WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia returns to Santiago de Compostela from September 8th–11th

WOS Festival will once again put Santiago de Compostela and Galicia on the universal map for contemporary creation and avant-garde music. The city will be saturated with forward thinking views on risk and exploration’ within the arts and culture communities, with the aim to discover and enjoy unique experiences in the incomparable setting of an urban and historical center declared a World Heritage Site.

With all-encompassing features and opportunities but music at its core, this year’s edition of the festival returns with pleasure to the known formats of pre-pandemic installments. In 2019 WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia was awarded as the best indoor festival in Europe.

Over the next few weeks the festival will unveil more additions to the music program, unique film screenings, a/V installations, and workshops, as well as cutting edge thought and debate programs.

FIRST CONFIRMED ACTS

In this 6th edition, the festival will present Spanish AV / live premiere starring exciting artists who are currently setting the pace of today’s contemporary music:

First up is Italian musician, composer and producer Caterina Barbieri, whose career has remarked her as one of the benchmarks of current post-minimalism. For the first time in Spain, she will present her latest new album Spirit Exit accompanied by visual artists Marcel Weber (MFO) and Ruben Spini. Spirit Exit (light-years), which was released in early July shows to be a contender for ‘albums of the year’.

Also to be celebrated are French sound alchemist Aho Ssan and the Kenyan multidisciplinary artist KMRU; two of the authors of several major electronic albums of 2020 who are now teaming up. They will jointly present Limen (Subtext): an intense, powerful and emotional audiovisual show full of dualities, uniting the juxtaposing profiles of both artists.

Of the truly unforgettable shows that will be premiered in Spain with this edition, the presence of the American Brian Leeds, better known as Huerco S., is no exception. He is currently working on the presentation of his acclaimed new album, Plonk (Incienso), after a six year long interlude. His previous album, For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have) (Proibito, 2016) was chosen by Pitchfork magazine as one of the 50 best ambient albums in history.

Blackhaine is internationally known not only for his music, but also as the choreographer for the listening parties for Kanye West’s last two albums. He promises to be one of the highlights of the festival with the presentation of his latest work, Armor II. This is an album of experimental hip hop full of nihilism, aggressiveness, vulnerability and social conscience, in whose live presentation he displays his passion for dance.

In addition, the hip hop project of Americans Poozy and False Prpht, Prison Religion will be presenting their new album, Had Industrial B.O.P. (UIQ), infecting the public with the explosive chaos and direct discourse that inhabits their music.

Beyond the dance floor, the festival will also feature great artists dedicated to experimentation with sound, instruments and emotions. Pan•American will be presenting for the first time live his recently published The Patience Fader (Kranky), where he once again demonstrates through guitars that ambience can be deeply explored as a musical style, taking atmosphere and mood into places  far from the classic elements of the genre.

The Danish Sofie Birch, a multidisciplinary artist and one of the great revelations of ambient music and current sound exploration, will be introducing Holotropica, her impressive new album, accompanied by the saxophonist and composer Nana Pi, one of the great names of the experimental jazz scene. The Polish accordionist Zbigniew Chojnacki will also present his innovative Accordion/Live Electronics concert, completely different in each session with that one idiosyncratic instrument as the only constant.

The first announcement is spectacularly completed by the Dutch producer and DJ upsammy, one of the most recognized faces of European clubbing for her talent as a creator and her successful time at De School in Amsterdam. Alongside her will be two young Galician producers, DJs, and promoters: Alicia Carrera, based between Barcelona and Berlin and with a wide experience as a DJ, label manager and promoter on the international circuit, and Yugen Kala. At their young age, they have already played at some important festivals such as Sónar and Mutek.

Thus begins the countdown to the annual event of the agency from Compostela WORK ON SUNDAY, which will be held between Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th September. It has the strategic support of SON Estrella Galicia, linking its name to that of the festival as main sponsor. It also has the institutional support of the City Council of Santiago de Compostela, the Provincial Council of A Coruña, the Xunta de Galicia through Xacobeo 21-22 and AGADIC, and other institutions and cultural agents that operate in the city.