The EXIT Festival takes you around the world in four days, from 10th to 13th July. Our journey starts at British dub, continues to American rock, then proceeds to German indie-folk, all the way to Korean ambient metal, only to be topped off by Japanese alternative rock, introducing guitars, drums, basses, tambourines and Asian traditional instruments to Fusion Stage and Riffs & Beats Stage.
Friday, 11th July, is d-day: the British MIDI warriors of the 21st century are coming to Fusion Stage. Asian Dub Foundation have a spicy combination of sounds like jungle rhythms, dub, punk rock guitar, and traditional Indian melodies. During their fruitful and bountiful carrier, ADF shared the hallowed ground of a stage with the likes of Rage Against The Machine, The Cure, and Radiohead. Their summer tour is fueled by their new album ‘The Signal and Noise’.Their concert is definitely something you don’t want to miss, because when will you again get the chance to see one of the best live bands in the world who are able to make every gig so unique, they entrench it in your head so vividly – they make it look easy.
The cult American rock band, The Afghan Whigs, announced their seventh (also comeback) album, “Do to the Beast,” and they’re coming back to alternative rock with a bang. The crew that influenced many followers of this genre presented their very best at the record that’s coming out this spring, heralded by the latest single ‘Algiers’ (VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1fvYcD). They’ll play their dark, brooding rock sound peppered by true american riffs, and lined with unique lyrics that are borderline black humour at the Fusion Stage at EXIT Festival on 10th July.
The German band Mighty Oaks , made up of three guys from three different countries, will perform on Fusion Stage on Sunday, 13th July. What may seem like the beginning of joke, an American, Italian and Briton walk into a bar in the middle of Berlin’s electronic flux, and they end up forming an indie-folk sanctuary where they create unassuming and yet powerful music that caught the eye of the internet community in no time. Their subtle acoustic sound of guitar, mandolin, and tambourine is given depth and texture by electric guitar, bass, and drums, as they create songs about love and nature. They’ve been the opening act for Kings of Leon and Chvrches, and they’ve released ‘Howl’, their first studio release, about a month ago. ‘Brother’, the last single on the album became a revered hit in the indie scene. (VIDEO: http://bit.ly/OzyQ1A).
Who would’ve thought that an ambient metal bend from South Korea would blaze the stages of festivals worldwide in 2014? The completely transcendent post-rock, post-avantgarde sound that Jambinai pushes for is achieved by traditional Korean instruments, supported by electric guitars and electronic instruments. After the great hit of their first album ‘Difference’ the Korean five-member band is announcing their second album, set for May 2014. They will be performing on Riffs & Beats on on 13th July.
On the same date Fusion stage will welcome the Japanese alternative rock group from Kyoto – Tricot. Three chicks and a dude on drums make the band seem like they just came out of a chewing gum commercial. Don’t be fooled. Their experimental sound will blow you away – there’s no way you won’t get the urge to start jumping and dancing with their post-rock rhythms, coupled with unpredictable transitions (VIDEO: http://bit.ly/1iiIRua). It’s as if you’re being punched in the face by a fist made out of strawberries. “T H E”, their debut album, was published in October last year, and they’ve been playing at the most important Japanese music festivals during the past two years, like Fuji Rock and Rock In Japan. They’re about to conquer Europe this summer, so be one of the first who’ll hear them on this side of the globe!