Discover Music in Upper Austria with Attwenger


EVEN IF WE LEAVE THE HOARY OLD CLICHÉ OF THE “STEEL CITY” ASIDE, THE UPPER AUSTRIAN CAPITAL LINZ IS STILL DEFINED BY ITS HISTORICAL ROLE AS A CENTRE OF HEAVY INDUSTRY. BUT AS ATTWENGER RIGHTLY POINT OUT IN THE INTERVIEW BELOW, THE LANDSCAPE AROUND LINZ IS ACTUALLY STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

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Attwenger (http://attwenger.at/)

WHERE DO YOU GO TO HEAR EXCITING MUSIC IN LINZ AND UPPER AUSTRIA?
In Linz to Kapu and Stadtwerkstatt, and in recent years occasionally to Tabakfabrik. Elsewhere there is the Schlachthof in Wels, Kino Ebensee, Röda in Steyr. Also there are festivals such as the Seewiesenfest in Kleinreifling or Kaleidoskop in Ulrichsberg. Sometimes there are good things happening as part of ars electronica, but there was a lot more of that going on back in the eighties than in recent years.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
The place that inspired us most in recent times was New Orleans, where we played in 2012 as part of a US tour, but in the end inspiration is not tied to a certain place because you can never predict what will suddenly give you an idea and where it will happen. But it’s best to leave the house, the city or the continent every now and again!

NAME A LIFE-CHANGING MUSICAL EVENT THAT YOU EXPERIENCED IN UPPER AUSTRIA.
Arto Lindsay. Stadtwerkstatt 1985.

WHICH HOTELS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO FELLOW MUSICIANS?
In Linz: Prielmayerhof, Steigenberger, Marriott, Hotel am Dom.

WHICH LOCAL MUSIC MEDIA DO YOU APPROVE OF?
KAPUzine, Versorgerin (the Stadtwerkstatt’s own paper), Radio FRO

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHOW TO FRIENDS OR MUSICIANS WHO ARE VISITING UPPER AUSTRIA?
Apart from the venues mentioned above there are a lot of tranquil places, inns, swimming pools and lakes in Upper Austria. And lots of countryside.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC FROM AUSTRIA, PAST AND PRESENT?
Since we were always missing the music that we would have like to hear ourselves, we formed Attwenger in 1990, and this has remained our favourite music in the present and the past.

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Kapu (© www.linzwiki.at)

ATTWENGER´S TIPS IN UPPER AUSTRIA

  • STADTWERKSTATT
    Kirchengasse 4, 4040 Linz/Urfahr
    www.stwst.at
  • RÖDA
    Gaswerkgasse 2, 4400 Steyr
    roeda.at
  • ULRICHSBERGER KALEIDOSKOP
    Jazzatelier Ulrichsberg, Badergasse 2, 4161 Ulrichsberg
    www.jazzatelier.at
  • ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER,
    Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz
    www.aec.at

WHAT ELSE THERE IS TO DISCOVER


Discover more music from Austria in:

AUSTRIAN HEARTBEATS
A CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TRAVEL GUIDE TO AUSTRIA

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Commissioned by
Austrian Music Export

Publisher: Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna
Contributors: Austrian Music Export and various authors, photographers and illustrators
Design: 3007, Eva Dranaz, Jochen Fill
Edition: 1st English edition, 2014
Translator: Robert Rotifer