Fact: Amplifest isn’t just a music festival. It is a two days event where music, art, movies, and independent labels interact together in order to create an highly inspiring multimedia environment. The third edition will be held in Porto on October 19th and 20th, and the program will take place in three stages: Hard Club 1 and 2 and O Meu Mercedes.
Musically, it will host the live performances of Aluk Todolo, Body/Head (the new project by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Bill Nace), Black Bombaim & La La La Ressonance, Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Don the Tiger, Downfall of Gaia, Evangelista, From the Bogs of Aughiska, Galvano, HHY & The Macumbas, Katabatic, Pharmakon, Putan Club, Russian Circles, Thisquietarmy, Utopium, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Year of No Light and Zatokrev. You’re going to have enough sonic waves to feel the deep basses rising from the ground to your shoes, your pants, and your underwear, kiddos!
As we said before, music is just one aspect. In addition to it, Amplifest is going to host a solo show by David D’Andrea, the director Matthieu Canaguier (who will introduce the projection of his film, À l’Est de l’Enfer), and the section Amplitalk, created to give the audience a chance to have an informal discuss with several musicians who play in the event. Black Mass Rising seems the title of the new album by Nordvargr, but it actually is a collective movie project that includes a platform to promote new music artists. It has been made by 22 scenes about the occult, the darkness, the religious and the apocalypse, with the contribution of bands such as Acid Mothers Temple, Master Musicians of Bukkake and Yoga. This is not just a music festival, and surely it isn’t a hipster festival for whiskered guys – it’s a real, deep, and cultural experience. Unfortunately, there are not many left.

Gabriele Girolamini

Hard Club, O Meu Mercedes

Porto, from October 19th to 20th 2013