WHAT IS MONKEY WEEK SON ESTRELLA GALICIA?
Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia is an annual meeting point where artists, audiences and professionals of 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 industry and, by extension, of the increasingly powerful Latin American circuit.
“What Monkey Week wants and every year gets: fill us with music (good, messy, eclectic) and send us home with the feeling that we will no longer be the same”
Where are the artists and professionals that will constitute the scene, the audiences, the growing consumption habits and the new networks of cultural collaboration that will be established in the next ten years? Do not hesitate, you will find them in Seville from November 19 to 24, 2018. Considered the festival that has established showcase format in live music of our country, Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia has consolidated in its recent editions the international interest: 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 recent editions.
“The Iberian equivalent to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. An energetic and chaotic environment with an unlikely fauna of girls with bangs and bearded guys wearing pride bands shirts. A small revolution “
Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia is an urban festival, a trade fair, a professional meeting, a cultural event and an entire experience that this 2018 will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a special commemorative edition that will highlight the possibilities offered by the interpersonal relationships established between artists and professionals in the sector.
In its latest 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 again have places as attractive as the Santa Clara Space; rooms and clubs 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 outdoor concert hall; the public stage located in the Alameda de Hércules or the stage of the wonderful Torre Don Fadrique, an albarrana building built in 1252 and located in the courtyard of the convent of Santa Clara, within the area of the walls that encircled the old walls of Seville. Considered an Asset of Cultural Interest, the Don Fadrique Tower will be the epicenter of the professional area that, as every year, will offer transversal programming directed exclusively to professionals.
“Beyond music, Monkey Week is a vital key for culture”
(The Quietus, UK)
WHAT IS NOT MONKEY WEEK SON ESTRELLA GALICIA?
Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia is not a macro festival with millionaire headliners (there are too many incipient bands to close our ears to the evidence). In this event, the new blood, the risk and the audacity of all those artists and entrepreneurs that will configure the line-ups of future festivals
Nor is it an event where the agglomerations and vasovagal syncopes prevail. Not even a rigid industry fair to use (too many pubs and bars per square meter). The urban character and the idiosyncrasy of the place where it is developed definitively distance Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia from the massive format, turning its programming into a friendly and intuitive ally, especially if you are looking to discover who is who and what is cooked in the current independent scene.
And although our maxim “Discover tomorrow’s music today” may sound like a fantasy by Christopher Nolan, all of us who make it possible year after year to build this ephemeral city of music we feel especially indefatigable.
- Registered Professionals
- PRO ACTIVITIES
SOUND CHECK IS FOR COWARDS
Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia has become an indispensable platform to know live the most current music scene, not only from our country, also values from other countries such as Portugal, United Kingdom, Austria, Sweden , Luxembourg, Colombia, Mexico, Chile or Denmark, among others. The formula is as simple as it is effective: to offer a list of short-term performances with a basic backline during which the bands can their best in front of the public, the specialized press and the accredited professionals (mostly bookers , promoters and responsible for halls and festivals).
From 2018 Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia is part of the European Network of Showcase Festivals INES (ines-festivals.eu), platform responsible for the INES#talent program, an initiative that will allow young talents to obtain the same European exhibition and the opportunity to develop his international careers exhibiting throughout the continent. The list of festivals associated with this European network includes Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia and Enea Spring Break Showcase Festival & Conference (Poland), Live At Heart (Sweden), Liverpool Sound City (UK), 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 the moment, bands enrolled in INES#talent such as Antropoloops, Le Parody or Zulu Zulu will pass this year through festivals as mint Ljubljana or Liverpool Sound City.
Entities such as Canarias Crea, IEB or AIE and its circuit Artistas en Ruta, programs such as Girando por Salas (GPS) or Euskal Herriko Musika Bulegoa, the initiative Música Abierta of the UNIA or the now classic Batalla de Bandas de Radio 3 (RNE) collaborate each year in providing content to the showcase circuit of Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia.
Another attraction of this circuit is the Minishowcases, three-minute sound pills that will offer registered bands the possibility of playing a single song in front of the accredited professionals in a frantic dance of bands entertained by the best musical coaches in the world. country.
With the claim “Discover tomorrow’s music, today” as a flag of war, Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia has programmed during its decade of existence artists of the stature of Pony Bravo, The New Raemon, Capsula, Fuel Fandango, Guadalupe Plata, Perro, Disco Las Palmeras!, Pájaro, Novedades Carminha, Za!, Maga, Soledad Vélez, Toundra, Xoel López, Pablo Und Destruktion, The Parrots, Hinds, Los Nastys, Club del Río, Baywaves, Alien Tango, Bala, Juventud Juché, Le Parody, Soleá Morente, Bifannah, Esteban & Manuel, FAVX, La Plata, Mueveloreina, Núria Graham, Poolshake, Terry vs. Tori, Texxcoco, The Zephyr Bones, Vulk, Zulu Zulu, Nathy Peluso… to infinity and beyond!
The Monkey Brain have become a forum for dialogue and debate for professionals in the sector. Pioneers of the format in Spain, Monkey Brain has been offering every year a rosary of parallel activities among which are the recurring panels (conferences, lectures, mentoring sessions), workshops, presentations, official cocktails, master class and networking meetings directed to artists, labels, promoters and industry professionals in general. Thanks also to the collaboration of Extenda (Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion) and the PICE program of Acción Cultural España (AC / E), Monkey Brain places special emphasis on internationalization channels and new business opportunities in the music industry.
In recent editions it has been counted, among others, with the presence of representatives of national festivals such as Primavera Sound, Vida Festival, FIB, Sinsal Son Estrella Galicia, GetMad, Fuzzville !, Festival Noroeste or Low Festival and international like Sziget, SXSW, Pitchfork Paris, The Great Escape, Rock to the Park, Marvin Festival, 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, management agencies rights such as SGAE, AIE or SESAC, promoters such as Cherry Rock, Mousike, Parallel Lines and Bird on a Wire and record labels such as Burger Records, Universal Music or Terrícolas Imbéciles.
GIGS & PARTIES
In addition to the Showcases and Monkey Brain (which monopolize the day and evening program of the festival), at Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia there is also a place for nightlife. The concerts and the parties alternate in different rooms and spaces, closing each day of this City of Music in the best way possible: promoting a natural and relaxed meeting between the public, professionals and musicians. The 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’s all backstage”.
Monkey Week SON Estrella Galicia offers a rosary of extra activities throughout the week, starting with the Monkey CICUS, a kick-off that every year proposes at the Center for Cultural Initiatives of the University of Seville a double program (musical documentaries + show) designed in collaboration with CICUS and In-Edit film festival.
But there ir more, much more: exhibitions, book presentations, meetings with artists, special concerts… A whole week full of experiences!