The tenth edition of the new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week (TMW), taking place from 2nd to 8th April in Tallinn, Estonia has announced a new batch of this year’s line-up. The TMW 2018 Conference + Festival Pass for €250 and Festival Pass for €60€ (from 13th February €70) are on sale at TMW web-store. Single concert tickets on sale at Piletilevi.
The core of the weeklong TMW anniversary festival is the Creative Impact conference at Tallinn Creative Hub and music showcases across multiple venues in the city on three nights from 5th to 7th April by 250 artists from all around the world. 100 new artists from 22 countries have been announced today.
As part of the European Keychange project two tough female Icelandic artists are joining the programme: Fever Dream and Hildur. Femme-powered horror rapper Fever Dream, inspired by both Peaches and Tyler, the Creator, challenges patriarchy and calls herself “the champagne of Iceland”. Hildur, a multi-faceted rising pop star with a promising solo career that is spiked with an Icelandic Music Award for Pop Song of the Year 2017, is just as passionate in her fight for equal rights. Akua Naru, a rapper whose music career started in the Pentecostal congregation in Connecticut, has gained attention with her ability to integrate historical narratives into her music with unmatched eloquence and criticism of gender and race stereotypes. The Saint Petersburg duo tema kresta preaches a unique “socialism of the scriptures” avoiding capital letters as their existence itself supposes division by significance. From Moscow comes the unpredictable female trio Mirrored Lips, a fascinating crossover of poetry, free jazz and hardcore punk.
Högni from Iceland, known as a member of GusGus and Hjaltalin will present his new solo album “Two Trains”, embracing the spirit of the original European avant-garde. Whilst his compatriot, a d’n’b and ambient producer Subminimal dives into deep groove and dark sub-base, then Belgium’s finest indie rock band Intergalactic Lovers plays with the formulas of classic postpunk.
One of the favourites of the world’s jazz stages, Israeli duo Maya Belsitzman & Matan Ephrat demonstrate virtuous cello and vocal abilities, the Belarus group Shuma a symbiosis of electronic music and pagan songs, and the Danish death metal monster BAEST a raging sound of the ‘buzzsaw’ guitar and windmill headbanging skills.
Maria Minerva, a producer, writer and environmental advocate will arrive in her native Estonia from the US with her ever-evolving concepts and sounds. Maria was named one of the seminal Los Angeles artists by The Guardian in 2017. Among the Estonian additions to the programme is the post-genre maverick Mart Avi, the favourite of TMW’s international delegates last year, as well as Regret – now based in the UK at hacking the drag, pop and punk culture and the popular folk band Curly Strings. From the very lively Estonian hip-hop scene the rapper Seaduskuulekus and producer Shromik will present their solo projects. Also among the Estonian artists: Girls In Pearls – a synthpop group and semi-finalist of the Estonian national selection for Eurovision, the soulpop band Rake, the folk act Duo Malva & Priks with their thick and electronically seasoned tunes, the internationally acclaimed Children’s Choir Ellerhein and many others.
TMW 2018 is curated by a wide range of collaborators, including some new showcases and venues. The dark music festival Beats From The Vault displays the selection of artists from industrial to drone, Berlin XJAZZ Festival presents their line-up of Estonian and international jazz artists, Blues Estonia agency offers an assortment of blues and rock combos, Estonian Choral Association a lineup of our finest choirs. Sveta bar is the venue for juke and footwork showcase Booty Powder whilst the legendary KuKu Art Club hosts the two-day art pop spectacle CryptoMarket.
The traditional TMW co-organizers on board are Raadio 2, Viljandi Folk, Üle Heli Festival, Manka Boutique Pop Festival, World Clinic, Intsikurmu Festival, Weekend Festival, Live Nation Baltics, Estonian Funk Embassy, Russian Theatre, Fenno-Ugria, Damn.Loud Agency in cooperation with the Finnish Tuska festival as well as the Latvian Positivus festival with I Love You Records label. Also in the line-up will be hip-hop and d’n’b stages and two of the festival’s showcases will be presented by Telia.
