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Fengaros Reacts: free online festival showcases Cypriot acts

Demetris Mesimeris Thursday 21st January 21 15 Eet Fengaros Reacts 2021

Fengaros, Cyprus’ open-air summer festival, is moving out of its quaint, rural landscape and heading into the digital realm with its first online edition, Fengaros Reacts. From January 10-31, Fengaros Reacts will present a programme of ten Cypriot acts, streamed on Louvana Records and Fengaros Festival’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

With an exclusively local line-up, Fengaros Reacts will bring together some of Cyprus’ most exciting independent acts and promote the music that the island’s new generation of artists have been brewing recently – all available for audiences to tune in to the musicians’ live sets for free! From now and until the end of the festival, fans will be able to donate and support the artists and art workers involved in Fengaros Reacts, plus grab some merch from the festival platform.

With Fengaros scheduling the tenth anniversary of its summer edition, Fengaros Reacts is a reaction to the pandemic’s toll on Cyprus’ music sector including musicians, art workers and technicians. “We believe that nothing can replace the experience of an in-person live show but people need music, artists need to perform and we decided to make sure we will make that happen,” say festival founders Lefteris Moumtzis and Andreas Trachonitis.

As an island nestled in the East Mediterranean and functioning as a crossroad between three continents, Cyprus’ music scene cooks up a unique amalgamation of artistic styles. Expect intimate singer-songwriter dreamscapes, gutsy and energised rock performances, and fresh takes on the island’s traditional music – all to be streamed locally, live from Studio eleven63. Fengaros Reacts is promoting the discovery of current Cypriot talent by spreading online where local audiences, fans from abroad and anyone on the lookout for the island’s fresh new music can tune in.

PROGRAMME

Sunday January 10, 9.15pm

Laliá: Polyphonic singing taking the listener on a journey across the Balkans and Mediterranean

Wednesday January 13, 9.15pm

Delirium Elephants: A tasty cocktail of high-energy, melodic pop-rock, fusing influences from the 60s, 90s and psychedelia.

Friday January 15, 9.15pm

George Sidiropoulos: Indie-soul melodies and grooves that flow between throwback references and current sounds

Sunday January 17, 9.15pm

Private Garden: Power trio influenced by rock, indie and blues, performed with soulful vocals and virtuosity

Tuesday January 19, 9.15pm

Nama Dama: An experimental, piano-driven amalgam of musical stories and theatrical, powerhouse vocals with a backdrop of classical, folk, rock and soul music

Thursday January 21, 9.15pm

Demetris Mesimeris: A collection of songs and poems with rembetiko, urban Greek folk and traditional elements with a modern take on orchestrations

Sunday January 24, 9.15pm

Metaxas: Emotive, sunshine pop delivered with silky vocals to leave a positive aftertaste

Wednesday January 27, 9.15pm

The smallest Creature: A grungy and propulsive alt-rock force to be reckoned with

Friday January 29, 9.15pm

Erika Soteri: Jazzy and soulful tunes that cut through the mainstream

Sunday January 31, 9.15pm

Vassilis Philippou: Original songs written in the tradition of Cypriot roots music and poetry

 

Fengaros Reacts

Online, free music festival featuring solely Cypriot acts. January 10-31, 2021. Donations accepted. www.fengaros.com/reacts

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