Red Bull Music Festival comes to Istanbul in September
The Red Bull Music Festival Istanbul, which will take place between Sept. 26 and 30 for the first time, will feature 60 artists, film screenings, experimental and rave music experiences, and two exhibition projects.
With its conceptual approach to programming and curation, the Istanbul edition of Red Bull Music Festival will kick off with an exclusive concept called “Round Robin” on Sept. 26 at the Austrian Consulate’s garden. The first night will present an improvised multi-disciplinary performance by 14 artists curated by Murat Ertel, who has performed in seminal collectives of Istanbul’s alternative scenes, including ZeN and BaBa ZuLa.
On the second day, the festival will take spectators for a journey to explore B-movies, a genre that emerged from the ‘50s through the ‘80s.
Gaye Su Akyol and Bubituzak will perform on Sept. 27 at Kadıköy Movie Theater, presenting a special concert as part of the theme of “Art of B-Movies.”
Movie critic Melikşah Altuntaş and movie directors Can Evrenol, Kunt Tulgar, and Güven Erkin Erkal will be hosting a special b-movie lecture just before the concert, and in addition to the lecture and concert. Kadıköy Movie Theater will screen 5 B-movies at midnights for free.
The unlimited imagination wave of B-movies is also famous for its poster aesthetics. Red Bull Music Festival Istanbul will pay tribute to these posters, for being as impressive, fun and inspiring as the films themselves, with a remake exhibition as part of the festival’s Art of B-Movies events.
On Sept. 28 at Zorlu PSM, East vs West will present “Kamufle ve Arkadaşları” show featuring Turkish hip hop stars. Turkish rapper Ezhel will be on stage with his surprise guests along with the U.K.’s Little Simz, who is one of the most successful female MCs, and American rapper and activist Zebra Katz.
Red Bull Music Festival Istanbul is dedicated to celebrating Red Bull Music Academy’s 20th year. The celebration will take place over two stages amid the buzzing atmosphere at Beykoz Kundura on Sept. 29 with an ambitious visual and audial program.
Audio-visual and experimental shows, the Rave stage for party-lovers, and artist collaborations will make everyone wonder what will happen next.
The Experimental stage will host Pan Daijing, The Bug vs Miss Red, Dopplereffekt, and İpek Görgün in collaboration with Fennesz.
The Rave stage will start the party with a B2B performance by Robogeisha and Seretan, and then turn over the booth to Sassy J B2B Volcov right after.
As night turns to day, the Talaboman project by John Talabot and Axel Boman will take the stage, followed by a B2B performance by Barış K and Vladimir Ivkovic.
For further information and tickets visit www.redbullmusic.com/istanbul