EN LEFKO FESTIVAL | Technopolis Gazi |


It’s really impressive how some bands manage to sound timeless. Who can forget the masterpiece “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”, that appeared on the ultimate teen movie “The Breakfast Club” and the beautifully nostalgic “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” and of course the power classic “Alive and Kicking”. This year the audience of En Lefko Festival will have the unique opportunity to watch the Simple Minds live in a flashback of their best moments, through the Greatest Hits Live Tour, a celebration of the 35 year career of the band and the official release of their new collection “Celebrate – The Greatest Hits”. The charismatic Jim Kerr will take the stage and prove, for one more time, that the Simple Minds are “Alive and Kicking” !


Mostly known for his highly successful career with Culture Club (150 million record sales), but Mr. George O’Dowd’s solo career (Boy George), certainly had much more to give, demonstrating that the classification as “pop star of the 80’s” is nonetheless one-dimensional. With hits like “Little Ghost”, “Everything I Own”, “Generations of Love”, “Crying Game” , “Out of Fashion” and collaborations like the amazing “Why Go” with Faithless, the “Innocence is Lost” with Groove Armada and “Somebody to Love Me” with the sought after producer Mark Ronson, while surprising with covers such as “Starman” (of his personal hero, David Bowie), “Funtime” (Iggy Pop) and the recent “Video Games” (Lana Del Ray).
En Lefko Festival welcomes back Boy George for the first time since the 1985 infamous appearance, performing both his hits from Culture Club and solo career but also from his new album, “This is What I Do”, for which The Guardian gave him already a 5 star rating and described it as “come back of the year”.
Ladies and gentlemen the one and only … BOY GEORGE!


The Belgians Hooverphonic formed in 1995 as a trip hop band, and soon their sound managed to combine alternative, ambient, electronica, electropop and rock. The recognition came with the song “2Wicky” (singer at the time was Liesje Sadonius which was a great success, especially since it was included in the soundtrack of the movie “Stealing Beauty” of Bernardo Bertolucci, . The basic little nasty riff of the song is from the famous “Walk on By” the Isaak Hayes, as was recorded in 1960. Their piece “Mad About You” is heard by all greek radios and the tinge of Geike Arnaert has haunted the hearts of us all while the entire album, The Magnificent Tree, made them famous worldwide. The Arnaert left in 2008 to give way to Noémie Wolfs, a Belgian who was chosen among thousands of other voices from around the world, and their first album with her was released in 2010 entitled “The Night Before”.


Mixing that electro thump with the sample-heavy boom-bap of hip-hop, DJ/producer Gramatik was born in Portoroz, Slovenia, but he always seemed bound for Brooklyn. It was an older sister with a large cassette collection who turned the young Gramatik on to tapes of funk, jazz, R&B, and other genres that naturally lent themselves to dancefloors. By the time he was 13, he was making beats on his PC, and by the time he was in his late teens, his productions had earned him a loyal fan base and, eventually, the attention of the Colorado-based Pretty Lights. The like-minded producer signed to Gramatik to his Web label, also dubbed Pretty Lights, and released his Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 album in 2011.


Nick Waterhouse is what Americans describe as «soul-man». Born several years after the golden era of Rhythm & Blues and his heroes (Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke) he made his first steps in the garage-rock scene of Orange County California, where he grew up, but his heart belonged to Soul and Blues. Opening concerts for Ty Segal, Mikal Cronin and The Growlers, easily won audiences and critics with the coolness of his music and personal style. Then came his debut album “Time’s All Gone” (2012) which gave us the singles “Some Place” and “I can only give you everything”.
This year he released his second album “Holly” and for the first time in Greece we welcome a genuine spirit of Rhythm & Blues / Rock n ‘Roll. Nick Waterhouse according to domestic musicians & journalists “…is, at the moment, among the most beautiful modern soul artists”.

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Technopolis is an industrial museum and a major cultural venue of the City of Athens, Greece, in the neighborhood of Gazi, next to Keramikos and very close to the Acropolis. It is dedicated to the memory of the great Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis, which is why it is also known as “Gazi Technopolis Manos Hatzidakis”. It has been in operation since 1999 and is situated in the city’s former gasworks which were founded in 1857, occupying an area of about 30.000 m2. Numerous exhibitions, seminars, music concerts and other cultural activities take place in the grounds, attracting over 600,000 visitors annually. Eight of the buildings of the compound bear the names of famous Greek poets: Andreas Embirikos, Angelos Sikelianos, Yannis Ritsos, Kostis Palamas, Takis Papatsonis, Constantine Cavafis and Kostas Varnalis. On the second floor of the Angelos Sikelianos building is a museum dedicated to the renowned opera singer Maria Callas. The charm of another era transpired by the imposing gasholders, the chimneys and the old retorts adds a special quality to every event or activity that takes place in it.



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