TMW 2018 new artists:
1teist/2EXXXA (EE), Akua Naru (DE), Alaska Dreamers (LV), Alluri (IN), Aslamin (BY), Autism (LT), BAEST (DK), Bakey x Kakora (BY), Blackberries (DE), Booty Powder DJs (EE), Bucharest (IL), Colors of Today (EE), Crash Test Money (EE), Curly Strings (EE), Dead Janitor (SK), Deceitome (EE), DJ 4-got-10 (EE), Duo Malva & Priks (EE), DZEAHEL (BY), Elysian (EE), Fever Dream (IS), Firejosé (EE), Forrò Mior (PT), Fractale (IT), Frankie Animal (EE), Girls in Pearls (EE), Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble (FI), Hilbert’s Problems (EE), Hildur (IS), Hommage (EE), Högni (SE), Inner (FI), Intergalactic Lovers (BE), James Wolfgang Rassakas (EE), Jasperino (EE), Jazzamboka (CA), Kadajane (EE), Kammerkoor HELÜ (EE), Kapela Maliszów (PL), Kolchak (RU), Kurara (RU), Lastekoor Ellerhein (EE), Laura Annika Quartet (FI), Lepatriinu (EE), Little Destroyer (CA), Lootus (EE), Maïa Vidal (ES), Maija Kauhanen (FI), Majestim (EE), MANKY (DK), Maria Minerva (US), Mart Avi (EE), Mathias Landaeus FROM THE PIANO (SE), Maya Belsitzman & Matan Ephrat (IL), Meriheini Luoto (FI). Mirrored Lips (RU), Modest Intentions (EE), Monetochka (RU), MostBand (EE), myspace01 (EE), Nebo-Zemlya (EE), NEØV (FI), Omertà (LV), Petlia Pristrastiya (BY), Pieneņu Vīns (LV), Podruga (LV), Polifauna (LV), Poly Sone (FI), Port Mone (BY), Rainer Ild (EE), Rake (EE), Rando Arand (EE), Regret (UK), Restless (EE), Rick Feds (LV), Rotten Sperm (EE), Ruckus (EE), Seaduskuulekus (EE), Show Me a Dinosaur (RU), Shromik (EE), Shuma (BY), Sociasylum (EE), Solo Ansamblis (LT), Söndörgő (HU), Spasibo (RU), Steps to Synapse (EE), Subminimal (IS), Surf Philosophies (SE), Svjata Vatra (EE), Tallinna Muusikakeskkooli noortekoor (EE), tema kresta (RU), Tesa (LV), The Gentleman Losers (FI), The Kitchen Brothers (EE), The Queen of Spades (EE), TMF (EE), Treeeye (LV), Tronden (EE), We Stole the Show (US), Yohan (EE)
See the artist pages of TMW 2018 confirmed artists here
TMW 2018 YouTube playlist
TMW 2018 Spotify playlist
TMW 2018 music festival takes place from 5th to 7th April. The remaining artists of the music festival along with the venues, special events and free City Stage concerts will be announced during February. The complete programme of TMW 2018 and the application of My TMW will be published online during February and March.
The core of the TMW jubilee festival taking place from 2nd to 8th April 2018 will be music festival by nearly 250 artists from different genres from all over the world and the entrepreneurial conference focusing on the impact of creativity that includes cross-sector discussions on future skills, design thinking, future cities, gender equality and sustainable development next to music industry topics.
The TMW city festival offers free city stage concerts, public discussions TMW Talks, a selection of the nicest eateries as TMW Tastes, a specially curated arts programme, Design Market and various activities in the public space.
TMW 2018 is presented by Telia. TMW 2018 partners are the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Enterprise and Nordic Hotel Forum. Festival’s website is created by Velvet and Festivality, visual identity by AKU.
TMW 2018 Conference + Festival Pass for €250, Festival Pass for €60 (from 13th February €70) and Priority Pass for €150 are available in the web store.
Conference + Festival Pass gives access to the music festival, TMW conference and delegates’ bars as well as to the database of registered participants.
TMW single tickets for €10-20 are available at Piletilevi.
Festival Pass grants access to all concerts and includes special offers to other festival parts.
Priority Pass grants priority access to all TMW music festival events, including the opening concert and to the delegates’ bars as well as personalised programme recommendations.
All TMW 2018 passes offer discounts in the TMW Tastes participating restaurants and special offers of other festival parts. Clients of Telia receive additional benefits*.
*Clients of Telia can buy up to 2 TMW Priority Passes with a special discount code, up to 2 festival passes and up to 2 joint passes of the conference and festival. Telia clients can also buy discounted single tickets. The 20% discount applies to pre-bought tickets.
Additional info here.