and Paris where they are currently working on their new album.

And this is just the beginning! Over the next few days the Greek entries, with acts that will excite fans of classical and orchestral music, and a variety of very interesting sideshows are to be announced.

Until then information can be found on www.europeanmusicday.gr

Athens Organisation: The City of Athens and its Cultural Organisation (PODA)

National Coordination and Athens Organisation: M.E.S.O. Music Events

National Supporter: AEPI

Athens Sponsors

  • Jumping Fish of Cosmote
  • Craft Beer
  • Southern Comfort

Institutional Supporters: French Institute of Athens, Danish Institute of Athens

Athens Supporters: City of Athens “Technopolis”, METROPOLIS

National Communication Sponsors
MAD TV, BEST RADIO, ERT Third Radio Programme, ELEFTHEROTYPIA, SONIC, JAZZ & TZAZ, YPOVRIHIO, TVXS.GR, AVOPOLIS, ELCULTURE.GR, MIND RADIO, ART.MAG

Athens Communication Sponsors
ATHENS VOICE, In Your Pocket, FAQ, Index, Don’t Panic, PLATFORM, EN LEFKO, MAD RADIO, ROCK FM

European Music Day – Hellenic Branch
Member and Administrator of A.I.S.B.L.
“Fête Européenne de la Musique”

Information
Tel: +30 210 97 67 620
Fax: +30 210 97 10 781
Email: info@europeanmusicday.gr
www.europeanmusicday.gr
www.myspace.com/europeanmusicday
www.facebook/europeanmusicdaygreece

source: http://www.cityofathens.gr/en/node/11677

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