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31/01/2019

The European festival landscape is vast and multifaceted, and its scope seems to be ever-expanding. Festivals are implementing outstanding productions from dragon-shaped stages to fire- and light-shows that blow our minds. Although we have such a great assortment to pi...

24/01/2019

I don’t necessarily know a lot about music, nor about music in Austria specifically – but I sure as hell do know that Mozart is not the only musician this tiny country can be proud of. (Or, if you’ve heard about her, Conchita Wurst). Unfortunately, Austria can’t partic...

16/01/2019

Musical taste is often a matter of identity politics, especially when you’re a teenager. Defining what you like, and more importantly: what you hate, is an essential part of growing up in a world that does not seem to understand you in the slightest. This is where the...

03/01/2019

Only few composers of the 20th century have made it into the big canon of composition. Common names are piano virtuosos like Philip Glass or film music makers like Ludovico Einaudi. Yet another name that ought to receive due praise is Steve Reich (b. 1936). This New Yo...

20/12/2018

After living in the allegedly happiest country in the world, I’ll forever associate Denmark with rødgrød med fløde, living in a camping area for a year, and above all its thriving music scene. A scene nourished by numerous outstanding venues and festivals. In recent ye...

12/12/2018

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is not the classic 5-minute survey in your jam-packed spam folder, but the new album by the renowned British band The 1975. Released on 30 November, the impact of the album is starting to solidify, and one thing is for sure: th...

05/12/2018

It happens regularly that I enter a venue, close my eyes and start to dance. When I open them again, at least half of the audience is already gone. The peace I find in dancing to a rhythm is something that drives me towards attending music events. Although there are so...

29/11/2018

Any artist striking down on Dutch grounds will know about the phenomenon called the "Dutch Disease.” It spreads like a virus among crowds and finds its way to every edge of the concert hall. Symptoms include loud rambling, an apparent unawareness of the ongoing concert...

22/11/2018

Nothing says “Dutch heritage” the way tulips, cheese, and wooden clogs do. In the late 20th century, however, there arose a new export product as popular as all the Dutch cheese in the world: Dutch Dance music. With over thirty years of history filled with peaks and dr...

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