8 Austrian Acts Performing at Incubate 2015

Incubate is the annual celebration of cutting-edge culture. Highlighting the vast spectrum of indie culture, the festival exhibits various interdisciplinary approaches, such as music, visual arts, film, contemporary dance, and a conference. Presenting stellar music in an intimate setting, more than 200 cutting edge artists will perform in front of an international audience. Black metal meets free jazz. Refreshing art forms meet inspiring debates.

This year Incubate will take place from September 14 – 20 in over 20 locations across the city of Tilburg (NL).

Festival Link: incubate.org/2015



A Thousand Fuegos’ electronic style is neither hip nor urban. Beats, loops and spacey synths lay the foundation for the lyrical examination of the music: the notion that we can never grasp the true identity of the things around us, so that we have to set them free. A Thousand Fuegos is a wall of sound experience, not as in ‘overwhelming noise’, but as in delicately interweaved textures that urge to discover something new with each and every listen.
Video: youtu.be/h9-LvQnVtEM
Facebook: facebook.com/A-Thousand-Fuegos
Performing: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Captivating and expertly executed folk-influenced symphonic black metal
Dornenreichs music is characterised by intense atmosphere, expressive German lyrics and charismatic stage presence. The Austrians care little for stylistic determinations: though deeply rooted in the dark soil of 90s black metal, the band has always had a strong focus on incorporating acoustic elements into their sound. At Incubate they’ll play a special acoustic set in a secluded nature theatre in the forest.
Video: youtu.be/1atmlCwkN6Q
Facebook: facebook.com/Dornenreich
Performing: Sunday, September 20, 2015

The electronic/drone pioneer Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. His lush and luminant compositions are anything but sterile computer experiments. At Incubate Fennesz and Norwegian trumpet player Arve Henriksen will treat the audience with beautiful and minimally structured pieces, played with maximum skill and imagination.
Video: youtu.be/SWPdiRZ2gTE
Website: www.fennesz.com
Performing with Arve Henriksen: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Performing with King Midas Sound: Friday, September 18, 2015

hella_cometHELLA COMET
Noise embraces tasteful pop, post-punk meets shoegaze: Hella Comet manage to meander between the extremes of rock music, while retaining danceability and at the same time bringing a distinct heaviness to the table. Their dense sound arrangements are built on a mellow undercurrent that exudes serenity, excitement, fragility and rigor. They pile up force and fragility in a way that adds to their overall sound.
Video: youtu.be/Ab5bpq8ASrk
Website: hellacomet.mur.at
Performing: Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Viennese rock band named after the Chinese symbol for “shut the fuck up and dance”. Founded in 2005 in the front row of a Pixies show, M185 started out by releasing their very own approach on postpunk. The following period of playing concerts and writing songs consolidated M185’s reputation as vivid and energetic live-performers and fueled the band’s ambition of breaking new grounds by amalgamating their wide range of influences into a unique take on rock’n’roll.

Video: youtu.be/lEl3D0dMoIc
Website: www.m185.org
Performing: Sunday, September 20, 2015

zabelka_smallMIA ZABELKA
The exceptional artist, e-violinist and composer Mia Zabelka is fully dedicated to developing various experimental improvisation techniques and exploring the relations between body, gestures, sound and space. Electronic equipment and computers serve as devices to create expanded sound spectra. Her refusal to commit to just one field allows the multifaceted musician to bridge between different areas such as theater, literature and performance art.

Video: vimeo.com/56945410
Website: www.miazabelka.com
Performing: Monday, September 14, 2015

Subtle and multi-layered beats meet dense, psychedelic soundscapes and weirdest noises. The Austrian/German duo UMA takes on the big task of working with avant-garde elements and presenting them in a pop context. Defying usual song structures and big dramatic pop gestures, the two band members create songs of a restrained and understated character that are merged with elaborate sound collages. A gripping mix that captivates the audience from the very first moment.

Video: youtu.be/noXwlUgdVzY
Website: uma-music.net
Performing: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vague´s sound makes us feel a bit nostalgic; abducting us to a scenery of sitting around a campfire, gazing at the sky while following the shirring movement of the smoke blowing out of our lips. The young five-piece band from Austria writes music that carries you along on a wave of nonchalance. Blurred and melancholical, vigorous and 80s, calm and 90s, conceptualized with a light hand and implemented with abandon.

Video: youtu.be/kA0zbVt5uPg
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vague1000
Performing: Thursday, September 17, 2015