Lunchmeat festival returns in October

The event is dedicated to showcasing fresh electronic music and new media art

2018 marks the ninth year of Prague’s Lunchmeat festival, an event dedicated to showcasing fresh electronic music and new media art. The festival gained a significant momentum since its first edition in 2010 and annually attracts lovers of audiovisual experiences both domestically and from abroad.

This year, the event will take place between October 4th and 6th in the atmospheric concrete underground of National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní palác) and will bring over 25 carefully selected genre-crossing performers to its stages. The earlier hours of each day will see live audiovisual acts, combining concerts with visual performances, while the nighttime line-up promises raves with the accompaniment of internationally accomplished music producers and DJs.

Some of the artists who will be performing include Lee Gamble with a live rendition of his album Mnestic Pressure, Berlin-based Fatima Al Qadiri with her first AV live show, Aïsha Devi in collaboration with Emile Barret, or Neon Chambers, a new project of experimental techno visionaries Kangding Ray and Sigha.

The audience will also have a chance to experience live audiovisual performances of Actress, Amnesia Scanner, Demdike Stare, and Transforma, and the Trade Fair Palace will see two British labels celebrating their anniversaries. First, the Night Slugs 10th Anniversary Showcase will feature Bok Bok, L-Vis 1990 and Girl Unit with visuals by Nic Hamilton, and the Downwards Records’ 25th Anniversary Showcase will feature one of its founders Regis, with others still to be announced. Prague’s local scene will be represented by two live AV acts, by City & Aeldryn as well as Awali & Frances Sander. Finally, the event will welcome Fis in a collaboration with Lunchmeat’s visualists, presenting a show based on their 2017 installation titled Henge.

Lunchmeat has gotten many praises from portals such as Electronic Beats and Resident Advisor and is successfully helping to promote and open Prague’s electronic scene to the world. “Originally, we wanted to present world-class audiovisual performances to the local audience,” Lunchmeat’s director Jakub Pešek said in a press release. “But we are more than happy that the audience became as international as the artists, flying in from all corners of Europe as well as overseas.”

Apart from the main line-up, the event will also present an exhibition at the glazed ground floor of the Trade Fair Palace. The names of participating artists have not yet been revealed, but they will certainly include some of the main program performers. Additionally, a two-month projection will be displayed on the former Stalin monument in Letná park. The festival will also offer two workshops led by names from the line-up, open to young professionals and students as well as enthusiasts, one focused on music and the other on visuals. Artist talks and a two-day Symposium on Digital Arts will also accompany the program.

Prague’s newfound “safe-space” and taste for electronic music, which the Lunchmeat helped to create, also works to its benefit. “There was no club for these kinds of shows when we started in 2010. It is very different now – just last month there were four amazing artists that came to Lunchmeat in previous years, performing in three different venues on the same night. Something unthinkable just two or three years ago. Prague is becoming a truly exciting city to be in, thanks to its unique history, location and now a booming scene as well,” Pešek claims.

Tickets are available only as Three Night Passes and can be obtained on the festival’s official website and, ranging from 1300 to 1800 CZK (depending on how much in advance they are bought).

Line-Up (alphabetical order) – as revealed so far

Actress | Aïsha Devi & Emile Barret | Amnesia Scanner | Awali & Frances Sander | Bok Bok | Citty & Aeldryn | Demdike Stare & Michael England | Fatima Al Qadiri & Transforma | Fis & Lunchmeat | Girl Unit | L-Vis 1990 | Lee Gamble | Neon Chambers: Kangding Ray & Sigha | Regis

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