Sometimes being a music journalist has its plus points. Attending out-of-the-way foreign festivals for one. Recently this has meant going to events that have little to do with the old, established “Anglo-American” circuit. Festies such as Estonia’s Tallinn Music Week, MENT in Slovenia, Lithuania’s What Next In Music? and OFF in Poland. The great thing about going is that you can see some of the mindbendingly good music coming out of East-Central Europe at the moment. I’ve bored many recently about my new idea about “where it’s at” (daddy-oh); what I call “the Balkans to Baltic fault line”. And now I’m going to bore you, too.
Sadly a number of these bands can’t tour the UK given (in the case of Serbia) weird visa restrictions stopping artists touring, or crippling costs; which is a shame as Repetitor are possibly the best, most exciting rock band I’ve seen live in 20 years. Still you can dig the records – not quite the same adrenaline rush – but we Mags know that (just like our impoverished owner) beggars can’t be choosers. One thought that keeps coming back to me over and over is the fact that this is another world outside of our traditional “British” pop world, one that is just as creative and often far more exciting.Read More »