We are happy to unveil the full DokuNights line-up, sharing with you the performing artists, for our future edition. Nine nights at DokuNights will cover a thoughtful selection, calling for variety in taste, alternatives in attitudes and just the right amount of rebel youth the future calls for.
We open our festival on August 4, with the party of Kosovo’s label ‘Nesër’, featuring its stars Buta, Ledri Vula and Gamblemania with band for an electric start. Continuing our collaboration with Drug§tore, we will turn dark and industrial with a live performance of Sleeparchive and sets from Regen and De:Sonanz’s Andreas HZ, the way only Saturday deserves it. Sunday will turn dreamy with the concert of ANDRRA giving life to our Andrra stage and taking us into a triple dream inception.
We are proud to again be able to reveal some of Kosovo’s most exciting new music projects and formations making their debut in our big stage and giving an identity to our country’s brightest version of future. Prishtina’s collective CROWN & the ZBDs will bring their high-octane hip hop-rooted lyrically driven rapcore, while the newly created duo RRETH will launch their album containing a combination of influences that ghost around Kosovo by using Debussy inspired pianos to modern techno kicks with a mix of esoteric vocals.
Bernays Propaganda will be back in DokuFest for we love their danceable newwave/post-punk with charming female vocal and anarchist lyrics very much. The gig will be accompanied with our own local post punk electronica, Elektorati Intelektual, playing unreleased material for the first time.
An event we are especially proud of is the party with two legendary Nordic electronic musicians, Marcus Henriksson aka Minilogue and Samuli Kemppi, bringing a mixture of authentic dance music connected to nature. Our local artists Panda and Moodular will open the party for them, and the night will have full access to cosmos.
Angry Youth will again bring the finest in the growing grime scene, by hosting a night with the best the UK has to offer, Mez & Grandmixxer, with warm ups by heads of AY collective.
Second weekend will dip in electronica, celebrating a showcase of one of the world’s most exciting labels, Ilian Tape, with sets from label founder siblings Zenker Brothers and a live performance from Andrea.
To celebrate the newly renovated castle overlooking the city, we joined forces with CHwB Kosova and will host two magical live concerts on sunsets. On the sunset of August 5, the Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir will bring the emotional weight of centuries manifested with the power of the human voice and the genius improvisations of Robert Bisha, one the most gifted multi-instrumentalists you’ll ever see. On august 11, our dear friends and travellers Vincent Moon and Priscila Telmon will develop a new form of trans-cinema, including footage from the local sacred Sufi ritual, their own music ethnographic films and the magical live singing of our very own Agona Shporta. Make sure to look out for the other beautiful events Vincent and Priscilla prepared for us.
The closing night at our lovely Lumbardhi venue will be marked by a performance with Kaira Keila – the afro-beat collective made with members from across the world, coz we love shiny and happy farewells.
Enjoy the details of the full line-up below. It’s our treat to our spirits and yours, for the future is sonic.
Friday August 4
FUTURE MEETS TOMORROW w/ BUTA x LEDRI VULA x GAMBLEMANIA with Band
We kick off with Kosovo’s young rising trap artist BUTA whose FUTURE looks so promising, fellow label artist and hip-hop veteran LEDRI VULA and beloved GAMBLEMANIA with band. That sounds like a pretty good start if you ask us.
Saturday August 5
DRUG§TORE w/ SLEEPARCHIVE (LIVE) x ANDREAS HZ x REGEN
Drugstore Beograd will again be hosting an all-nighter at the upcoming DokuNights; featuring a super exciting line-up of a live act with Sleeparchive and sets from Regen and Andreas HZ. Night will offer a few distractions, fewer compromises, and not much sleep.
Sunday August 6
The live concept of ANDRRA – the collaboration between Kosovo artist Fatime Kosumi with members of the APPARAT band from Berlin will perform in our (guess where) ANDRRA stage! A dream within a dream within a dream within a dream.
A music project and album created by Vali Kuqi and Genc Elezaj creating a unique symbiosis of organic and electronic sounds. They will be releasing their debut album at DokuNights, reflecting on human memories of the past, present and future by its nostalgic feel transmitted through distinctive ambient sequences.
Monday August 7
BERNAYS PROPAGANDA x ELEKTORATI INTELEKRUAL
An extremely political band delivering firm drum beats accompanied with thick and groovy bass lines upon which layers of funky and broken guitar chords are placed, and above all comes unique, strong and remarkable female voice shouting anarchist lyrics. Local Post Punk/Punk/Electonica band will open the gig with new material from their second album “ I can’t handle people anymore”.
Tuesday August 8
CROWN & the ZBDs
A band to watch out for this year as it makes its debut on our big stage – is a Prishtina-based hip hop/rapcore collective that feeds off of 24-year old Crown’s knack for using witty punch-lines and social commentary to bring songs to life. High-octane hip hop-rooted lyrically-driven rapcore invoking flashbacks from the future.
Strictly spinning only vinyl sets, Dj Goce will keep the party going with his blends of Hip Hop and various music that inspired him thru the years – Old School,Funk, Soul, R’n’B, Neo Soul, Electro (the B-Boy one), Reggae, Original Breaks.
Wednesday August 9
MARCUS HENRIKSSON aka MINILOGUE x SAMULI KEMPPI x PANDA x MOODULAR
An event with two key figures of the electronic scene from Sweden and Finland. Marcus Heriksson aka Minilogue will bring authentic electronic dance music connected to nature, without borders or limitations while his Nordic fellow Samuli Kemppi will deliver a fresh mixture of times past and days yet to come. Local artists Panda and Moodular will be opening with sets of deep and hypnotic techno, drawn from their psychedelic foundation.
Thursday August 10
ANGRY YOUTH w/ MEZ x GRANDMIXXER x ZGJIM x GREYWAN
The follow-up to last year’s grime session surely has to be an unparalleled clubbing experience. This year’s joint effort brings you two seminal figures from the ever-evolving UK grime scene – Mez & Grandmixxer. Undoubtedly one of the most interesting upcoming grime MCs, Mez has already found a home in grime veteran’s D Double E Bluku Music label. Affiliated with the freshest grime collectives and movements at the moment, namely Boxed and Novelist’s Ruff Sound, Grandmixxer’s large stadium sound cuts wide and deep in the dancefloor. The AY heads will be present to warm-up the place and lock off the rave.
Friday August 11
ILIAN TAPE SHOWCASE w/ ZENKER BROTHERS x ANDREA (live) x LEO LUMEZI
A showcase of the notable Munich-based Ilian Tape, Resident Advisor’s top 20 world labels. A rave event with label founders Zenker Brothers and distinguished member Andrea (live) to celebrate their labels’ decade anniversary. Our local hero Leo Lumezi will be back to open the floor with his raw emotional techno.
Saturday August 12 @LUMBARDHI
Zagreb-based afro-beat collective with members from Senegal, Israel, Croatia and Kosovo. Combining African grooves with tunes in the Mandinka language, they’re guaranteed to bring the sun, rain and shine.
Saturday August 5
ROBERT BISHA & ALBANIAN ISO-POLYPHONIC CHOIR
Our medieval fortress gardens will be home to a magical live concert of outrageously talented composer Robert Bisha and his collaborative project with the otherworldly and trance-inducing sound of Albanian Iso-Polyphonic Choir.
Friday August 11
Live Cinema Creation w / VINCENT MOON x PRISCILLA TELMON and AGONA SHPORTA
A creation that will include footage of the local sacred Sufi ritual, music ethnographic films and the magical live singing of our very own Agona Shporta, Make sure to look out for the other beautiful events Vincent and Priscilla prepared for us.
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