ABOUT MONKEY WEEK
ALHAMBRA Monkey Week is an annual meeting point where artists, public and professionals from the Spanish independent music scene can interact with delegates and professionals from all over Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world. In short, it is the place to discover and make visible all those musical initiatives that will eventually become part of the new European cultural fabric and, by extension, of the increasingly thriving Latin American circuit.
“What Monkey Week intends and every year achieves: fill our heads with music (good, messy, eclectic) and send us home with the feeling that it (our head) will never be the same again”
Where are those artists and professionals who will constitute the scene on which the creation of new audiences, the growing consumption habits and the brand-new networks of cultural collaboration that will be established in the coming years will be based? Do not hesitate, you will find them in Seville from November 17 to 20, 2021.
Considered the festival that has established the showcase format in live music in our country, ALHAMBRA Monkey Week has consolidated international interest in its recent editions: professionals and musicians from territories such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, USA, Portugal, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Australia, Japan, Korea and China have participated in the last editions. In short, the festival is a showcase for new talents available to the public and professionals in the sector.
“The Iberian equivalent of the South by Southwest festival in Austin in Texas. An energetic and chaotic atmosphere with an unlikely fauna of girls with bangs and bearded boys proudly wearing gang jerseys. A little revolution ”
ALHAMBRA Monkey Week is an urban festival, a trade fair, a professional meeting, a cultural event and a whole experience that this 2018 will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special commemorative edition that will emphasize the possibilities offered by interpersonal relationships. established between artists and professionals in the sector.
In its last editions, the festival has considerably increased its programming, extending in number of days and encouraging the proliferation of new environments and activities. All this has been possible thanks to the opportunity offered by a 100% urban space such as the Alameda de Hércules in Seville and its surroundings, the epicenter of culture and leisure in the Andalusian capital. This year we will once again have such attractive places as Espacio Santa Clara; venues and nightclubs such as Fun Club, Holiday by Obbio or Sala X; theaters like the Alameda; enclaves as special as the now classic bumper car track converted into an open-air concert hall; the public stage located in the Plaza de la Alameda or the stage of the marvelous Torre Don Fadrique, albarrana building built in 1252 and located in the courtyard of the Santa Clara convent, within the intramural area that surrounded the old walls of Seville. Considered an Asset of Cultural Interest, the Torre Don Fadrique will be the epicenter of the professional area that, as every year, will offer transversal programming aimed exclusively at professionals.
“Beyond music, Monkey Week is a key life force for culture”
(The Quietus, UK)
If to all the aforementioned we add the closeness that exists between the different spaces and the possibilities offered by a neighborhood like La Alameda de Hércules, an area full of places dedicated to leisure and restaurants, the ALHAMBRA Monkey Week experience seems like a gastro-cultural journey unique in the country.
CHECK-IN: TESTING SOUND IS A COWARD THING
The ALHMABRA Monkey Week Showcase Circuit has become an indispensable platform to get to know the most current music scene live, not only from our country, but also values from other places such as Portugal, United Kingdom, Austria, Sweden, Luxembourg, Colombia , Mexico, Chile or Denmark, among others. The formula is as simple as it is effective: offer a list of short-term performances with a basic backline during which the bands will be able to put all the meat on the grill in front of the public, the specialized press and accredited professionals (mostly bookers). , promoters and managers of venues and festivals).
Since 2018 ALHAMBRA Monkey Week has been part of the INES European Network of Showcase Festivals (ines-festivals.eu), the platform responsible for the INES # talent program, an initiative that will allow young talents to obtain the same European exposure and the opportunity to develop their international races showing across the continent. The list of festivals associated with this European network includes ALHAMBRA Monkey Week, Enea Spring Break Showcase Festival & Conference (Poland), Live At Heart (Sweden), Liverpool Sound City (United Kingdom), ment Ljubljana (Slovenia), Sonic Visions (Luxembourg), Waves Vienna (Austria) and Westway LAB (Portugal). INES partners nominate around 10 emerging artists from their own country to rotate through the festivals participating in the program. For now, bands registered in INES # talent such as Antropoloops, Le Parody or Zulu Zulu will go through festivals of the ment level Ljubljana or Liverpool Sound City this year.
Entities such as Canarias Crea, IEB or AIE and its Artists en Route circuit, programs such as Girando por Salas (GPS) or Euskal Herriko Musika Bulegoa, the Open Music initiative of the UNIA or the now classic Batalla de Badas de Radio 3 (RNE ) collaborate every year providing content to the ALHAMBRA Monkey Week showcase circuit.
Another of the attractions of this circuit are the Minishowcases, three-minute sound pills that will offer registered bands the possibility of playing a single song in front of accredited professionals within a frenzied dance of bands enlivened by the best musical coaches in the world. country.
With the claim “Meet the music of tomorrow today” as a flag of war, ALHAMBRA Monkey Week has programmed during its decade of existence artists who today are spearheads of the national independent scene such as Pony Bravo, The New Raemon, Capsula, Guadalupe Silver, Disco Las Palmeras !, Pájaro, News Carminha, Za !, Maga, Soledad Vélez, Toundra, Pablo Und Destruktion, Julián Maeso, The Parrots, Hinds, Los Nastys, Bala, Juché, Núria Graham, Salto, Texxcoco or Nathy Peluso … And so on to infinity and beyond. Ten years of activity have gone a long way and we are shaping the 2018 showcase circuit. The call is now open for bands, labels and agents to be eligible for this year’s selection, a vintage that is most promising.
