In many ways, the story of Derrick Carter's rise to being one of the world's best-loved house music DJs is the complete antithesis to how today's DJ stars attained their status. No social media was employed, no producers retained to make or polish his studio sound, no poll votes were bought, no gimmicks announced, no press courted, no Ibiza (or Las Vegas) residencies were undertaken. Things went down the old fashioned way. A devotee of hometown Chicago DJs like Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy, Carter went from sneaking into their residencies as a teen to working in a couple of the cities better know record stores. From there, he earned his own residencies and began making his own music; a unique and trippy sound within house music that although undeniably a Chicago sound, combined elements such as soul, techno, disco and a smattering of industrial elements. His DJ sets often follow a similar path. A funk and disco filled excursion, a Derrick Carter set can veer off-piste radically with little warning, as pop, disco and soul vocals are blended over acid lines or techno rhythms. When he first started touring Europe, his long mixes, overlapping different elements of two (or more) records at the same time, creating something spontaneous and new, had simply never been heard before. It's a style that modern technology now makes easy, but not everything that classy can be reproduced by machines. And Derrick Carter's fast, funky and fun sets to this day attest to that.
Dropping onto people's radar in the early '90s with his Raw Elements label and 'Da Minimal Funk' compilation, Steve Bug went from being a well regarded contributor to the European house sound to become one of its chief tastemakers with the founding of his next label, Poker Flat Recordings. Its deep, minimal, techno-edged sound stood in stark contrast to the fuller, more pop-orientated electroclash sound of the day and a new legion of clubbers and DJs immediately latched onto the new sound. It has been one of the defining sounds of European clubbing ever since, dominating in Germany and on Ibiza. Poker Flat Recordings continues to lead the field in this minimal tech house sound and Steve has since added new labels Dessous and Audiomatique to his list of achievements. A now very experienced DJ, he has produced mixes for Fabric, Cocoon and Fuse and will be supported on this date by extremely well regarded Belgian DJ Lee Davon and Tanzen regular Mozer.
'Futurism, Dynamism and Colour' is the largest collection of art from the Futurism movement ever assembled in Croatia. The exhibition is comprised of several hundred paintings and some sculpture and contains major works from all of the key figures of the movement. Futurism was a highly influential artistic movement that was created in Italy in the early 20th century. It steadfastly rejected ideas and notions of the past, ditching them for fresh and untried new possibilities which emphasised the speed, technology, youth, violence and objects of the modern world. It celebrated man's ability to overcome nature and natural order. A radical, avant-garde movement, Futurism looked to break society free of the staid and old and could be seen not only in painting and sculpture, but also in ceramics, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, urban design, theatre, film, fashion, textiles, literature, music, architecture and even cooking. The artists featured in the exhibition include Carlo Carrà, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Achille Funi, Gerardo Dottori, Enrico Prampolini, Robero M. Baldessari, Achille Lega, Gino Severini, Fortunato Depero, Luigi Russolo, Primo Conti, Mario Nannini, Julius Evola, Pippo Rizzo, Alberto de Pistoris and Vittirio Corona.
Zagreb Sunset Session have been throwing golden-hour parties for six years, staging events in museums, fortresses, rooftops and other unique locations across Zagreb. The outdoor party vibe buzzes with lasers, smoke machines and fire-canons – this time, they return to the central court of Sports Centre Šalata, high above Zagreb's city centre. To ensure everyone gets to see the sunset, last entry is strictly at 6 pm. House music will come from British producer/DJ Weiss, with local support from Yakka, Tom Bug, Aldo Morro and Pablo Panda.
Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey are known for their dark lyrical themes of desperation and despair and for mining such emotions relentlessly on concept albums that deal with themes like child abuse, religion, paranoia and alien abduction. They have released 11 albums to date including 2019's 'The Atlantic'. This current tour supports the new album's release.
A spectacular staging of the famous contemporary musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' by Zagreb's Komedija Municipal Theatre. Created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this rock opera has been viewed by over five million viewers since its Broadway debut in 1971. Loosely based on Jesus's last seven days and focusing on the struggles between Jesus and Judas Iscariot, the musical also has political connotations and allusions to modern society.
A classic fairytale from the United Kingdom, the story of reluctant adolescent Peter Pan is here interpreted in ballet form to a score by one of Croatia's most famous composers of the 20th century, Bruno Bjelinski. Constructed as a ballet for children, this much-loved version is nevertheless a joy for those of any age and continues HNK Zagreb's dynamic programming which aims to make the national theatre accessible to all.
'Love and Resistance by Ivana Popović' shows the of work one of Zagreb's most controversial contemporary artists, who sadly passed away at the end of 2016. Although famous for the controversy, she attained thanks to her public performances and fashion shows, many aren't aware that Popović was a noted academic sculptress and was active in a number of art disciplines. The exhibition aims to shine a light on them all with performance, theatre, costume, fashion design, sculpture, painting and product design all covered. Born in 1968 in Gorski's Kotar, Ivana Popović attended the School of Applied Arts and Design in Zagreb, before going on to graduate in sculpting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Playing with parody, irony and travesty she sometimes shockingly addressed body, convention and beauty expectations through costume design and was known for activism that criticised, mocked and questioned nationalism and other social phenomena. As a fashion designer, she advocated sewing with natural materials. Unbothered by the local fashion scene and working alone, her retaliation towards fashion trends and consumption was best demonstrated in her series 'Fashion Victims and Confection Standard'. 15 years of the series started in 1993 with a fashion play on Ban Jelačić square in which participants lay on the street. Two years later her fashion parade 'Madonna, I'm pregnant!' caught the attention of MTV. In visual arts, her work ranged from paintings, collages, drawing, sculpture
To Japanese band MONO, genre labels are irrelevant. But their sound is often described as post-rock and is clearly informed by shoegaze bands as well as grunge-era art rock experimentalists like Sonic Youth. They also cite classical music as a key influence and their sound veers from extended quiet sections to eruptions of intense, distorted guitars. The band celebrate their 2oth anniversary this year and tour the world in support of their newly released tenth album 'Nowhere Now Here'.
Marduk is the name of the ancient God of the city-state of Babylon. It is also the name of one of the most blasphemous black metal bands in the world (pictured). After three decades since their formation, this Swedish outfit have attained a huge cult following with their aggressive death metal sound and its themes of Satanism, anti-Christianity, blasphemy, death and, more recently, a near-obsessive fixation on the Third Reich and World War II. Indeed, some of the band's current members have courted significant controversy with their support for Neo-Nazi groups and their anti-immigration statements. Perhaps, then, not a gig you should take your religious or liberal or immigrant friends to. Support comes from fellow Swedes Valkyrja, who describe themselves as having been founded 'with the earnest intention of channelling violence, deprivation and loathing' in their music. Gulp.