Screen Shot 2018-09-20 at 12.56.12This weekend in Estonia there is a debut of a very special new festival. Station Narva is set in a huge and dramatic setting of an abandoned olf factory in a city on the border between Estonia and Russia. The town has been battered by the recession and the festival is a symbolic spark to relaunch the city and also a hand of friendship with the Russian community that live there as well as convert the abandoned building into a huge creative and social space.


The event is put on by the wonderful people from Tallinn Music Week – Europe’s best music and culture festival so we know how good it’s going to be.

It also boasts a great bill headlined by Echo and the Bunnymen.

There are still a handful of tickets left and more details from here



Echo and the Bunnymen (UK) /// Tricky (UK) /// Actress (UK)

12EEK Monkey (EE) // Beebilõust (EE) // Eksponatika Clan (EE) // Fever Dream (IS) /// Электрофорез / Electroforez (RU) // Gazelle Twin (UK) // Grechka (RU) // Guesthouse (EE) // Indrek Spungin (EE) // Jenny Wilson(SE) // Joensuu1685 (FI) // Mart Avi (EE) // Propazha (EE) // PTF1987 (EE) // PVC16 (EE) // RSAC / Red Samara Automobile Club (RU) // Shortparis(RU) // Sõpruse Puiestee (EE) // Там и Тут (EE) // Tovarish Astronom (EE) // Una Bomba 50+ (EE) // View (FI) // Zahir(EE) + TBA

Enter STATION NARVA 2018, the first edition of the music and city culture festival in the surprising diamond of the rough that is the city of Narva in North-Eastern Estonia at the border of EU and Russia, lying 210 kilometres from Estonia’s capital Tallinn and 130 kilometres from Russia’s St. Petersburg.

The live music hotspots of the festival will be the Kreenholm Manufacturing Company and the cultural hacktivists’ headquarters Art Club Ro-Ro. The multiple stages of the main venue will be set in the grand industrial complex Kreenholm that was once home to the world’s largest cotton spinning mill.

The headliners of the festival are the grandmasters of nocturnal pop Echo & The Bunnymen, the triphop pioneer Tricky and the cerebral electronic music producer Actress from the UK.

Estonia will be represented by around a dozen cutting-edge acts. amongst them the ‘true child of post-genre’ Mart Avi, hip-hop shamans 12EEK Monkey., the dance version of Estonian indie founders Röövel Ööbik, Una Bomba 50+, and the noise-rock stalwarts Zahir.

Kreenholm will also embrace the gender-and-genus-bending industrial pop by Gazelle Twin, Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson, the death disco of Russian Shortparis, the dark-pop of Elektroforez and the irresistible hymns of their compatriots Grechka and RSAC. From Finland hail shoegazers Joensuu1685 as well as grime and dubstep mixing hip-hop star View.

Music programme by day:

Friday, 21st September: Tricky (UK), Actress (UK), Jenny Wilson (SE), Una Bomba 50 + (EE), Zahir (EE), Grechka (RU), View (FI), Beebilõust (EE), RSAC (RU), Shortparis (RU), Propazha (EE), Eksponatika Clan (EE), PVC16 (EE)

Saturday, 22nd September: Echo & the Bunnymen (UK), Gazelle Twin (UK), 12EEK Monkey (EE), Mart Avi (EE), Joensuu1685 (FI), Fever Dream (IS), Sõpruse Puiestee (EE), Электрофорез / Electroforez (RU), Indrek Spungin (EE), Tam I Tut (EE), Tovarish Astronom (EE), Guesthouse (EE), PTF1987 (EE)

Single Day Ticket (€25) grants entrance to the music programme venues at Kreenholm and Art Club Ro-Ro on either 21st or 22nd September.

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