MONKEY WEEK PRO DICE
BLA, BLA, BLA: CREATE TIES, GENERATE INDUSTRY
The Monkey Brain Professional Days have become a forum for dialogue and debate for professionals in the sector. A pioneer of the format in Spain, the Monkey Brain has been offering each year a rosary of parallel activities among which are the recurring panels (conferences, talks, mentoring sessions), workshops, presentations, official cocktails, master classes and directed networking meetings. to artists, labels, promoters and professionals of the industry in general. Thanks also to the collaboration of Extenda (Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion) and the PICE program of Cultural Action Spain (AC / E), Monkey Brain places special emphasis on the ways of internationalization and new business possibilities in the music industry.
In recent editions there have been, among others, the presence of representatives of national festivals such as Primavera Sound, Vida Festival, FIB, Sinsal, GetMad, Fuzzville !, Festival Noroeste or Low Festival and international ones such as Sziget, SXSW, Pitchfork Paris, The Great Escape, Rock al Parque, Festival Marvin, Eurosonic Noorderslag or Vive Latino, foreign media such as The Quietus, Vice, NME, The Line of the Best Fit and KXP, publishers such as Kobalt Music, rights management agencies such as SGAE , AIE or SESAC, promoters like Cherry Rock, Mousike, Parallel Lines and Bird on a Wire and record companies like Burger Records, Universal Music or Terrícolas Imbéciles.
The professional activity carried out at Monkey Brain in recent years has enabled bands such as Bala, Quentin Gas and Los Zíngaros, Zulu Zulu, Delafé and Las Flores Azules, Terry Vs. Tori, I Am Dive, Texxcoco, Joe Crepúsculo, Antropoloops o The Last Neighbor have been able to perform in places like Australia, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Mexico or Slovenia.
This year ALHAMBRA Monkey Week will once again have the magnificent rooms of the Espacio Santa Clara in Seville to develop its new transversal content, a program that will place special emphasis on digitization, the creation of networks within the European market and the so-called “silver bridge ”With Latin America. Soon we will give more information about these conferences designed exclusively for accredited professionals.
MONKEY NITE (HIGHLIGHTS)
THE NIGHT, WHICH IS CONFUSING: CONCERTS AND PARTIES
In addition to the Circuit of Showcases and the Monkey Brain Professional Days (which monopolize the day and afternoon programming of the festival), in ALHAMBRA Monkey Week there is also a place for nighttime fun. And the Sevillian night is dressed, of course, in music. Concerts and parties alternate in different rooms and spaces, closing each day of this City of Music in the best possible way: fostering a natural and relaxed meeting between the public, professionals and musicians. Producer Paco Loco defined this phenomenon in the best way: “Monkey Week is the only festival in the world that does not have a backstage, it is all backstage.”
During these years of work, artists such as Swans, Princess Nokia, The Damned, Gallon Drunk, Wire, The Limiñanas, Silver Apples, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Sidonie, Sonic Boom, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Heavy Trash have passed through the different night scenes. , The Posies, Hawkwind, Herman Düne, Novedades Carminha, Neneh Cherry, Kid Koala, The Strange Boys, Buzzcocks, Andrew Bird, Maga, Sidonie, Delafé y Las Flores Azules, Holy Fuck, The Sadies, Pájaro, The Handsome Family, Niño from Elche, Chucho, King Khan & The Shrines, Michael Rother, Rocío Márquez, Lisa & The Lips, The Cubical or Nathy Peluso, to summarize.
ALHAMBRA Monkey Week also opens its doors to parties designed by labels and management agencies that wish to strengthen their brand by offering live shows of their rooster. Among the most recent ones, those carried out by agencies and promoters such as Industrias Bala, CANADA and Live Nation, record labels such as Discos Humo, La Castanya, Miel de Moscas and El Genio Erivocado or initiatives linked to brands such as Jägermusic have stood out.
VISUALIZE YOURSELF OR DIE: THE INDEPENDENT MARKET
Monkey Market brings together companies and institutions in the music sector alike, promoting transversality in meetings, as well as encouraging optimism in the music industry. Among the regular participants each edition are record companies, festivals, publishers, equipment and instrument suppliers, promoters, audiovisual production companies, etc. Monkey Market is the ideal space to promote communication between companies, encourage business lines and foster synergy between the different agents of the independent music sector. All in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere where you can develop a professional job without detracting from moments of relaxation, Alhambra beer in hand.
Monkey Market is a fair for exhibitors, but it has more immediate surroundings with live performances (showcases, acoustics, video recordings …) and the Monkey Brain programming, the Professional Conference made up of round tables, workshops and presentations. A whole network of activities for professionals developed in such a privileged area as the Espacio Santa Clara in Seville.
TRANSVERSAL MONKEY WEEK
In parallel to the bulk of the ALHAMBRA Monkey Week programming (condensed from Thursday to Saturday), the festival offers a rosary of extra activities throughout the week, starting with the Monkey CICUS, the starting signal that each year proposes in the Center for Cultural Initiatives of the University of Seville (CICUS, C / Madre de Dios S / N, Seville) a double program (musical documentaries + concerts by incipient Sevillian bands) designed in collaboration with CICUS and the International Musical Documentary Film Festival In-Edit.
But there is more, much more: exhibitions, book presentations, meetings with musicians, special concerts… A whole week of experiences!