The Festival, which was initiated and lovingly curated by the indie rock band The Notwist, has already achieved cult status in just three years, with performances by handpicked groups and performers who seldom or never find their way to Munich owing to conditions in the music business. On 13 and 14 December, artists from all over the world will once again gather on all three stages of the Kammerspiele and in the Blaues Haus. Because there is a growing tendency all over the world for people to isolate themselves from one another and draw boundaries, it is more important than ever to create spaces like “Alien Disko”.
Without a doubt, the SONS OF KEMET with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchins are among the highlights of this year’s edition. The British brass band sends political messages, spanning an arc from New Orleans second-line parades to current grime music rhythms on its new album Your Queen Is A Reptile. The trio BIG JOANIE is one of the best-known representatives of a new London scene called “Punks of Colour”. The New Zealand musician MAXINE FUNKE plays her fragile and beautiful folk songs for the first time in Germany. Musicians from Japan’s endlessly creative indie scene once again line up: electronic musician TENTENKO, the experimental ASUNA (performing together with JAN JELINEK), the grandiose ICHI, an extraterrestrial one-man-band – and, of course, the DJ TENNISCOATS, who have meanwhile become a festival fixture. The duo will bring their DJ show and the brass band ZAYAENDO. There will also be a reunion with BEN LAMAR GAY. Last year, the American multi-instrumentalist was one of the great discoveries at “Alien Disko”, and this time he is coming to the Kammerspiele with his quartet, to which he has added two Brazilian musicians. Four Munich ensembles also feature on the programme: FEHLER KUTI UND DIE POLIZEI presents his solo album with big band accompaniment which will be released in December. MAXI PONGRATZ (“Kofelgschroa”) arranges his pieces together with Micha Acher for a larger acoustic cast. SALEWSKI is giving a guest performance with his chanson project and is gathering some of the greatest and most active representatives of the local indie scene on stage. And last but not least: on both evenings the hosts of “Alien Disko”, The Notwist, will surprise the audience with a “guerilla show”.
December 13 (Single Tickets here)
Maxi Pongratz + Verstärkung
Asuna & Jan Jelinek
Jam Money & Aimée Henderson
December 14 (Singletickets here)
Sons of Kemet
Ben Lamar Gay
75 Dollar Bill
Fehler Kuti und die Polizei
DJ Tenniscoats DJ-Set
Joasihno hypnotic trash machine
Have a look to our ALIENS DISKO #4 Playlist here.
Festival Passes can be bought here.