Danish rockers Iceage are set to perform at the new music and city culture festival Tallinn Music Week, taking place on 27 – 30 August. Making their debut in Estonia, the band will take the stage at the showcase night curated by the St Petersburg creative hub Sevkabel Port and the Stereoleto Festival at the Nobel Hall in the historic Noblessner Foundry on Saturday, 29 August.
Previously scheduled for the same showcase, the US rock group A Place To Bury Strangers cannot perform due to travel restrictions, however, they have confirmed their participation at next year’s TMW.
Founded in 2008, the Danish quartet Iceage started out with abrasive punk rock that has become increasingly sophisticated over time without losing any of its power. While the terms punk, free jazz, decadent poetry and brooding glamour hint at their character, none sum up the band’s ethos better than Iggy Pop calling them “the only current punk band I can think of that sounds really dangerous”.
They have released four critically acclaimed full length albums, most recently “Beyondless” in 2018. This April brought the release of a new single called “Lockdown Blues”.
Because of the travel restrictions currently in place, the US noise-rockers A Place To Bury Strangers have had to cancel their performance at the Nobel Hall showcase, however, they have confirmed their performance at next year’s TMW. Due to the same reasons, Russian Shortparis and Discourse Synthetique, as well as Ukrainian Luna, are also excluded from the line-up of that night, with the British dark pop duo The KVB and Estonian experimentalists HUNT filling their slots. The night’s programme also features the rest of the original March lineup: Joensuu 1685 from Finland, Chinchilla from England, and Modulshtein and Polosywa from Estonia.
Since the Estonian border was reopened to visitors without symptoms of illness from the European Union member states, Schengen Countries, and the UK, most of the artists announced in March will still be performing at the TMW in August. Due to current travel restrictions, artists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, the US, Canada and Sweden will not be able to participate. The programme has been adjusted accordingly and most of the cancelled artists have been replaced.
The following artists will not be able to participate at TMW 2020 due to travel restrictions:
USA: A Place To Bury Strangers (confirmed for next year’s TMW)
Canada: Barry Paquin Roberge, Jayden Oath, Miesha & The Spanks, Wallgrin, Slow Down Molasses
Russia: Atariame, Discours Synthetique, Kalivas, Kenako, Kristina Petukhina, Nezabudki, Ninel, Mitya, Ploho, Poexxxali, Shortparis, The Vicious Seeds, Tonoptik, USSSY
Ukraine: Balaklava Blues, Gentle Ropes, Kyiv Ethno Trio, Luna, Yuko
Sweden: Cat Princess, Kali Malone, Sara Parkman, Shida Shahabi
Israel: Trace Kotik
Also excluded are previously announced Clemix, Run Sofa and Wiegedood from Belgium, Ahva and Blind Channel from Finland, Sigrun from Iceland, Kai Schumacher from Germany, Svin from Denmark and Dmitry Distant from Latvia.
The new additions for the August dates: Iceage from Denmark, The KVB and Strange Idols from the UK, Sylk from Ireland, Sturle Dagsland from Norway, Thot from Belgium, Tribes Of The City, Tesa and Eschatos from Latvia, Olimpia Splendid and Grandmother Corn from Finland, Camilla Sparksss from Switzerland and Argo Vals, dreamkrusher!, MÖRT, OLEN JONES, Tintura x Arno Tamm and SuureMammaRekkaPoisid from Estonia.
Full TMW 2020 line-up.
For those who no longer see their favourite artists in the TMW programme, the festival is offering a chance to return the ticket, exchange a specific showcase ticket for another showcase ticket, or exchange the 2020 ticket for a 2021 ticket. Replacement tickets are offered in the same value as previously purchased tickets. Requests for exchanges should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For returns, please e-mail TMW at email@example.com.
Requests for returns and exchanges will be processed until 31 July.
Detailed terms of returns and exchanges.
The TMW 2020, taking place from 27 to 30 August is focalised mostly in the Telliskivi Creative City and Port Noblessner in North Tallinn. Special events will also take place in the districts of Kopli and Lasnamäe. The festival information centre will be located at Viru Center, and the official hotel of the festival is Nordic Hotel Forum.
TMW 2020 will be organised in line with the rules in place for public events at the time of the event, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. All events will observe the guidelines to make sure that the participating public would be as dispersed as possible and keep a safe distance, that the capacity at venues would be filled to 50% and not have over 700 people in the audience indoors and 1500 outdoors. TMW is taking into account the recently increased capacity allowances, however, will not raise capacities to the maximum allowed.
TMW would like to emphasise that persons, who have been infected with COVID-19 within 14 days before the event or have had contact with a COVID-19 positive, as well as persons with symptoms of acute respiratory infectious diseases (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing), will not be allowed to attend the festival.
In order to reduce the risk of infection, the sale of festival passes will be limited, and further sales will focus on single tickets. The last 50 music festival passes for 65 euros are on sale at TMW web shop. Single tickets to concerts are on sale at Piletilevi.
The PRO pass (previously the Conference + Festival Pass, 175 euros), a new DigiPRO Pass (75 euros), Conference Pass (150 euros) and Supporter Pass (225 euros) are also available at the TMW web-shop. Telia clients receive 20% off regular ticket and pass prices purchased ahead of the festival. Additional information.
TMW 2020 is presented by Telia. The festival is organised by Shiftworks OÜ with various partners and co-organisers. The TMW 2020 music programme is organised in cooperation with the Damn.Loud agency.
The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment, the Tallinn City Culture Department, the Tallinn City Enterprise Department, and Enterprise Estonia (EAS).
The international activities of TMW, aimed at introducing Estonia as an attractive destination for those interested in music and culture, are supported by funds from the European Regional Development Fund.