SOTU FESTIVAL #3
THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF UNDERGROUND CULTURE
– 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 APRIL 2014 –
The SOTU is a five day festival in Amsterdam in a collaboration between venues OCCII, OT301, Vondelbunker, Butchers Tears, Lambiek and Budapest.
The festival concentrates on alternative and independent music culture with noise, indie rock, psychedelia, avant-garde, bass music, improv jazz and underground dance. Also included within the program are documentaries, films, workshops, a market, videoart, soundart, performances and party.
See for Ticket//Band//Timeschedule//Other Info : http://www.sotufestival.com/2014
What does underground mean nowadays, in a gentrifying city where squats are a dying breed and hip coffee-corners, vintage-boutique and trendy barber-shops are popping up like mushrooms? What does avant-garde mean one century after it was coined by artists who, as soldiers in the vanguard, believed radical art could instigate the socio-political revolution? Sure, we can still find some great cutting-edge music in the few remaining squats of Amsterdam, but there are also treasures to be found on youtube and soundcloud, as well as the darker corners of the Internet. Some may say that the avant-garde movements failed because the artists and their art became part of the art-history they sought to destroy. They didn’t bring round the revolution, their revolutionary forms just got accepted over the years. We can see this as a pervasive theme throughout history; first something is revolutionary and demonized, after a while it becomes accepted, later outdated or forgotten, only to come back again in some slightly different fashion. We saw it happen to the ancient Greek temples, ready-made art, Cindy Lauper’s get-up and analogue synths. And still there is more unknown artistic territory to be explored…. So, what can we expect of this third edition of the SOTU-festival? Everything from retro to revolutionary, hopefully some food for thought on how to give new meaning to the concepts underground and avant-garde. And if you’re not interested in artsy-fartsy films, audiovisual installations, discussions or workshops, you can just have lots of beer and listen to the noise!
Hugo de Gier
SOTU (Sounds of the Underground) is an annual music festival taking place in the ‘Oud West’ (old west) district of Amsterdam. The first two edition took place in May 2012 and 2013 and were an overwhelming success. Like past years, there are busy day and night programs planned across various underground music venues – located close to the city’s prestigious Vondelpark. The three main locations at the core of the festival are: OT301 (Overtoom 301), OCCII and the Vondelbunker. Other smaller spots, such as, The Pepper (an independent vegan cafe inside OT301), Butcher’s Tears Brewery, Lambiek Comic Bookstore, Mediamatic and open hangout Budapest also play host to related events.
The festival programming includes noise, improvised music, psychedelia, indie-pop, avant-garde, black metal, ambient, experimental electronica and a wide range of underground dance music genres (this years focus on footwork, ghettobass, acidtekno, elektro). There is an emphasis on local acts, as well touring bands and sound artists. Also included within the program are documentaries, films, workshops, a lecture, label market, videoart, soundart and performances.
SOTU aims to ensure quality every year by working with curators, collectives and organizations whom have proven themselves as genuine contributors to the local scene. It is important that this festival reflects the knowledgeable and hard working underground culture that exists in the Netherlands and abroad. SOTU’s fundamentally do-it-yourself approach invites the organizations to join creative forces, form a collective and make this festival happen.
Once again, SOTU is working with local and national curators/collectives/organizations who join forces to program the festival together. These include:DIT, Genki Movements, Stichting Doek, WTF!, Butcher´s Tears, Cinesonic, Sonology Show Lab, Zone5300, Artez Academy/ Comic Design Zwolle, Lambiek, Impro Jam, Toztizok, DFM RTV INT, Radio Patapoe, Red Light Radio, Schijnheilig, Ot301, Mediamatic, Gonzo Circus, 4-bid, RPM Recording Studios, Laglab, Network Awesome, Knik, Kinderpret.
SOTU festival is produced by the Sotu Foundation – a cultural network-organization focused on the promotion of experimental, avant-garde and semi-popular art. Sotu Foundation maintains its contacts with various venues, festivals, curators, communities, booking agencies, artists, musicians and media. The foundation believes that the quality of this network is very high and of great significance to the cultural field of tomorrow. Through the establishment of the Sotu Foundation, the festival is aiming to present this network of different people, who are mainly engaged in small-scale culture, on a large scale.
PRACTICAL INFO/ LOCATIONS
Festival tickets (Presale):
Passe-Partout (5days + Festival Sampler): 25 Euro
Friday festival-ticket: 12 euro
Saturday festival-ticket: 12 euro
Concerto (Utrechtsestraat 52)
Online via ticketscript http://www.sotufestival.com/2014/tickets
Wednesday, Mediamatic: 5 euro
Thursday, Butcher’s Tears: 4 euro
Friday, Ot301 or Occii: 8 euro
Saturday, Ot301 or Occii: 8 euro
Sunday, Occii: 8 euro
Free entrance: Lambiek, Vondelbunker, Budapest