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Tallinn Music Week and brave new Estonian sounds at Moscow Music Week

Tallinn Music Week (TMW) and Music Estonia present Estonian artists Mart Avi and Saint Cheatersburg at the international showcase festival Moscow Music Week, taking place in the capital of Russia this week from 7th to 10th of September.

In spring 2017 Tallinn Music Week hosted a record number of young and furious Russian acts, among them ГШ / Glintshake, БЦХ, Lucidvox, Shortparis and Spasibo. Now it’s time for Russia to introduce the bravest and boldest of Estonian music – post-pop producer and vocalist Mart Avi and art-punk band Saint Cheatersburg.

The winner of TMW 2017 artist prize Mart Avi will perform twice at Moscow Music Week – at BoLь/STORONA showcase in Aglomerat club and at New New World Radio showcase in Powerhouse on Friday 8th September.
Manufacturing a fascinating coherence from televisual gloss, bubbles of vaporwave and sudden pangs of estranged memory, his music is reminiscent of the all bygone pop-eras steamed out, and stretched out into the trans-humanist future. Renowned music critic Simon Reynolds has said that “Avi’s music and performance could be a missing “aftershock” from my glam rock book Shock and Awe – Euro Eighties neo-glam aesthetics meets modern R&B.“


Estonia’s finest art-punk squad Saint Cheatersburg will take the stage at Ionoteca Showcase in Kitayskiy Letchik Dzhao Da on Saturday 9th September with their whimsical ballads, crafted pop songs and straight up acid ghetto funk, guaranteed to invigorate the ears and limber up the minds and legs of the listeners. Expect the live act in the New York tradition of performance art meets music in a head-on collision.

On Friday 8th September, right before the main musical frenzy at the clubs of Moscow, Tallinn Music Week’s delegation will also hold a reception to Moscow Music Week guests at Uku Bar on Pokrovka Street. Prior to the reception, Helen Sildna, the founder of Tallinn Music Week, shares the story about how a little showcase festival in Estonia has turned into one of the most significant soft power diplomacy tools in Europe. The Q & A session takes place within the MMW conference at Dostoyevski library.

TMW delegation and Estonian artists at Moscow Music Week

Friday 8th September 17.00
Q & A session with Helen Sildna, Founder and Director of Tallinn Music Week
Dostoevsky library (Chistoprudny Bulvar, 23c1)

Friday 8th September 18.00–19.30
Tallinn Music Week reception at Uku Bar (Pokrovka Street, 17)
Greetings, drinks, snacks, DJsIndrek Spungin and Sven Liba (Saint Cheatersburg)

Mart Avi live
Friday 8th September
20.10 BoLь/STORONA Showcase, Aglomerat (Kostomarovskiy per., 3)
Facebook event
02.00 New New World Radio Showcase, Powerhouse (Goncharnaya Street, 7/4)
Facebook event

Saint Cheatersburg live
Saturday 9th September 21.00
Ionoteca Showcase, Kitayskiy Letchik Dzhao Da, Lubyanskiy pr-d, 25
Facebook event


The activities of Estonian delegation at Moscow Music Week are supported by Music Estonia, European Regional Development Fund and The Embassy of Estonia in Moscow.
Moscow Music Week 2017 showcase festival and conference will take place in Moscow, Russia this week from 7th to 10th September. Gathering music industry professionals from Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and USA, the conference programme consists of lectures, workshops and panel discussions. Versatile line-up of about 120 Russian and international acts unfolds in Moscow’s best concert venues within the showcase festival programme. More info

The 10th anniversary edition of the Tallinn Music Week (TMW) festival will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 2nd April to 8th April 2018. TMW is a city festival with an extensive music and arts programme and a new business conference – a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, TMW’s core is the new music festival that offers a multi-genre mix of around 250 artists from the Baltics, across Europe and beyond.

