VERA X OOSTSaturday 25 February
Abadir| Borokov Borokov| DÆMON| DJ Gmail| Frontsector| Kasku| Palmtrees Papi & Lesfleursdumal| PNEM| PVA| Scalping| Sinkrate| Spill Gold| Swordman Kitala & Soft-bodied Humans| ZULI| Zoë Mc Pherson
Music festival for possible futures
Hybrid is a music festival for possible futures in the north of the Netherlands. It connects the sounds, scenes and sceneries of VERA and OOST. Taking place across both clubs in the same street, Hybrid unfolds many of contemporary music’s potential trajectories. It’s a stage for the cutting edge, right as it mutates, steers and reroutes. There, unique voices from the spheres of electronic, experimental, pop, dance and guitar-based music show the present in a state of transformation. To reveal what's next in the world of sound.
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Hybrid Hangout | Pre-festival get together
VERA: 20:00 – 00:00 [& 16:00 – 19:00 at the Hybrid Hangout]
OOST: 00:00 – 04:00
Regular ticket [€ 15,-] only available at VERA between 20:00 and 00:00. After 00:00 there’s a special night ticket available at OOST [unless all regular tickets are sold out].
Don’t miss out on your favourite act!
Since Hybrid is a festival with two locations, there is a possibility that one of the venues is at full capacity. In that case you’ll have to wait in line or switch to the other location. Is there any particular act that you really want to see? Then get to the venue on time!
Note: The cloak room in VERA will close at 02:00
LINE UP VERA MAINSTAGE
Spill Gold live [Start 20:30]
Synth pop duo Spill Gold creates a mix of acoustic and electronic sounds in a polyphonic explosion of rhythm, synthesizers, voices and baselines. The music is an exchange between the musicians as well as between the stage and the dance floor, day and night, dream and sleep, trance and trip.
PVA live [Start 22:00]
South London band PVA consolidates the beating pulse of electronic music with the raw energy of a life-affirming gig fusing dance music, industrial, and post-punk into songs with a queer viewpoint and relentless forward momentum.
SCALPING live [Start 23:45]
Four-piece Bristol, UK based band SCALPING have been writing, recording, experimenting and performing music together for the past five years, trying to answer the question that guides their work: “How can a band bridge the gap between live guitar music and live electronic music?” SCALPING is moody, distorted and rhythmic, but the electronic techniques gives the finer details room to breathe.
LINE UP VERA DOWNSTAGE
PNEM live [Start 21:15]
Four-piece PNEM brings motorik driven, fuzz infused machine grooves to Hybrid. PNEM their dreamy, electronic sequenced driven jams make you either want to dance or doze off into another reality. With a carefully calculated pulse, PNEM is continuously inspired by the monotonous howl of industrial machinery.
Borokov Borokov live [Start 23:00]
"Borokov Borokov, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Bo-ro-kov: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth." Antwerpen based Borokov Borokov brings their silly-synth poprock jams and lounge-y beats to Hybrid.
LINE UP OOST MAIN
Palmtrees Papi & Lesfleursdumal DJ set [Start 22:30 and 23:45]
Pushing Northern hiphop culture forward. Palmtrees Papi and Lesfleursdumal are two of the resident DJs behind Northern Lights, the crew making major waves in the Groningen hiphop scene. While the collective keeps a multimedial focus, working with DJs, MCs and visual art promoting a highly urban feel, these two are primarily occupied with producing and playing out. Bridging sets by Swordman Kitala & Soft-bodied Humans and DÆMON, Palmtrees Papi & Lesfleursdumal show you what’s hot in the world of trap, baile funk and UK rap.
Swordman Kitala & Soft-bodied Humans live [Start 23:00]
Kampala, Uganda meets London, UK. In an extraordinary meeting of minds sparked by a single email, Kampala-based MC Swordman Kitala found himself delivering profound, piercing bars in his native tongue to the industrial grime instrumentals of Soft-bodied Humans. The result is a record that, despites its references to both artists’ milieus and Japanese monster movie soundtracks, exists in a pocket of artistically uninhabited space. On February 25th they bring the Kaiju Kitala EP to life at OOST.
DÆMON live [Start 01:00]
DÆMON’s discography – racked up within an impressive timespan – reveals an artist that excels as much as a rapper and vocalist as they excel as a curator and absolutely curvebreaking concept artist. Weightlessly maneuvering between trap, drill, hyperpop vocal treatments and multiple frontiers of experimental club music, the thrill of the next laneswitch is ever-present. Extensive collaborations with Cassius Select, Endgame, Modulaw and fellow Hybrid-act Scalping read as a testament to the artist's demonic foresight. Exhilarating.
Abadir DJ set [Start 01:30]
At a music festival for possible futures, few artists’ oeuvre and MO seem as common-caused as Abadir’s. The Egyptian-born producer-slash-DJ’s work flourishes under both macroscopic and microscopic lenses, actively pushing to breach overt nostalgia for lost futures and embellished pasts. Hypermodern characteristics of digital music-making take center stage, rendering carefully crafted, highly emotive expansions on glitch, jungle, IDM and experimental electronics. And yet it’s load-bearing layers of darbuka drum sequences that tie up a powerful way forward, representing a distinct locale within the global eye.
ZULI DJ set [Start 03:00]
To whoever thinks of sampling as a dated artform, we present ZULI as the living antithesis. Caïro’s Ahmed El Ghazoly gives entire genres the remix treatment, confidently pulling jungle, electro and IDM out of their sockets. Structuring his tracks and DJ sets upon stems of – often Egyptian – trap and grime, carefully applied distortion and dazzling drum programming, he’s introducing legacy techniques to the futuristic forefront of global club music.
Kasku DJ set [04:30]
Kasku is one of those behind-the-curtain voices that pushes the local dance community forward. His involvement with local collectives to various degrees has put many onto formerly barely-trodden paths of experimental club, glitch, footwork and jungle. During Hybrid, this modest tastemaker closes down the festival in explosive style.
LINE UP OOST ARCADE
Sinkrate hybrid set [Start 23:45]
Sinkrate is the young mad professor behind Vera’s Plasma parties. Curating lineup featuring some of the most adventurous locals around, the party stretches the edges of what you think your perception might be able to take. Where Plasma nights crush up trance, breakcore and jungle, Sinkrate’s hybrid set takes the more atmospheric, trippy lane into acid house, techno and glitch.
Zoë Mc Pherson live [Start 01:30]
It’s a blessing to witness an artist completely bend a medium and its conventions to their will. Zoë Mc Pherson does so to multiple media. Mc Pherson is a producer, composer and multimedia artist who works on the intersection of sound and visual art. For this edition of Hybrid, they’re warping aspects of noise, glitch, techno, experimental club, punk and performance into a combustive live set, recalibrating conceptions of what live electronics can evoke in the year 2023.
Frontsector live [Start 03:00]
Oldschool, hardcore, teeth-grinding punk. Frontsector is a Groningen-based four piece band that’s been pushing a clear agenda. The lyrics hit home through beastly delivery and messages revolving around personal wellbeing, contemporary society’s mad and awful quirks and the everpresent urge for resistance. From downstage to upstairs: after winning the Vera yearly poll, they’ll be spitting out destruction in the OOST arcade.