The Vienna Popfest offers Austrian musicians a highly respected live platform for innovative pop music in its various guises for the seventh time. The playing continues for four days and nights on the Kunstplatz Karlsplatz, both open-air and indoors in the art and culture establishments.
4 days, 60 acts
The traditional "lake stage opening" in front of the Baroque Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) is given on the Thursday by the young songwriter original Voodoo Jürgens. A high-ranking rendezvous is then provided by the Musikarbeiterkapelle. This brass band stands for innovation rather than tradition, for techno covers rather than marches, and delivers a medley of hits specially compiled for the Popfest. The night-time finale is performed by White Miles, an Austrian rock duo that describes its musical style as "dirty pole dancer stoner blues rock".
Also amongst the 60 or so music acts: the up-and-coming trip-hop band Leyya, Hearts Hearts with its powerful electro melodies and the duo Duo Ogris Debris, which first achieved international success in 2010 with its track "Miezekatze". The garage girls Kristy and the Kraks pump out punkish tones. The folk-pop quartet Dawa, the Viennese soul band Sad Francisco and the trio Schmieds Puls get the quieter strings vibrating.
The glamorous closing event on the Sunday is provided by the eccentric Rococo incarnations of Johann Sebastian Bass in the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) - with grand orchestral support, including opera singers.
7th Vienna Popfest
28 - 31 July 2016
Program (in full from end of June 2016): www.popfest.at
Johann Sebastian Bass: Heavy Lipstick (2016)
KarlsplatzKarlsplatz, 1040 Wien
Guiding system for the visually impaired with special "leading stones" (grooves and knobs), which can be felt with canes or feet - for the passage between the individual artistic institutions on Karlsplatz (e.g. Künstlerhaus, Musikverein) and for crossing the Friedrichstrasse-Lothringerstrasse intersection (which has heavy traffic), the traffic lights have audible signals.