Some News From Our Friends
Eurosonic Showcase festival Free online this week.
The European and Dutch global and local music festival, ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) will be a digital event this year continuing its mission to promote new European music, with the showcase festival and conference being broadcast online from 13 till 16 January. See full festival line up here: https://esns.nl/line-up NoA are chuffed one of our Czech collaborators Bratri are nominated for a prestigious people’s choice European award, presented by Mel C. If you saw Bratri at one of our London, Prague or Chateau Perché events, we hope you’ll vote and watch them at the links above. Before that you can watch their shows with us here, alongside several other Czech acts that have performed with us for our 2020 Lockdown events.
DROPS in St Petersburg, Russia Opening this week until 27 January
Slovenian past NoA collaborator Martin Bricelj Baraga is premiering a new collaboration with Eric Reynaud aka Fraction at ArtAntarctica Festival at the Manege Art Hall, St Petersburg, Russia. DROPS is a data visualisation and sonic artwork about the disappearance of ice. The installation visualises and sonifies the melting of ice in time through years, months, days. The composition transforms rapidly as we move towards the present – reminding us of the urgency of the environmental emergency. Research data shows that every second 3 millions of tons of ice melt into the sea. Between 1992 and 2017, Antarctica has lost 2658G tons of continental ice, increasing the sea level by 7 mm. Nearly 75% of this transformation happened in the last decade.
AIM calls for action on Brexit touring
AIM and its European partner IMPALA are calling for all sides to return to the negotiation table to solve the disastrous Brexit deal on musicians’ visas. “IMPALA has asked the EU what happened here, emphasising that a proper and straightforward visa arrangement going both ways is crucial for our members in both the UK and EU.”
There have been accusations from the EU and the UK that negotiators rejected arrangements that would help touring continue post Brexit. As a result, we arguably now have the least desirable outcome, even though both sides agree on the importance of musicians being able to work and tour easily post-Brexit. Currently touring acts from the UK face more administrative costs and barriers in the EU than musicians from ‘third countries’.
Nathan X’s Weekend .
Nathan X, who guested with us at First Light Festival in Lowestoft, has hit number 4 in the Official Upfront Club Charts, with his new track, The Weekend. Lowestoft local Nathan joined us playing on the beach at the 2019 festival, as well as for the lockdown festival in Summer 2020. The new track is out on New State and is remixed by Wh0. Catch the vid here…