The 5th edition of multidisciplinary festival Grauzone will take place saturday 10th of february 2018. After this year's successful edition it will again take place at the Paard, Koorenhuis and The Grey Space in The Hague. At Friday Feb. 9 the GRAUKUNST exhibition will take place at The Grey Space following by the preparty at Het Magazijn. All locations are on walking distance!
Cabaret Voltaire is the project of Richard H Kirk, Stephan Mallinder and Chris Watson. The pioneers from Sheffield have a big influence on nowadays electronic music and can't be missed in the program of the festival. For Grauzone Richard H Kirk will play an exclusive set with new material.
Musician and songwriter Michael Gira, also known from all time loudest bands called Swans. A band that influenced bands like Anna Von Hausswolf, Chelsea Wolfe and Napalm Death. At Grauzone Gira will perform an intimate acoustic show.
The Soft Moon is one of the most popular wave/post-punk bands at this moment and will present their fourth album 'Criminal' which will be released a few days before Grauzone! The fast growing band IDLES from Bristol is selling out many club shows and recently they supported Foo Fighters. Earlier this year they released their debut album 'Brutalism 'andreceied really positive reviews. They mix punk, rock and post-ponk and are known for their intense live shows.
No Wave/post-punk legend, singer, writer, poet and actress Lydia Lunch will give an exclusive performance with Weasel Walter. as "Brutal Measures", a longform composition featuring tense spoken word versus manic free drumming outbursts, glued together by cryptic electronics. She's known for her intense performances and collaborations with artists like Nick Cave, Sonic Youth and Michael Gira/Swans. Russion act Motorama combines indie and postpunk. This year they released their fourth album 'Dialogues'. For fans of hooky guitars, dreamy intense dark vocals, a must see.
Bashan is the solo project of Gemma Thomson, also known from rockgroup Savages. October 2017 Thomson released her first EP. She experiments with guitarsounds, soundscapes and creates a droney dark sound. More exciting sounds comes from Berlins duo Schwefelgelb. They mix body music with techno. This year they released a new record that is going viral all over the world and played by dj's like Helena Hauff, Front 242 and Silent Servant. Drab Majesty a duo from Los Angeles is growing fast and mix dreamy post-punk, wave and synthy sounds.
Danish trio Dune Messiah brings you in their world of neo-folk, dreamy songs with sharp guitarriffs. They are influenced by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave but also Death in June.
Belgium punks Cocaine Piss always play an energetic, aggressive show and already performed at festivals like Pukkelpop and Dour. In 2016 they released their album The Dancer which was recorded by legendary producer Steve Albini in Chicago. Hackedepicciotto is the cinematic drone project of American interdisciplinary artist Danielle de Picciotto and German composer/musician Alexander Hacke, founding member of influential German industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten.
Arizona's psych desert rock band The Myrrors, started in 2008 and just released their fourth album 'Hasta La Victoria' in 2017. Popular Post -punk shoegaze band Ulrike Spacek, were the highlight of Eindhoven Psychlab and played festivals like Best Kept Secret, Le Guess Who and London Calling. Berlin-based Canadian Sally Dige is known for her dark yet highly danceable electro-pop songs.
Dutch electronic sounds come from duo Volition Immanent Parrish Smith and Knekelhuis' Labelboss Mark Van de Maat. They mix EBM, Body Music and Techno reminiscent of acts like Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. Unit Moebius, pioneer of The Hague electronic acid house will play a live set. They influenced many electronic bands with Aphex Twin as their biggest fan.
Besides music there's also film, a symposium and an GRAUKUNST exhibition. One of the guests will be Stephan Plank, filmproducer of the documentary ''Conny Plank – The Potential of Noise'' which will also be part of the program. The documentary features music producer Conny Plank, who produced albums of artists as David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Killing Joke. Luis Vasquez, singer of The Soft Moon and Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto will also join the symposium. John Robb (known for The Membranes and Loud As War) will lead the conversations. There will also be an Exhibition GRAUKUNST- VOID which features 13 contemporary artists who are all interested in ''black''.
Saturday Febraury 10:
+ SYMPOSIUM - Luis Vasquez (The Soft Moon), Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto (Einsturzende Neubauten, Crime & City Solution) , Stephan Plank (Conny Plank - The Potential of Noise)
+ FILMPROGRAM - Conny Plank '' The Potential of Noise''.