The first showcase festival, SHIP, featuring over 40 must-see artists, has found a home in four beautiful locations in Šibenik. From September 14 to 17 this year, unforgettable concerts will be held on six stages. In addition to top shows and a rich conference program, visitors can enjoy the last summer greeting from the beach and the rich cultural and gastronomic offers in Šibenik.
At the first edition of the festival, in addition to the already announced Nu Genea (live band), upcoming European stars ###, freekind., nemanja, Porto Morto, Ana Antonova, Puuluup, Zimbru, Tolstoys, Iskra and Vizelj will perform.
### (pronounced with three strokes) is a band best known through instrumental guitar noise, feedback and pulsating lights. Notorious in the Balkan underground for their DIY approach – eschewing the usual course of things, they recorded and/or performed in abandoned ironworks buildings, rooftops and even moved an entire studio into a squatted cinema.
Pianist and vocalist Sara Ester Gredelj (Croatia) and drummer Nina Korošak-Serčič (Slovenia) formed the duo freekind. after meeting at the jazz academy in Graz, where they are based. Their songs promote strong messages of love and hope, complemented by R&B and jazz grooves. The philosophy that these two girls live and share with their audience is simple and cocooned in every letter of their name: be free, be kind.
nemanja is a global psych band that gathers members from Pula and Zagreb, inspired by 70’s Afro-Columbian, Anatolian, Thai & world music, backed by Luka Šipetić with the albums “Tarot Funk”, “Cosmic Disco”, and “Voodoo Beat”. The band is promoting their third album Voodoo Beat, which brings a danceable and exciting musical melting pot with hot Afro-Colombian rhythms, Caribbean dub sounds and tropical exotica.
Porto Morto is an emerging name on the regional music scene, and behind the name hides seven people whose musical direction is difficult to define, but if you tried, you could say that it is based on a mixture of progressive pop, art rock and indie electronica. With the new album “PORTOPOP”, they defined a unique sound, a new stage identity, but also a new era of their career.
The variety of musical influences that shaped Ana Antonova‘s musical taste is felt even today – genres do not burden her, you can expect a mash-up of genres from her, from selected deep house, acid, synthpop, minimal, all the way to “bangers” that lead you to the climax evenings and they do not leave anyone indifferent. She is also pleased to enter techno waters, where she pays special attention to the selection of tracks with lower BPMs, but with a lot of groove and depth.
Puuluup was founded in 2014 by two talharpa enthusiasts, Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson. Ramo Teder is a multi-instrumentalist known for his long-standing solo project Pastacas. He is a looping pioneer in Estonia and has mastered these skills for twenty years. Marko Veisson has a background in anthropology and fieldwork in northern Ghana, which, along with his love of West African music, definitely influenced Puuluupo’s style.
Zimbru is four best friends who play a wild mix of raspy synths, smooth guitar riffs and lively percussion complemented by tales of dancing, lost pets, queer love and nostalgia for decades gone by. It is easiest to describe them as a Romanian art-rock band from Cluj Napoca, consisting of Teodora Retegan, Paul Bucovesan, Andrei Bobiș and Oana Pop.
Tolstoys is a Berlin band with roots in Slovakia and New Zealand. This summer, they present their new album, “No Limit To Love”, which combines magical trip-hop with hippie psychedelia. Let their colourful show full of magic take you on a journey, and catch them at the SHIP festival in Šibenik.
ISKRA is an audiovisual synth-wave project of 4 members, and they say they found a chip from the future with essential information. They managed to decode the chip, and the knowledge they only have access to is very skillfully and creatively conveyed to us through music and animation. Their animated videos contain themes from the future of Skopje, specifically the year 2088/89, where a large corporation with its clumsily brutal interests directly participates in the destruction of the city.
The group Vizelj is also coming to SHIP. This glamorous group is considered by many to be the leaders of the new Belgrade alternative sound. Whatever genres the band goes into in their songs, from electronica to garage, there is always an unbridled punk attitude and ferocity, which is what all their live performances are known for. Also, they are the founders of the biggest festival of alternative art in Belgrade called “Hali Gali”.