A Glamcult guide to Sonic Acts Festival

Face the future of art, music and science.  

Matthijs Munnik, Citadels Common Structures, Sonic Acts The Dark Universe at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Photo by Pieter Kers.

Sonic Acts Festival is just around the corner! As a bi-annual event focussing on new developments in art, science and music, the festival is celebrating its 17th anniversary with a loud and progressive bang. Offering club nights, exhibitions, movie days and more, we figured you could use some help in the decision-making process. Choosing a few of our favourite bits, here’s (more than) enough to keep you busy.

Patten at Progress Bar 2016, Paradiso Noord. Image by Pieter Kers

Patten at Progress Bar 2016, Paradiso Noord. Image by Pieter Kers

This coming weekend will be an all-round exploration of what it really means to be human, entitled The Noise of Being. It goes without saying that De School has prepared a night of explosive music to kick off the occasion. Home to experimental music and blurry memories, this (opening) night spans a wide range of electronic music. Our favourite—a real game changer—set to perform is Aïsha Devi. This young producer, of Nepalese and Tibetan origin, crafts hypnotic beats whilst using her machines “to transmute deep meditation.”

Aisha Devi

Aisha Devi

Next up is a regular Glamcult topic: Progress Bar. As the “only political party you can dance to”, the creative minds behind this party with an ideology have formed an impressive line-up for their evening at Paradiso. With experimental dancefloor explorers including DJ Earl, Evian Christ, and Le1f on the line-up—to name just a few of the 20 (!) artists—this night is prepped-and-ready to showcase diverse sounds and voices in underground club culture.

Of course we need a dose of otherworldly visuals to match all this audible activity. On Saturday commences a night at the beautiful Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, presenting audiovisual works scored by anything ranging from ambient and classical music to field recordings. In line with the sentiment of the festival, there will be an installation by Peter Burr that delves “deep into the intricacies of human perception”, as well as a special performance from Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke. After midnight the party must go on, featuring futuristic sounds at Bimhuis.


AV performance by Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke

To soothe your hangover—and draw the hectic weekend to a close—Sonic Acts has very fittingly scheduled a movie day. With four experimental films to stimulate your critical thinking skills, De Brakke Grond is providing you with an ideal Sunday activity. Addressing topics such as nuclear power, border politics, colonialism and technology, the movies with give your body time to rest whilst exercising your brain.

Sonic Acts Festival

23 until 26 February

Various locations, Amsterdam




Words by Lottie Hodson

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