TMW’s artist applications for music programme are welcome until 1st November 2017 at artist.tmw.ee
TMW 2018 Festival Pass for €45 is on sale at TMW Store until until 31st October
TMW 2018 Conference + Festival Pass is on sale for €150 at TMW Store until 30th September



  1. Tallinn Music Week received 1,450 artist applications from all over the world

  2. 60 female artists and innovators announced for “Keychange”  

  3. Tallinn Music Week and brave new Estonian sounds at Moscow Music Week

  4. Tallinn Music Week 2018 artist application for music programme now open

  5. Estonia celebrated the start of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union with nearly 15,000 people gathering for a concert on Freedom Square

  6. Tallinn Music Week’s Telliskivi Creative City Award winners are Mart Avi, Erki Pärnoja and NOËP

  7. Tallinn Music Week attracted almost 37 000 visitors

  8. John Robb: “In all great art, there are no borders”

  9. Tallinn Music Week with Telia and Spotify announce voting for your favourite artist

  10. Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

  11. President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid opened the Tallinn Music Week conference Creative Impact

  12. Artist Marko Mäetamm will open a new solo exhibition during Tallinn Music Week

  13. Tallinn Music Week (TMW) conference Creative Impact full programme now published

  14. The public discussion series TMW Talks encompasses issues from urban development to cosmic beauty

  15. Trad.Attack! and Onuka set to hold a joint concert at Russian Cultural Centre during Tallinn Music Week

  16. Tallinn Music Week will light up new paths in the city and give new lease of life to old garages

  17. Nordea and “Five Stars” present a carefully selected Tallinn Music Week “best of” programme

  18. Tallinn Music Week presents a documentary film programme in Sõprus cinema focusing on music, politics and consequences of consumerism

  19. TMW conference Creative Impact to put spotlight on big European questions and innovation across industries

  20. Tallinn Music Week presents more than 100 free concerts in locations from charity shop to a hotel suite

  21. Top chef Peeter Pihel cooks with “best before” ingredients at Tallinn Music Week

  22. Tallinn Music Week will fill the historic railway station Balti Jaam with sounds of the future

  23. Finnish music company Fullsteam’s 15th birthday party to be celebrated at Tallinn Music Week

  24. Kristjan Järvi presents “Radio Head Rewritten“ at Tallinn Music Week opening concert

  25. Tallinn Music Week announced new conference speakers from the rulers of London nightlife to tech revolutionaries

  26. Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center introduce local and international arts and the daily lives of artists

  27. Tallinn Music Week presents authentic small island tastes and the best cuisines in town

  28. Tallinn Music Week released this year’s music programme

  29. President Kersti Kaljulaid to open this year’s Tallinn Music Week conference

  30. Tallinn Music Week launches the new festival season with a new design and website

  31. Tommy Cash and NOËP at Eurosonic this week

  32. Tallinn Music Week is offering priority passes for the first time

  33. Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to increase the export capabilities in Japan

  34. Tallinn Music Week unveils the first round of conference topics and speakers

  35. Tartu Music Week and sTARTUp Day transform the university town into music and tech festival

  36. Estonia kicked off the international tech conference Slush with Estonian president inviting everyone to become an e-resident

  37. Lithuanian psychedelic rockers Garbanotas Bosistas are the favourite of Tallinn Music Week audience

  38. Tallinn Music Week received an all time record number of artist applications from nearly 60 countries

  39. Chamber Choir Sireen to release a debut album ’Terra Incognita’ with a special performance on 18th September

  40. TMW 2017 artist application round is open, delegates passes on sale at an “early bird” rate

  41. NOЁP to perform at Finnish FLOW Festival this Saturday

  42. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will hold a record signing session in TMW summer house at Positivus Festival on Sunday 17 July

  43. Maria Faust has been awarded with the prestigious Danish culture prize

  44. TMW 2016 artist prize Telliskivi Creative City Award goes to I Wear* Experiment

  45. President Ilves in the opening address at the TMW conference and CFCForum: terrorism and populism impact on all of us